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Armed Forces Brewing Establishes Norfolk, Virginia, Headquarters

Armed Forces Brewing Company, a military tribute beer company, plans to establish its headquarters and first brewing facility in Norfolk, Virginia. The project is expected to create 47 jobs.

Located in the former O’Connor Brewing Company building, the investment will allow the company to expand national and global distribution.

“We are excited to open our flagship brewery and taproom in Norfolk, a great American city with a large population of veterans, active-duty military, and their families,” said Armed Forces Brewing Company CEO Alan Beal. “Virginia is one of the best states to open a brewing business in. Governor Youngkin called me and encouraged our team to take a close look at what Virginia has to offer, and we did. This is now our home base, and we’re committed to employing veterans and playing a vital part of the patriotic community in Norfolk.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Norfolk and the Hampton Roads Alliance to secure the project for Virginia and will support Armed Forces Brewing Company’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.

“Winning this project again demonstrates that Virginia’s logistics infrastructure and proximity to customers and suppliers are competitive advantages for companies in the food and beverage processing industry, the Commonwealth’s second-largest manufacturing sector,” noted Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Hampton Roads is known around the world for its distinguished military presence, and we are confident Norfolk will provide the talent Armed Forces Brewing Company is seeking.”

Available in stores in eight states and in 36 states by online mail ordering and shipping Armed Forces Brewing Company is a military tribute beer company that pays homage to the American military, both active duty and veterans. The company’s beer is already approved for distribution into Military Exchange stores, Walmart, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Fresh Market, H-E-B stores in Texas, and will launch into Sam’s Clubs in Fall 2023.

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