Champion Opens Ice House
Champion Brewing Company and the Champion Hospitality Group has opened Champion Ice House Brewery at 212 Main Street in Gordonsville, Virginia. The restaurant and brewery is a partnership between Champion Brewing Company’s owner Hunter Smith, and BBQ Exchange’s Craig Hartman.
Champion owner Hunter Smith said, “Ice House is a relaxed gathering space where visitors can enjoy iced down beers, play yard games, enjoy local foods, and laugh with friends. At Champion, we love providing a space where our award-winning beer is paired with Craig’s excellent fried chicken in a laid-back atmosphere.”
The historic building, the town’s Memorial Hall, was renovated to take full advantage of its outdoor courtyard; an oasis with large picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, drink rails, and a large gas firepit. For those wanting a little friendly competition, there are setups for bocce and cornhole.
Craig Hartman’s BBQ Exchange has been celebrated on national “Best of” lists and featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Gordonsville was once known as the “Fried Chicken Capital of the World,” according to Harper’s Bazaar in the 1860s, when travelers on the Ohio Rail Line would be greeted at The Gordonsville Station by “Waiter Carriers” selling fried chicken to train passengers.
Ice House offers a menu of fried chicken and other dishes that reflect the region and Southern hospitality. Champion beer selections include the introduction of Gordonsville Lager, (IBU 30, 3.6% ABV) an American Style Light Lager, along with Champion favorites: Missile IPA, Shower Beer, and True Love.