Big Ugly Turns 5

Big Ugly Turns 5

(Emilia Landry serves a big, bold beer at Big Ugly Brewing Co in Chesapeake) By Jeff Maisey Big Ugly Brewing Company celebrated its 5th anniversary in early February. When the micro-brewery opened in a little shopping center in 2015 it was the first brewery ever to...
Life Is Short, Drink Dessert First

Life Is Short, Drink Dessert First

(Move over Whitman’s Sampler, Starr Hill’s Box of Chocolate Stout Pack is liquid dessert at its finest) By Greg Kitsock It’s a paradox. At a time when millions of Americans are joining the Sober Curious movement or atoning for their sins with a Dry January,...
Thinking Orange at Iron Pipe Alewerks

Thinking Orange at Iron Pipe Alewerks

(Iron Pipe Alewerks is one of Virginia’s newest breweries and is located in Orange. Photo courtesy of the brewery.) By Jennifer Waldera Small towns in the south rarely have spots open on Sundays, but if you’re lucky enough to stumble through the quaint streets of...
Settle Down Easy to Inspirational Beer

Settle Down Easy to Inspirational Beer

(Co-owner Frank Kuhns behind the bar of the tasting room with tasting room staff Lexi and Angela.  Photo by Jefferson Evans.) By Jefferson Evans & Chuck Triplett  A truth of life is that the most impactful aspects of a person’s journey often involve a mix of joy...
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...