CEO Lisa Pumphrey told the outlet that the novel coronavirus was a deciding factor in not renewing its lease on the space, and the company will pivot into adding distilled spirits to its portfolio, which will be produced in addition to beer at its production facility.
The Shockoe taproom’s brewing equipment has been removed and converted in Goochland to make hand sanitizer, Pumphrey said.
Lickinghole opened in Shockoe in November 2017, shortly after it announced a $14 million expansion of its Goochland headquarters, which included $300,000 in state grants, provided it hit metrics such as creating 59 new jobs by 2020 and sourcing the vast majority of its ingredients from Virginia.
Lickinghole Creek’s taproom closure is more permanent from the closings of the Three Floyds Brewing Co.’s brewpub in Munster, Indiana, and Flying Dog Brewery’s taproom in Frederick, Maryland. Those breweries announced indefinite closures of their taprooms.