Starr Hill is Coming Home to Downtown Cville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – (June 26, 2019) Starr Hill Brewery is proud to announce its return to downtown Charlottesville in 2020 with the opening of Starr Hill Downtown. The new pilot brewery and tap room will be a cornerstone of the new Dairy Market project on Preston Avenue. Two decades after opening its Brewery and Music Hall in its namesake neighborhood, Starr Hill will return to its home in Charlottesville.


The original Starr Hill Brewery and Music Hall opened in 1999 on West Main Street where national bands such as My Morning Jacket, Kenny Chesney and the Avett Brothers performed. Starr Hill Music Hall closed in 2007 shortly after the brewery’s move into the former ConAgra Frozen Food Plant in Crozet, which remains its primary production facility. As Starr Hill celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019, the opening of its newest location in the Dairy Market will mark a homecoming to the area where the brewery began its journey.

“We are excited to be returning to our roots in Downtown Charlottesville,” says Duke Fox, Vice President of Sales. “We have been looking to find a great location in Downtown Charlottesville for many years and we are thrilled to partner with the Stony Point team to bring their vision of a local food hall concept to our home town.”


Starr Hill Downtown will be an anchor tenant in the Dairy Market project being managed by Stony Point Design/Build. The Dairy building was constructed in 1937 with the Monticello Dairy as the original tenant. The Dairy Market will include food stalls, restaurants and retail with an open food market concept that will feature the best of Charlottesville’s local food offerings.

“Stony Point Design/Build is thrilled that Starr Hill Brewery is returning to its Charlottesville roots as a founding merchant at Dairy Market, a first-of-its-kind market hall in Central Virginia,” says Stony Point President, Chris Henry. “Starr Hill Brewery will compliment a carefully curated selection of Virginia’s leading purveyors, culinary talents, and artisans to creates a truly unique shopping and dining destination just steps from the other original brewery location. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Starr Hill Brewery to the Dairy Market.”


Starr Hill Downtown will occupy 4,200 square feet on the northeast corner of the Dairy building with an additional 1,000 square foot patio. Starr Hill will offer its customers a comfortable setting in which to dine on the broad food options from the local market vendors while sampling some of Starr Hill’s best beers. A 5-barrel brewing system will allow Starr Hill to further experiment with new, small batch beers while still offering customers an opportunity to drink the brewery’s core, seasonal and sour offerings. Starr Hill Downtown customers can expect flexible seating options in an aesthetic environment that pays homage to the local Charlottesville music scene.

“The local craft beer market has exploded since we left the Starr Hill neighborhood in 2007,” says Brewmaster, Robbie O’Cain. “Charlottesville is recognized as one of the most vibrant craft beer markets on the East Coast and we are excited to rejoin our fellow local craft breweries to continue to expand the local craft beer scene.”

Information about hiring positions and official opening events will be posted at a later date on www.StarrHill.com. Follow updates on social media via Starr Hill Downtown’s accounts: Facebook.com/StarrHillCville, Twitter: @StarrHillCville and Instagram: @StarrHillCville.

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Born in a Charlottesville music hall in 1999, Starr Hill is an independent, regional craft brewery founded out of a passion for great beer and live music. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 22 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Headquartered in Crozet, VA, Starr Hill Brewery is Virginia’s largest independent craft brewer. Fans can also visit the Pilot Brewery & Stage in Roanoke, VA, and the new Starr Hill Beer Hall & Rooftop in Richmond, VA, scheduled to open Fall 2019.