‘Farm to Pint’ Brewery Planned for Historic Thomasson Barn

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments | Bristow Biz
Photo of the Thomasson Barn from Novahistory.org.

Photo of the Thomasson Barn from Novahistory.org.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced its intent to sell the historic Thomasson Barn, located at 9349 Hornbaker Road in Innovation Park, to Silva Holdings, Co., along with 6 acres of land surrounding the site, for $1 million.

As part of the sales agreement, Silva Holdings will restore the historical landmark which will be incorporated into an $8 million destination brewery, bistro and distribution facility operating under the name 2 Silos Brewing Company.  In addition to the $8 million in capital investment, the project is expected to create more than 100 new jobs.

Once fully built out, the multi-faceted campus will include: a brewery and packaging facility; bistro and tasting room; company retail store; beer garden; hops fields; garden; walking trails; and bocce courts.  The project will be developed in two phases; phase one involves the restoration of the Thomasson Barn to establish the brewery and beer garden, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

County supervisors praised the project.

“The preservation and reuse of the Thomasson Barn has long been a desire of the board and is identified as a strategic priority in our Comprehensive Plan,” said Chairman At-large Corey Stewart (R). “The planned use as a microbrewery and bistro will provide an amenity for the companies located in and around Innovation Park and will make the area even more attractive for companies that are considering locating to the area.”

“This project embodies the type of development I have been pushing for in Prince William County,” said Brentsville District Supervisor, Jeanine Lawson (R). “It supports our agribusiness community, provides for family gatherings and enhances Innovation Park for our business community.”

“Prince William County is the perfect location for our newest brewery operation.  Its strategic location and easy access will allow us to serve customers locally as well as throughout the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.  Our multi-faceted brewery campus will bring a new and dynamic lifestyle experience that will complement the County’s already growing entertainment and recreation base. Prince William County is well-known as a community which offers “something for everyone” and 2 Silos Brewing Company will underscore that,” said Forrest Morgan, Brewmaster and co-founder.

The Thomasson Barn was owned and operated as a dairy barn in 1929 by William T. Thomasson. The milking barn was constructed using textile hollow-tile terracotta blocks and is reminiscent of  a two-story barn of that era, utilizing the two silos for grain feed storage, the first floor for milking cows and the second floor for hay storage. The protracted decline of the dairy industry in Prince William County led to the eventual ceasing of operations at the barn, which has been left vacant for over 50 years. This restoration project, therefore, transitions the Thomasson Barn from County surplus to a newly categorized commercial real estate property and taxable commodity for the County, while enabling citizens and visitors to appreciate their rich cultural heritage anew. 

About Silva Holdings Co.

Silva Holdings Company’s concepts are individually tailored to meet the needs of a specific market segment, resulting in a collection that is distinguished by a uniquely personal, guest-centric approach to hospitality.  To learn more about the company, please email at: info@silvaholdings.com

Press release submitted by the Prince William County Department of Economic Development. 

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