Stone Brewing Co. will release its first Richmond-brewed beer on Friday.
The first Richmond-brewed beers will be tapped at a public event beginning at 5 p.m. at the Southern Railway Taphouse at 111 Virginia St.
Stone IPA, as well as the beer’s “Virginia Brewery Prototype,” will be kegged from the 220,000-square-foot plant in the Fulton neighborhood east of downtown Richmond.
This prototype beer is the brewery’s test batch of Stone IPA, one of the company’s popular year-round beers.
Beer lovers will be able to try both beers in a side-by-side tasting to “allow fans to experience the subtle character nuances between the two beers as the Stone brewing team did during the flavor-matching process,” the company said.
Employees of Stone Brewing will begin kegging the first Richmond-brewed beers and loading them into vans for distribution Friday morning.
Beginning next week, Stone Brewing’s 24 accounts throughout the Richmond area also will offer Richmond-brewed Stone IPA alongside Stone IPA – Virginia Brewery Prototype.
The company’s retail store and tasting room portion of Stone Brewing’s East Coast distribution center and brewery opened in late February.
California-based Stone Brewing announced in October 2014 that it had selected Richmond for its East Coast brewery and distribution center. Construction began last summer.