MoMac Brewing is the pioneer brewery in Western Branch, located on the city limit line directly between Chesapeake and Portsmouth. MoMac is close to the water and the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel which is the inspiration behind the creative name. MoMac Brewing Company is the first of its kind in this popular community. During its first year of business, this brewery has made a lasting impression on its patrons for their award winning craft beer and genuine hospitality.
Location was one of the most important things to MoMac’s owners. Scott Krick, one of the five business partners that started MoMac said, “Finding the right spot was the biggest challenge. We didn’t want a small tasting room, we had to have space for our guests and we wanted parking. It was important to us to be in an area that could reach multiple cities.”
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MoMac does just that with it’s large open floor plan, outdoor seating, abundance of parking and even a kids play area so parents and families can make MoMac a weekend date night.
Krick and his business partners opened MoMac for a simple reason: the love of craft beer and the community. “We didn’t get in this to be on everyone’s grocery shelf,” Krick said. “ We want to be local, stay local and help this community. We know that without the them we wouldn’t be here. We do a lot of events to bring the community together and giving back to it. It isn’t our mission to take over the world of craft beer, it’s our mission to invest in this neighborhood.”
MoMac is for locals, run by five local partners who are all successful entrepreneurs. All beer lovers and all local, including the head brewer, Chris, who was trained overseas at Brewlab UK before returning back home to Chesapeake to work at MoMac.
The brewery has 17 beers on tap that would appeal to anyone and everyone. Citra Back and Relax is a must try IPA made with citra hops. In house, the most popular on tap is the JIB Blonde Ale, a must try for anyone new to MoMac’s craft beers. MoMac’s Craney Island brown Ale took a bronze medal at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild this past year, not bad for year one.
MoMac’s slogan, appropriately so, is “Drink Mo Beer,” and it’s not hard to considering the care and quality with which Kirck and his team make their beers. Scattered around the bar are a slew of regulars that come back daily for a sip of this brewery’s cold, delicious craft beer.
“If you make good beer, you can sell it. People want local and they want craft,” Krick said and judging by the familiarity with with he greets most guests, the people want to come back time and time again.
MoMac Brewing is approaching its one year anniversary, July 6th, with two anniversary release beers and, in true MoMac fashion, a Freakin Firkin Frenzy party on Saturday, July 7th starting at noon.
“Last year has been amazing, it went so quickly,” Krick explained. “If you were to tell me on day one that within the first year we would be in 85 bars and restaurants from Charlottesville to Virginia Beach, I wouldn’t have believed it.” MoMac has quickly turned into a local’s favorite and they are excited to celebrate this first milestone with the community and their guests.
The two special anniversary beers MoMac is releasing on July 6th we’re created before doors even opened over a year ago meaning they’ve aged these brews to perfection. At the Freakin Firkin Frenzy, guests can expect Guest Firkins, great local music and local food trucks all under a large outdoor tent.
MoMac’s Freakin Firkin Frenzy is free and open to the public, the only requirement is that you like good beer because MoMac has a ton of it! Check them out on Facebook or Instagram at MoMac Brewing Company or on their website at www.MoMacBrewing.com.