TRENDS: Go Low for Health

  By Jeff Maisey “Tastes great, less filling.” Sound familiar? That was the hugely successful branding slogan for “Lite” beer by Miller when it debuted nationally in 1975. It’s as retro as a PBR tallboy.  Sales of the  “diet” beers, as they were called back in...

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Digging Into the IPA Hops

Digging Into the IPA Hops

(Bridgette Turner became head brewer at Mustang Sally Brewing Company in late October. Courtesy photo.)  By Bridgette Turner Citra, Centennial, El Dorado, Simcoe, Mosaic...IPA lovers and craft beer professionals know these hops better than they know their email...

Medals for 16 Virginia Breweries in Denver

Medals for 16 Virginia Breweries in Denver

  By Jeff Maisey Sixteen independent craft breweries from Virginia score medals  at the 34th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver. In total, 1,720 breweries participated during this year’s virtual event and 273 metals were awarded overall.  Skipping Rock Beer...

Black Hoof Wins 2020 Virginia Craft Beer Cup

Black Hoof Wins 2020 Virginia Craft Beer Cup

BY JEFF MAISEY Black Hoof Brewing Company became the first brewery from Northern Virginia to win the Virginia Craft Beer Cup when its Muzzle Loader Munich Dunkel was crowned Best in Show as the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced the 2020 winners on August 31 at...

20 Beers to Drink Now

20 Beers to Drink Now

  Compiled by Staff As a nod to Virginia Craft Beer Month, we selected 20 independent brews either scheduled for release in August or hitting their seasonal stride. Tour the Commonwealth or seek these out from your favorite retailer and enjoy a fresh taste of...

A FAB Trail

A FAB Trail

  By Jeff Maisey Working with their local tourism divisions, nine Fredericksburg Area Breweries (FAB) have worked together to create the Fredericksburg Beer Trail, also known as the FAB Trail. The participating breweries include 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Co.,...

Black is Beautiful Collaboration

Black is Beautiful Collaboration

  Compiled by Staff Some 972-plus independent craft breweries across America and 19 countries have signed up to participate in an awareness/fundraising collaboration brew called Black is Beautiful. Virginia beer makers are well represented with 33, including Main...

Audacious Bold Mariner Unveils NATO Fest Beer

Audacious Bold Mariner Unveils NATO Fest Beer

  By Jeff Maisey The COVID-19 global pandemic has sunk many plans this spring, but it was unable to divert The Bold Mariner from completing its charted mission for this year’s Norfolk NATO Festival beer collaboration celebrating Italy.  The beer is called Audace,...

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Let’s Go to The Garage

Let’s Go to The Garage

(The Garage Brewing owner, Ulyana Gomez) Words by Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones Photos by Chris Jones Let’s say you are casually lounging around the homestead, trying to come up with something fun to do. Your “sigo” (significant other) suggests “Let’s go to the...

New Old Ox Makes Middleburg a Hoppy Place

New Old Ox Makes Middleburg a Hoppy Place

(Old Ox Brewery is a welcomed addition to Middleburg. Photo courtesy of the brewery) By Michael T. Jarvis Earlier this summer about 60 fans of Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn paid $50 to be taken to the police station in Middleburg. They weren’t arrested at the former...

Welcome to Front Royal (Brewing)

Welcome to Front Royal (Brewing)

(L-R)  Front Royal Brewing co-owner/president Jerry Welcome, head brewer Tim Arndt and co-owner Kerry Barnhart. By Jefferson Evans and Chuck Triplett His name is Welcome.  No, really, Jerry Welcome, and the president and co-owner of Front Royal Brewing Company lives...

3 Babies, 3 Years, 1 Brewery

3 Babies, 3 Years, 1 Brewery

(Winchester Brew Works' Bonnie Landy and Holly Redding)  By Jeff Maisey It’s hard enough running an upstart craft brewery in a town known for its apple sauce products and country music legend Patsy Cline, but when Bonnie Landy and Holly Redding gave birth to...

Make Your Way To Maker’s Craft Brewery

Make Your Way To Maker’s Craft Brewery

(Bartender Trevor Cheatham) By Chris Jones and Diane Catanzaro Photo by Chris Jones Rick Mariani likes to make things. He built his own sports car, and kept his buddies’ sports cars on the road by repairing them. He had such a knack at making repairs to keep his...

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