Breweries opening are not only beneficial for local nightlife but for job creation as well. Along the East coast, breweries are popping up in mixed-use spaces and cities. Restaurants close at higher rates than breweries so the combination of foodery and brewery has become more popular over the years. Whether they be microbreweries or breweries in large mixed-use spaces, they have the ability to boost a city’s economic growth.
- Opened in 2013
- 5,600 SF
Washington D.C.’s waterfront The Yards added BlueJacket Brewery to their space in 2013. Soon the area will feature much more including office and retail space. The bar features a rotating menu of 20 Bluejacket beers and five Bluejacket cask ales. Patrons can also sit and order off the artisanal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Iron Hill Brewery
- Opening in Spring 2018
- 8,450 SF
Philadelphia’s Center City continues to grow with the recent construction by National Real Estate Development. Already housing Moms Organic Market, the East Market development will soon house Iron Hill Brewery. The brewery chain has a dozen locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware but this will be the companies first ever city location.
Heritage Brewing Company
- Opening date TBA
- 35,000 SF
The Landing at Cannon Branch is the new location for Heritage Brewing Company. The $8.9 million expansion will create 66 jobs. Heritage made a commitment to purchase Virginia-grown products and to hire U.S. veterans.
- Opening in 2019
Deschutes is a well known Oregon brewing company that wanted to move to the East. Currently, there is a Deschutes Tasting room in Roanoke, Virginia. The brewery should be open by 2021 with construction beginning in 2019. Virginia and North Carolina have become popular brewery spots and Deschutes’ decision to expand is largely based on other brewers’ success.
Wissahickon Brewing Company
- Opening Winter 2017
Wissahickon Brewing Company opened in East Falls in Philadelphia this past winter. A microbrewery, food trucks, and mini beer garden are available for patrons to try new brews and food. East Falls is an up and coming area in Northwest Philadelphia and adding a brewery makes it even more appealing to those who typically go out in Center City.
Weathered Ground Brewery
- Opened in 2017
- 7,400 SF
Weathered Ground Brewery located in Cool Ridge West Virginia is different than other breweries because it is farm oriented. The event space and taproom will be in a barn-like structure. The owner, Sam Fonda, is all about using the freshest and most seasonal ingredients.
These large mixed-use spaces featuring breweries help tourism as well as job creation for cities. The East Coast is starting to gain recognition as a place for growing business and West Coast breweries want to take advantage of that.