We are happy to announce that Manastoh Brewing is set to come to Manchester’s Hull Street. The food forward brewery will set up shop in the historic Bank of Commerce & Trusts building at 1128 Hull Street.
The Manastoh name was selected to honor the original Native American reference for Manchester before it was renamed by English settlers. The fall line at Richmond and Manchester was an important line of demarcation between the Monacan tribe of Sioux speaking Indians to the west and Powhatan’s confederacy comprised of Algonquian Indians to the East. Manastoh was the name the various tribes used for the area that we today refer to as Manchester.
The Owner of Manastoh Brewing, Laura Dyer Hild, is a member of the Monacan Tribe, and the Manastoh name is in memory of her Native American “Granddaddy Earl” Smith. Grandaddy Earl spent most of his life dealing with various government and military policies that denied Native Americans their Indian heritage. In fact, on birth certificates and various other military and government documents, Native Americans in Virginia were simply categorized as “colored” in an attempt to deny the tribe members their heritage. Luckily, the Monacans along with several other native Virginia tribes were just recently federally recognized after centuries of struggling for recognition.
Plans for the brewery include a first floor tasting room that will serve a variety of different beer styles piped from tank to tap and brewed on site. The second floor will contain an upper Mezzanine overlooking the tasting room featuring private dining and a full service kitchen. Third floor plans include a full restaurant with a menu designed by Dan Scherotter that will feature locally sourced food, a cocktail program, beer and wine on tap, and a small rooftop deck atop the historic bank. The development will also feature 2 stories of apartments along with a 6th story rooftop deck for the brewpub that will offer a bar menu and provide views of the city skyline.
Construction has been awaiting the pending zoning changes on Hull Street to take effect, but is expected to commence in the middle of 2018. Manastoh will be the second brewery to announce its opening on Hull Street after Dogtown Brewing which is slated to open diagonally across the street at 1209 Hull Street as we announced in Dogtown Brewing Patio Views Coming To Hull Street. You can follow Manastoh Brewing’s Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.