Two international shipping containers holding brewing equipment arrived at Pro Re Nata Brewery on Rt. 250 in Crozet August 21. Brewery owner Dr. John Schoeb said he expected brewing operations to beginning about a week later and that the brewery should open to the public sometime in September. “This is more fun than dentistry,” he said as he unloaded the containers, a delicate operation risking damage to the tanks that was handled adroitly.
The brewery’s parking lot now includes a 49–foot food trailer and chef Kenneth Taylor has arrived from Phoenix, Arizona, to handle the cooking operation. Brewmaster Brad Hulewicz, formerly with Mad Fox Brewery in Falls Church, will handle brewing operations. The tasting room will have eight taps. Brian Combs, who has been to brewing school and has been involved in a family brewery in New York, will be the brewery’s general manager.