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...

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Virginia ABC Stores Reduce Hours

Virginia ABC Stores Reduce Hours

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) will reduce operating hours at all of its stores statewide beginning Friday, March 27, due to the expanding nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. Like the reduced store hours already in place for 24 Virginia ABC...

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,...

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...

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 singed...

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...

Resolute Day 2019

Resolute Day 2019

  By Jeff Maisey Brothers Craft Brewing’s Resolute Day, one of the most anticipated weekends of the year for big beer (as in dark, flavorful and heavy) enthusiasts in Virginia, is scheduled November 8-10 at the brewery in Harrisonburg. Jason Shifflett, co-owner...

Champion Adds New Director of Development

Champion Adds New Director of Development

(JR Hadley & Hunter Smith at Champion Brewing Co) Champion Brewing Company announced that J.R. Hadley has joined Champion as its first Director of Development. Hadley made a name for himself in Charlottesville as the founder of Boylan Heights Burger Bar, a popular...

Starr Hill to Open in Lynchburg in early 2020

Starr Hill to Open in Lynchburg in early 2020

Starr Hill Brewery will open a new location in downtown Lynchburg in early 2020. To celebrate the official announcement, Starr Hill will host a free concert featuring Lord Nelson on October 24 at The Glass House.  Starr Hill on Main will be located at 1300 Main...

The Garage Brewery, Tradition & Big Ugly Win Gold

The Garage Brewery, Tradition & Big Ugly Win Gold

(Beach Ambassadors and the medalists in the People's Choice category. Photograph by Sean Chagnon/Eye of the Storm Photography) STAFF REPORT Beach Ambassadors presented its 7th Annual 757 Battle of the Beers competition in a festival setting on the grounds of Camp...

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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...

Brewing Tree Takes Root in Nelson County

Brewing Tree Takes Root in Nelson County

By Jeff Maisey After announcing his return in an exclusive interview with Virginia Craft Beer Magazine on New Year’s Day, pioneering Virginia craft brewer Mark Thompson now has his Brewing Tree Beer Company is up and running.  The charismatic Thompson is brewing again...

Rocket Frog Leaps into Orbit

Rocket Frog Leaps into Orbit

  By Jeff Maisey Rocket Frog Brewing Company — Loudoun County’s newest brewery — leap into orbit on May 19, debuting with five beers on tap: Angry Alice IPA, Minotaur American Golden Ale, Wallops Island American Brown Ale, Double IPA and Dry Saison. The brewery is...

2 Silos Elevates Brewery Experience

2 Silos Elevates Brewery Experience

By Jefferson Evans and Jeff Maisey If you’ve ever been to a traditional family farm you might have noticed a number of buildings and spaces, each designated with a specific purpose. There’d be the main farm house serving as the family living quarters, an exterior...

Solace Zone

Solace Zone

  By Jefferson Evans and Chuck Triplett There is a feeling you get when you walk into a place and in relatively short order you realize the place is nice, well-designed and cared for. You notice the people working there are enthusiastic, genuinely like each other...

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