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Castleburg: A Modern Fairy Tale with Medieval Trappings

Castleburg: A Modern Fairy Tale with Medieval Trappings

By Wade Reynolds You’ve heard this one before—sort of: Boy meets girl. Girl gives boy a home brewer’s kit. Boy makes beer and rises rapidly through the ranks of local home brewers. Boy and girl open a craft brewery and live happily ever after. Although there’s a little more to it than this brief Reader’s

The Future is Now for Satellite Breweries

BY JEFF MAISEY When SB 604 passed in 2012, perhaps no one could have predicted the explosive growth of craft breweries springing up around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nor could anyone have likely anticipated breweries spawning satellite locations. “It seems to be one of the evolutions of this industry,” said Brett Vassey, president of both

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

RVA Taphouse Originals: Nine Richmond born craft beer havens

    Photos and words by Steve Deason   There are ninety-three locations in Richmond that post their tap list on Richmond born “what’s on tap site” Trinkin.com. Breweries are on the list, but many restaurants now offer craft on draft too and are redefining the term taphouse.  Richmond’s Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant was heralded by

2016 State of the Commonwealth’s Craft Beer Industry

By JEFF MAISEY   Virginia’s craft beer culture has rocketed into an exciting orbit since SB604 was passed. At last year’s Virginia Craft Brewers Guild winter meeting Brett Vassey, president of the Guild and its parent organization, the Virginia Manufactures Association, announced the Commonwealth was home to 101 breweries. Now, in February, Vassey will celebrate

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

Blue Bee Cider Falls Far from the Tree in RVA

Words and Photos by Steve Deason Have you ever tasted a smoked cider?   Smoked beers are quite common but it’s unlikely that you have heard of smoked cider.   If you want to be on the “cutting edge” you had better hurry!   The creative (and hardworking) folks at Blue Bee Cider smoked one small batch of