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Camp Trapezium taproom opens in Amherst

Camp Trapezium taproom opens in Amherst

Trapezium Brewing Company's Camp Trapezium opened in Amherst Saturday. 

Camp Trapezium, at 140 Union Hill Road in Amherst, sits on 100 acres of what used to be the circa-1813 Amherst Milling Company, which produced flour and cornmeal for more than 200 years.

The property features a restaurant, brewery and taprooms, an eight-suite Airbnb in an old farmhouse and a sustainable permaculture farm to provide much of the food and beer ingredients, from yeast and honey to fruits and herbs. 

“We’re thrilled to have Camp Trapezium as part of the Town of Amherst, and to see the iconic Amherst mill brought back to life,” Sara Carter, Amherst Town Manager, said in a news release.

Trapezium Brewing, founded in Petersburg in 2016, distributes its beer throughout the state.

"The award-winning brewery is known for its innovative take on both classic and experimental beer styles," the release states. "The Camp Trapezium location will focus on spontaneous fermentation beers, farmhouse styles, and wild ales, with most ingredients grown on the farm or locally sourced. Camp Trapezium’s taproom will be a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, featuring brick oven pizza."

The renovation project was done by Waukeshaw Development, Trapezium’s parent company, which recently opened the 41-unit apartment building, The Westie, in the former Phelps Road School. The company also owns the former Winton Country Club, known now as Winton Farm.

Waukeshaw Chief Operating Officer Emily Sanfratella said in the news release that “from the moment we laid eyes on this property, we knew we had something special here. Converting a historic mill to a functioning brewery and taproom was no easy task, and our entire team has worked relentlessly to bring this place to life. We couldn’t be more excited to open our doors this weekend.”

The mill and surrounded buildings were renovated to the National Park Service and Virginia Department of Historic Resources' standards.

“Our goal in renovating was to preserve the unique character of this property, leaving as much of the original materials in place as possible," Waukeshaw President Dave McCormack said in a news release. "Accomplishing this while also bringing the building up to code was a challenge, but with the support and partnership of the town and county, we’ve succeeded.”

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