Monthly Archives: May 2016

Craft Means Independent in Virginia

Craft Means Independent in Virginia

By Jeff Maisey The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild membership passed a resolution confirming its commitment to the existing membership structure.  VCBG membership is available to independent craft breweries as defined by the Brewers Association. The vote was in response to the recent announcement that founding Guild member Devils Backbone Brewing Company had agreed to sell

Virginia Craft Brewers Guild Elects 2016-17 Leaders

On May 18, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild held its annual spring meeting and its membership elected its new 2016-2017 Leadership Council. Eric McKay, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will serve as Chair and Sten Sellier, Beltway Brewing will serve as Vice Chair.  Porter Hardy, Smartmouth Brewing and Hunter Smith, Champion Brewing Company will serve as

Devil of a Deal

BY JEFF MAISEY News this spring spread like wildfire when it was announced Anheuser-Busch/Inbev would acquire Lexington, Virginia based Devils Back Bone Brewing Company. Many craft beer enthusiasts responded swiftly and harshly on social media. But many in the craft beer world seemed to understand the dilemma Devils Backbone faced behind the scenes. So did

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Launched

By Jeremy Bender Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail was unveiled with the tagline “Valley Fresh, Valley Brewed” and can be found at The beer trail is a collaboration between the tourism offices of Harrisonburg, Lexington/Rockbridge, and Staunton/Augusta/Waynesboro. The site asks visitors to “Explore our great outdoors and enjoy great beer, too. Come tap into that authenticity

Coastal Virginia Beer Trail Launched

By Jeremy Bender The Hampton Roads area craft breweries now have an official beer trail dubbed Coastal Virginia Beer Trail at The site – with the tagline “Where craft beer and water meet – is designed largely as a tool for tourists and beer-cationers hoping to add a local craft brewery experience to their

A Look at Virginia Beer Festival

By Jeff Maisey As Karen Scherberger recalls, the Virginia Beer Festival (scheduled May 21-22 at Town Point Park, Norfolk) got its start long before the current popularity of craft beer saw organizations big and small scrambling to produce a brew centric festival in the Commonwealth. The year was 2002. Scherberger, the executive director of Festevents,