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Alexandria: New Chapter for Port City Brewing Company - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Sep 14,2016
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,

Port City Brewing Company’s taproom. Photo by Vernon Miles.

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By Vernon Miles

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Port City Brewing Company, an Alexandria-based brewery, is making a major step to increase its manufacturing capacity with the help of state and city funds. On Aug. 31, Port City CEO Bill Butcher sat down with Mayor Allison Silberberg and Gov. Terry McAuliffe for a drink. The choice of beer was Port City’s Optimal Wit; the topic of conversation was a $500,000 check from the State of Virginia and the City of Alexandria to help fund the expansion of Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company.

Half of the funding comes from the state’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, the other half is matching funds from the city required by the state grant. The company, in turn, will buy 75 percent of its agricultural products from Virginia farmers and will pay $300,000 back to the city over the next five years in tax revenue.

The investment will fund an expansion of Port City’s bottling and storage capacities. The funding helps pay for a 6,000-square-foot cold-storage warehouse down the street and added brewing capacity. Part of the city funding is dedicated to building a new bikeshare station at the site and expanding bicycle parking to encourage ridership to the brewery.

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