Tag Archives: Virginia Craft Beer

Starr Hill Celebrates 16th Anniversary with Hopfetti Triple IPA

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

Green Flash to Hold 2nd Treasure Chest Fest in Virginia Beach

While construction is in full swing at Green Flash Brewing Co. in Virginia Beach, the brewery is setting up their 2nd annual Treasure Chest Fest (Sunday, October 11, Noon to 5 PM) in an open air spot just across from the construction site (corner of General Booth and Corporate Landing). The event is a fundraiser for

REVIEW: Starr Hill’s revamped Northern Lights IPA

Northern Lights IPA Starr Hill Brewery Crozet, VA Starr Hill is in the process of rebranding and repackaging some of its flagship beers. In addition to all that visual stuff, they’ve also altered the recipes. In the case of Northern Lights IPA, which originally debuted in 2007, a more “hop-forward” approach has been taken by

Pen Druid Brewing: Members of Psych-Rock Band Pontiak launch brewery in Sperryville

By Steve Deason   The three Carney brothers have toured for over ten years as the psych-rock band Pontiak.  Van says he and his brothers, Lain and Jennings, thought “wouldn’t it be cool once we have kids and aren’t hitting the road as much, to start a brewery.”    Western, the first baby for the group

Black Hops Farm is unlike any other in Virginia

By Steve Deason First there was a distillery If Jonathan Staples wanted to build a house he would first plant trees.  This quip from a friend of Staples is recognition of his keen interest in the initial source of ingredients and the desire for them to be local.   This way of thinking led Staples to

The Answer Wins Best of Show at 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup

By Jeff Maisey   IPA was the answer on August 22 when the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the fourth annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition at Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows. With 306 Virginia craft beers entered in the competition, The Answer Brewpub’s Larceny, a single

Choosy Beer Lovers Choose the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival

By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones   Practically every weekend there is a beer festival somewhere in Virginia. Yes, life is good. Back in the day when the craft beer scene was nascent we would go to every beer festival. Of course, there were only about two per year. These days it would be a

Wasserhund is a Brewpub for Dog, Beer and Pizza Lovers

By Diane Catanzaro & Chris Jones   Wasserhund (German pronunciation “Vasser-hoond”) is German for “waterdog”. Wasserhund Brewing Company is a new Virginia Beach brewery, and much more than just a brewery. It is a bone-a-fide BREWPUB! Can I get an amen? (AMEN!) Wasserhund is the brain child of Aaron and Christine Holley, who have Virginia

Lockn’ is for Beer Lovers

Words and Photos by Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones   Where in Virginia can you lounge on the grass, listen or dance to a line-up of over forty live musical acts and sip freely from a red solo cup filled with your choice of over two dozen craft beers?  In your dreams, right? Most concerts,

Married with a Blue Mountain View: An interview with Taylor and Mandi Smack

By Jeff Maisey   For most couples, being married with two children tends to dominate life when multi-tasking to get the kids off to school or soccer practice while managing to put-in a 9-5 day at the job and get supper on the table before homework and bedtime. So what happens then when you are