Brett Vassey: 2020 Vision

Brett Vassey: 2020 Vision

By Jeff Maisey It has become an annual tradition where we sit down with Brett Vassey, President & CEO of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and Virginia Manufacturers Association, to get his knowledgeable insights and analysis of the current year and the upcoming 12...
Home-brew Exploration Launched Final Gravity

Home-brew Exploration Launched Final Gravity

(Tony Ammendolia enjoys a beer following a run) By Annie Tobey Expectations were high when Tony Ammendolia announced that he would be adding a nano-brewery to Original Gravity, the home brewing and wine making store which he opened in 2011.  “Tony was actively,...
Smoke Gets in Your Mug: Rauch Brewing in Virginia

Smoke Gets in Your Mug: Rauch Brewing in Virginia

(Port City’s Rauch Märzen. Photo courtesy of Port City.) By Greg Kitsock Rauchbier – it’s an acquired taste. But it’s one well worth acquiring. German for “smoked beer,” Rauchbier is a throwback to an age when malt was dried over an open flame, getting slightly...
Sly Clyde Hosts CoVA Cider Fest

Sly Clyde Hosts CoVA Cider Fest

(Cider will flow in many varieties during the Coastal VA CiderFest. Photo by Michael Williams) By Jeff Maisey How ‘bout them apples? In the last five year demand for what was once referred to as British pub cider, or hard cider, has dramatically increased across the...