Green Flash Brewing Co is the latest Californian craft brewer heading for the US east coast after announcing plans for a new US$20m facility.

The San Diegeo-based firm broke ground on a 58,000-square-foot site in Virginia Beach, Virginia, yesterday. In addition to a brewery, the site will also include a tasting room and beer garden.

Green Flash said it expects the facility to open in 2016 and will have an annual capacity of 100,000 barrels. Around 40 people are due to be employed at the site.

It comes after Stone Brewing Co last week unveiled plans for a new brewery, also in Virginia. And earlier this year, Sierra Nevada opened a new brewing facility in North Carolina. 

Green Flash said in a statement: “The steadily growing demand for Green Flash beers on the east coast prompted the need for a second brewery, and Virginia Beach was chosen due for its ease of access from all mid-Atlantic corridors as well as for its coastal landscape and cultural similarities to San Diego,” Green Flash said in a statement." 

The brewer said it expects to produce 65,000 barrels out of its San Diego brewery in this calendar year, and is expected to reach the facility’s maximum 100,000-barrel capacity in 2016.

In July, the firm said it was launching its flagship West Coast IPA in Europe after agreeing a deal with Belgium's St-Feuillien