Decipher Brewing Wins 2022 Virginia Craft Beer Cup

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) announced the 2022 Virginia Craft Beer Cup winners on Monday, August 8, 2022, at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s West Creek location. This year’s competition was managed by Head Judge, Charlie Harr, and took place at Old Ox...

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Brew for Ukraine

Brew for Ukraine

(Beale’s label doesn’t mince words.) By Jeff Maisey Craft breweries around the world have risen to the call to collaborate on a version of a Ukrainian beer to raise funds and awareness, and local beer makers joined the “special effort.”  Putin Huilo (translated as...

Lawnmower beer season is back

Lawnmower beer season is back

  By Jeff Maisey Back in 2014, some in the craft beer world had latched onto the label lawnmower beer to describe what were light lagers serving as a way to quench your thirst during the dog days of summer after cutting the grass or doing general yard work. We in...

Virginia Breweries Score World Beer Cup Awards

Virginia Breweries Score World Beer Cup Awards

  Compiled by Staff The World Beer Cup — considered the “Olympics of Beer Competitions” — was held in early May in Minneapolis.  Seven breweries from Virginia earned hard-to-get medals.  “The World Beer Cup showcases the incredible breadth and talent of the...

NEWS: Stone Barges In

NEWS: Stone Barges In

(A barge was used to transport Stone Brewing’s new fermenting tanks up the James River. Photo courtesy of Stone.) Staff Report How big are Stone Brewing’s new fermenting vessels? Large enough that they had to be put on a barge and then sent up the James River to...

Yeast is King

Yeast is King

(Yeast is an essential ingredient to create unique flavors in beer. Photo courtesy of Jasper Yeast.)  By David Hoff As winter starts giving away to spring, the brewers at Pen Druid get ready to make beer the old-fashioned way. By old fashion, they mean centuries, not...

Trivia Night Fever

Trivia Night Fever

(Chris Drummond of World's Okayest Trivia.    Photo credit Logan Martin.) By Jefferson Evans & Chuck Triplett  So it struck Chris Drummond one day while running The Art of Music memorabilia store at The Mirage casino in Las Vegas that he knows a whole lot of...

Monticello Mountain Ale Debuts

Monticello Mountain Ale Debuts

  By Jeff Maisey Beer was such an essential ingredient to colonial life, Thomas Jefferson designed spaces for brewing and storing home-brew on the grounds of Monticello.  Much has been written on the topic, and now some 210 years after Jefferson’s first batch was...

Three Notch’d Acquires Wild Wolf Space

Three Notch’d Acquires Wild Wolf Space

(Attractive grounds area of Wild Wolf will continue to lure fans when Three Notch'd Brewing takes over the space.) By Jeff Maisey In early 2022, Mary Wolf, founder of Wild Wolf Brewing Company on Nelson County’s famed Route 151, acknowledged she was selling the...

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Something’s Always Brewing at COVA

Something’s Always Brewing at COVA

(COVA Brewing Co in the 757’s newest craft brewery. Photo by Diane Catanzaro)  By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones To brew or not to brew? That is the question.  For Scott and Susan Bateman, the answer was “two brew.” Blending the family’s love of craft beer and...

Takeaways from VA Beer Co’s 4th Anniversary

Takeaways from VA Beer Co’s 4th Anniversary

(The Virginia Beer Company crew celebrate curbside. Photo courtesy of the brewery) By Jeff Maisey Virginia Beer Company co-founders Robbie Willey and Chris Smith could never have imagined celebrating the fourth anniversary of their successful Williamsburg brewery by...

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...

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,...

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...

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