ROANOKE, VA -- Deschutes Brewery is setting up an east coast operation. A crowd of several hundred residents and dignitaries turned out for the announcement in Virginia.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made the announcement, Tuesday. “And I’m proud to announce that Deschutes Brewery will invest $85 million and create 108 new jobs here in the city of Roanoke, Virginia.” The announcement was met with loud applause from the Roanoke crowd, a city of about 100,000.
Deschutes Brewery owner Gary Fish was on hand for the event, which was live streamed to company headquarters in Bend. He says city officials courted the brewery for more than four years, and he's glad the secret negotiations are finally over. “We can make beer anywhere. We’re very happy to be here in Roanoke. Now we can end the cloak and dagger portion of this project, and look forward to making some great beer here in Roanoke. Thank you very much.”
At the conclusion of the announcement event, Governor McAuliffe made a toast and the entire gathering was treated to bottles of the beer from Bend, Oregon.