This morning, Brew Studs shared a post from the Virginian Pilot reporting that Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing had intentions to take over the recently closed Green Flash Brewing facility in Virginia Beach, VA.
After a correspondence with a New Realm public relations representative this afternoon, we have discovered that what had been reported earlier about the craft brewing company’s intentions to occupy the former Green Flash space cannot be confirmed at this time. An official press release has been shared, revealing that New Realm has purchased brewing equipment from the location but that they are still exploring options for the location of the equipment and a potential new taproom.
Many are hopeful that the brewery, which sought to hire over 40 local employees at its launch in November, 2016, will find a replacement occupant. The ultimate production capacity of the facility was originally projected to reach 100,000 annual barrels.
New Realm Brewing opened the doors to its Atlanta, GA production brewery, restaurant and taproom in January this year and quickly proceeded to package its core beers. According to Brewmaster and co-founder Mitch Steele, the young brewery has already approached capacity, so the prospect of taking on the Green Flash vacancy is timely. Ultimate convenience is another matter, as New Realm’s Atlanta home is a cool 615 miles from the former Green Flash Virginia address.
“We continue to invest in our Beltline brewery and restaurant with additional team members and new 60-bbl expansion tanks. But the reality is that, thanks to the incredible support of New Realm’s patrons and fans in Atlanta, we are capacity and space constrained in our current location,” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and co-founder of New Realm Brewing. “We are excited about the ways this new equipment and capacity will enable us to deliver the same high-quality beers while increasing our ability to innovate and create new beers for local fans.”
Green Flash Brewing, which once saw its craft beers sold in all 50 U.S. states, was foreclosed upon by Comerica Bank and sold earlier this month.