Oregon-based "beer spa" no longer coming to Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - An Oregon-based beer spa will no longer be making Roanoke its eastward expansion destination.

In March of 2018 Hop in the Spa owner Mike Boyle told WDBJ7 he planned to open his latest beer spa experience in Roanoke.

Boyle loves Deschutes beer, so he told WDBJ7 in 2018 that the move was a no-brainer.

“Then when Deschutes Brewery decided to build a plant here we decided to look into Roanoke,” said Boyle in his 2018 interview with WDBJ7. “We decided if it was good enough for them it was good enough for us.”

But because Deschutes Brewery scaled back its plans for Roanoke, laid off some of its staff and is currently holding off on an imminent move to Roanoke, Boyle changed his mind.

He told WDBJ7 over the phone on Thursday that not coming to Roanoke was a hard decision. Ultimately, he's decided to develop his second location in Pennsylvania instead.