Henrico County, VA creates documentary on the James River Steam Brewery

A son of Yuengling, spooky caves, post Civil War boom, steam punks, fire devastation and craft beer…

You never know what you will dig up on Instagram… well you know you’ll get puppies, babies, selfies and what your friends are eating. But it has also become a really great way to network with craft beer people and hear about what is happening all over the state of Virginia.

vintage_rva has been a great follow, with beautiful photos of nature and city life in Richmond and other parts of the state. He also seems to be a craft beer lover and has posted several eerily cool and mysterious black and white photos of the ruins of the James River Steam Brewery caves.

He shared on Instagram that some of his photos were being used in this documentary created by Henrico County:

Frozen in Time: The Ruins of the James River Steam Brewery – May 20th, 2014.

This documentary will be airing on local channels in Richmond next week or you can watch it at the link.  It has a running time of just over 20 minutes and while it initially feels a little like the movies you had to watch on the 4th grade field trip to the local museum… BUT stick it out, it’s an interesting story with lots of great insight from historians, preservationists and architects.  It’s crazy to hear about the scale of the place… 400 barrels a day, a huge capacity for production, even by today’s standards. Sounds like Henrico County has some plans for development opportunities that will bring the ruins back to life.

Check it out and follow vintage_rva on instagram! And more insider reporting here complete with spelunking :

HOLMBERG: Deep-down RVA – a new life for 145-year-old underground beer vaults? | WTVR.com.

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