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Game Changer for Smartmouth

Game Changer for Smartmouth

By Jeff Maisey It’s summertime.  Most of Team Smartmouth’s starting lineup is batting like champs. There’s Alter Ego Saison, the team’s home run leader. Murphy’s Law Amber is good for an on-base hit every time at bat. Notch 9 Double IPA always scores with RBIs (and IPUs). Then there’s last season’s Rookie of the Year

O’Connor Wins Big in Dublin

Compiled by Staff O’Connor Brewing Company claimed a gold medal, three silver medals and four bronze medals in the 2018 Dublin Craft Beer Cup; a global competition, which allows craft brewers to showcase their brews to have them rated, tasted and analyzed by an expert, international panel of judges. Craft breweries and cideries from Ireland

Smartmouth’s Safety Dance Wins Best of Show

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild held the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards Ceremony Monday, June 5, 2017, at WestRock in Richmond, Virginia. There were more than 240 brewers in attendance to celebrate excellence in craft beer this year. The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition was managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge

Governor Signs HB2418

By Jeff Maisey Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB2418 at Steam Bell Beer Works in Midlothian expanding the number of banquet licenses a craft brewery can use annually from four to eight. Roxann Robins (R-House District 27) is the patron of the bill referenced as “Alcoholic beverage control; banquet licenses for wineries and breweries.” The

Lager & Pilsner: The Comeback Kings?

By Jeff Maisey When Green Flash Brewing Company brewmaster Erik Jensen was in Virginia Beach for the November grand opening of the San Diego craft brewery’s East Coast production facility, he made a statement that drew gasps and utterances of surprise. Jensen was taking part in a live, onsite “Meet the Green Flash brewers” Q&A

Perspectives on the Business of Beer Tourism

By Jeff Maisey Coming of age – legal drinking age that is – in the early 1980s was akin to living in the Dark Ages for a beer consumer in Virginia. Transitioning to an Age of Discovery required an exploration beyond Norfolk, Virginia city limits (my hometown) in a quest for good beer. The post-prohibition,

Great American Beer Fest: Virginia Winners

BY JEFF MAISEY Breweries from Virginia scored medals today (October 8) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Here’s the list of Virginia Winners: Gold Medal Devils Backbone, Danzig, Baltic-style Porter Ornery Beer Co, Light of Cologne, German-style Koelsch Ocelot Brewing, Sunnyside Dweller, Kellerbier Devils Backbone, Vienna Lager, Vienna-style Lager   Silver Medal Sweetwater

Devil of a Deal

BY JEFF MAISEY News this spring spread like wildfire when it was announced Anheuser-Busch/Inbev would acquire Lexington, Virginia based Devils Back Bone Brewing Company. Many craft beer enthusiasts responded swiftly and harshly on social media. But many in the craft beer world seemed to understand the dilemma Devils Backbone faced behind the scenes. So did

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Launched

By Jeremy Bender Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail was unveiled with the tagline “Valley Fresh, Valley Brewed” and can be found at Beerwerkstrail.com. The beer trail is a collaboration between the tourism offices of Harrisonburg, Lexington/Rockbridge, and Staunton/Augusta/Waynesboro. The site asks visitors to “Explore our great outdoors and enjoy great beer, too. Come tap into that authenticity

The Future is Now for Satellite Breweries

BY JEFF MAISEY When SB 604 passed in 2012, perhaps no one could have predicted the explosive growth of craft breweries springing up around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nor could anyone have likely anticipated breweries spawning satellite locations. “It seems to be one of the evolutions of this industry,” said Brett Vassey, president of both

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