Olde Salem Brewing Company opening location in downtown Roanoke

Published: Feb. 27, 2022 at 12:35 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Olde Salem Brewing Company is creating its second home at the site of the old Deschutes Brewery in downtown Roanoke.

According to owner Sean Turk, there is still a mound of work to be done, but the brewery hopes to open to guests at 315 Market St SE within the next month.

Turk has owned Olde Salem Brewing Company in downtown Salem since 2017. His plan to open a second location has been in place for a while, and a property in Wasena was purchased to do just that, but those plans are being scrapped, due to the property requiring more work than expected.

“Well there’s already a bunch of great breweries down here so we’re just trying to build on what they’ve got going, Deschutes did great down here and they were great to us as far as taking over this location so it is sad to see them go, but we’re excited to join all the other great breweries down here that are already doing great business,” said Turk.

Due to Virginia laws, Olde Salem must brew on site to operate as a sole taproom and not serve food. Turk estimates 20 percent of the total beer will come from the downtown location, which is equivalent in size to the Salem location.

Turk has also reached out to former Deschutes employees, offering them jobs with Olde Salem. One former Deschutes employee has already accepted that offer.

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