Legend Brewing talks Manchester expansion

Legend is in preliminary talks to renovate its facility at 321 W. Seventh St. in Manchester. (PHOTO: RichmondBizSense)

Legend is in preliminary talks to renovate its facility at 321 W. Seventh St. in Manchester. (PHOTO: RichmondBizSense)

RICHMOND, Va. — As the new generation of the beer industry expands around it, the godfather of Richmond brewing is quietly preparing to launch a new growth phase of its own.

Legend Brewing is in preliminary talks with planners and architects to expand and renovate its headquarters, brewery and restaurant facility at 321 W. Seventh St. in Manchester, according to vice president of operations Dave Gott, Legend’s vice president of operations.

“It’s something that we’ve been talking about for a while. We’ve got some plans and ideas, but haven’t submitted anything permanent yet.”

Preliminary plans call for interior and exterior renovations to allow Legend to accommodate larger crowds and increased brewing operations.

That would include adding a second level to the brewery, expanding the kitchen, adding additional seating and updating its administrative offices to its 4,000 square foot, 1.35-acre spot, Gott said.

Legend also plans to raise the existing ceiling in the brewery to consolidate many of its 30-barrel fermenters into larger and taller 90- and 120-barrel operations.

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