Manchester ‘s bohemian vibe is the perfect setting for craft breweries to flourish. Whether you want to hit the industrial sector, the historic Hull Street business corridor, or both, Manchester’s craft beer movement is flourishing.
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.
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 3 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.
Dogtown Brewing Co: Slated to open in late 2018/early 2019, Dogtown Brewing will offer a multi-story beer hall with a full service restaurant. The first floor brewpub component of the brewery will be located in the old Thalhimer’s department store at 1209 Hull Street and will feature live music. A two-story brewhouse will be located in the rear addition of the main building. The brewhouse is designed to enable the brewery to offer 20 different beers all made on site, and a canning line for those who want beers to go.
Many of the beers will be piped straight from tank to tap in order to avoid the need for kegs, similar to how many brewpubs operate in Europe. The rooftop deck located on the fourth floor atop the building will offer 360 degree views including that of downtown Richmond. The rooftop will feature beer and wine on tap, a limited bar menu for food, and dim sum carts for featured items.
Climax Beverage Co is in planning mode and is set to open as part of the Seigel’s redevelopment at 2005 Hull Street.
Climax is a relaunch of an iconic Richmond beverage company that was lost to history in the late 1960s. Climax will relauch its carbonated sodas including its flagship pale dry ginger ale as well as a brewed alcoholic beverage line to include hard ginger beer, hard root beer, hard cider, and sparkling wine.
Twisted Ales Craft Brewing: One of RVA’s newest craft breweries, Twisted Ales is located in a turn-of-the-20th-century coffee warehouse 212 W. 6th St.
The brewery offers a variety of beers, and often has food trucks on site in the parking lot. Adjacent to the brewery there is a great deal of new development that is occurring throughout industrial Manchester.
Legend Brewing: Legend is a Richmond institution given it has been providing microbrews since January, 1994.
Legend has a sprawling pub on site that offers an informal bar-food menu & its own brews, plus a deck & beer garden. You will want to check this place out in order to understand the history behind where Richmond’s microbrew movement started before the recent craft beer explosion took hold.