This year, Starr Hill Brewery celebrates its 20th Anniversary. A brewery with its roots in the music industry, this Virginia-made craft beer has amassed a loyal following. It’s the beer, but it’s also the vibe. Brand fans not only enjoy the brew, but they are also known to collect the “can art.”
The Crozet, Virginia, production facility and Tap Room was opened in 2005. It’s the facility that produces the retail beer found on store shelves across the mid-Atlantic. While sitting at this bar, researching for this edition’s story on The Brew Ridge Trail (research=enjoying a pint) DW&S first learned of Starr Hill’s next venture. Later in 2019, Starr Hill will open the Starr Hill Richmond Beer Hall & Rooftop in Scott’s Addition.
That is an example of the benefit of writing for DW&S: The “research pints,” and you never know where the road will lead you. This time, it is from Crozet, VA, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to Richmond and the eclectic Historic District of Scott’s Addition.
Scott’s Addition has become a craft beverage mecca on the East Coast. You will find breweries, cideries, and distilleries mixed with restaurants, shops, and cafes.
It’s a historic district that started as a 600-acre farmstead in the 1800s, willed to General Winfield Scott. In 1901, it was established as a Richmond business district, built around the railyard and transportation along Broad Street. Over the decades, this district cycled through progress and decay a few times. Until ten years ago, the transformation turned to a new neighborhood for the arts, including the art of crafting fine beverages.
I mention the history of Scott’s Addition because history is woven into each of the Starr Hill Brewery locations. The Crozet location was once a food processing plant and a significant employer in the region. The Roanoke, Virginia location was once a horse stable and played a vital role in the community. Starr Hill has re-purposed buildings and built branded taprooms and breweries over the past two decades. They will, again, take a community building and create a Beer Hall in Scott’s Addition. As I am writing this story, construction is underway on a warehouse building in the Addition.
To learn about the new Beer Hall & Rooftop, I spoke to Allie Hochman. Allie has been with Starr Hill for ten years and is the General Manager of the new Richmond location.
First, I know that you want to hear about the beer. The Richmond location will be far more than a Tap Room. It will also be a brewery with a ten-barrel brewing system. Starr Hill and craft beer fans will find unique beers that will not be widely distributed. Most will only be found at the Richmond location and only on draft. This includes Wild Ales with spontaneous fermentation. You can also expect to taste pale lagers and interesting IPAs. Bring your growlers.
But, it’s not just the beer…it’s the whole experience. So, here’s a peek into the site plan.
The Richmond Beer Hall & Rooftop will be divided into three zones, each zone with a seating and entertainment area. Each will provide a unique visitor experience. There’s something for every beer hall lover, including your dog.
The patio will provide outdoor seating, a parking spot for a local food truck, and a place to enjoy live music. Dogs love Scott’s Addition too, and this is the zone that will welcome your fluffy best friend. (on-leash dogs are only allowed on the patio)
The main hall will be significant and can accommodate groups and special events. The bar will showcase 20+ taps, and this zone will host a whole list of programming—including live music from local and regional bands. Guests may purchase Starr Hill-branded merchandise including RVA-specific Starr Hill gear. If you are an admirer of Starr Hill “can-art,” you may note wall art, created in-house, by the team.
Soon, fans can enjoy a specialty beer with a view of the Richmond skyline. The rooftop bar will also have a 20+ tap system and provide a four-season experience. Enjoy a beer with a Summer view or with a cozy winter blanket. You will even be able to enjoy the view with a side of tunes. Yes, this third zone will also host live music.
Are you a Starr Hill Mug Club member? Follow Starr Hill Richmond Beer Hall & Rooftop on social media and be sure to join the Richmond-specific Mug Club. Here’s a tip: Richmond Mug Club Members may just get an exclusive early peek inside Starr Hill’s latest location.
As I finish this story, the Richmond location is scheduled to open in Fall 2019. Today, Starr Hill announced that the brewery will be returning to downtown Charlottesville in 2020. They announced Starr Hill Downtown. The new brewery and tap room will be within the new Dairy Market project on Preston Avenue.
“Two decades after opening its brewery and music hall in its namesake neighborhood, Starr Hill will return to its home in Charlottesville.” –From Starr Hill’s press announcement
I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Starr Hill Brewery. We hope to see you at the Starr Hill Richmond Beer Hall & Rooftop this Fall—and then next year on Preston Avenue in Charlottesville.
If you want to visit Starr Hill in Crozet, as well as many other great locations for Virginia Craft Beverages, read more about a tour of Crozet.