CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville location of Hardywood Craft Brewery will be shutting its doors in December. A Facebook post officially announced the closing date of December 23.

All employees will have an opportunity to remain with Hardywood. The brewery will relocate to its West Creek facility in Richmond and is looking to lease the Charlottesville space.

Statement from Hardywood in regards to the closing: 

"Several years ago, Hardywood took significant steps to set a course for its future, building first a satellite Pilot Brewery and Taproom in Charlottesville, and then a larger production brewery in West Creek. Since then, the Pilot Brewery has been central to our research and development efforts. Opening in April 2018, our West Creek facility has become a major draw, with over 150,000 visitors in its first year, and our wholesale sales have grown significantly, requiring increasing investment and focus on the distribution side of our business. To continue building upon current synergies, Hardywood has made the difficult decision to relocate our 3.5 barrel Pilot Brewery to West Creek, and to discontinue operating our Charlottesville taproom effective December 23, 2019. All Hardywood employees in Charlottesville have been invited to remain valued members of our team.

The 3,367 sq ft facility at 1000 W. Main Street is ideal for a restaurant, cafe, or brewpub, and will be available for occupancy in January, 2020. Interested parties with strong credit that would like to learn more about leasing this prime retail space between Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall and UVA, please inquire by email to cville@hardywood.com.

To those that have supported our taproom in Charlottesville, thank you so much! We encourage you to continue visiting throughout November and December, and to join us for a special sendoff on Sunday, December 22."