Tag Archives: Virginia Craft Beer

Anheuser-Busch/Inbev Acquires Devils Backbone

Anheuser-Busch/Inbev Acquires Devils Backbone

By Jeff Maisey   Anheuser-Busch/Inbev announced it will acquire Lexington, Virginia based Devils Back Bone Brewing Company. “Through Anheuser-Busch’s network of distributors, Devils Backbone will soon be available nationwide,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in an official statement. Devils Backbone was founded in 2008 by Steve and Heidi Crandall. The brewery started as a brewpub,

O’Connor Wins Golden Tap Award in Norfolk

By Jeff Maisey   Southern Bank presented VEER Magazine’s 2015 Golden Tap Awards in early December with Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing Company scoring the most overall points to earn the Golden Tap for Brewery of the Year.   The awards program is for the breweries located in the Hampton Roads region. Gold, silver and bronze medals

BOOK REVIEW: Beer Lover’s Virginia

By Chuck Triplett and Jefferson Evans   This new paperback tome by freelance author Tanya Birch is a welcome addition to any Virginia craft beer lover’s library and certainly helps the intrepid beer traveler along their beery trail with much useful information that is also complemented by tasting recommendations and vivid photographs. The 229 pages are

Steam Bell Beer Works: Another first for Chesterfield County

Story and Photos by Steve Deason Brewer Brad Cooper is proud of his name but not for the reason you are probably guessing.    A cooper is a person who makes wooden vessels bound together by hoops such as casks or barrels.    Cooper named his new brewery Steam Bell Beer Works after a device used by

Port City Crowned 2015 Small Brewery of the Year

By Jeff Maisey   Competitions are a funny thing. They are like sporting events where on any given day a team can win. Take Alexandria, Virginia’s Port City Brewing Company. The brewery, which will mark its 5th anniversary in January, has entered its flagship beers in regional and national competitions. They’ve earned medals and trophies

Art of Packaging: Standing Out on the Crowded Shelf

By Jeff Maisey   Adam Applegate, a relative newcomer to the world of craft beer, ventures off to a grocery store to purchase some brews to bring to a gathering of friends. Applegate is immediately overwhelmed by the selection of beer on the shelves of the retailer. While Applegate is aware of some brands he

Explore a Pour along the Blue Ridge Beer Way

By Jeff Maisey   Taking a cue from their neighbors just to the north in Nelson County (Brew Ridge Beer Trail), the eight breweries in the Roanoke Valley region have developed an official trail of their own. Dubbed Virginia’s Blue Ridge Beer Way with the catchy tagline “explore-a-pour,” you don’t have to venture far off

Starr Hill Celebrates 16th Anniversary with Hopfetti Triple IPA

  Starr Hill Brewery is celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this September with the release of several rare beers, including the brand new Hopfetti Triple IPA, as well as a number of special events at the Tap Room in Crozet, Virginia.   As the second oldest craft brewery in Virginia, Starr Hill’s sixteen years in operation has