East Brother Beer Co. Is Expanding

Open since last December, the Richmond-based brewery will now be able to produce more lager.


Image by George Post, courtesy of East Brother Beer Co.

East Brother Beer Co., which launched last December in a 12,000-square-foot warehouse near the historic Richmond shipyards, broke ground last week on an expansion project set to more than double the brewery's capacity.

Since its December opening, East Brother Beer Co.'s 3,000-square-foot taproom -- separated from the brewing system by a "fence" of brewery essentials such as pallets and cans -- has seen the addition of outdoor seating, rotating food trucks, and other updates including its own logo-adorned ping-pong paddles. 

The current expansion entails four new vessels added to the cellar (fermentation-related) side of the brewhouse. East Brother Beer Co. produces IPAs, stouts, ales, and lagers -- and since lagers take longer to brew than ales, this expanson will give the company's popular lagers their own dedicated fermenters. 

“We’ve always been committed to producing a balanced portfolio of ales and lagers, and have been pleasantly surprised by demand for the latter,” says Rob Lightner, who co-founded the company last year with his longtime friend Chris Coomber. 

“We figured we’d need to expand at some point, but this is a bit earlier than expected. We’re not complaining – it’s a good problem to have.”

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