Deschutes Brewery Opening Tasting Room in Roanoke

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Deschutes2Rke in … August?

The brewery, which is planning an $85 million production facility in Roanoke, will open a tasting room modeled after its public houses in Bend and Portland downtown this summer.

renderingsThe tasting room will be a 315 Market St. and include more than 15 taps of Deschutes beers, growler fill-ups, merchandise, and food. Details are still in the works, but the location will likely include indoor and outdoor seating and ready-to-eat foods crafted by local restaurants.

“Roanoke is home to us now and we wanted to put down some roots while we plan for breaking ground on our new brewery east of town,” said Nate Brocious, tours and tasting room manager of Deschutes Brewery.

The Roanoke Regional Partnership played a vital role in helping the brewery select the region for its East Coast facility. See the full timeline of the Deschutes project, which was announced in 2016.

Learn more about plans for the downtown tasting room from Deschutes Brewery.

ICYMI – Deschutes Brewery is bringing the Street Pub back to Roanoke this summer. The event, scheduled for July 15, broke records in the Roanoke Region last year for the number of kegs consumed (241) while raising $81,000 for nine local nonprofits.

The Blue Ridge Marathon is for Runners … And You!

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Grab your cow bells and get ready to cheer on runners in the seventh running of the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon on Saturday.

Even if you aren’t participating in one of the four races – marathon, half marathon, Anthem Star 10K, or Carilion Children’s Family One-Miler – you can be a vital part of the experience. From volunteers to friendly faces along the route, it takes the support of the community to make runners from all over the country feel at home and give them that final push to cross the finish line.

So come out this weekend. Ring a bell. Make a sign. Shout words of encouragement. Support runners as they power through America’s Toughest Road Marathon. (You can find the perfect spot using one of the course maps.)

And then come out to Elmwood Park and celebrate after the race. There will be plenty of food, beer, and live music. If you can’t make it during the Finish Festival, come back to the Galactic show at 6 p.m. The New Orleans-based funk band features an eclectic mix of vocals and instrumentals and is sure to be a blast. (Tickets are still available.)

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5 Ways to Participate in the Blue Ridge Marathon (That Don’t Include Running)

  1. Cheer on the runners from a spot along the course (bonus points for having a creative sign)
  2. Volunteer on race day (it’s not too late)
  3. Watch the races live on WDBJ7 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  4. Come to the Finish Festival and congratulate a runner (track your pals along the way on the race app)
  5. Get your groove on with live music at Down by Downtown (three days of live music, starting Thursday)

Blue Ridge Marathon

  • When: April 16, races start at 7:30 a.m.
  • Where: Start and finish at Elmwood Park
  • Finish festival: Expect to find food trucks, craft beer, artists and vendors and plenty of live music. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Down by Downtown: Get Galactic tickets online; Friday pre-race concert featuring Rumpke Mountain Boys and Annabelle’s Curse is free

Downtown Roanoke Kayak Launch Just $10,000 From Reality; Donations Needed

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ROANOKE, Va. (December 14, 2015) – Another asset in the Roanoke Region’s growing number of outdoor amenities – a new kayak launch close to downtown – is a step closer to reality with $67,000 in cash and in-kind donations.

The launch, to be built off South Jefferson Street  near the intersection with Reserve Avenue, next to The Bridges development, will be a convenient way to access the Roanoke River, halfway between Wasena Park and Piedmont Park.

At a news conference this morning at the site, supporters encouraged the community to raise the additional $10,000 needed before construction can begin.

“Through in-kind donations and corporate sponsorships we are 85 percent of the way to building the first public boat launch built with private money – no tax dollars,” said Pete Eshelman, director of outdoor branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership and the Roanoke Outside Foundation. “The support we’ve seen demonstrates the desire to make Roanoke the best outdoor town on the East Coast.”
The put-in will make it easier to launch a kayak, canoe or inner tubes closer to the region’s urban core along the Roanoke River Blueway, a water trail that runs from the South Fork of the Roanoke River at East Montgomery County Park to Hardy Road in Bedford County at Smith Mountain Lake. The blueway also includes sections of the South Fork Roanoke River, Tinker Creek, and Back Creek.

“Adding a kayak launch to The Bridges is consistent with our vision to create a new destination to live, work and play,” said Aaron Ewert, project manager for The Bridges. “A kayak launch in the middle of an urban core is not just a great amenity to support our growing outdoor culture – it’s what young professionals, entrepreneurs and businesses are looking for when choosing places to live and invest.”

The launch is made possible by several corporate donors pledging money and in-kind services. They include UBS, Carilion Clinic (the property), Boxley Materials (concrete for construction), E.C. Pace (excavation and grading) and MB Contractors (construction). Once built, the facility will be managed by the City of Roanoke.

“With some of our area’s leading companies stepping up, everyone has the opportunity to bring us to the finish,” Eshelman said. “We challenge our community to raise the additional funds needed to create a new dimension in our ongoing strategy to focus on our outdoor assets to attract those who value easy access to the outdoors.”

It’s easy to make a donation through the Roanoke Outside Foundation. “Every dollar counts, and it’s 100 percent tax-deductible,” Eshelman said. “Any amount will go directly to create this community asset.”

Online and mail-in donations are accepted.

The kayak launch adds another element to The Bridges, which now includes Starbuck’s, the 157-unit South16 apartments, Dr Pepper Park at the Bridges and Moe’s Southwest Grill now under construction.