Triple Crossing Brewing jumps into Stone territory

Posted at 11:27 AM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 11:27:40-05

RICHMOND, Va. — More beer business is brewing in Richmond’s Fulton Hill area.

As California-based Stone Brewing Co. puts the finishing touches on its massive facility on Williamsburg Avenue, the local Triple Crossing Brewing is planning to up its own production output at a building it purchased a half mile away.

Triple Crossing announced Monday it has bought a 30,700-square-foot building at 5203 Hatcher St., just off Williamsburg Avenue to the south of the Stone site. The building, which previously housed Lakeside Heating, A/C & Plumbing Services, is directly across Hatcher from the S.B. Cox salvage yard.

Adam Worcester, who started Triple Crossing in April 2014 with fellow owners Scott Jones and Jeremy Wirtes, said the building will supplement Triple Crossing’s smaller downtown facility at 113 S. Foushee St. That location will remain open and continue to brew its current output of just less than 1,000 barrels a year.

“We knew early on that we wanted to start with something small and see how the concept worked and how the beer was received,” he said. “We started to very quickly realize we had something that most businesses are very happy to have, which is a supply-and-demand imbalance. We were having lots more people ask for our product than we were able to produce.”

The larger facility will allow Triple Crossing to add nearly 3,000 barrels to that annual output, Worcester said. It also provides space for canning and bottling operations and room to grow its production over time. The additional production would primarily consist of Triple Crossing’s Falcon Smash IPA, Worcester said.

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