Isley links brewing past to bright future

Let’s play Connect the Dots.

First, let’s connect Richmond’s newest brewery, Isley, with itself!

That’s easy. Winter Plumbing and Heating, the family business run by Mike Isley, who also owns the brewery, installed the plumbing in the original building back in 1920.

“We’re back here 90-plus years later,” Isley said, beaming.

Mike Isley, owner, kids around with Josh Stamps (left), head brewer, and Aaron Thackery, brewery manager, at Isley Brewing Co. in Scott's Addition

Mike Isley, owner, kids around with Josh Stamps (left), head brewer, and Aaron Thackery, brewery manager, at Isley Brewing Co. in Scott’s Addition

Next, let’s connect the dots of Isley Brewing Co.’s location, 1715 Summit Ave. in Scott’s Addition, with points in Richmond’s brewsy past. Two of the city’s brewing icons — Richmond Brewing Co. (later Home Brewing Co., maker of Richbrau beers) and Richmond Brewery (later Rosenegk Brewery) — co-existed within several blocks of each other a century ago in an area just east of Isley.

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I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. My most recent adventure is "Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age" published fall 2018 by University of Virginia Press. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. Send me an email at rvabeerguy@gmail.com. As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee
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