News Briefs for March 15, 2013March 15, 2013
•San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing is strengthening its East Coast presence with the construction of a second production facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The new, 58,000-square-foot brewery will ultimately have a capacity of 100,000 barrels per year, as well as a tasting room, beer garden and retail store. Slated to open in 2015, the $20 million project is expected to help Green Flash meet rising demand, particularly for its popular West Coast IPA and Hop Head Red labels. Established in 2002, Green Flash produces 10 year-round brews and an expanding lineup of seasonal and specialty labels. The brewer’s distribution footprint currently spans 37 states.
•Fast-casual dining chain Smashburger is set to enter Austin, Texas, with the opening of a new unit next week, and plans to bring two additional units to the city this year. The new 2,059-square-foot Smashburger will be located in Austin’s Southpark Meadows dining, shopping and entertainment complex and will have seating for 50 guests, with a patio offering 35 additional seats. Smashburger, known for its signature hamburgers, shakes and wine and craft beer offerings, currently has more than 200 corporate and franchise restaurants throughout 29 states and abroad.