RICHMOND, Va. — Two years ago, when cousins Joey Darragh and Tony Giordano knew they wanted to open a brewery, they had one big question to answer: where to locate the venture.
“We knew we wanted it to be somewhere in Virginia,” Giordano said. “We just didn’t know where.”
Natives of Northern Virginia, the two had strayed from home to pursue school and different career paths – Darragh, an engineer for Tesla in California; and Giordano, an up-and-coming brewer at the Boulder Beer Co. in Colorado.
After a 10-year hiatus, the pair returned to their home state about two years ago – and came to Richmond to take in the city’s emerging craft beer culture, neighborhood revitalization and overall growth.
Their search for a brewery home was over.
“We made up our minds,” Darragh said. “This was where we needed to be.”