Richmond brewing pioneer Richbrau plans 2018 revival

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Four beers that will be poured at Richbrau’s future tasting room, from left: imperial stout, rye brown ale, strawberry sour and IPA. (J. Elias O’Neal)

RICHMOND, Va. — A long-gone pioneer of Richmond brewing is making a comeback.

Richbrau, a local brewery brand that operated at 1214 E. Cary St. in Shockoe Slip before closing and filing for bankruptcy in February 2010, is making its return to the region with new brews and a new ownership group, RichmondBizSense reports. 

The effort is led by Matthew Mullett, a commercial real estate broker with Richmond-based Dodson Commercial, who with a group of investors secured the trademark to Richbrau last year.

“Richbrau is a brand that has deep roots in our city’s brewing history and deserves to be part of the world class craft beer scene being built here,” said Mullett.

The group is mulling potential locations for the revived brewery, four sites ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet in the Shockoe Bottom or Shockoe Slip area, Mullett said. Final site selection should occur by the first quarter 2018.

“Main Street Station and the surrounding Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom areas are drenched in history,” Mullett said. “It seems fitting that Richbrau be situated in the heart of the city.”

Plans call for the first keg of new Richbrau beer to be tapped for the public by fall 2018, Mullett said.
Once operational, it will become the region’s 33rd brewery.
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