Locals react to Ballast Point taproom closing
Locals are reacting after Ballast Point announced it's closing its taproom and restaurant in Botetourt County at the end of September.
People said they are going to miss being able to grab a bite and a pint at the brewery.
“This was kind of our go-to place, so it is definitely a bummer to see it close,” regular Katelyn Carter said.
Carter goes to the brewery almost every Friday and is disappointed that she’ll have to find a new hangout spot.
“We are definitely going to have to make some stops by before they do close down,” she said.
Others who just discovered the location say the atmosphere kept them coming back.
“I went for the first time about a week ago and have been back twice since,” John Buscher said. “There’s not many other things in Botetourt like it, so it’s upsetting.”
Locals said the taproom is convenient, because similar locations are all farther away.
“It’s nice to have as many places as possible open here in Botetourt because we certainly need more to have places to go locally instead of having to drive to Roanoke,” James Blankenship said.
The Daleville location was a destination even to those from outside the county, making this a tough announcement for local leaders as well.
“This move comes as a total surprise to the County and to the community,” said County Administrator Gary Larrowe. “Ballast Point has been a great corporate citizen and draw for visitors to the County, which makes this decision all the more impactful.”
It’s also a decision that affects more than 40 employees - 25 full- and part-time positions and 16 temporary employees.