John Schoeb was searching for a place to relax and to spend time with friends and family, all while enjoying a cold beer with a view.
He teamed up with long time friend and fraternity brother, Andrew Messina, and together they purchased the former Crozet Moose Lodge and opened Pro Re Nata Brewing Co. in 2015. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Crozet, VA, Pro Re Nata found what it needed: the perfect spot.
David was born and raised in Charlottesville just a five-minute drive from Pro Re Nata. He started his career in the brewing industry in 2010 at Starr Hill Brewing in Crozet, Virginia where he first became passionate about the art and science of brewing. He then enrolled in the Craft Brewer’s Apprenticeship Program at The American Brewer’s Guild, an intensive brewing science and engineering program at one of only three brewing schools in the country at the time.
After completing the structured apprenticeship at Flying Dog Brewing in Frederick, Maryland, he was hired on and quickly worked his way up to Lead Pilot Brewer where he continued brewing for four years. Eventually, he wanted to get back to his home state of Virginia and bring what he had learned to the brewing scene there. After getting Trapezium Brewing in Petersburg, Virginia up and running and into state-wide distribution, he co-founded Three Roads Brewing in
Farmville, Virginia where he served as Brewmaster for the next five years; eventually opening a second production facility in nearby Lynchburg. Finally, after spending the entire summer of 2021 exploring the country looking for the next best opportunity to open or run a brewery, the call of his hometown brought him back to
Charlottesville. Having known the owners and brewers at Pro Re Nata since day one and watching its growth and opportunity to continue brewing beer in his hometown, it was a perfect fit to join the team as Head Brewer!
Today, along with new partners, PRN has expanded its offerings to include seasonal brews; cider; wine; Hops Kitchen™; live, local music every week; and so much more. All the while . . .
The beer keeps getting better and the view hasn't changed.
Our commitment to making a premium product doesn't stop at the brewing process, we have tapped into renewable energy sources in a productive way!
2016 saw the installation of 2 electric car charging stations and most recently, in 2020, we installed 250 solar panels that provide over 60% of our daily energy needs. We remain committed to doing our part.
With great beer comes great responsibility!
Thank you Central Virginia! Charlottesville’s Finest:
2021 BEST BREWERY
2021 BEST TAPROOM
On Tap in October: 2021 Anniversary Sour, Lumber Jill Smoked Lager, and Beans Deep Coffee Stout!
Weekends in October - SANGRIA! Peach, traditional Red and NEW traditional White made with Sauvignon Blanc!
Celebrate EARTH DAY EVERYDAY with an alternative to single use plastic! Purchase a Stainless Steel cup today and get $.25 off each refill.
Do your part. Drink Smart. Collect all 8!