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Views and Brews High Above Bluemont at Dirt Farm Brewing

Views and Brews High Above Bluemont at Dirt Farm Brewing

By Jefferson Evans and Chuck Triplett Travel out to the far western edge of Loudoun County and you will find yourself in a region that knows the name Zurschemeide well. That is what happens when you run three popular businesses – a farm, a winery, and now a brewery – in a manner that seems

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

GRAND OPENING: The Veil Brewing Company

By Steve Deason The Veil Brewing Company will be the first brewery in Richmond to include a koelschip or coolship when it opens Saturday, April 16.   Brewer and co-founder Matt Tarpey explained that wort will be pumped into this broad open pan on their Roseneath Road location “roof” where it will cool overnight.   (Wort is the sugary

Richmond Brewery Round Up

The Richmond region boasts sixteen craft breweries – everything from rural farm breweries to hip, urban destinations and everything in between. Below we’ve put together a list so that you can plan your next beer adventure and explore all that the Richmond brewery scene has to offer. It would be ambitious to try to visit

The Call of the Commonwealth, The Bond of the Brew at The Virginia Beer Co.

  By Annie Tobey   Williamsburg’s historic college, William & Mary, introduced Robby Willey and Chris Smith. They became fast friends, their bond cemented in part by a shared appreciation for craft beer. Their craft explorations began at Green Leafe Café in Williamsburg and continued post-graduation, as together they visited breweries throughout the U.S. Their

Steam Bell Beer Works: Another first for Chesterfield County

Story and Photos by Steve Deason Brewer Brad Cooper is proud of his name but not for the reason you are probably guessing.    A cooper is a person who makes wooden vessels bound together by hoops such as casks or barrels.    Cooper named his new brewery Steam Bell Beer Works after a device used by

Explore a Pour along the Blue Ridge Beer Way

By Jeff Maisey   Taking a cue from their neighbors just to the north in Nelson County (Brew Ridge Beer Trail), the eight breweries in the Roanoke Valley region have developed an official trail of their own. Dubbed Virginia’s Blue Ridge Beer Way with the catchy tagline “explore-a-pour,” you don’t have to venture far off

Pen Druid Brewing: Members of Psych-Rock Band Pontiak launch brewery in Sperryville

By Steve Deason   The three Carney brothers have toured for over ten years as the psych-rock band Pontiak.  Van says he and his brothers, Lain and Jennings, thought “wouldn’t it be cool once we have kids and aren’t hitting the road as much, to start a brewery.”    Western, the first baby for the group

Wasserhund is a Brewpub for Dog, Beer and Pizza Lovers

By Diane Catanzaro & Chris Jones   Wasserhund (German pronunciation “Vasser-hoond”) is German for “waterdog”. Wasserhund Brewing Company is a new Virginia Beach brewery, and much more than just a brewery. It is a bone-a-fide BREWPUB! Can I get an amen? (AMEN!) Wasserhund is the brain child of Aaron and Christine Holley, who have Virginia

Married with a Blue Mountain View: An interview with Taylor and Mandi Smack

By Jeff Maisey   For most couples, being married with two children tends to dominate life when multi-tasking to get the kids off to school or soccer practice while managing to put-in a 9-5 day at the job and get supper on the table before homework and bedtime. So what happens then when you are

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