Mountain Valley Brewing Doubles Production at Henry County, Virginia Facility
After establishing a hop farm in 2014, owners Herb Atwell and Peggy Donivan opened Henry County’s first craft brewery in spring 2017. Now, in response to surging demand from locals and visitors alike, the couple is constructing a new brew house to double production capacity, adding an event space, and increasing the size of its tasting room.
As an incentive, the Commonwealth is partnering with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation and Mountain Valley Brewing on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Governor Northam approved a $20,000 grant from the AFID Fund, which Henry County will match with local funds.
“We are very grateful for the support of Governor Northam, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation,” said Mountain Valley Brewing owners Herb Atwell and Peggy Donivan. “Our local partners, local residents, and fellow business owners have welcomed our farm brewery into the community and we are looking forward to giving back through this expansion. The improvements to our facility and venue will give us the opportunity to help benefit local contractors, vendors, artisans, and farmers and help to create additional jobs to support the local economy. We look forward to helping grow and work with Henry County, to make a better place for all.”
“Investments like this brew new jobs, tourism opportunities, and tap new markets for Virginia’s farmers, as craft breweries source products like grain, hops, fruit, herbs, and other agricultural products,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “The success of farm-based craft breweries like Mountain Valley Brewing demonstrate the key role that agriculture and tourism can have in bringing prosperity to every corner of our Commonwealth.”
“Craft beverages are serious business for the Commonwealth and an important part of our agribusiness economy. Virginia’s beer industry alone has a $9 billion annual economic impact,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. “I am pleased we could partner with Henry County through the AFID Program to support this local business in a quickly growing industry.”
“Mountain Valley is a great example of a business being invested in its community,” said Valerie Harper, Small Business Director for Martinsville-Henry County. “The company is expanding with new jobs and capital investment, and they love to partner with other local businesses. It has created a wonderful venue for the public to enjoy. This a win for the business and the Henry County area.”
“Since it opened its taproom doors, Mountain Valley Brewing has continued to grow as a tourism hotspot for Martinsville-Henry County, and we couldn’t be more proud of our community’s first brewery,” said Director of Tourism for Martinsville-Henry County Sarah Hodges. “With the popularity of craft beer and breweries on the rise throughout the Commonwealth, Mountain Valley Brewing is helping to attract new visitation to Martinsville-Henry County and enhancing visitor experience.”
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