Redbeard Brewing Company, LLC is downtown Staunton’s first brewery since prohibition. The brewery, a 40 seat Taproom, and outdoor Beer Garden are located at 120 S. Lewis St in the Wharf District. 8 or more American, English, and Belgian Ales are available mere feet from where they were brewed, fermented, and packaged. The majority of Redbeard Brewing Company’s beers are as close to “Real Ale” as you will find in Virginia, as all are warm fermented, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated in the kegs they are served from. We brew Small Batches of Big Beers for our neighbors and visitors to enjoy.
Founder and Head Brewer Jonathan Wright says, “Our hope is to create a multi-generational manufacturing and service business in Staunton. My wife Fara has become an accomplished “Cellarman” in the time we’ve been open, and we hope our daughter Scarlett, and son Owen will become integral parts of the company as they and the business grow. And we strive to be good “corporate citizens” in our community. Our Brewery and Taproom are a tourism draw for the City of Staunton, creating revenues for other local businesses, as well as meals and hotel taxes for the City.
Jonathan returned to Staunton in 2010 after spending 10 years in Richmond, VA. In his first stint as a Stauntonian, he was an employee at numerous local restaurants, and worked closely with ShenanArts as a teenager and young adult. He received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from VCU but, after producing and directing two successful plays with Fara, they realized they did not want to live the life of theatre professionals. Jonathans interest in craft beer began at the Baja Bean Company Restaurant here in Staunton; as one of the restaurant’s first employees he was introduced to craft beers by one of the restaurant’s managers. He began home brewing, and after the first batches, immediately decided he should get back into the “family business.” As the Wright family has been in Virginia for almost 350 years, and as far back as can be remembered, someone in the family has made alcohol. We are proud to continue the tradition, and hope to create some new ones.