Author Archives: Jeff Maisey

Portner Brewery Set to Return in Alexandria

Portner Brewery Set to Return in Alexandria

By Jefferson Evans Busy worker ants scuttle across the bones like they are trying to pick the carcass clean, but these bones are strong and this isn’t a death, it’s a rebirth; it’s the scene of a phoenix rising from the ashes. And though a joyous scene it be, you can bet it includes more

Smartmouth Expands Eastward to Beach

By Jeff Maisey Virginia craft breweries are launching “mini-me,” satellite locations left-and-right these days as the trend to extend their brand visibility and reach appears to be catching on. Where Richmond’s Hardywood Park opened a Charlottesville location and Legend announced plans for a Hampton Roads brewpub on Olde Towne Portsmouth waterfront, Three Notch’d unveiled a

Lager & Pilsner: The Comeback Kings?

By Jeff Maisey When Green Flash Brewing Company brewmaster Erik Jensen was in Virginia Beach for the November grand opening of the San Diego craft brewery’s East Coast production facility, he made a statement that drew gasps and utterances of surprise. Jensen was taking part in a live, onsite “Meet the Green Flash brewers” Q&A

C-Ville Chosen as Site for 2017 Brewers Fest

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced the 6th Annual Virginia Craft Brewers Fest will be Saturday, August 19, 2017 at its new home at the IX Art Park in Charlottesville, VA. Located on 17 acres, IX Art Park is just four blocks from the downtown mall and walking distance to hotels. It is serviced by three local

Perspectives on the Business of Beer Tourism

By Jeff Maisey Coming of age – legal drinking age that is – in the early 1980s was akin to living in the Dark Ages for a beer consumer in Virginia. Transitioning to an Age of Discovery required an exploration beyond Norfolk, Virginia city limits (my hometown) in a quest for good beer. The post-prohibition,

Great American Beer Fest: Virginia Winners

BY JEFF MAISEY Breweries from Virginia scored medals today (October 8) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Here’s the list of Virginia Winners: Gold Medal Devils Backbone, Danzig, Baltic-style Porter Ornery Beer Co, Light of Cologne, German-style Koelsch Ocelot Brewing, Sunnyside Dweller, Kellerbier Devils Backbone, Vienna Lager, Vienna-style Lager   Silver Medal Sweetwater

Going Big in Petersburg with Trapezium Brewing Company

Words by Steve Deason & Jeff Maisey. Photo by Kathy Keeney When asked why the first beer he brewed at Trapezium was a Czech Pilsner when he had never brewed a lager before, Brewmaster James Frazer answered, “You gotta go big.  This whole project has gone big. It was a calculated risk and that’s the process

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