“Lynchburg’s now the place to go”: New brewery opens on Main Street

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — There seems to be a boost in new businesses opening in Lynchburg, especially near Main Street, where two-way traffic is bringing more folks downtown.

Downtown Lynchburg’s newest brewery, Champion Brewing Company, opened its doors for the first time this weekend on 10th and Main streets.

Regardless of nearby construction, the brewery expects to attract lots of people and become a Lynchburg favorite.

“I’ve been in Roanoke for a long time, lived there my entire life. Lynchburg’s now the place to go,” said Brendan Gallagher.

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With several new downtown bars and more visitors in Lynchburg, many people are excited for the future of downtown.

“Pretty much every weekend we go to Rooftop Seven and ‘Greenhaus.’ We went to The Water Dog a lot back in the day. It’s definitely changed over the years,” said Steven Bigham.

Champion Brewing’s main location is in Charlottesville. The Lynchburg location was originally set to make its debut back in spring, but with the Main Street Renewal Project in effect, the opening was delayed until the fall.

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Director of Retail Operations, Sean Chandler, says even with slowed progress, they’re hoping traffic will come their way.

“One of the things that people will appreciate when they first walk in is the décor,” said Chandler. “The way it’s been designed, moving into the back, we go into a more urban graffiti-feel area with arcades and dartboards.”

Champion Brewing has eight beers on tap and plans to add more. In addition, over the next few weeks, the brewery plans to offer creative performances.

Chandler says he’s hoping the fun, relaxed atmosphere attracts people of all ages, from Lynchburg residents to out-of-town visitors.

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