San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. broke ground in Virginia Beach on Monday for the company’s first East Coast location.
The site, on the corner of General Booth Boulevard and Corporate Landing, will be home to a 58,000 square foot brewery, tasking room and beer garden. The facility is expected to be completed in 2016.
Mike and Lisa Hinkley, co-founders of Green Flash Brewing Co., along with Brewmaster Chuck Silva, Virginia State Senator Jeffrey McWaters, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr were present for the groundbreaking on Monday, October 13th.
“We couldn’t be happier that Green Flash has chosen Virginia Beach as its East Coast location,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. “When they reach capacity, Green Flash will be producing 100,000 barrels of beer every year from Virginia Beach, and that is certainly something to celebrate.”
“After announcing plans to build our facility in Virginia Beach, we have been moving forward step-by-step towards breaking ground,” said Mike Hinkley co-founder and CEO of Green Flash Brewing Co. “We are breaking ground to enter the first phase of construction, focused on the layout and building orientation on the nine-acre lot. We want to be sure we are mindful of our impact on the immediate surroundings, so we are planning to incorporate the pre-existing landscape and trees into our spacious beer garden and will develop routes for smart traffic flow, accessible walkways and ample parking for guests. We extend many thanks to everyone in the community for making us feel welcome and at home from day one and look forward to celebrating our opening upon completion of construction in 2016.”
The new brewery will replicate the state-of-the-art production capabilities of the Green Flash headquarters in San Diego.
Green Flash predicts that when it opens, the Virginia Beach location will produce and ship more than 45 percent of their beer to the eastern half of the United States.