CLARIFICATION: I was contacted by Jerome Parnell of Sunken City Brewing Company, and he said the beers will be $5 for a 20-oz. imperial pint. There have been some comments about the original report that the beer would be sold for $5 to $6 per pint. Small batch beer may be sold for a bit more than $5 on grand opening day. -LN
Beer lovers, take note: Southwest Virginia’s newest craft brewery will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, May 10.
Sunken City Brewing Company, named for the villages that were submerged when Smith Mountain Lake was created, is housed in a brand new building near Westlake Towne Center on Virginia 122 in Franklin County. It is a $2.3 million, 8,800-square-foot brewery that features a 25-barrel brewhouse, automatic canning distribution, a tasting room, pub and an outdoor beer garden.
Sunken City owners hope to distribute their beer throughout the state. Brewmaster Jeremy Kirby said they’ll have two signature beers at the grand opening. Dam Lager is an American-style amber (4.7 percent ABV) and Red Clay IPA is an amber-colored India Pale Ale (7 percent ABV). In the near future, they plan to have other beers in their line, including some seasonals.
Kirby said they may have some small-batch beers available at the grand opening, as well. They’ll be selling pints for $5 to $6, he said.
Bruno’s GastroTruck will be on-site for the celebration, selling its awesome gourmet pub grub. The band Barefoot West will perform at about 5:30 p.m. The open house begins at 4 p.m.
Kirby said they have not yet nailed down the hours for the tasting room but he suspects it will be open on Friday and Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoons. Once they know for sure, they’ll add those hours to their Facebook page. The Sunken City website is under construction.
So, what do you think? Do you plan to head down for the open house?