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12/16 Update: Triple Crossing's new Fulton brewery opens tonight. Stop by Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
First, crossing. Now, straddling.
When it seems every brewery is headed to Scott’s Addition, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. is choosing Fulton — 30,000 square feet in Fulton, to be exact. Triple Crossing, the local brewery currently located at 113 S. Foushee St. in downtown Richmond, is branching out with an additional brewing and tasting facility set to open near the end of 2016.
“We plan to keep the original location open with a few tweaks and some unique releases," co-owner Adam Worcester says. "The beer offered in both will be a little different, like the areas they are in. We like that we straddle the city with beer.”
Co-owners Worcester, Scott Jones and Jeremy Wirtes — who is also the head brewer — opened the original seven-barrel, 2,900-square-foot facility in April of 2014. The three, seeking to meet increasing demand, began looking for a new space last year and settled on 5203 Hatcher St. in the Greater Fulton Community, which they'll outfit with a 20-barrel system with two 40-barrel uni-tanks (a fermentation tank does both primary and secondary fermenting and aging functions in one tank). The new facility will also have a tasting room and an outdoor patio, and a mobile canning unit will allow the group to can — something the three have been wanting to do since opening, but never had the space. They plan to sell cans onsite and throughout the Richmond market.
The brewing system and tasting room on Foushee Street will remain, but will focus on featuring unique, small-batch releases. Expect one or two rotating mainstays such as the Falcon Smash IPA, one of Triple Crossing's flagship beers. And according to Worcester, we can also expect a few surprises down the road: There are a few other changes — exciting ones — at the original location that the team isn’t quite ready to discuss yet; just more to anticipate from Richmond's ever-growing beer community.
“We knew we wanted to stay in the city; Scott and I both grew up in Richmond," Worcester says. "And we really like Hatcher Street. Stone [Brewing Co.] is coming in and will add some revitalization to the area. [Our new facility] is close to Rockett’s Landing, Church Hill and the city, where a brewery like ours will be successful. We met with the community leaders before we decided and they are excited as well.”
Triple Crossing Brewing Co's new brewing facility and tasting room is set to open at 5203 Hatcher St. near the end of 2016.