Beale's will be the first brewery in Bedford, VA, as the announcement happened yesterday that they will open their doors on June 24, 2017.
Waukeshaw Development, the team behind Beale's, have been working with Bedford County and town officials since October 2015 to bring a brewery to Bedford, which will create jobs in the region, and impact the economy.
“This is an exciting time for Bedford because Beale’s creates a unique and dynamic destination for residents and tourists alike, and immediately adds up to 30 new jobs and $2.5 million in economic impact,” said Traci Blido, Director of Economic Development for Bedford County. “Not only will guests enjoy handcrafted beer and food, but they’ll also experience folklore that shaped our community’s character and history.”
Dave McCormack, President of Waukeshaw Development, Inc. is not following all craft beer trends though.
“Craft beer has become so complex and heady in the last few years. At Beale’s, we’re going in the opposite direction, creating approachable, low ABV beers that everyone can enjoy,” said McCormack.
This project was made possible through both state and federal historic tax credits, combined with a $600,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Community and Housing Development's Industrial Revitalization fund. “We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with the state and the town of Bedford on this project,” says McCormack, “and we’re looking forward to seeing those efforts come to life when Beale’s opens later this month.”
Beale's name has a historic meaning, as the name was taken from local legend of a mysterious treasure that was buried by Thomas Jefferson Beale in Bedford in the 1820s. The brewery's flagship beer will be following current trend, as lagers are on the rise, the name is Beale's Gold, a Lager. In addition to lager-style beers, Beale's will also offer other options in their taproom, which will include the ever popular IPAs and also fruit beers. Distribution plans are in the works with starting locally this summer and expanding statewide in the future.
The taproom will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., Saturday from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-7 p.m., will have BBQ available along with their beers, and is dog and family friendly.
It does seem like the legend of a treasure is accurate, as it has now been uncovered in Bedford. For more information about Beale’s, visit https://www.bealesbeer.com/