Chesapeake Bay Distillery to Expand in Virginia Beach

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Distillery, headquartered in Virginia Beach, has announced plans to expand its small-craft distillery and relocate to the resort district. The company manufactures Blue Ridge Vodka, Beach Vodka and Chicks Beach Rum. 


Chesapeake Bay Distillery was established in 2005 by Chris Richeson. The company started making Blue Ridge Vodka at a 1,450-square-foot facility at 2669 Production Road in the Lynnhaven corridor of Virginia Beach.


The new location will allow the distillery to greatly expand operations and tap into the lively atmosphere of the Virginia Beach resort area. Chesapeake Bay Distillery will be one of the first businesses in the Beach’s new creative district at the resort. This move is expected to help kick off the arts district and attract other businesses.


Chesapeake Bay Distillery will open a 5,180-square-foot manufacturing facility and tasting room at 437 Virginia Beach Blvd., near Baltic Avenue The move requires a conditional use permit and approval by the City Council. That action is anticipated in February.


“Chesapeake Bay Distillery has built a growing reputation for its quality products, and this new location will support the company’s development of a national brand,” said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris. “The ViBe District is the perfect location for this type of unique destination small business. We’re expecting many more creative companies to join them soon.”


The Virginia Beach Development Authority has awarded an Economic Development Investment Program grant in the amount of $15,000 based on the capital investment of $1,218,000 in the property and improvements.  



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