Police-Themed Brewery Opens In Virginia With Prison Cell Restroom
Virginia Beach, VA – A police-themed bar has opened in Virginia, and one of the favorite parts for customers is the restroom.
That’s because the owners decorated the restroom so it looks much like the prison cell of Andy DeFresne in the movie Shawshank Redemption.
“You know what?” a woman at the back of the Thin Brew Line brewery said, according to The Virginian-Pilot. “The bathrooms are the best thing here!”
The police-themed brewery founded by police officers and family members opened in February offering craft beers.
The bar’s Facebook page states, “Founded by former police officers and family members, blue blood runs throughout our facility and guides our community involvement.”
The bar holds many fundraising events that are police related. For example, the bar had a fundraising event for the Retired Police Canine Foundation on March 14.
The brewery also has named many of its recipes after first responders and says it donates a portion of the sales to those organizations.
The bar sells a dry Irish stout named “An Garda Siochana” after an Irish police force, according to the brewery’s website. A portion of the sales from that beer to the Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association Local 34.
Sales from the brewery’s Fire Engine Red craft beer go to support charities supported by local fire stations, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Bobby Winn, a retired Virginia Beach police officer, is the brewer. Jay Gates, Thin Brew Line’s owners, has a brother who is with the Virginia Beach Police Department, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Virginia Police Sergeant Michael Gates has a small minority ownership in the brewery.
The bar has numerous flags that represent various Emergency Medical Service, police and fire rescue organizations, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
The bar attracts many first responders, including customers from the Virginia Beach helicopter patrol to the Newport News Pipes and Drum Corps.