Champion Brewing Company

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Champion Brewing Company
Type Brewery
Founded 2012
Founder Hunter W. Smith
Headquarters Charlottesville

Champion Brewing Company is a brewery that opened in Charlottesville in the fall of 2012. [1] [2]

In 2013, plans were announced to increase production to 10,000 barrels a year. [3] The company began sellings cans of its Killer Kolsch and Missile IPA in the spring of 2014.

In February 2020, the company announced plans to open a location in Lynchburg. [4]

The company now is part of the Champion Hospitality Group and has plans to open a restaurant in Gordonsville in the spring of 2021. [5]

In mid November 2021, Champion Brewing Company announced a merger with Reason Beer with both brands being retained. Champion will move production from the Woolen Mills to Reason's headquarters in Seminole Place. [6]

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Founded by Suffolk-native Hunter W. Smith, the tasting room and first brewery site is located on Sixth Street Southwest, toward the southern end of the Belmont Bridge.[2]


  1. Web. New beer for Belmont, Nate Deseline, Work It C'Ville, Daily Progress, July 20 2012, retrieved July 23 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. The Champion: Smith eyes Thanksgiving brewery opening, The Hook, August 6 2012, retrieved August 6, 2012.
  3. Web. CBJ: Top local business stories of 2013, Nate Deseline III, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 29, 2013, retrieved December 30, 2013.
  4. Web. Champion Brewing to open downtown, Rachel Smith, News Article, Lynchburg News & Advance, February 7, 2020, retrieved February 16, 2020.
  5. Web. Adaptive re-use: Main Street Gordonsville landmark expected to open as Champion Ice House in spring 2021, Morgan Edwards, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 27, 2020, retrieved December 27, 2020.
  6. Web. November 16, 2021: Greystar presents 490-unit Old Ivy Residences to Places29-Hydraulic group; Champion Brewing Company and Reason Beer to merge, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions, November 16, 2021, retrieved November 19, 2021.

External Links

Official site