The brewery itself was first thought of one day in 2012. Tommy, an avid home-brewer by this time started to brand his home-brew's as Dragon Run Brewing. That year for Christmas his sister's, Lindsay and Meredith, gave him a pint glass set that was branded Dragon Run Brewing, King and Queen, VA, EST: 2018, picking the year 2018, because they thought that would be a realistic goal.
After a few years, while vacationing in the mountains of Virginia, Lindsay approached Tommy and asked if he was still thinking of opening the brewery and that she thought they should give it a go. After deciding on the Middle Peninsula as their location, they started to contact property owners. They originally chose the historic Prestley Park as the location for the brewery, but after rising cost of renovations and delays they looked for a new location.
While looking for a new location for the production brewery, they found the Shacklefords location and thought it was the perfect first step as a tasting room and eventual Beer Lab.
Meet the Team
After starting out in Physics at Virginia Tech, Tommy found his true calling in the hospitality field and received his degree from East Carolina University in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Business Administration. He has been active in the hospitality field for the past 14 years with a specialty in sales and events management. He eventually became a General Manager for the Hampton Inn brand. Tommy is also a homebrewer and educated in brewing techniques for 8 years. Tommy is an avid hunter and college football fan so the fall tends to be his favorite time of the year.
Lindsay pictured here on one of her many fishing trips with her former mentor has previous experience in restaurants and bars, including being named bar manager in two pubs. Beginning her college career in Pulp and Paper Science at NC State, Lindsay then moved onto a passion in toxicology and obtained a degree in forensic chemistry from VCU. She was head of Research and Development and oversaw the Quality Control/Quality Assurance Department of a large private forensic toxicology lab in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lindsay is a member of the Master Brewers Association of Americas and the American Society of Brewing Chemists and has 8 years of experience in all aspects of brewery operations including malting, machine maintenance, filtration, bottling and kegging, bar construction and maintenance, and the laboratory department.