Heritage Brewing Co. will expand to new Manassas mixed-use center

By Drew Hansen

Heritage Brewing Co. is expanding into a larger location in Manassas that will triple its production capacity.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Heritage will invest $8.9 million to expand its brewery into a new 35,000-square-foot facility and will create 66 new jobs.

McAuliffe signed off on a $250,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund for the expansion efforts. The city of Manassas will match the grant with local funds, according to the governor’s office.

Heritage qualified for the agriculture grant because of its commitment to sourcing and purchasing Virginia-grown ingredients in its supply chain. Port City Brewing Co. in Alexandria received a similar grant last year after local economic development officials determined its purchase of state-grown wheat opened it to qualification.

The brewery currently makes its home at 9436 Center Point Lane in an industrial park. It will move to Buchanan Partners' new 40-acre mixed-use development called The Landing at Cannon Branch located on Gateway Boulevard. The new location will include a brewpub. Heritage opened a pub in Arlington County’s Clarendon neighborhood in April. Heritage has plans for more brewpubs, according to the governor’s office.

Veritas Coffee Co., an affiliate of Heritage, will also have a production facility at the new site.

“We had a big dream and thanks to amazing partnerships we are excited to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to our community,” Heritage owner Sean Arroyo, a Manassas native, said in a press release. “This will be a truly unique destination for the region.”

Arroyo served in the Marines and Army from 2002 to 2013. He founded the brewery shortly after leaving the military. Heritage now produces five flagship beers, including the Freedom Isn’t Free IPA and Kings Mountain Scotch Ale, as well as seasonal selections.

The Landing at Cannon Branch, which broke ground in December, will include a hotel, retail and office space and 270 new homes from Stanley Martin Homes, according to Potomac Local. Work is expected to begin at Heritage’s facility there before the end of the year.