Deschutes Brewery is expanding its presence in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with the announcement of a tasting room planned for Downtown Roanoke.

The Oregon-based craft brewery made the announcement on Monday afternoon in Downtown Roanoke.

The new tasting room will be located at 315 Market Street SE, the former location of Thelma’s Chicken & Waffles. Deschutes Brewery hopes to have the new spot open by the end of August 2017.

It will become an anchor along Roanoke’s historic Market Street, which also features numerous local restaurants and boutique stores, as well as the Historic Roanoke City Market.

 

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Deschutes currently operates a tasting room at its headquarters in Bend, OR, as well as Pubs in Bend and Portland, OR. The tasting room in Roanoke will offer Deschutes Brewery beer that's brewed onsite, along with a variety of snacks and food that is created by partnering with local restaurants.

The room will serve approximately 15 different types of Deschutes beer, which will be offered as pints, sampler trays, growlers, and beer that's packaged to go. There will also be a retail space that features Deschutes Brewery merchandise, such as hats, shirts, glassware and other swag.

Location in Downtown Roanoke

The announcement is that latest in a string of news related to the brewery growing its presence in the region, which started in the spring of 2016 when the company selected Roanoke as the location of its East Coast distribution facility.

While the facility is still a few years from opening and is scheduled to begin operation in 2021, this hasn’t stopped Deschutes Brewery from becoming a bigger part of the local craft beer scene.

Products are now regularly distributed at local stores, as well as found at many bars and restaurants in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Deschutes Brewery has also added Roanoke as a stop on its annual summer Street Pub Tour, where the company hosts a street party that introduces people to a variety of its beers while also raising money for local charities.

This year’s Deschutes Street Pub will be held on Saturday, July 15.

Stay tuned for more updates on the new pub and additional craft beer news in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Cheers!