Bristol, VA — By the end of 2014, Mitch Cox Construction will have completed over 25,000 square feet of historic renovation in the Tri-Cities. After the Tupelo Honey Cafe project where the MCC team renovated the historic CC&O train depot, they will be outfitting the former Bristol Fire Museum built in 1910 located at 221 Moore Street into a 15-barrel micro brewery with 15- and 30-barrel fermenters.
Studio Brew is family-owned brewery originating from Kingsport, TN. What once began as a household hobby for owners Erich and Pam Allen, has transformed into multi-million dollar operation that will change the face of downtown Bristol significantly. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“What a beautiful building to be able to renovate and create such a great business, and by having a microbrewery in this area we’ll have a tourist destination and a production facility,” Erich Allen said in a press release.
Mitch Cox Construction is the general contractor assigned with the task of preserving the the historical qualities of “The Warehouse Building” including the wood, original flooring, and brick. Phase I of the project begins with transforming the basement into a manufacturing facility, followed by Phase II which is banquet and eating space on the second floor, and finishing with Phase III office space on the third floor.
After two years of research and preparation, Erich Allen is excited to finally execute with Mitch Cox Construction. “We interviewed several qualified construction companies, the difference is Raymond McBride of Mitch Cox Construction listened to what I was saying. I own “eag design LLC.” an Audio/Video, Smart Home Technologies Company with over 19 years in the commercial & residential construction world. One of the biggest mistakes is when a contractor or subcontractor does not listen to their client which usually ends up with costly change orders and ill feelings. Every meeting that has followed we have noticed a genuine willingness to discuss in-depth our project and to head off any unforeseen issues that may follow.”
The opening date for Studio Brew is December 12, 2014.
For more information about Studio Brew, visit their website at
To watch the transformation of the warehouse building into Studio Brew Brewery, follow Mitch Cox Companies on Facebook where high-definition photos of the progress will be posted.


Owners, Erich and Pam Allen


A streetside view of the warehouse building prior to renovation


The profile of the warehouse building prior to construction


Another look at the front of the warehouse building on the historic district side


The basement of the warehouse building where the barrels and beer manufacturing operation will be installed


Another basement shot of where the beer will be moved to the cooling station close to the elevator


The second floor of the warehouse building where Studio Brew will be serving guests food and beer in a banquet hall environment


The third floor of the warehouse building which will be renovated into office space


The celebratory day of exchange of ownership of the warehouse building from the City of Bristol to Erich and Pam Allen

Founded in Johnson City in 1979, Mitch Cox Companies is a full-service real estate solutions company offering development, architectural, construction, brokerage, and commercial property management services. The company also manages hotel properties across the Southeast and Midwest U.S. and manages residential community associations in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee. To see our work, listings and news, visit our website, Facebook page, or call us at 423.282.6582.