Tales of Construction
Our tale starts 2 years ago, with formulation of VAFB grant and working with several government organizations to create a viable business plan to secure financing. Once this was in place we began on the restructuring of our entrance and restoration of the barn to accommodate the needs of our new business.
Craig and Ray handled all the heavy lifting for most of this project, with the help of contractors here and there.
They worked around our scheduled weddings of last year with complete dedication to our clients and brides ensuring no construction was visible. They also had to harvest our hops in between demolition. This all began with moving all the driveways on our farm to allow room for new traffic patterns and accommodate tour buses and deliveries. (this by the way, made morning commutes super fun during the dark winter months).
Next, they tackled the demolition of the interior space of ten stalls in the stable. We have employed the use of cranes to move existing buildings and granaries to allow for expansion of the brewing facility and new tasting room additions.
Concrete trucks and dump trucks were in and out of Hermitage Hill for nearly two months creating the new foundation setting the stage to showcase this incredible renovation.
A unique building design was decided considering weather, deliveries and most importantly a fantastic customer experience.
Where horses once lived, there is not one bad seat in the house! Fireplaces at table level so everyone in the room can enjoy, massive glass windows that invite your eye to the rolling farm lands and magnificent views of the Blue Ridge mountains. The interior of the stable was improved with more fireplaces, air conditioned center aisle which transformed that space to a true four season event space. The stable was no exception in all the construction, we renovated every stall. New stall grills so horses can watch our guests, stall mats and insulated waterers, gorgeous wooden barn doors with huge windows and the coolest lighting extending the entire length of the barn. The renovation is so beautiful, most of brides are choosing the stable as a unique ceremony location.
The stable barn is 288 feet long, we have carefully designed the event venue as an exclusive private space and still maintain a working stable in just over half of this incredible barn. Every horse at our farm is spoiled with dedicated barns in every paddock so we only bring horses to the stable for events which creates the ultimate experience for both visitors and horses.
The construction grinded forward for months with anticipation of our brewery tanks being delivered and the race against the clock pushed us to work harder, longer hours and sometimes seven days a week. We embraced our location with the addition of black iron stall dividers, carriage lighting, barn fans, tin ceilings and tons of character filled wood work and beams. Reclaimed stall oak and hickory wood details our tasting room bar, true stall dividers in our restrooms complete with horseshoe handles are just a few of the amazing details found in every portion of this renovation.
The exterior of the barn has been sided with inviting cedar wood shakes while the industrial barn sits quietly disguised before you amongst a grove of spruce trees.
Detail after detail played into every decision. Designing a facility that lives amongst a farming community was especially challenging and we hope you will visit Stable Craft Brewing to experience this one of a kind farm.