In today’s Virginia section, you’ll find an article by reporter Jeff Sturgeon about the closure of Shooting Creek Brewery in Floyd County. The news disappointed me because I found a lot of promise when I wrote a profile of the company back in October 2009.
Since then, my suspicion that Shooting Creek would be a big success continued to grow. Whenever I talked to folks who sold the beer in their stores, they said demand for the beer was very high. Unfortunately, supply was a problem. At first, according to brewery owner Brett Nichols, that was because they were such a small operation and could only make so much beer. But they hoped to get bigger as time went on.
Now, that hope has been dashed by “a divorce and very personal events,” Nichols told Sturgeon.
In addition to the brewery, the Nichols’ farm, Five Penny Farm, has also closed. The property, farmhouses, brew house and some of the beer-making equipment is for sale. Five Penny Farm was a big supplier in Southwest Virginia’s local food scene. According to today’s story, at least, one of two of the farm’s locations in Floyd County has been leased to someone who has hired Brett Nichols as farm manager.
Sturgeon reported that the Shooting Creek Brewery brand is for sale, along with the recipes, label artwork and distribution contracts. That stuff is for sale separately from the brew house and equipment. Those were some great recipes, though, so anyone interested in starting their own brewery may want to take a look.
I always hate to see local businesses close. Best of luck to the Nichols family.
Are there any Shooting Creek fans out there who have thoughts about this closure?