Virginia Craft Beer June/July 2018

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ingredients 6 Guest Column — Beer Bubble 8 World Beer Cup Results 10 News Briefs 14 3 Virginia Breweries Make Fastest Growing List 18 Beer Book 20 Strong 2018 for O’Connor Brewing Co. 22 British Knight Talks Craft Beer 24 Mug Shots 28 Beer Craft 30 Going Coastal 36 Top 5 NoVA Beer Bars 42 Flagship Beers 44 Profile St George 46 Profile Canon & Draw 48 Profile Rocket Frog 50 Garden Grove Debuts a Cider 52 Brew Reviews 54 Tarnish Truth Distillery 56 Events & Festivals 70 Virginia Brewery/Cidery Guide

PUBLISHER/EDITOR Jeff Maisey ADVERTISING/MARKETING Jennifer McDonald Brian Koski CREATIVE DIRECTOR Brenda Mihalko CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Annie Tobey Jefferson Evans Chuck Triplett David Hunter Wade Reynolds Jennifer Waldera WEBMASTER Giorgio Valentini

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publisher’s NOTE It’s summer in Virginia and time to hit the beach! In this issue’s cover story, we are Going Coastal and exploring the breweries and must visit spots along the Virginia Beach oceanfront and beyond. Plus, we’ll introduce to you to Chincoteague’s first craft brewery. So, grab your sunscreen and your growler and start making plans for a beer-filled day trip or long weekend! We are proud to see so many of Virginia’s independent craft breweries shine on a national and regional level winning awards and accolades. In Brew News, David Hunter tells us about three Virginia breweries who made the Brewer’s Association’s 2018 Top Fastest Growing Independent Breweries list. Jeff Maisey shares his conversation with O’Connor Brewing Co.’s Kevin O’Connor as they discuss the brewery’s recent awards and recognition. Plus, we’ll have the results from the World Beer Cup. If you are putting together your summer reading list, be sure to read Jeff’s preview of Dick Cantwell’s new book, Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale. And, new VCB writer, Jennifer Waldera tells us about book clubs at several Virginia breweries. Everyone has their favorite beer bar(s) or restaurant(s), right? Beer selection, staff, ambiance, food, and even special events all play a part in making a bar and restaurant stand out. Jeff Evans and Chuck Triplet provide us with their Top 5 list of Northern Virginia bars and restaurants. Brewery profiles include both old favorites and new breweries to explore. Annie Tobey tells us about Richmond’s Garden Grove Brewery’s addition of homegrown cider to their mix; Wade Reynolds takes us inside Canon & Draw Brewing Company; Rocket Frog Brewery leaps into the Northern Virginia beer scene; and Jeff celebrates St. George Brewing Company’s 20th anniversary! Additionally, Jeff talks to Port City Brewing Company’s president Bill Butcher about their flagship beer Optimal Wit and what makes it so popular and successful. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar filled with beer festivals, pint nights, brewery events and more! We hope to see you out and about this summer! Cheers! Jennifer McDonald





Thoughts on Bubbles, Old & New W By Drew Stephenson

ith the precipitous fall of Green Flash Brewing has come a new round of discussion about the end of the craft beer bubble. In my opinion, it’s a mistake to conflate that collapse with the fate of the industry as a whole. They were in financial trouble before the local plant even opened. With that said, however, there are both celebrations and challenges that we are all experiencing and I thought it might be useful to air some of them out a bit. Certainly there are trouble signs to be heeded. The production growth rate has slowed significantly, down from double digits to five percent in 2017. Many regional players and even some giants are struggling. (For just two examples, Smuttynose was recently sold at auction and Sam Adams has seen its craft beer in decline for years.) The competition for shelf and tap territory is fierce. In addition, it is notable that the bubble of the 1990s exploded at least in part because latecomers entered the game with their eyes on profits rather than the quality of their liquid and the happiness of their customers. Perhaps the biggest issue with current doom saying, however, is that it’s hard to see the sector as overvalued. While production numbers may be slowing, craft beer earned some $26B in 2017. We also support almost half a million jobs and reported more than $73M in charity money raised. Moreover, the hallmark of craft beer is providing fun experiences, and in that regard the field remains at least as rich as ever. Just a quick glance at last weekends’ events at area breweries, for instance, shows over thirty different options ranging from fundraisers to food to beer releases to music. Brewers are experimenting with new flavors and inventing new styles to please your palate. That seems a vital scene for something about to burst. Indeed, the brightest aspects of craft beer these days seem to be on a hyper-local level. Yes, there are a LOT of new breweries in Virginia, a situation unusual to almost any living memory, so it’s understandable that many think the growth unsustainable. Yet overall the number of breweries per capita in the US today (1 per 51K) is only slightly denser than it was in 1900 (1 per 61K) and significantly less than in the 1870s (1 per 10K). And there are still any number of communities that are not served by a local brewery. For those upcoming craft producers who plan to serve the majority of their high quality beer across their bars, there is still room to join the game. To close the circle on this topic, I would like to express our condolences to the many fine folks—many of them locals—who lost their jobs at Green Flash with little warning. We should also acknowledge the loss of a great craft beer spot, for the outdoor space and schedule of events kept the place packed. On a positive note, many of those who lost their jobs have, being strong in skill and personality, landed firmly on their feet in other parts of the industry. It also looks like Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing, headed by former AB and Stone Brewing executive Mitch Steele, will have great beer and food in that space in the not-too-distant future. Maybe it’s the warm weather (finally!) talking, but I think there is still plenty of reason to be optimistic about this rapidly evolving industry that we all love… so get out and enjoy something new. Drew Stephenson is owner/head brewer of Pleasure House Brewing in Virginia Beach.


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COTU and Port City Score World Beer Cup Medals By Jeff Maisey


ashville might be known as Music City, but in May it became Medal City for two independent Virginia craft breweries and one nonindependent from Nelson County. Ashland-headquartered Center of the Universe Brewing Company won a Gold medal for its Bad Irishman in the Irishstyle Red Ale category and its Session Pale Ale scored a Silver medal in the Session Beer category. Alexandria-based Port City Brewing Company earned a Silver medal in the Robust Porter category for its Porter. For both independent craft breweries, it was their first-ever medal in the World Beer Cup. “We have entered the competition since we opened,” said Port City owner Bill Butcher. “It is only held every two years, so we have competed in four: 2012, 2014, Center of the Universe’s brew team is one of the best in the world for 2018 (Pictured top L-R: Nathan Landers, Joseph Cross, 2016 and this year. I could not Doug Pike, Skyler Hinkel) (Pictured bottom L-R: Corey Johnson, Brett Dillon) be more proud of our team, and we are all super excited to win this recipe up for the 2017 brew to round out the flavors a little this award. For me personally, the best part was having 11 of us more and we just hit the nail on the head. It doesn’t hurt to have a from the brewery there to share the moment. It really is a special little karma on your side for what this beer represents. We brew recognition to be considered among the finest in the world.” this beer annually and donate the proceeds to the Balderinos, Bragging rights certainly are also in order for Center of the our Satellite club’s group of fundraisers, to benefit the St. Baldric’s Universe; their Irish red ale was deemed the best on earth for Foundation. This year, the group raised over $35,000. Perhaps the 2017. judges could taste their passion for improving our community.” “Phil and I were thrilled as we heard our brewery’s name called Center of the Universe is well situated to experiment with out via the live stream on Thursday night,” said co-owner Chris Ray. recipes since opening its satellite location known as Origin The COTU team was not in Nashville to accept the awards. “But Beer Lab in downtown Ashland. Its impact is credited with the really, these awards are for our staff. They are for the guys in the brewery’s new successes. back who work tirelessly in extreme conditions while maintaining “Origin has had a monumental impact on Center of the a high level of precision. It is for our sales staff that are out on the Universe,” Ray said. “From new techniques, to new ingredients, streets everyday pushing products they believe in. It is also for to complete recipe formulation, Origin Beer Lab does it all. We our front of the house managers and servers that enthusiastically decided to get a “mini-me” style system, one not seen very often greet our fans on a daily basis with such pride in the brewery they in breweries that small, in order to allow our team to scale-up new represent. It was just really exciting to be recognized on the world recipes and practice on a system that mimics our main facility. stage and have those rewards reflect the hard work of everyone Origin’s brew system isn’t a playground, it’s a vessel that makes who makes Center of the Universe what it is.” extremely good beer on its own.” So what makes the Bald Irishman the best of its style in the The non-independent brewery winner from Virginia was Devils world? Backbone Brewing Company for its Danzig (Bronze, Baltic-style “It is truly delicious,” a confident Chris Ray said. “Phil changed Porter) and Alt Bier (German-style Altbier).


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Books & Brews By Jennifer Waldera


ibraries and libations may not, at first glance, seem to be a likely match. However, a few Virginia breweries have partnered up with some local librarians to show how books and brews can be a perfect pair with their brewery-hosted book clubs. Near the crossroads of 81 and 64 in Historic Downtown Staunton, Redbeard Brewing Company has partnered up with Kayla Payne of the Staunton Public Library and Ali McCue of the Augusta County Library to create and run the fairly new, laid-back book club that has met monthly in

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the brewery’s taproom since March. Payne and McCue use the group’s chosen monthly theme to inform their choice of five relevant books. Members then choose at least one to read and the subsequent meeting revolves around discussion of the books’ themes and commonalities. Amanda Clark, Redbeard’s Taproom Manager stated, “Even though we’re all often reading different books, it’s so interesting to find the common themes. When we were reading sci-fi, we found that all the books had this similar message that human interaction and relationships

will always be more meaningful than technological advancement.” Travel a bit north to Harrisonburg, and find Restless Moons Brewery who has also partnered with their regional public library in Massanutten to host a monthly book club. Similar to Redbeard, Restless Moons’ club members, along with the representatives from Massanutten Regional Library, choose a theme. However, members then choose any book to read that fits within the theme. On the decision to start a book club, owner Jeffrey Moon shared, “We like doing the book club to reach out to a different demographic than we typically attract. It’s a family friendly event and it fosters conversations, which is a goal of our taproom.” An added bonus for Moon? “My wife loves to read, so it gets her to spend more time at the brewery with me.” Fortunately, this is not a (t)ale of only two cities. In Woodbridge, Brew Republic Bierwerks is hosting monthly book club meetings as well, with some help from Julia Rader at the Potomac Branch of the Prince William Library System. For this club, a specific book is chosen each month and readers can borrow a free loaner copy by stopping by the taproom. On the second Monday of each month, group members gather for a casual conversation over brews and bites. Finally, WMRA has partnered with Pro Re Nata Brewery in Crozet and Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg to create Books & Brews, an event that not only intertwines book discussion and beer drinking, but also incorporates the author who joins for the meeting. While the spring season has just ended, information is posted on the WMRA website when it becomes available. To see what books are coming up next for any of the brewery-based clubs, see their sites and Facebook pages.

Redbeard Reader’s Book Club Redbeard Brewing Company

Meets the third Sunday of every month from 3 pm - 4 pm Membership Details: Anyone is welcome to join that is 21 and older; Follow updates on the event that are posted on the Redbeard Facebook page or ask to join the group on Goodreads


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B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Book) Club Restless Moons Brewing

Meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. For May, the meeting will be on June 5 to avoid the Memorial Day holiday. Membership Details: Just read a book within the theme and show up!

Books on Tap

Brew Republic Bierwerks Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 pm. Membership Details: Stop by the taproom to pick up a free loaner copy of the book, then join for the discussion on the second Monday of each month.

Books & Brews

Pro Re Nata Brewery and Pale Fire Brewing Company



Meets at Pale Fire Brewing Company the second Tuesday of every month and at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery the following Wednesday. Membership Details: Events are free to all. Present your WMRA MemberCard and receive a certificate for a complimentary beer.

2017 Brewers Association Report Card With over 6,300 breweries operating during the year, small and independent craft brewers represent 12.7 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry. In 2017, craft brewers produced 25.4 million barrels, and saw a 5 percent rise in volume on a comparable base and an 8 percent increase in retail dollar value. Retail dollar value was estimated at 26.0 billion, representing 23.4 percent market share. Microbreweries and brewpubs delivered 76 percent of the craft brewer growth. Craft brewing’s growth occurred in the context of a total beer market which dropped 1 percent by volume in 2017. Additionally, in 2017, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 16 percent, totaling 6,372 breweries, broken down as follows: 3,812 microbreweries, 2,252 brewpubs, 202 regional craft breweries and 106 large or otherwise non-craft brewers. Small and independent breweries account for 98 percent of the breweries in operation. Throughout the year, there were 997 new brewery openings and only 165 closings.

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New Realm

Replaces Green Flash

Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing Company announced it will operate in the former Green Flash facility in Virginia Beach. This comes after New Realm purchased all of the equipment auctioned after Green Flash Brewing Company abruptly closed its recently completed East Coast hub. New Realm opened in Atlanta in 2016 and operated a 25 hectoliter brewhouse and 3,000 square-foot restaurant. It was co-founded by former Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele, Bob Powers and Carey Falcone.

Speaking of


With its Westcreek brewing facility up and running, Hardywood Park has begun shipping beer south — to Atlanta. The Richmondbased brewery partnered with Atlanta Beverage Company. Hardywood plans to spend the next few years distributing its beers in all key markets between Atlanta and RVA. Remember when Richmond was home to the Atlanta Braves’ farm team? Hmmm.

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Big Lick Brewing Company, in Roanoke, started as a nano brewery producing 112 barrels each year to a brewhouse expected to reach 1,000 barrels in 2018. As seen in this photograph, the tasting room is greatly enhanced as well.

Movin’ on Up

Three Virginia Breweries make the Brewers Associations’ Top 50 Fastest Growing US Breweries in 2017 By David Hunter


n April, The Brewers Association released its inaugural list of the 50 fastest growing small and independent craft brewing companies of 2017 and three breweries on that list are from right here in Virginia: Vanish Farmwoods Brewery from Leesburg, VA coming in at #25; Big Lick Brewing Company from Roanoke, VA at #45; and Fair Winds Brewing Company from Lorton, VA at #47. To be considered, breweries must have had data from the last three years and opened by 12/31/2015 or earlier. I reached out to Jonathan Staples (owner) with Vanish, Bryan Summerson (owner) from Big Lick and Casey Jones (owner) from Fair Winds and asked them to reflect on their growth over the last few years, and this is what they had to say…

Jonathan Stapes

Vanish Farmwoods Brewery #25 “Our first goal was to make the best beer we could, showcasing the work of our brewer, Larry Pomerantz, and his team. Our location, on a 61-acre farm, has four bars spread among three tasting rooms, two stages, and over three acres of outdoor picnic VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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brewNEWS / BUSINESS areas. Vanish is a place for families, we have massive playgrounds, arcade games, space to run, and as many food options as we can manage (last weekend, we had pizza, BBQ, hamburgers, and a Mexican food truck.). Of course, none of this would matter if we were not creating beer that our guests liked as much as we do.” “Our growth will always be limited by the fact that we purposely have very little distribution, over 90% of what we produce is consumed on-site. We don’t want to be in gas stations or in bars that we wouldn’t go to ourselves, so a lot of the conventional measures of a brewery’s growth doesn’t matter to us. A metric we do care about is that we now have 62 employees at the farm, and as we grow, that number will increase.” “Having 18 different beers on tap, constantly pushing and experimenting so that it is never boring, our beer list is different every week. Creating a place where the entire family has something to do and having so many different places onsite that you can choose your experience, ranging from a packed stage area to a quiet space under a tree.” “For beer, we’re adding an aging facility at the farm that will focus on sours, and we’ll be expanding our to-go options by adding the capacity to do more canning runs. On the facility, we are expanding the playground, adding another outdoor bar, and opening our new winery/cidery in May.”

Bryan Summerson

Big Lick Brewing Company #45 “We started out as a 2-bbl nano brewery. We had real jobs, myself teaching. We were open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a total of 17 hours/week. The whole space totaled 1,500 sq. ft., with a capacity of 45 people. We’ve never distributed. We were extremely busy/well received from day 1. Had a three-year plan to see how it went, and at the end, we’d either expand or go back to our day jobs. Well, it went really well. We were approached about the space we’re in now and immediately took it.” “The new space is over 11,000 sq. ft., with 6,000 of it being an outdoor beer garden. We moved up to a 15-bbl brewhouse from Deutsche Beverage. We are now open every day except Monday and Tuesday. See our website for pictures, as it is quite something. I now have a dozen taproom staff, a taproom manager and two brewing assistants. At the original space, it was pretty much two partners and our wives doing everything.” “In 2015 & 2016, we brewed around 112 bbls each year. In 2017, after being open in the new space for only three months, it rose to close to 500 bbls. We are on pace to do 1,000 this year. At this








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point, we still only serve out of our taproom but are getting ready to start distributing to tap accounts by the end of May.” “I attribute our growth to the fact that we create a very good product. We also started out brewing different beers, rarely the same one twice. Four years ago, when we opened, all of the breweries in our area had four or five core beers with a rotating seasonal. People love our variety. We also are located in downtown Roanoke, which has become a bustling/thriving area with lots of young professionals. We try to get involved in the community as much as possible too.”

Casey Jones

Fair Winds Brewing Company #47 “We built Fair Winds Brewing Company to provide fresh, local, flavorful craft beers to our neighbors and friends in Fairfax County and throughout the Commonwealth and the District of Columbia. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all; instead we believe that craft beer, like food, should complement the moment and add to the overall experience.” “Our fastest growth in 2017 was in barrel-age produced (which is what the BA used to calculate the top 50 fastest growing breweries). We produce beer to meet demand in the market, so our growth in production was motivated by a growth in sales. While we saw growth in both taproom and distribution sales, our greatest growth in 2017 came from distribution sales. We have been slow to hire to ensure that the new positions we create are supported by sales and that we can ensure that once we create them they will stay. We are up to 16 employees (vs. the 5 when we started in 2015).” “Our growth has been motivated by three key factors; Partners, People and Process. Our greatest sales growth in 2017 came through distribution sales. Our distribution and retail partners were key for helping us deliver our draft and packaged beers to consumers in both on premise (restaurants and bars) and offpremise locations.” “We were rated one of the 50 fastest growing breweries in beer volume 2017-2018. This was enabled by people. Our dedicated and hard-working Brew Crew met the massive increase in production while only adding one PT member to the team. Also, our Brand Ambassadors managed to significantly increase the number of retail partners that carried our beers in the market. Finally, our service-oriented Thirstmates worked to engage more customers in our taproom and educate them on the Fair Winds beers.” “In order to achieve high amounts of growth without a significant increase in the size of the team, you need to have strong processes in place. For Fair Winds these processes include a very strong focus on QA/QC to ensure we provide shelf stable beers to our distribution and retail partners.” “Our focus for 2018 is around adding new SKUs of packaged beers. The first was released this spring, Hells Navigator a VA Beer Cup Gold and Silver medal winning Maibock. We plan to release three more in 2018.” David Hunter is founder of Fans of Virginia Craft Breweries. Find him on Facebook, Twiter: FansofVACB and Instagram: fansofvacb VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Must-Read Book Explores IPAs By Jeff Maisey


f you’ve ever heard Dick Cantwell speak on the topic of beer you know he’s both incredibly knowledgeable on the subject and an engaging storyteller — both qualities that make for an excellent book. That said, it’s perhaps no wonder the Brewers Association’s publishing division is behind Cantwell’s new book, Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale (Available June 4, $19.95). Cantwell co-founded Elysian Brewing Company in 1996. Elysian was crowned Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in 1999, 2003 and 2004, before being sold to AB in 2015. According to the Brewers Association statistics department, IPAs are today the third most popular style of beer in the country, trailing American lagers and light lagers. While IPAs account for 3.1 percent of total beer by volume, in the craft beer category, the style is attributed to between 24-33 percent of sales. Nearly one in three craft beers sold in America are IPAs. So why are IPAs so popular with American consumers? “It’s an interesting stretch of history in craft brewing, “explained Cantwell. “IPAs were one of the styles that were rediscovered by American craft brewers. It practically died-out in its country of origin — the UK — where they were making pretty insipid versions. IPAs for craft brewers were a real way to showoff. They were a way to show that you knew how to make a real tasty beer that was also really strong and hoppy.” Cantwell also credits the emergence of fruity hops entering the craft marketplace for more floral and citrusy notes. He believes consumers have shown their overwhelming desire for the style. “The way bitter beers and hops react on the palate, it is naturally an acquired - 18 -

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taste. People taste hoppy beers at first and they might be a little off-putting, but you just keep going back to them. IPAs are a statement on how much a consumer can take. There’s a little bit of that endurance aspect to them. It’s the combination of excess, both in terms of conception and in terms of consumption that keeps it such a popular style.”

Cantwell was one of the judges for the recent World Beer Cup competition. Whether he’s judging a beer competition or consuming several for enjoyment with friends or at home in San Francisco, Cantwell schedules and delays having an

IPA for the end of a session. “If you keep hammering on those (IPAs) there is some palate fatigue,” he said. “One way that I will pick the sequence of beers that I’ll have at the end of the day is that I’m very conscious of what order I drink them in. If I drink something hoppy and then go back to something less hoppy, it’s not going to show that beer off to its advantage because your palate is already kind of ranched by that intense bitterness. In fact, it can sometimes display aspects somewhat artificially because of that experience you’ve just been through.” Cantwell said cloudy, fruitforward New England-style IPAs have become almost as popular on the West Coast as in the East. “I like them,” admitted Cantwell. “Like any other style there are good and bad examples of them, but I find them really interesting. They present a really interesting sequence and technique of hopping that really hasn’t been completely explored before. I find it kind of curious how divisive it has become.” In Nashville, at the Brewers Association conference, Cantwell heard speakers rant against cloudy IPAs. “I just don’t see what the big deal is,” he said. “It’s a new sub-style. Will it last? Who knows. The consumer will speak loudest about that. “Several years ago we had Black IPAs, and now there aren’t many of those around anymore.” Throughout Brewing Eclectic IPA, Cantwell delves into the evolution of the IPA, provides guidance for designing unique beers, and shares 25 original IPA recipes. The book is a must-read for commercial craft brewers, home brewers, and consumers wanting to know more about their favorite style — the IPA.


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brewNEWS Kevin O’Connor stands by crates of El Guapo Agave IPA

O’Connor Racks Up Accolades and Sales By Jeff Maisey


he year isn’t quite halfway through and yet Norfolk-based O’Connor Brewing Company has racked up accolades far and wide to make any craft brewery envious. In March, O’Connor Brewing Co. 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. In April, O’Connor Brewing Company was awarded two gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Tastings. com World Beer Championships. The same month, O’Connor was named Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Norfolk Small Business of the Year. Perhaps the biggest announcement in April was the Virginia Chamber of Commerce naming O’Connor Brewing Company as the 2018 Vanguard Winner in the field of manufacturing in its Fantastic 50 list of fastest growing companies in Virginia. I recently talked with founder and president Kevin O’Connor by phone when he was taking a break at the Brewers Association national conference and World Beer Cup competition in Nashville. Here’s our conversation.

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What topics are all abuzz this year at the Brewers Association conference? The increased number of breweries and the way the market is heading. The overall swelling of beer as a whole, and as more and more entrants come in, what are things going to look like in the next three to five years. There’s been a lot of innovation up until now. There’s been a lot of talk about everybody’s now just chasing what the other person is doing. It’s just kind of like copycat. That’s been the talk, from New England IPAs and what’s next. Is it just going to be IPAs or are people going to come back out of the box and make good Belgians again and other inspiring beers? That’s really been the talk of the upper echelon and the speakers. Overall, it’s been fun. It’s been great to see new faces and old friends. It seems like everyone’s still having fun. It’s always inspiring to come to these things.

Are you making any business adjustments based on what you’re hearing at the conference or is it just confirming what you’re already doing? I think it’s really just confirming. We’ve always tried to grow organically, more than forcefully. In listening to some of my comrades from some of the larger breweries, they are up against the same stuff that everybody is. So how do we tackle that? The regional and national brewers are looking at different ways to come into markets. And now uber local is doing really well. It’s the best time that beer has ever been, but I’ll be honest with you, I think I’ve made enough tweaks to my forecasts and budgets and plans that I feel comfortable with where we’re going. We don’t want to over-shoot ourselves. In terms of where you’re going, where do you see O’Connor Brewing Company in the next three to five years down the road? The industry is so changing right now. I can’t really say five years from now, but over the next year to two years we already have plans in motion to open up the rest of North Carolina, the rest of Maryland, and we’ve been in talks with a few other island markets — cities we feel our brand might do well — up and down the (east) coast. Right now, there just aren’t as many wholesalers as there are suppliers. That’s going to be the challenge. Where can we go? Will we fit in their portfolio? Are we going to grow with them? That’s why I’m looking at this sort of year by year. Even the wholesalers can’t get the forecast right anymore. We try to tweak as we go. We’re just fine where we’re at and are going to hold-on and see what happens. I understand El Guapo Agave IPA is the number one best selling independent craft brand in Virginia. Can you confirm this? According to the data collection for all the grocery store chains, it is the number one selling Virginia independent craft six-pack right now. What are the closest competitors you’re facing in the grocery stores for sales? They put everybody together and the nationals. Overall, I think we’re number six. There’s Devils Backbone Vienna Lager, Sam Adams, Blue Moon. If you look at just craft, us being the number one independent Virginia craft brand puts us on the same level as Sierra Nevada. That’s always good — to be able to sell that much.

Why do you think El Guapo Agave IPA is performing so well? You know that’s the anomaly. I really don’t know. We made it as a test batch. We liked it, but some of our wholesalers didn’t think it had a wow factor. Lo and behold, other people seemed to like it and sales just keep growing and growing. We got more placements in the grocery stores. It kept moving. I think the IPA category is huge. I think the agave lends that sweetness to it that kind of muscles-out the bitterness a little bit. It’s more approachable to a wider demographic than hops in-yourface. It’s a more balanced beer. I also think the artwork — people get a kick out of it. It’s one of those beers, even though it’s a higher alcohol beer, I think people still look at it as an everyday beer. What are some of the new limited release beers you feel could graduate to the next level of production? We’ve been putting together a few new lagers that I think are going to be good. Bob and his team have been doing a lot of sours, goses, Berliner Weisses, and things like that on our pilot system, really just for the fun of it. I’m very impressed with what these guys are putting together and I do feel like they have a lot of legs. One of the fastest growing styles right now are the more approachable beers — the golden ales, kolsches and lagers. It goes back to what I said a long time ago: People just want a good damn beer. I think the lagers, the goses and Berliner Weisses are something we could put in a package in the next two quarters if we can develop it into a real strong standing brand. Can you reflect on some of the accolades you’ve received this year thus far? It’s always humbling to get these awards.You never set out to win an award.Your nose is always to the ground and you’re just running, and then all of a sudden someone shoots you an email saying, “Hey, you won the Small Business of the Year.” One of the awards we won is the Fantastic 50 from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. We’ve been voted in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Independent Companies in Virginia three years in a row. This year, we were in the fastest growing manufacturer, and that is wild. When you’re sitting there with 49 other people and most of them are technology firms — there’s this little brewery from Norfolk that’s getting statewide attention for the growth of what we’re doing. That’s fun. The team here at O’Connor is making really great beer. Every time we get a medal or an award it’s really a hats-off to them. I can’t do it without them, and I think that’s what’s showing in the small business award, the Fantastic 50 award. And, obviously in winning medals for the beers. VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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brewNEWS / TASTES Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey of the United Kingdom (pictured at Norfolk NATO Festival) said his favorite style of beer is now American IPAs

A Knight’s Take on Virginia Beer By Jeff Maisey


y now, every American citizen has likely heard of craft beer, if not tasted one. From sprawling metropolitan hubs to small towns like Bedford, Virginia, rural counties such as Nelson County to tourism magnets, including Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Beach resort strip, independent craft beer is taking root and expanding in popularity. The revolution that is craft beer has spread from “sea to shining sea,” and it hasn’t gone unnoticed in the eyes of visitors from overseas. “Most bits of the US have gone from a beer desert to a beer lover’s paradise in a few short years,” said Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey of the United Kingdom. Sir Graham Stacey is currently serving his last two months as Chief of Staff at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation headquarters in Norfolk. It’s NATO’s only headquarters in North America. Stacey’s go-to beer style is India Pale Ale, more commonly called IPA. “I’ve always enjoyed hoppy beers,” he said. “I moved on from English-style bitters and ales to American-style IPAs.” His taste in beer has certainly changed over time. He recalled having a can of Watneys Red Barrel at age 16 when one of his classmates snuck a 4-pack into the dorm at boarding school. “I thought it was disgusting and vowed I’d never drink beer again, and I’ve spend my whole life completely ignoring my own advice,” he admitted. Graham Stacey, like most who serve in the armed forces, has been deployed to the far ends of the world, from Indonesia, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Belize, and Kuwait to the Falkland Islands, Kosovo, Iraq and Tampa.

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Air Marshal Stacey has both visited and worked in the United States for many years. He often found it a challenge to locate quality beer. “As we jokingly used to say, ‘The good thing about Bud and Miller is you’d drown before you got drunk,’” he said with amusement. “I think for me the revolution — if that’s the right word — was the first time I stumbled across Sam Adams. That appeared to be a beer that had the taste and flavor I really wanted. Now, I say to people, if you want an adventure in beer then come to the States. “I was an early member of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in the UK when I was at university. That was in the late 1970s. So I’ve always been an advocate for real ale. “I think the US has now overtaken many parts of the world. What’s great is that you’ve embraced craft brewing, but you’re also prepared to use innovation and imagination — different flavors, different hops, different mixtures, different styles.” Since serving at NATO headquarters in Norfolk for the past three years, Stacey has tried a wide array of American-made IPAs and visited local breweries O’Connor, Smartmouth, and The Bold Mariner. Last year, he participated in a collaboration with Bold Mariner brewers Mike Stacks and John O’Reilly on a beer called Cross the Pond IPA. “I actually studied chemistry at university, so I understand the science of brewing quite well,” he said. “The thing I probably enjoyed most about that adventure was the people and just dealing with people who’ve got a genuine passion, a genuine commitment, and a genuine love for beer and what they do. And it is that image of the people I take away from Bold Mariner, and the other places I’ve been to in the States.”


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“The thing I like most about Blanco Labels? Our new pressure sensitive labels.” Michael Benefield Line Operator Parkway Brewing

Blanco delivers... New ideas “Our new pressure sensitive labels are easier to use and look better. They’re cleaner--no glue application--and it’s faster.” Michael Benefield, Line Operator at Parkway Brewing. Every week Blanco meets its commitments of millions of labels to manufacturers depending on them. Because at Blanco we believe service is as important as quality. We select our customers so that we can be a perfect fit. We are small enough for their business to matter and large enough to make sure their job gets done. 1876 Apperson Drive, Salem, VA 24153



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ach summer, millions of people flock to the coast like seagulls hovering over a fish fry. In Coastal Virginia, there are some two hundred miles of varied communities ranging from the small fishing town of Chincoteague near the Maryland border on the Eastern Shore all the way down to the resort strip in Virginia Beach, and then over to the Chesapeake Bay where Shore Drive and Chicks Beach thrive. These areas on the coast offer a sea swell of outdoor activities that include everything from deep sea fishing excursions, para-sailing, sea kayaking and surfing like a champ at the 1st Street jetty to hiking in the Spanish moss covered swampiness of First Landing State Park, riding beach cruisers up-and-down the boardwalk, enjoying free outdoor concerts at 24th and 31st Street parks and watching wild ponies in marshy wetlands. And, talk about fresh seafood and outdoor patios with clear views of coastal marinas, the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay — there are many attractive options to choose from for lunch, dinner and after hours. The one thing this region has lacked within walking distance to the sandy coast is a craft brewery. That’s all changed within the last two years, and now there are multiple options for weeklong vacationers, weekend tourists, day-tripping Virginians, and locals who pedal a few blocks from home for growler refills. Virginia Beach attracts an estimated 15.2 million visitors each year. There’s a lot of beer sales and branding opportunity for sure. Following is a brief summary of Coastal Virginia’s independent craft breweries grouped geographically. Most will offer extended hours during the summer.

You’ll feel at home and enjoy some lunch too at Home Republic Brewpub. Pictured are Alana Dufresne, Nicholas Mariano and Jimo Zapata

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going coastal

House tasting room manager Courtney Whitaker stands ready to fill your growler at Smartmouth’s Pilot House satellite location at the Oceanfront

Virginia Beach Oceanfront Home Republic Brewpub

Smartmouth Brewing Pilot House

You can read the positive reviews online stating “here on a Wednesday, great atmosphere, food, beer and staff” and “great selection of beers and simple brewpub entrees” to get a feel for what others think of Home Republic. We totally agree. Home Republic is a much needed brewpub positioned just a block away from the Neptune/31st Street Park on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The super friendly staff and brew crew operate a tiny, nano scale brewery with all of the R2D2-sized shiny equipment in clear view. The interior is dark and cozy, offering a nice break from the bright sun and heat of summer. The brewpub also has an attractive outdoor patio that’s totally covered. It’s ideal seating for people watching while offering protection from a sudden rain shower. As you might expect, Home Republic serves both a cast of year-round flagships and some one-off seasonals. We recommend anything unique, of course, but also try the Gladiator Session IPA, Galaxy Pale Ale, King Kolsch, Salted Caramel Ale and for dessert enjoy a Cup of Joe Coffee Brown Ale. As for eats, you’ll find plenty to satisfy during the heat of summer. Try the Fried Goat Cheese Salad, Cuban Panini, crab cakes, shrimp tacos or build your own burger.

The Pilot House is the recently opened satellite location of Norfolk’s award-winning Smartmouth Brewing Company. It’s just a 2-block stroll from the Boardwalk. While the craft brewery is often known for its big IPAs like Notch 9 and Rule G, its perfectly brewed pilsner called Safety Dance was deemed the best in state and won the Virginia Beer Cup in 2017. Visitors will find all of Smartmouth’s widely distributed flagship brands like Alter Ego (a saison) and Murphy’s Law (amber red ale) as well as tasty seasonals like Sommer Fling (Bavarian-inspired hefeweizen). The primary mission, however, of The Pilot House is test batching experimental recipes brewed onsite, and that’s a real plus for vacationing beer enthusiasts. Smartmouth’s Pilot House sports a clean, modern decor with views of the brewing equipment and both indoor and outdoor seating. Trivia nights will be held every Thursday night. On June 23, they’ll present the Lupulin Effect IPA Festival at the brewery. Smartmouth Brewing Pilot House, 313 32nd Street, Virginia Beach,

Home Republic Brewpub, 328 Laskin RD, Virginia Beach, VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Back Bay Brewing Company taproom manager Matt Collins provides service with a smile

Back Bay Brewing Company One of the more interesting tasting room experiences you’ll find is at Back Bay Brewing Company. It’s a few blocks from the main resort area in a cluster of locally-owned businesses that includes an artists’ gallery, coffee shop, and an excellent fish taco joint — all within a few yards of each other. This is where the locals hang to get away from the tourists. So, keep it quiet. The tasting room at Back Bay shows off its nano brewery setup, but the true uniqueness is the aesthetics: the bar has a secondary, beach cottage-like storefront, the walls are old vintage outbuilding inspired tin with mallard and goose decoys nicely mounted. There’s also a small room to relax in on the second floor with open interior windows for looking down upon the brewing equipment. Among the Back Bay beers to try this summer are the Mango Hefeweizen, POG IPA (passion fruit and Guava), Lotta Colada Belgian Tripel Ale, Leishman Lager, and the newly packaged Scotchy Scotch Ale (aged four months in highly peated Scotch barrels). Back Bay Brewing Company, 614 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach, Coming Soon: Young Veterans Brewing Company will open its satellite location dubbed The Bunker mid-summer, with a grand opening likely in July. The Bunker will feature all the exceptional flagship brands the brewery is known for such as Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen, GI Pilsner, Jet Noise Double IPA and Night Vision American Stout, but its primary mission, like most satellite ventures, is to operate as an experimental - 32 -

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laboratory for unique beers. The Bunker will also allow the brewery to have entertainment and lots of live music, something forbidden in its manufacturing home-base due to US Navy zoning (it’s near an air base). Also coming to the Virginia Beach oceanfront this summer is Richmond-based Isley Brewing Company. We broke that announcement back in February, and the expectation is for Isley to open to the public in July. Isley’s location (315 Virginia Beach Blvd) is in the newly trendy Vibe District — just 3 to 4 blocks from the boardwalk — where outstanding restaurant/ beer bar Esoteric operates. Owner Mike Isley said, “Fifty percent of the beers will be the same (as in RVA),” but noted “we may do more genuine sours. We’re really loving out kettle sours and goses.” Get ready to pucker-up to Isley come July in Virginia Beach.

Near the Oceanfront Strip Wasserhund Brewing Company

A German admiral serving at NATO headquarters in nearby Norfolk stated the hefeweizen brewed by Wasserhund was as good as any from Bavaria. What more do you need to know before making this place a must visit? Wasserhund specializes in German-style beers, but also delves into many interesting brewing excursions. In addition to the Shepeweizen, be sure to enjoy the Berhund Lager and Purebread Pilsner on a hot summer’s night. Also recommended are Summer Fetch Citrus Honey Wheat, Kettle Sour Gose and Sunny Dog IPA. Wasserhund doubles as a brewpub and features top notched gourmet pizzas and salads. Wasserhund Brewing Company, 1805 Laskin RD, Virginia Beach,

Reaver Beach Brewing Company Quietly, Reaver Beach has been producing some of Coastal Virginia’s finest hoppy beers for eight years, and has recently greatly enhanced its sour program. In fact, Reaver has a real cool ship — just like Belgian brewers use in Lambicland. For hop lovers, try Hoptopus Double IPA. Sour lovers will be in heaven this side of Brussels when enjoying seemingly endless sours re-fermented with everything from apricots, black currents, blueberries and even watermelon. Reaver Beach Brewing Company, 1505 Taylor Farms RD, Virginia Beach,

Young Veterans Brewing Company In addition to the flagship beers previously mentioned, Young Vets vintage military-themed tasting room is a nice showplace for its arsenal of sour beers like Private Plum Sour Ale, The Objector (sour IPA with hibiscus) and MOPP 4 Sour IPA. You’ll need a vehicle to drive to this industrial zone craft brewery, but it’s a must for all veterans and active duty personnel. Young Veterans Brewing Company, 2505 Horse Pasture RD, Virginia Beach, Coming Soon: When Green Flash Brewing exited its Virginia Beach facility in January, it left behind a fully functional, large scale brewing operation. Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing Company acquired the equipment at auction and struck a deal with the city and property owner to operate this turnkey business, with the addition of a full-service kitchen. New Realm expects to open at 1209 Craft Lane later this summer.


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Commonwealth Brewing Company’s Jeramy Biggie savors a hazy NE-style IPA

Shore Drive

Chicks Beach

Chesapeake Bay Virginia Beach

Commonwealth Brewing Company

Pleasure House Brewing These folks know their beer and have fun developing the recipes their local clientele prefers. There’s a constant rotation of new beers that keep things as fresh as they are interesting. For example, Shark Tears is a fruity gose made from chopped rhubarb and salt extracted from gallons of sea water brought to the brewery from a local fisherman who frequents the brewery. The brewers have also used rainwater collected from the nearby Brock Environmental Center to create a fine pils. It’s a fun place just to select something described with the most unusual ingredients. We also encourage visitors to try the Ambie-Dextrous Doppelbock, Shrove Tuesday English Bitter, Light Tower Wine Barrel Aged Saison, and Glo.

In the Chicks Beach neighborhood in close proximity to the mighty Chesapeake Bay, Commonwealth Brewing Co is housed Pleasure House Brewing, 3025 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, in a former fire station. The “garage” was converted into a tasting room with the large rolling doors opened to let the bay-breeze filter in on cool summer nights. Deadline Brewing Project The tasting room decor smacks of coastal vibes and is most relaxing. An outdoor patio uses barrels for barriers and The trio of owners hail from local media outlets and brand these qualities with craft beer for a fun experience. Their lightbulbs dangle overhead for evening atmosphere. beers include Airline Cookie Amber, Pacer Blonde, Chocolate The brewery does an exceptional job with barrel-aged Porter, IPA and Pale Ale. beers and sours. The core lineup and hazy IPAs are equally on-par. You really can’t go wrong with any selection, but we Deadline Brewing Project, 2272 W. Great Neck RD, certainly recommend whatever limited release featured the Virginia Beach, day you visit as well as There Gose Gravity (IPA), Tina Rosa (gose), Bodhisattva (tropical gose), Dysphotic (black saison), Cheval de Trait (Belgian quad), and Cheval au Soleil (Belgian wit). Commonwealth Brewing Company, 2444 Pleasure House RD, Virginia Beach, - 34 -

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Ocean View


Coming Soon: Norfolk’s The Bold Mariner Brewing Company will open a satellite location in the Ocean View section of the city, just 2 blocks from the sandy shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Surprisingly, it’s this community’s first craft brewery. The satellite brewery will be known as The Reserve (1901 East Ocean View Avenue) and located in an attractive two-story beach houselike structure with outdoor porches. The brewery will serve Bold Mariner mainstays such as Frogman Lager, but the showcase will be on premium craft ales, sours, and barrelaged beers.

Black Narrows Brewing Company

Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore

Opens in the Fall of 2018.

A fine glass of beer served at Black Narrows Brewing Company in tiny Chincoteague

The first brewery to open on the Eastern Shore calls the storied fishing village of Chincoteague home. Tourists come to see the wild ponies, natural wildlife refuge and pristine beaches of Assateague Island (a US National Park) during the day, and then spend the night in the town. Black Narrows is an ideal addition to a community lacking in craft beer. It’s also a lot of fun, especially with beers like Cockle Creek (Scottish ale), Plum Wild (fruited barrelaged wild), Salts (tart oyster wheat) and How Bout It (heirloom corn lager with grits, pear). The beers are on rotation so what you see is what you get. If you’re lucky, they may have Chicken City Pale Lager on tap when you visit. Black Narrows Brewing Company, 4522 Chick City Road, Chincoteague, VA,


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Top five Northern VA


Beer Selections By

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he explosion of breweries all across the great state of Virginia and the associated expansion of the food truck business to provide food to patrons of brewery taprooms have arguably contributed to the economic challenges that some more traditional establishments have faced in the business environment that has evolved since Virginia law was changed to allow breweries to sell beer by the glass onsite. And as someone like Mad Fox’s Bill Madden would no doubt tell you, the brewpub model has proven especially challenging in this new world. That said, across Virginia there are a variety of great restaurants doing beer and food, and doing them right. This article focuses on such places that particularly stand out in Northern Virginia and which are not breweries, brewpubs, or tied houses such as the Dogfish Head Alehouses. Each has a unique combination of selection, ambiance, great staff, special events, and quirky twists that set them apart. This article is in the form of a top 5 list. This is our list. Your list will look different, and that’s ok so put aside your righteous anger for a moment and read why you should visit these great places.


Foster’s Grille Chantilly

5007 Westone Plaza Drive Chantilly, VA 20151

Jeremy Topper - owner of Foster’s Grille in Chantilly, VA - at the front door of and behind the bar of his restaurant.

I know, I know — it is essentially a burger and wings place. It isn’t the prettiest or fanciest. But you know what it is? A place that feels like your whole extended family opened a burger and wings place, did it right, and oh by the way, they all love good beer. Your dad is performing grill wizardry out back; your mom is in the kitchen fryin’ up some chicken proper; your uncle is working the bar and telling stories that have beer coming out of your nose, and the cousins are all smiles, delivering food to the tables and taking care of any needs. That uncle behind the bar, that’s your Uncle Jeremy — Jeremy Topper — and he just poured you something special. “I was a managing partner with Bonefish Grill in Gainesville, Virginia and it was there I met Shaun Foster of the Foster’s Grille chain,” Topper said. “I really liked the Foster’s Grille location in Haymarket, Virginia and was ready to leave the corporate world.” Jeremy opened a first Foster’s Grille in Ashburn, VA (now closed) and then in 2007 the present location in Chantilly. Foster’s Grille definitely had a tradition tied to the big three (Budweiser, Miller, Coors) when he opened in Ashburn, and then Chantilly, but Jeremy recognized early on the potential for craft beer and in those early days brought in beers like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. When local breweries like Lost Rhino opened up, Jeremy hounded founder Favio Garcia and got one of the first accounts for New River Pale Ale. Rotating taps became a bigger and bigger thing and eventually Jeremy pushed out the big three all together. Beer sales doubled and Jeremy notes with pride that the people in corporate took notice and started to institute changes along VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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the lines of what he had done. Jeremy’s approach to beer: simply put, all well-made beers in a variety of styles, combined with a steady diet of special events, from the 1st Thursday Brewery Spotlight where 4 or 5 tap lines are dedicated to a specific brewery, to Kill the Keg events where the winning brewery gets to decide what charity gets 15% of the proceeds from the night, to the 3rd Thursday Themed tap takeover that might be 6 to 8 tap lines dedicated to barrelaged beers, all Loudoun County beers, or beers that associate with a holiday like Valentine’s Day. Check out Foster’s Grill Chantilly on Facebook. Your Uncle Jeremy has some really cool beer shenanigans in the works and you really don’t want to miss them. These include quarterly bottle shares. That’s right, a burger and wing place doing amazing bottle shares. Yeah, we know we just blew your mind. You’re welcome.

Tiffany Camp and Diana Quezada of Spacebar have grilled cheese and good beer with your name on them.

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709 W. Broad Street Falls Church, VA 22046 This place is just cool. Yes, the parking lot is small (parking on a nearby street isn’t a problem) and yes, the place sometimes feels like it might be a bit too cool for its own good, maybe a little too beer nerdy, maybe a little too hipsterish. They only serve grilled cheese and tater tots, how clever. But you know what? This isn’t some cheesy, “Oh, what’s the flavor of the moment?” kind of place. What it is, at its core, is an honest to goodness neighborhood joint where anyone is welcome and the vibe is funky and friendly, and “it’s all good.” This is a place with a ton of regulars and where the grilled cheese really is just that awesome. Want yours with grilled Portobello? Check. Smoked salmon? Check. Brie and green apple? Check. And the beer list, as determined by the owners Larry and Erica Hoffman, always provides a wide range of options, from Solace Juicy Lucy DIPA to New Holland’s Dragon Milk Imperial Stout. As one of those regulars, Jim Zillian, tells me, “At Spacebar, you get very nice and helpful staff, great selection of fresh beer, and no kids.” That last part being the subject of much discussion in the craft beer community and the adult beverage drinking community in general…but that’s a whole different article, and, yes, Galaxy Hut, the sister restaurant in Arlington, VA could have just as easily been #2 in this list.

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Bilbo Baggins Restaurant and Pub Old Town Alexandria 208 Queen Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Having a lovely side space called The Green Dragon Pub alone would have made this place special, but on top of it, this is an establishment that takes beer seriously, whether in the pub or in the main restaurant, which is charmingly like a comfortable period house with a plurality of small rooms, each welcoming with a different character. The creation of chef and owner Michael Armellino, the restaurant is his attempt to bring some old world charm, food, and drink back home to the USA. It has been over 30 years now since Michael and his partner came across their present location, a rustic gem in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. To quote the Bilbo Baggins website, “With approval from the Tolkien Foundation and a guarantee to uphold all qualities of hobbit hospitality, Bilbo Baggins Restaurant has remained a staple in Alexandria for over three decades.” As to beer, Bilbo Baggins definitely focuses on European styles, whether Belgian Tripel, German Pilsner, or Irish Dry Stout. That said, you will also find IPAs and local beers like the Raspberry Baltic Porter from Parkway Brewing out of Salem, VA or Raised By Wolfs Pale Ale from Washington D.C.’s Right Proper Brewing. And as to food, whether you want some Spanish Tapas, German Schnitzel, Italian pizza, or an East Coast salmon and crab cake sandwich, you will find something to be happy about on the menu.


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Enjoy a fine steak and selection of over 400 beers at Rustico in Alexandria

Tuscarora Mill 203 Harrison Street SE Leesburg, VA 20175 Built in a building that began as a grain mill back in 1899? Yep. A place to get Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout on tap? Yep. Home to one of the best Sunday brunches this side of…well…heaven? Yep. A staff that manages to cultivate an ambiance that is both upscale and chill at the same time? Yep. Tuskies, as the place is fondly referred to by some, manages a lovely balancing act by which it manages to be cool yet cozy, rustic but classy, upscale yet accessible, forwardthinking and old school, traditionally oriented yet surprising. It is the rare place where a preppy dude just off the golf course can rub shoulders with a tattooed beer nerd and it’s all good…cause’ they’re at Tuskies and they’re feelin’ pretty good about that. Besides finding really good beers, including from Virginia breweries like Hardywood and Kindred Spirit, what really sets Tuskies apart is the lineup of beer dinners the place is known for, whether featuring a Bacon and Beer Dinner with Bells out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a Valentine’s Day dinner featuring Solace Brewing Company of Dulles, VA or a BBQ dinner featuring beers from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

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#5 Rustico

Alexandria 827 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA 22314 For some of us, this place is where it feels like a lot of the greater D.C. area beer awesomeness began. This is where we got to know Greg Engert who went on to Neighborhood Restaurant Group beer director fame and glory, which culminated in special places such as Churchkey, Bluejacket, and The Sovereign in Washington DC. In Virginia, the family includes places such as Evening Star Café, Vermilion, Columbia Firehouse, and B-Side. All have good beer options, but if beer is the game, in Virginia, Rustico is the name. The food, the ambiance, the staff — these are all quite good at Rustico Alexandria (and the sister restaurant in Ballston). What pushes Rustico Alexandria into the #5 position is Novemberfest, simply one of the best beer events in Virginia. Snallygaster is the Greg Engert organized beer festival that features incredible beers from all over the world. Novemberfest is the much smaller scale event in the parking lot behind Rustico, that nonetheless is like Snallygaster but features only Virginia beers. Amazing IPA’s from The Veil, Ocelot, and Aslin? Check. Amazing big stouts from Hardywood, Lickinghole Creek, and Brothers? Check. Greg Engert and Virginia brewing all-stars in the house and approachable? Damn straight.

Honorable Mention Siena

5127 Westfields Blvd Centreville, VA 20120 Those of you who are fans of Mekong in Richmond are well aware that a good Vietnamese restaurant can also be a great place for beer. Owner Thuan Nguyen immigrated when he was 8 years old and has embraced the full American experience, having been raised by a military family and served in the Marines before going on to become an IT professional and opening a Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Aura, which was where David Harris and Thuan crossed paths around 2011. David, a CFO at a local company, became a regular customer at Pho Aura, and after the two became good friends, David suggested Thuan tap into the growing craft beer movement. Thuan was intrigued by the idea, but not really being a beer drinker he asked David if he would be willing to act as an informal beer advisor as to what to have on tap and David agreed. Turned out Thuan was really intrigued, to the point that when a larger space opened up in the same shopping center, Thuan wanted to open a place called 101 Taps that would literally have 101 taps. Well, the available cooler space and other considerations ended up forcing Thuan to scale back his ambitions, but he still ended up with a restaurant featuring 60 taps named after one of Thuan’s daughters. David has full autonomy to choose the beers, not withstanding, Thuan occasionally grousing about how much a rare sour or barrel-aged stout cost. Siena is a cool place with good food, an inspiring back story, and a craft beer fan getting to do what so many of us dream we would love to do (ignoring the challenging realities of actually doing it). Go and see. The tap list speaks for itself, combined with a cool selection of events ranging from tap takeovers to events featuring local breweries with a percentage of proceeds going to charities. Thuan walks the walk when it comes to charities, now being the IT guy for SOME — So Others Might Eat. So go to Siena and celebrate a real American giving back in a real way.

Northern Virginia’s Favorite Brewpub Award winning hand-crafted beer with a menu to match, appealing to craft beer aficianados and foodies alike. Upscale, but informal, always family friendly.

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Port City’s

Optimal Wit

Remains Dominant By Jeff Maisey


hile craft breweries these days often seem to focus on cranking out as many seasonal and limited release experimental beers as tank-space allows to keep locals perpetually engaged and lining up for the new flavor of the week at the taproom, success of the meat-and-potatoes flagship brands packaged and kegged for distribution are what keep the brewery in business. Often, these flagships were among the first beers developed by the brewery, became popular with customers, and then released to a wider consumer market wanting to enjoy the beer at home or a restaurant. Some of the most successful flagship beers made by independent Virginia craft breweries are no strangers to anyone who goes grocery shopping or frequents the local watering hole. Things like Legend Brown Ale, Starr Hill’s Northern Lights IPA, Hardywood Park Singel, and O’Connor’s El Guapo Agave IPA. One of my personal favorite flagships is Optimal Wit from Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company. I love the style and this one — like Alewerks’ White — is exceptional. I recently caught up with Port City founder and president Bill Butcher to get his take on the continued success of Optimal Wit.

As a flagship in Port City’s portfolio, why has Optimal Wit been so popular with consumers?

I believe that Optimal Wit is popular with beer drinkers for a couple of reasons: First, it’s accessible and easy to drink — it’s not hoppy or rich or strong — so it resonates with people who are just getting into more flavorful beer. Optimal Wit is also very complex, with layers of flavor that evolve in the glass and fan out like a peacock’s tail. This complexity of flavor holds the attention of more sophisticated beer drinkers. We like to say it tastes like Sunshine & Happiness, and I think it has something for everyone.

Does Optimal Wit still out-sell all other Port City brands?

It is our top seller, and depending on the time of year, it represents up to 40% of our production. In fact, Optimal Wit is now the 10th best-selling witbier in the United States, and we’re only sold in 8 states. I think that shows how well the beer sells in our regional market.

What other flagships do you see performing well in the marketplace in the coming year?

Well it’s no secret that IPA is still the best selling style of craft beer in the United States. We introduced Integral IPA to the market last year as a limited release. Integral IPA is a modern American IPA, with ripe tropical flavors without aggressive hop bitterness. We use Simcoe and Mosaic hops in the boil, and Azacca and Pekko in the dry hop. The beer went over so well last year that we rolled it into our year round flagships.

When some consumers follow the “what’s new” trends, what are the keys to maintaining a strong flagship beer that is widely distributed?

We try to consistently execute our company vision of brewing world class quality beers that are complex and flavorful, yet also in perfect balance and easy to drink. We continue to invest in our lab capabilities so that we can produce consistent quality that people can rely on. I think that in the long run, that’s what people are looking for. True happiness and satisfaction are found with balance and harmony. That’s true in beer and life. - 42 -

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St George Brewing Company Brewmaster Andy Rathmann, Director of Drinking Operations William Spence Jr., and founder Bill Spence Sr.

20 Years of St. George BrewinG By Jeff Maisey


emember those investment commercials with the slogan, “They make money the old fashioned way — they earn it”? Well, St. George Brewing Company should probably have a similar theme. Something like, “They make beer the ol’ fashioned way — they stick to tradition.” Traditional styles that is. Hampton’s St. George Brewing Company marks its 20th anniversary this spring, and thus reminded everyone they are the longest operating craft brewery in Hampton Roads and one of the oldest in Virginia. Like Legend Brewing Company of Richmond, St. George has survived the dark ages of craft beer (pre-2012, SB604) and weathered the storm — more like a tidal wave — of new breweries spreading like kudzu, showcasing one extreme concoction after another. St. George has done it by producing consistent quality, tried-and-true British and German style beers. Their core lineup doesn’t seem to change — ever. And, there’s nothing fancy about the names given to each beer; just plain and simple. Beer names such as Pilsner, Porter, Nut Brown Ale, and Imperial Bock. The brewery was born on St. George Day and was named in honor of the patron saint of England. Mythology had St. George slaying a fire-breathing dragon after the beast

demanded human sacrifice. The dragon likely represented paganism. St. George the brewery got its start not in Hampton, but Virginia Beach, when Ron and Karen Walkup operated a Brew On Premise establishment in 1996. Bill Spence joined them the same year and bought stock in the company after retiring from the US Air Force. By 1998, the three owners decided a Brew On Premise business — essentially a home brew operation — could not be sustained and they converted the 3-barrel system into a commercial brewery, packaging and kegging the beer to be sold locally as St. George Brewing Company. A decision was soon made to expand as a full-fledged, 15-barrel micro brewery. After a brief exploration of potential sites, they selected a one-time ice-making factory in downtown Hampton off of Kecoughtan Road for the new brewhouse. In 1999, Andy Rathmann joined the company as head brewer. Rathmann had travelled the world as a brewery consultant, helping people build breweries. He studied the craft of brewing as an apprentice in Germany with Weihenstephan before completing his training at the University of California at Davis in a program affiliated with Institute of Brewing in London. Rathmann was the perfect fit for St. George Brewing Company

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since the focus was on German lagers and British ales. Tragedy struck St. George on Christmas Eve 2000 when — ironically — a fire broke out and destroyed the building. No dragon or reindeer was spotted in the vicinity. Virtually left without a home, Rathmann and Spence Sr. did some contract brewing in Baltimore and Raleigh to keep the business going before finding a brewpub on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. The city required them to sell food so they cooked hot dogs to satisfy the municipality. St. George’s stay in Newport News was brief. The brewery moved to its current production warehouse location in Hampton in 2001. The first two beers produced by St. George were the Scotch Ale and the Golden Ale. Today, they operate a 30-hectoliter, or 27-barrel brewhouse. Over the years, the top best selling St. George beers have been the English IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Pilsner, and Porter. The core seasonals are the Oktoberfest and Spring Ale, which garnered a gold medal and took third best overall in the 2017 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition in Richmond. “It’s nice to be recognized,” said Spence Jr. St. George has won several awards including a World Beer Cup Award and an English competition. The winning entries were, of course, traditional style beers. The dedication to traditional styles is a personal preference. “I always say we brew the beers we like to drink because we’re here everyday drinking them,” said Rathmann, with a near empty glass of Pilsner in his hand. “If other people like them, then all the better.” “There are a bunch of breweries and niches with big bold IPAs, hop-bombs, juicy-crunky beers, the sours, bourbon barrels,” said Spence Sr. “Everybody’s got their particular goto. I think our style is sessionable and drinkable, and we’ve been that way since Day One.” Spence Sr. stressed the key to success for St. George — and really, anyone — is to do what they’re good at. “You can’t be all things to all people,” he continued. “And, you have to take a look at whether your facility can support it.” Spence Jr attributes much of the brewery’s success to producing beers with a reasonable alcohol level. St. George has a relatively small tasting room compared to many, but its strength and focus is on distributing bottles and draft beer to restaurants throughout the Coastal Virginia region. “Bars and restaurants get behind us because when they sell one of our products they end up selling one or two more,” he said. “That benefits the servers and the restaurant.” St. George’s field sales team and distributors — Hoffman Beverage and M. Price — seek out restaurants with fewer than 15 taps at the direction of the brewery. As trends come and go, St. George sees itself marching forward with the banner of traditional beers, serving a supportive community of increasingly well-educated craft beer consumers, but they’ll also open things up with a cast of new brewers, William Miller and Scott Batten, who’ll be test batching on a one-barrel system. Rathmann and crew recently unveiled a special 20th anniversary beer at the anniversary party at the brewery. It was an English Best Bitter on white oak. “It is really, really good,” said Rathmann. Keep slaying those dragons, St. George Brewing Company. VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Canon & Draw:

Drawing a New Base and Firing at Will By Wade Reynolds

Triple Threat DIPA is bursting with citrus and fruit flavors, and is the perfect way to wind down a weekend.

new brewery has its own brewer, general manager, staff, name, and—most importantly—its own individual line up of beers. If you’re wondering why an already-successful brewery

with at least one award-winning beer perpetuating a local buzz (Tiramisu Stout) would choose to open a new location without the obvious advantages of name recognition, the answer is obvious, at least to the Coopers and their staff. According to Lillard, there are different beer drinking demographics in the city as opposed to the county. Citing a trend of more hopheads in the city, Canon & Draw will feature more IPAs and hop-forward beers than Steam Bell. Connie Cooper, mother of Brad and Brittany and office manager, noted that they didn’t want to “just plop Steam Bell into the Fan,” or even its beers. Canon & Draw was designed for a different area with a different sense of community than Steam Bell. Situated across from the historic Stonewall Building and near VCU, Canon & Draw gets a huge amount of foot traffic, something almost unheard of at the industrial park that houses Steam Bell in Chesterfield County. Lillard also mentioned that, with two completely different breweries, customers would be less inclined to think “I’ve already been to the one, so why should I go to the other?” With each brewery featuring its own brewer and unique line of beers, there is a strong argument for visiting both. While recognizing the individuality of each brewery, there are some connections to note. “It’s two separate companies owned by the same family,” Lillard explained. Canon & Draw brewer Matt Shaw was the assistant brewer at Steam Bell previous to taking this job when it became available. He and Tyler Ossowski, Steam Bell’s head brewer, share an assistant who commutes back and forth between the breweries. And, both breweries have names connected to the owning family. A cooper was a barrel maker; a steam bell is a piece of equipment used to steam wooden staves to make them more pliable. And while a canon may refer to a piece of artillery, it is also French for barrel. Draw refers to the draw knife used to shape wood. If you get close enough to actually see the brewery, expect to see the word “Eclipse” as the featured word on the sign. “Canon & Draw” appears in smaller print below. This is in reference to the name of the historic building which houses Canon & Draw. Occupying a space formerly used as a laundromat, Canon & Draw shares the building with, among other tenants, newly renovated apartments. Lillard, whose background is in the restaurant business, came Photo courtesy of Canon & Draw


o mention that there’s a new brewery down in Richmond’s Fan district does not tell the whole story, but it’s a good place to start. Canon & Draw, which opened in early March of this year at 1529 W. Main St., bills itself as “the Fan’s first brewery.” General manager Matt Lillard is quick to point out that, although there are other breweries in relatively close proximity, none of them are located within the Fan’s generally accepted boundaries of Boulevard, Belvidere and Broad. The real story here is Canon & Draw’s connection to brewery trends in Virginia: one followed, one bucked. Similar to other successful craft breweries, Steam Bell Beer Works, which opened two years ago near Midlothian, determined to expand to another location. Unlike other breweries, owners Brad and Brittany Cooper decided that, rather than just open a second Steam Bell location, they would open a completely new brewery. The

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aboard last fall when Canon & Draw was originally scheduled to open. Citing concrete removal and paperwork/licensing issues dealing with the historic aspects of the building as the major delays, Canon & Draw still opened a mere five months beyond the original target date. As anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the Virginia beer scene knows, this is well above average and may even be regarded as “early” on a comparative basis. The first floor space is more than big enough to accommodate two bars, one of which has 16 taps while the other currently houses a two-keg kegerator. Expansion of this is expected in the near future. Canon & Draw has opened using a seven barrel system, slightly smaller than Steam Bell’s ten barrel system. However, Canon & Draw also features 14 seven barrel bright tanks in the back, allowing the brewery to directly pump up to 14 different beers at a time directly to its taps, completely bypassing the keg stage. Canon & Draw opened in March with 8 original offerings, the first of which was a Plum Ginger Gose. Like all new breweries, Canon & Draw continues to experiment and create, abandoning some of its initial beers and replacing them with others. Among the initial beers still being offered as a regular six weeks after opening was the Tsunami Stout. The name is a throwback to Steam Bell’s Tiramisu Stout which, Lillard admitted, was being mispronounced by customers and staff members alike at the original site. Billed as a tropical stout, it should be noted that the word tropical refers to a specific style and should not influence any taste expectations. Stout lover or not, it’s worth a try on your next visit. To satisfy the hopheads, beers available in late April included the Glass Case of Emotion APA, and the Accidental Sessions, an interesting lactose session IPA. The lactose is used to give this beer a little more heft and bite while keeping the alcohol content down at 4.6 percent, but it’s still identifiable as a session. If you’re looking for heavier hitters, there were two double IPAs available: Sole Accomplice DIPA at 8 percent alcohol and Monday DIPA at 8.2. Lacking in all of this, of course, was the presence of an actual true IPA, but Lillard assured me this would be a temporary situation. He pointed out that by the end of April, Canon & Draw would have 13 different beers up and running which is not bad for any brewery let alone one that had only been open for six weeks. With so many options, Canon & Draw is well suited to satisfy a variety of beer palates. Bartender Ryan Mather, who hails originally from Nottingham, England, prefers the Stone the Bloody Crows, an English brown ale. Notwithstanding his possible bias in that he got to help brew it and help name it, he noted that it’s “like a true English brown.” At 4.1 percent alcohol, it seems a good fit for the warmer summer months ahead. Adrienne Roberston, a customer at the bar, sampled the Tsunami Stout and the Sole Accomplice. “They were both good,” she said, “but it’s closer to summer so I took the Sole Accomplice.” Just as Steam Bell can lay claim to being the first in Chesterfield County, Canon & Draw has become the first in the Fan. With its new demographic, new customer base and new line of beers, Canon & Draw is similarly poised to make new waves in its previously untapped neighborhood. Tapping the Cooper family’s experience in having gone through this process once before, Canon & Draw seems likely to take hold as it offers its new neighbors a new drinking destination. And, that’s a good thing. Again. VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Rocket Frog Leaps into Orbit By Jeff Maisey


Photo courtesy of NASA.

ocket Frog Brewing Company — Loudoun County’s newest brewery — leaped into orbit The real life Rocket Frog in action. 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 owned by twin brothers David and Richard Hartogs along with Jennifer ShowellHartogs (David’s wife). If you think the name Rocket Frog sounds fun, you’ll love the story behind it. The Hartogs brothers initially sought to open a brewery in Arlington and name it either Great Falls Brewing Company or Arlington Brewing Company. After eight months of prospecting for a building, they changed course all around. In the meantime, Richard Hartogs saw the 2013 story of rocket frog go viral, sometime after the actual event took place. The story goes like this: A frog was caught by the ignition of a Minotaur V rocket and hurled high in the air in a cloud of smoke as the LADEE spacecraft lifted off the ground during a Wallops Island Spaceport launch on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A NASA photograph captured the event. The New York — where their father was born. The Belgian connection, Daily News published the amazing photo with the headline, however, goes far deeper than a love of Flemish reds and “One Giant Leap for Frogkind.” Lambics. Amused by the event, Richard decided to rename his “Our dad was born in Antwerp in 1938,” explained Richard. fantasy football team Rocket Frog as a joke. “We are a Jewish family. In 1942, his whole family, including “I emailed David and asked, ‘What about Rocket Frog himself, was rounded up and taken for deportation. For some Brewing Company?’” reason, he and five other kids were put inside a crib in a After a little more research, the Hartogs learned the launch building. He never saw his family again. They were taken to of the rocket occurred on their shared birthday and the Auschwitz.” spacecraft design was done a mile down the street from their The child’s name was Max. He was placed in an orphanage Sterling, Virginia home. in Belgium until World War II ended and later became “We sort of backed into this story all because we thought it adopted by a family in North America and given the name was a funny name,” said Richard. Michael Hartogs. Rocket Frog, as you can imagine, has a lot of branding The Belgian aspect of Rocket Frog will be as much about potential. They met the folks at Blind Tiger Designs last year honoring the heritage of their father as brewing Belgian-style at the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC. They’ve beers. They’ll brew Tripels, sours, saisons, a barrel-aged contracted with the company for their logo, can designs and quad and others. other merchandising and marketing creative work. Each beer The Hartogs brothers are big IPA hop-heads and will make brand will have its own story. the style a highlight of the brewery, but they are keen to insist The brewery’s mug club for frequent patrons will be called they want to be a brewery for everyone, and that includes a the Launch Pad Society. For a yearly subscription, Society full spectrum of styles. members will get a one-off designed growler. Refills will be Rocket Frog Brewing Company is starting out as a 15 discounted by a buck. Other benefits will include the reward barrel brewhouse. The Hartogs hired Russell Carpenter, PhD of a barrel-aged beer, a glass, and T-shirt. (Biochemistry), as their head brewer and given him complete Rocket Frog’s website states the company’s brewing freedom to have at it. philosophy will be influenced by the beer cultures of San Carpenter was working at a brewpub in Massachusetts Diego — where their older brother lives — and Belgium

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Russell Carpenter, PhD, is Rocket Frog Brewing Company’s mad scientist and head brewer

and came across an ad in Brewbound placed by the Hartogs in search of a brewer. “I guess we had the right situation for him,” explained Richard. “We’re a slightly bigger brewhouse than he was working on. We’re giving him a lot of creative freedom, with some direction. I tell people the back of the house is his.” Rocket Frog Brewing Company is located in Sterling, Virginia in close proximity to Dulles Airport. There are numerous hotel options nearby for those wishing to make a weekend of brewery hopping. It’d be easy to spend time at Rocket Frog, and also visit these nearby breweries: Twinpanzee, Crooked Run, Beltway, Solace, Ocelot, Lost Rhino, Old Ox and Quattro Goomba’s. Get hoppin’.


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Garden Grove Brewing... and Urban Winery… and cidery, too By Annie Tobey


arden Grove Brewing, in Richmond, has colored outside the lines again. Beginning with the distinction of opening as Virginia’s 100th craft brewery, on Valentine’s Day at that, the Richmond craft beverage producer has been a little different from the start. After adding “Urban Winery” to its name in October 2017, Garden Grove has now introduced ciders to its lineup. The credit for the creative coloring goes primarily to co-owner and head brewer Michael Brandt. He has degrees in fermentation, environmental and agricultural sciences; has worked as a winemaker, viticulturalist and brewer; and has a creative bent as well. From the beginning, Garden Grove beverages reflected classic styles while pushing the boundaries. The brewery’s 3-barrel system allows Brandt to experiment and explore. He uses unexpected ingredients, including many grown in his own organic garden – think chokeberries, hibiscus, figs, plums, lavender, lemongrass, pineapple sage, lemon-drop basil and oregano – and foraged – such as pawpaws, spice bush and autumn olive berries. “There are so many fun plants out there that have great flavors,” Brandt says. “Finding your own unique ingredients can set you apart.” To add wines to the tasting room list and “Urban Winery” to the name, Brandt and co-owner Ryan Mitchell leased a half-acre of land in Fauquier County, Virginia, where they could grow grapes. To add cider to their lineup, they faced no additional legal requirements, only the challenge of acquiring a sufficient quantity of quality apples. The first apples, Virginia-grown Gold Rush and Winesap, came through Blue Bee Cider. As part of a collaboration, Brandt made a mead that Blue Bee will use to make a cyser (a blend of apples and honey). “Courtney was willing to help me out, and she obviously knows where to get good apples. It’s a great relationship. She has been very kind to me,” Brandt says of Blue Bee’s owner, Courtney Mailey. Garden Grove’s first cider, New World Dry Cider, was made with Gold Rush apples and comes in at 8 percent ABV. Tropical

Garden Grove’s Mike Brandt makes it all — craft beer, wine, and now cider

aroma notes of pineapple and kiwi make way for flavor notes of peach, kiwi and, well, apple. Brandt used a partial malolactic fermentation in creating New World, demonstrating his experience as a winemaker. Commonly used to offset acidity in red wines, the process converts sharp malic acid to the softer and rounder lactic acid, softening the acidity. “I was not intending to use malolactic fermentation on any ciders here,” he says, “but the acid was just too much, in my opinion, because I don’t like sweetness – I like fermenting things dry, and I wasn’t going to balance the really bright acidity with sugar, so I just decided I would inoculate with malolactic.” Besides going on tap, New World is aging in Chardonnay barrels – Brandt estimates the cider will need at least six months for the barrels to work their magic. The cider on deck is made with Winesap apples. Future ciders will be accented with fruits and flowers, as well as a few genre-bending selections, made with 100-percent Virginia-grown apples. Thanks to Brandt’s willingness to color outside of the lines, Garden Grove’s tasting room offers a range of unexpected flavors, like a Belgian wit, pilsner, IPA, Scottish ale, saison, and others, many with spices, fruits and herbs, some fermented in red wine barrels. You could also choose from mead and mead variants, red wine and white wine – and, of course, cider. “People have very diverse opinions and tastes,” Brandt says. “I want to make sure there’s something that satisfies everyone.”

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brew reviewss

Estimated Eyes The Virginia Beer Co. Williamsburg Estimated Eyes is part of The Virginia Beer Co.’s Workshop Series. In this experimental IPA series, they focus on educating palates of the many aromas and flavors of hops. Estimated Eyes was one of the more popular releases and was celebrated with its own can release. This IPA is a little hazy with a mild bitterness and features notes of grapefruit and mango. The result is a crisp and clean finish. Look for new experimental IPA releases monthly.

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Golden Ox Paradise Lager Kindred Spirit Brewing

Heart and Soul IPA Crooked Run Brewing



Kindred Spirit Brewing debuted its Paradise Lager earlier this year. This easy drinking lager is crisp and light. It is dry hopped with Citra and features notes of orange and tangerines. It’s the perfect companion for your summertime beach adventures!

Crooked Run Brewing strikes a nice balance between east and west IPAs with their Heart and Soul IPA. It pours hazy and has a moderate bitterness. It’s made with Mosaic and Idaho 7 hops. It’s a great IPA for all of you hop heads looking to try something new.

abv: 5%

abv: 6.5%

Old Ox Brewery Ashburn As we noted over a year ago, non-IPA consumers have been on a thirsty quest to find consistent, quality lagers and golden ales. Something to quench the desire for a straightup, no fuss beer not mass produced and traded on the stock market. Virginia breweries responded and this canned Golden Ox delivers in a big way with a crisp and truly refreshing ale that is well-balanced and a pleasure to kickback with on a hot summer afternoon.

abv: 6.5% / 18 IBUs

Rockfish Wheat Blue Mountain Brewery Afton If it’s summertime in Virginia, it’s time to reach for a flavorful wheat beer capped with a fresh slice of orange or lemon. We like that Blue Mountain sticks with a traditional approach here, an almost tribute to the Old World German/ Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, with its clove and subtle banana flavors, and ultra-low bitterness

abv: 5.3% / 16 IBUs

Mothership Cream Ale Tradition Brewing Company Newport News We know the folks at Tradition Brewing Company are music fans and therefore are having some fun with the name of this nicely-produced smooth cream ale. The colorful crown of lights in the image are of the nearby Hampton Coliseum. It’s Phish’s favorite indoor concert venue — one they dubbed the Mothership. The beer is true to its Britishroots style and one we feel is the brewery’s greatest hit.


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Truth New distillery

opens in the


Cavalier Hotel By Jim Roberts


he untarnished truth is that Andrew Yancey and Josh Canada originally wanted to call their business Cavalier Distilling. It made sense, given that it’s based in the “$80 million, reimagined” Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, but the name is already trademarked by Heaven Hill, the family-owned company that currently produces and markets more than 50 brands of distilled spirits, including 17 American whiskies. Yancey and Canada appealed to Heaven Hill and actually got permission to use the name—free of charge, even— but the owners reserved the right to revoke it at any time. To avoid that risk, they settled on “Tarnished Truth”—a play on the mythology surrounding the 90-year-old hotel, which has hosted seven U.S. presidents, dating back to Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s. “This hotel has so much lore and so much shit that people have said that’s happened that we don’t really know if it’s true or not,” Canada explained during a recent tour of the distillery. “We thought it was a really interesting, cool name. We felt like it fit well. What’s your tarnished truth?” With a 500-gallon Vendome still, Tarnished Truth already has more capacity than any other regional distillery. “I don’t do anything small,” Yancey said. “You want to do it, you’ve got to do it right.” Tarnished Truth is producing four spirits: “Ava,” a twice-distilled, corn-

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Prepare for a unique bourbon experience in a historic hotel

based vodka; a 3-year-old “high rye” blended bourbon; a 9-year-old blended bourbon; and “Old Cavalier,” a 9-year-old cask-strength bourbon. All are sold onsite and will be available in Virginia ABC stores beginning in July. Here’s the catch: The whiskies for sale now were procured from MGP of Indiana and blended in Virginia. This allows Tarnished Truth to sell bourbon and grow its brand while its own distillations age in a warehouse off Birdneck Road. (In fact, Larry Ebersold, who retired from MGP as a master distiller, consulted on the Tarnished Truth build-out and helped Yancey and Canada perfect their mash bills using all Virginia grains.) Canada said they’re currently finishing some Tarnished Truth whiskies in port wine casks, and since he also owns Back Bay Brewing Co., they’re planning to finish some in beer barrels. Of course, four years from now—once they’re bottling their own bourbons—they’ll start finishing some Back Bay beers in used Tarnished Truth barrels. Back Bay Brewing recently packaged its Scotchy in 750 ml bottles. The Scotch ale was aged in single malt Scotch barrels and comes in at 10.6% ABV. Yancey said opening in the Cavalier aligned perfectly with his business plan. “I knew I wanted to start a distillery,” he said, “and I knew I wanted it somewhere unique that we could keep people’s attention rather than just doing a tasting

and saying, ‘OK, now what?’” The distillery features a gift shop and a tasting room that will also serve as a private dining room and space for special events, starting with a Jameson dinner in late March. The entire operation is adjacent to the Hunt Room, a tavern that was remodeled along with the rest of the hotel. Beth Evans left Ultra Craft Cocktails in Virginia Beach to serve as the Hunt Room’s head bartender. She has high praise for the Tarnished Truth whiskies, which she tasted before they were barreled. “The stuff that we just made here—oh, my God,” Evans said. “The high rye is just so smooth. I can’t imagine what it’s going to taste like after it comes out of the barrel. It is insane. It has notes of dried fruit—like dried apricot and like a raisin in the middle of your palate. You can definitely tell it’s a high rye, but it’s not super hot. It’s so delicious. … The Old Cavalier bourbon—that one has a lot of caramel to it, a lot of toffee. Both of them, though, you can drink them neat or in a cocktail. They’re very approachable.” For more information, visit www. or Tarnished Truth Distilling Company on Facebook. They’re located at 4200 Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. Retail hours are 11 am to 7:30 pm. Distillery tours are Wednesday through Saturday 2 pm to 6 pm.

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Live Music at Damascus Brewery

Rib Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Saturday, 7-10pm

Every Monday, 5-10pm

32173 Government Rd., Damascus

½ rack of ribs served with beer battered fries. 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

The Howling Craft Beer & Music Festival at Wolf Hills Brewing Fri. – Sun., June 1-3, Featuring a special kick-off party Friday; The Howling 5k, brewery tour, beer festival, live music, food trucks, outdoor vendors, and live art on Saturday; and s special treat on Sunday. 350 Park Street. Abingdon 276.451.5470 •

Bushels & Barrels: Local Food, Wine & Beer Festival Fri. & Sat. June 15 & 16 A celebration of all things great and local in Southwest Virginia! Beer, wine, food, local artisans, and music. Reynolds Homestead 436 Homestead Lane, Critz 272.694.7181

Heartwood’s SWVA Mountain Brew Bash Sat., June 16, 12-7pm Live bands, fresh food, local beer, and a good time! One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon 276.492.2400

Summer Solstice Fest Sat. June 16 A community celebration featuring beer garden, live music, dancing, & fun activities for all ages. 118 S. Main Street, Blacksburg

Beer Festival at Virginia Tech Sat. June 23, noon-5pm Enjoy live entertainment and different beers from local, regional, and national breweries. Holtzman Alumni Center 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg 540.231.6285

Go With The Flow Beer Fest Sat. June 23, 1-7pm Corn-hole tournament, food trucks, live music, and beer from local, regional, and national breweries all on the banks of the New River. Anderson Street, Fries 276.236.2337

FloydFest 18 Wild Wed.-Sun., July 25-29

BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS Tacos & Troubadours Night at Wolf Hills Brewing

Trivia Night at Creek Bottom Brewing Every Thursday, 7pm 307 Meadow Street; Galax 276.236.2337 •

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm

Beer Geek Night at Wolf Hills Brewing

Featuring delicious tacos by Toni’s Hawaiian Tacos & open mic night hosted by KT Vandyke. 350 Park Street, Abingdon 276.451.5470 •

Every Thursday, 5-9pm New firkin or small batch beer released every Thursday. 350 Park Street. Abingdon 276.451.5470 •

Trivia Night at Wolf Hills Brewing

Live Music at Creek Bottom Brewing

Every Wednesday, 6-8pm 350 Park Street. Abingdon 276.451.5470 •

Every Friday, 7pm 307 Meadow Street, Galax 276.236.2337 •

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5 days of music, magic, mountains, outdoor adventure, vibrant and varied vendors, quality brews, food, healing arts, workshops, children’s activities, and more. FloydFest Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway 894 Rock Castle Gorge, Floyd

CENTRAL VIRGINIA Game Night at Garden Grove Brewing Every Monday 3445 West Cary St., Richmond 804.918.6158 •

Jenga Tournament at Thirsty Joe’s Draft House Every Monday in June & July, 6:30-9:30pm Prizes and gift cards to the ultimate winners! 3300 West Cary Street, Richmond 804.513.0474

$2 Tuesdays at South Street Brewery Every Tuesday until 9pm $2 draft beers (under 8% ABV) 106 South St., Charlottesville 434.293.6550 •

Trivia Night at World of Beer Every Tuesday, 7pm District Trivia hosts trivia. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 852 W. Main St., Charlottesville 434.760.0771 charlottesville

Oyster Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Every Wednesday, 5-10pm Enjoy chef’s weekly creation. 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford Trivia Night at Garden Grove Brewing Every Wednesday 3445 West Cary St., Richmond 804.918.6158 •

Geeks Who Drink Trivia at Pro Re Nata Brewery Every Thursday, 7-9pm Pub Quizzes & Trivia 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet

Happy Hour at Blue Bee Cider Every Thursday Featuring new ciders on draft as part of the small batch cider draft program. 212 W. 6th St., Richmond 804.231.0280 •

Steal the Pint at Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Every Thursday, 5-10pm Receive a pint glass with purchase of house crafted beverage. 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford 434.361.0088 •

Trivia Night at Coyote Hole Ciderworks Every Thursday 4-9pm Featuring trivia by Mixed Entertainment and Catch the Chef food truck. 225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral 540.894.1053

Trivia Thursday at Castleburg Brewery & Taproom Every Thursday, 7-9pm Teams of 1 to 6 compete for league points on a quarterly basis. Prizes are given out each week for 1st & 2nd place and Best Team Name. 1626 Ownby Ln., Richmond

Wing Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Every Thursday & Sunday, 5-10pm Enjoy a pound of wings with your choice of sauce. 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House Every Friday, 5-9pm Enjoy live music from 6-8pm and food trucks 5-9pm 495 Cooperative Way. Arrington 434.263.4002 •

Friday Night Music at Legend Brewing Co. Every Friday, 8:30pm 321 West 7th St., Richmond 804.232.3446

Full Nelson Fridays at Blue Mountain Brewery

Trivia Night at Random Row Brewing Co.

Trivia Night at Bold Rock Cider

Fourth Anniversary Block Party at Ardent

Every Sunday, 5-7pm

Tues., June 12 & July 10, 6-9pm

Sat., June 16, 12-8pm

Enjoy live music! 9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton 540.456.8020 •

Hosted by Geeks Who Drink with prizes awarded to the best teams. 608 Preston Ave., Charlottesville

Join us for trivia! Prizes will be awarded for first and second place teams! 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford

Live Music at Castleburg Brewery & Taproom

Retro Game Night at Bold Rock

Festival Fridays at Bold Rock

Thurs., June 7 & July 5, 6:30-9pm

Fri., June 15 & July 20, 5:30-8:30pm

Massive block party to celebrate four years. 25+ guest breweries, all your favorite Ardent beers, live music, and food trucks! Ardent Craft Ales 3200 W. Leigh Street, Richmond

Featuring all your favorite retro games. Bold Rock Cidery 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Music and food festival at Bold Rock Barrel Barn featuring live music, food trucks, and door prizes. $1 from each pint sold will contribute to the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce. Bold Rock Cidery 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Every Friday, 6-8pm

Every Friday & Saturday 1626 Ownby Ln., Richmond

VA Beer & Wine Tasting at Michie Tavern Every Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm Enjoy tastings from VA craft breweries and wineries. 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville 434.977.1234

IPA JamBeeree at Starr Hill Sat., June 9, 12pm

Enjoy a beer bloody and try your luck at hourly bingo for a chance to win COTU swag. 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

A unique craft beer experience celebrating Virginia-brewed India Pale Ales. Featuring more than a dozen IPAs brewed by Starr Hill in collaboration with several Virginia breweries. Plus, enjoy live music by Lord Nelson, food trucks, and games. Proceeds benefit a local charity. Tickets: $15 Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room 5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet

Brunch at Blue Mountain Brewery

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Every Sunday, 11am-2pm

Sat., June 9 12-6 (VIP) or 2-6pm (GA)

Enjoy live music 2:30-5pm 9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton 540.456.8020 •

60 beers, 40 bourbons, tasty BBQ, and live music. Richmond Raceway Complex 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond

Beer, Bingo, & Bloodies at Center of the Universe Every Sunday, 2-6pm

Local Bucket Sunday at World of Beer Every Sunday Get specials on local beers on the local beer bucket offering. 852 W. Main St., Charlottesville

Oyster Stout Can Release at Hardywood West Creek Fri., June 15, 4-9pm Brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters to create a mild briny aroma that is followed by tasty chocolate and roasted malts. Available in Richmond, West Creek, and Charlottesville. Hardywood West Creek 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive, Richmond

Movies & Groovies at Bold Rock Sat., June 16 & July 21, 6-10pm Local live music, a movie screening in the meadow on a jumbo 30 foot screen, food trucks, movie themed activities, and more! Bold Rock Cidery 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

4th Annual Dad’s Day Pig Out at COTU Sun., June 17, 12-8pm Alabama ribs and BBQ, delicious beverages, and live music. Center of the Universe 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

Father’s Day Celebration at Blue Mountain Brewery Sun., June 17 Live music with Paulo Franco and the Freightliners. 9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton 540.456.8020 •

Plant Nite at Starr Hill Sun., June 17, 1pm A night of digging, planting, and fun! Plant Nite guides you step-by-step through the featured project. Tickets: $55 Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room 5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet


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IPA is king and there are three festivals taking place in June where you can sample this much loved beer style.

Starr Hill Brewing Company presents the IPA Jambeeree in Crozet on Saturday, June 9 and then, Saturday, June 16 in Roanoke. In Virginia Beach, Smartmouth Pilot House will host the Lupulin Effect - IPA Festival on Saturday, June 23.

Love on Tap, 3rd Annual Benefit for Virginia Pride

Low Country Boil at Blue Mountain Barrel House

Sun., June 24, 2-6pm

Wed., July 4, 11am-8pm

Celebrate community, equality, and love! Live music, drag performances, local LGBTQ owned and operated businesses and organizations, food trucks, and a special collaboration beer with Ardent Craft Ales and Center of the Universe! A portion of the sales will benefit Virginia Pride. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery 2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond

Celebrate Independence Day with a Low Country Boil. Plus, there will be burgers, hot dogs, other options available in the food truck, local wine from First Colony Winery, local cider from Blue Toad Hard Cider, and live music starting at noon. 495 Cooperative Way. Arrington 434.263.4002 •

Pride Day 2018 at Castleburg Brewery & Taproom

Featuring a Mr. America contest, 0.0K Race, and fried food galore provided by seven incredible food vendors. Plus, live music and special beer releases. Proceeds benefit Richmond Raceway Cares. Center of the Universe 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

Sun., June 24, 12-7:30pm A celebration of love! Live music and food truck. Wear your rainbow attire and bring cash to make a donation to Friends of Side by Side and we will match your donation up to $400. Plus, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Cirrus Vodka will be raising money for LGBTQ organizations too! 1626 Ownby Ln., Richmond

1st Annual Taste of Nelson – Celebrating our Local Food & Drink Sat., June 30, 12-5pm Celebrating all that Nelson County has to offer – craft beer & cider, wine, locally sourced food, games, music, crafts, and more! Blue Toad Hard Cider 462 Winery Lane, Roseland - 58 -

JUNE 2018

Fried Food Fest at COTU Sat., July 7, 12-7pm

Wine & Design at Bold Rock Wed., July 18, 6:30-9:30pm Channel the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains into your own original piece of artwork! Bold Rock Cidery 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Cheers for Charity Thurs., Aug. 2, 4pm Join Crozet Roanoke Outside as we kick-off our Cheers for Charity for the month of August. Raise a pint to support an organization making outdoor activity and environmental stewardship a core component of our community’s lifestyle. During the month of August, $1 from every pint of The Love Wheat Beer sold supports Roanoke Outside. Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage 6 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke

Be Bold Trail 5K at Bold Rock

COASTAL VIRGINIA Trivia Night at Wasserhund Brewing Co. Every Monday, 7-9pm 1805 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach 757.351.1326 •

Trivia Night at Home Republic Every Tuesday, 7pm Featuring Smartmouth Live Trivia. 328 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach 757.226.9593 • homerepublicvabeach. com

Who’s on First, I Don’t Knows at ExceptionALE

Sat., Aug. 4, 9am-12pm

first and third Tuesday of each month

Run the scenic 5K race on flat grass trails along the Rockfish River and enjoy a post-race party with live music, cider samplings, food for purchase. Participants also receive a performance shirt. 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Big Ugly Running Posse

Join us the for our tasting series; each will feature a different brewery or style of beer. 2200 Colonial Ave., Norfolk 757.233.3900

Every Wednesday Join Big Ugly Running Posse for a 1, 3, or 5 mile run starting at Big Ugly. Then, reward yourself with a beer! Big Ugly Brewing Company 1296 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake

Trivia Night Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm Tap It Local - Chesapeake 648 Grassfield Parkway, Chesapeake

Join US . . .

9925 Discovery Blvd, Manassas, Virginia, VA 20109

for more information visit us at VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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School’s out and Coelacanth Brewing Company wants to celebrate all the

awesome teachers

out there by giving them 20% off on both Friday, June 15 & Saturday, June 16.

Trivia Night at Alewerks Taproom


Every Wednesday, 7pm

Sat., June 2, 12-10pm

189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

5th Annual O’Connoroo summer beer festival with the release of Tart Tropicale, live music, food pop-ups, games, and more! 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

Team Trivia at Pleasure House Brewing Every Wednesday, 7pm 3025 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach

Team Trivia at Tradition Brewing Co. Every Wednesday, 7pm 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News 757.303.3415 •

Weekly Tasting at bottleBOX Every Wednesday 5:30-8pm Join your favorite brewery’s representative as they walk you through a free sampling of new and exciting beers. 325b W. 21st St., Norfolk 757.918.9932 •

Expedition Beer Release at Bold Mariner Brewing Co. Every Thursday Featuring a new expedition beer each week. Plus, join us for Trivia Night! 2409 Bowdens Ferry Rd., Norfolk

Trivia Night at Brass Cannon Every Thursday, 6:30pm 5476 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg

Virginia Craft Beer Thursday Every Thursday Enjoy local VA brewed beers for $3 a pint. Tapped Gastropub 1550 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach 757.965.5585 •

Trivia Night at Big Ugly First Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm Come play, think, laugh, & drink! 1296 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake

The historic waterfront festival features the Parade of Sails, artisan food and beverages, work boat races, unique performances, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, family games and activities, national and regional entertainment, and much more. Town Point Park Waterside Drive, Norfolk 757.441.2345

School’s Out Teacher Appreciation at Coelacanth Fri. & Sat., June 15 & 16 Teachers celebrate the last day of school with 20% off! 760-A W. 22nd St., Norfolk

Pints for Pups at Smartmouth Sat., June 16, 12-3pm Celebrate your love of beer and animals! Featuring a mini dog show and the Norfolk SPCA Magic Mutt models will wash your dogs for a donation. Proceeds benefit Norfolk SPCA. Smartmouth Brewing Co. 1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Summer Fest Welcomes the Williamsburg Tasting Trail Sat., June 16, 1-5pm

1129 Boissevain Ave., Norfolk

Trivia Night at MoMac Brewing Co.

Paint & Pint Night at Alewerks Taproom

Second Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm

Third Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm 3228 Academy Avenue, Portsmouth

Trivia Night at Deadline Brewing Project Fourth Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm 2272 W. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach

Firkin Friday at Cogans North Every Friday A new firkin is tapped each week. 4311 Colley Ave., Norfolk 757.627.6428 •

Live Music at Alewerks Taproom Every Sunday, 2pm 189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

Poses and Pints at O’Connor Brewing Co. Every second and fourth Sunday; 10:30-11:45am Alicia Morris will be leading a class followed by the opportunity to have a couple of post-yoga beers at a great discount. Class is donation-based with a portion going to charity. Please arrive 15 minutes early as space is limited. 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

JUNE 2018

Fri.-Sun., June 8-10

Enjoy tastings from The Virginia Beer Company, Silver Hand Meadery, Alewerks, Williamsburg Winery, Billsburg Brewery, and Copper Fox Distillery plus food and live music. 4301 New Town Ave., Williamsburg

Trivia Night at Benchtop Brewing

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Annual Norfolk Harborfest

Thurs., June 21, 6:30-9:30pm $25 includes your canvas, art supplies, and two hour step-by-step painting session. 189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

Summer Solstice Party at Smartmouth Thurs., June 21, 6-9pm Featuring music by The Blend. $35 per person. Proceeds benefit Lee’s Friends – Helping People Living with Cancer. Smartmouth Brewing Co. 1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival Fri., June 22, 2-10pm; Sat., June 23, 12-10pm; Sun., June 24, 12-6pm Experience the heart and soul of Louisiana with Cajun food, beer, live music, and Arts Market of New Orleans. Town Point Park Waterside Drive, Norfolk 757.441.2345


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Lost Rhino Brewing Company hosts

vinyl night

every Tuesday from 5-9pm. Bring your love for music and a vinyl collection you are willing to share with everyone. There’s a different theme each week and a gift card give away for one lucky winner!

The Lupulin Effect – IPA Festival at Smartmouth Sat., June 23, 1-5pm A celebration of lupulin, the active ingredient in hops, the driving ingredient in IPAs! Featuring 11 different IPAs from Smartmouth and several Virginia breweries. Tickets: $35. Smartmouth Pilot House 313 32nd Street, Virginia Beach

One Year Anniversary Party at MoMac Sat., July 7 Celebrate one year with live music and special firkins from guest breweries. MoMac Brewing Company 3228 Academy Avenue, Portsmouth

Red, White, & Brew Lagerfest Sat., July 7, 4-8pm Featuring 25 epic ice-cold lagers and live music. Plus, the best brewery (voted by the people) will get $500 donated to a charity. Tickets: $30 advance; $40 day of. Back Bay Brewing 614 Norfolk Avenue, Virginia Beach

Beer Release at O’Connor Brewing Co. Fri., July 13, 3-10pm Enoshima Beach Tea Saison – part of the Endless Saison Series 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

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JUNE 2018

Ocean View Brews on the Bay

Whistle Belly Pub Craft Beer Festival

Beer Yoga at Port City Brewing Co.

Fri., July 13, 6-9:30pm

Sat., Aug. 4, 6-11pm

Every Tuesday, 7-9pm

Sample a wide variety of summer beers from a selection of local, regional, national, and international breweries and enjoy live music by The Fuzz Band. Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk 757.441.2345

Featuring 35+ breweries, 8 non-alcoholic vendors, multiple food stations, and live music. Tickets are inclusive of food and beverages. Proceeds benefit Junior Women’s Club of Williamsburg. Merchants Square, Williamsburg 757.293.6478

$20 includes the class and post-yoga pint. 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria

Raise the Roof Craft Beer Fest Sat., July 14, 1-6pm Enjoy 12 craft beers, delicious BBQ, homemade ice cream, and live music by Good Shot Judy and Bobby “Blackhat” Walters. Historic Christ Church 420 Christ Church Road, Weems 804.438.6855

Brian Grilli Album Release Party Fri., July 20, 6:30-9:30pm Grab your album when it’s released on July 20 – vinyl and CD! Big Ugly Brewing Company 1296 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake

NORTHERN VIRGINIA Citizen’s Choice Randall Beer Infusion Night Every Monday, 3-7pm Brew Republic Bierwerks 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Guerilla Series Release Night at Brew Republic Bierworks Every Monday 12-10pm

Charitywerks Supports Avalon Center at Alewerks

The Guerrilla Series is Brew Republic’s pilot/experimental program — with a new release every Monday in the tap room. These beers are brewed in extremely small batches, so no growler fills, no keg sales, and no distribution. 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Fri., July 27, 5-9pm

Team Trivia at Ornery Beer Co.

A portion of all pints sold from 5pm to close will be donated to Avalon Center: working to end domestic and sexual violence. 189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

Every Monday, 7:30pm Happy Hour extended to 9pm. Weekly prizes! 14389 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge

Local Heroes Night at Adventure Brewing Every Tuesday, 3:30-9pm 20% off all beer, merchandise, snacks, and goods to military, police, fire, emergency, and teachers. Adventure Brewing Company 33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Stafford 540.242.8876

Trivia Night at Wort Hog Brewing Company Every Tuesday, 6-8pm 41 Beckham Street, Warrenton

Vinyl Night at Lost Rhino Brewing Co. Every Tuesday, 6-9pm Bring your own vinyl! 21730 Red Rum Drive, #142, Ashburn

Bingo Night at Crooked Run Brewing Co. Every Wednesday, 7-9pm 22455 Davis Drive, Sterling

Flight Night at Bad Wolf Brewing Co. Every Wednesday Happy Hour pricing on flights. 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas

Trivia Night at Old Bust Head Brewing Co. Every Wednesday 7134 Lineweaver Rd., Warrenton 540.347.4777 •


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Happy Hour & Growler Night at New District Brewing Co. Every Thursday, 3:30-7:30pm Happy Hour specials and 64oz growler fills are $2 off. 2709 S. Oakland Street, Arlington 703.888.5820

Indoor Putting League (Disc Golf)

Firkin Friday at Fair Winds Brewing Co. Every Friday A new firkin is released every Friday. Food from Savory Delicatessen 7000 Newington Road, Lorton 703.372.2001 •

Justin’s Flavor Infusion Night Every Friday, 3:30-10pm

Meet interesting people, throw frisbees, and drink beer with them! $5 entry with teams drawn at random. Vanish Farmwoods Brewery 42245 Black Hops Lane, Leesburg

We combine off the wall ingredients with one of our beers to create a one-of-akind beer. Adventure Brewing Company 33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Stafford 540.242.8876

Open Mic at Bad Wolf

Live Music at Adventure Brewing Co.

Every Thursday, 6-9pm

Every Thursday Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas

Thirsty Thursday at Fair Winds Brewing Co.

Every Friday 8-10pm 33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Stafford 540.242.8876

Every Thursday

Live Music at Lost Rhino Retreat

$4 pints, trivia at 6:30pm, and food from Savory Delicatessen 7000 Newington Road, Lorton 703.372.2001 •

22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn

Every Friday, 7-10pm

Food Truck Saturdays at Solace Brewing Company Every Saturday, 12-10pm 42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

Every Saturday, 7:30-10:30pm

Every Sunday, 12-8pm

15201 Potomac Town Place, Ste. 120, Woodbridge 703.594.7950

42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

Live Music at Lost Rhino Brewing Co.

Every Sunday 12-10pm

Every Saturday, 7-10pm 21730 Red Rum Drive, #142, Ashburn

Art Opening at Adventure Brewing North First Sunday each month; 12-3pm The 1st Sunday of each month, Adventure Brewing North will feature a new local artist. 33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Fredericksburg

725 E. Main Street, Purcellville

returns to Fairwinds Brewing Company on Saturday, June 9. A $40 ticket includes all you can eat crawfish, sausage, potatoes and corn (beer sold separately). Proceeds benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia, a nonprofit that represents and serves over 34,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. JUNE 2018

22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn

Solace and Food on Sundays at Solace Brewing Company

Every Thursday

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Every Sunday, 11am-2pm

Open Mic Night at Brew Republic Bierwerks

Trivia Night at Belly Love Brewing

Crawfish Boil

Hangover Brunch at Lost Rhino Retreat

Sunday Funday at Brew Republic Join us every Sunday for football, board games, hot and BBQ chicken wings, $5 mimosas, and of course, beer! 15201 Potomac Town Place, Ste. 120, Woodbridge 703.594.7950

Yoga at Wort Hog Brewery Every other Sunday; 11:30am-1pm 41 Beckham Street, Warrenton 540.300.2739

Author Mark Elliot Benbow discusses his book

The Nation’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and His Brewery, 1842-1956,

Heurich House Museum

at The Manassas Museum’s Free Book Talk on Sunday, June 17 at 1:30pm.


Lost Rhino at All Star Comic Con

Fri. & Sat., June 1 & 2, 7:30-11pm

Fri. – Sun., June 15-17

Craft beer and small-plate pairings, collaboration beer, specialty food stations. National Building Museum 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Lost Rhino has made an exclusive beer for All Star Comic Con: “VERSUS” Mosaic Pale Ale and custom logo glassware only available at the concession stations during the event. Sheraton Tysons Hotel Tyson’s Corner

Rock the River FXBG Sat., June 2, 7am-8pm Combining the adventurous side of multi-sport river and foot races as well as the enjoyment of great beer, tasty food, kid-friendly activities, local art, and live, specialty food stations. Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg 540.455.5605

Book Talk: The Nation’s Capital Brewmaster

Free Book Talk: Capital Beer

Beer 101 Brewery Tour & Tasting at Mad Fox Brewing

Sun., June 3, 1:30-2:30pm A history of brewing in Washington D.C. The Manassas Museum 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas 703.257.8457

Crawfish Boil Returns at Fairwinds Sat., June 9, 1-4pm A $40 ticket includes All You Can Eat crawfish, potatoes, and corn. Beer sold separately. 7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L, Lorton

Paint Nite at Mad Fox Brewing Sun., June 10, 1-3pm Follow along as you are guided stepby-step through the featured painting – “Paradise Cave.” 444 West Broad Street, Suite I, Falls Church

Sun., June 17, 1:30-2:30pm Discover Washington D.C.’s most successful and oldest brewer, Christian Heurich. The Manassas Museum 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas 703.257.8457

Sat., June 23, 2-3:30pm and 4-5:30pm Learn about your favorite craft beers from production to taste characteristics at the Beer 101 class led by CEO and Executive Brewer, Bill Madden. $15 includes tour with Q & A, a beer sampler, discussion, and bar snack. 444 West Broad Street, Suite I, Falls Church

Plant Nite at Mad Fox Brewing Sun., June 24, 1-3pm An event of digging, planting, and fun! Follow along while you are guided step-by-step through the featured project – ‘Sloped Glass Bowl with Stand Succulent Terrarium with Sand, Clams, and Seashells. 444 West Broad Street, Suite I, Falls Church


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5 Year Anniversary Party at Crooked Run

Steal the Glass at Stable Craft Brewing

Sat. & Sun., July 14-15, 11:30am-midnight

Wed., June 6, 4-9:30pm

Celebrate at both locations. Live music and cask tent in Sterling. Special sour taplist in Leesburg. Double can release and special bottle release at both locations. 205 Harrison Street, SE, Leesburg 22455 Davis Drive, #120, Sterling

The June Steal the Glass is the Nucleated Revival Glass with a humorous twist. 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro

Tales & Ales at Old Ox Fri., July 27, 7p Created to foster community through storytelling – the funny, the sad, the inspiring, the mind-changing. Submit your story along with a one-sentence bio to by June 24. 44652 Guilford Drive, Unit 114, Ashburn

SHENANDOAH VALLEY Team Trivia at Winchester Brew Works Every Monday, 6:30pm Teams of 6 compete for gift certificates and prizes! 320 N. Cameron St., Winchester

Virginia Craft on Draft Every Monday, 3-6pm Enjoy all Virginia pints for $4 and all Virginia Belgians for $5. Brew Ridge Taps 11 E. Nelson St., Lexington 540.461.8012 •

Randall Night at Wolfe Street Brewing Every Tuesday Enjoy a specialty beer we infuse using our randall! 120 W. Wolfe St., Harrisonburg

Backs to Basic Yoga Night at Basic City Beer Co. Every Tuesday, 6-7pm $10 includes yoga and a pint. 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro

Bingo Night at Wolfe Street Brewing Every Wednesday Winners of each bingo round receive $15 gift cards to the tasting room. 120 W. Wolfe St., Harrisonburg

Open Mic Night at Queen City Brewing Every Wednesday

Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival Sat., June 9, noon-6pm Featuring 40+ breweries, live entertainment, 6th annual homebrew competition and more. Proceeds benefit for pet rescue and Winchester SPCA. Old Town Winchester N. Loudon Street & West Boscawen Street, Winchester

Triple Crown: Belmont Stakes at Stable Craft Brewing Sat., June 9, 6-7pm Watch the third and final race of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, at Stable Craft! 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro

Fun Art Night: Rainbow Path in Waynesboro at Basic City Beer Co. Wed., June 13, 6-9pm Get your ticket now and reserve your spot to paint with a fun-artist who will show you stroke by stroke the process of creating an awesome painting. 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro

Shenandoah Valley Blues & Brews Festival Sat., June 16, 2-8:30pm Enjoy award-winning blues music, craft beer, food, and crafts. The Club at Ironwood 62 Country Club Circle, Staunton 540.324.3215

Pints & Ponies Night at Stable Craft Brewing Wed., June 27 & July 25, 6-8pm Grab a pint and a bite to eat and meet the horses of the farm, up close and personal. 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro

Quarterly Metal at Brothers Craft Brewing Wed., June 27, 8-11pm In partnership with Anvil Records and featuring the best local and regional metal. 800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg

834 Spring Hill Rd., Staunton

Summer Jam at Massanutten

Live Music at Woodstock Brewhouse OM Brew at Seven Arrows Brewing Co.

Music, beer, wine, food, and fireworks! Massanutten Ski Area 4616 Massanutten Drive, McGaheysville 540.432.8922

Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am

Beers N’ Cheers at Valley Fourth

Every Thursday, 6pm 123 E. Court St., Woodstock

$10 includes yoga and a beer after class. 2508 Jefferson Hwy., Waynesboro

Bike or Run, Sweat & Beers at Brothers Craft Brewing Fri., June 22 & July 27, 5:30-8:30pm 1, 3, & 5 mile running options. Brought to you by VA Momentum. And, Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition will lead a bike portion in honor of Bike Month. Discounted brews in the tasting room! 800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg

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JUNE 2018

Tues., July 3, 5-10pm

Wed., July 4, 5-9pm A celebration of craft brews, local wines, and great music in the parking lot next to Turner Pavilion. 212 South Main Street, Harrisonburg 540.432.8922

Dig, plant, and have fun at Mad Fox Brewing’s Plant Nite on Sunday, June 24, 1-3pm. Follow along while you are guided step-by-step through the featured project.

Mustang Sally Brewing Co. Chantilly, VA

Brewed in Fairfax County. Poured in Fairfax County.

Visit to FInd your local brewery.


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Virginia Cider Festival

Valley Pike Farm Market will host a Virginia Cider Festival featuring 17 Virginia craft cideries with more than 50 individual ciders on Saturday, July 21, 11am-5pm, at Valley Pike Farm Market in Weyers Cave to benefit Mercy House, a local nonprofit that fights to reduce poverty and homelessness in the Shenandoah Valley while working to provide services, education, and assistance to prevent future homelessness for families within the area. Shenandoah Seasonings Craft Beer Dinner

Yoga, Beer and Pizza at Ballard Brewing

Thurs., July 5 & Aug. 2, 6pm

Every Wednesday, 5-6pm

A grand evening of fine food paired with exceptional craft beer! Big Meadows Lodge Mile 51 on Skyline Drive, Luray 877.847.1919

600 Craghead St., Danville

Virginia Cider Festival Sat., July 21, 11am-5pm Enjoy more than 15 Virginia cideries with more than 40 different hard ciders for tasting and purchase and live music. Proceeds benefit Mercy House Valley Pike Market 3494 Lee Highway, Weyers Cave

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA Open Mic Night at Ballard Brewing Every Monday, 6-9pm Musicians, poets, comedians and more are welcome! 600 Craghead St., Danville

One Year of Ballard Brewing Fri., June 1, 4-10pm Celebrate Ballad Brewing’s one year anniversary with live music by Jason Springs. 600 Craghead St., Danville

Craft X Craft Sun., June 3, 2:30-5:30pm Enjoy craft beer and get crafty with free, hands-on garden rock painting and kick back to live music by Donnie Fitzgerald. Mountain Valley Brewing 4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton 276.632.3221

Sip & Spatter at 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co. Sun., June 10, 1-3pm Celebrate summer and paint a

beautiful “poppies” painting. 209 Trade Street, Danville 434.549.2739

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS Body by Parkway Runner’s Club Every Thurs., 6pm Parkway Brewing 739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem 540.483.9293

Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser at Big Lick Wed., June 6, 6-9pm Registration and silent auction starts at 6pm and the spelling bee starts at 6:30pm. $10 suggested donation. Money raised will go toward funding a local girl’s mission trip to Guatemala. Big Lick Brewing Company 409 Salem Avenue, SW, Roanoke

Shine Runners Club Thurs., June 7, 6pm 3 miles, 5 miles, or just walk and then socialize at the brewery. Chaos Mountain Brewing 3135 Dillons Mill Rd., Callaway 540.334.1600

Low Country Boil at Parkway

Independence Day at Big Lick

Sat., June 9

Wed., July 4, 12-6pm

Parkway Brewing 739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem 540.483.9293

Celebrate Independence Day with beer, BBQ, & bluegrass! Big Lick Brewing Company 409 Salem Avenue, SW, Roanoke

STEM Tavern at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery

West Station Block Party

Wed., June 13 & July 11, 5:30-7pm

Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje, Beamer’s 25, and Big Lick collaborate for a street-wide celebration to support Angels of Assisi. The block party will feature street vendors, a children’s play area, a silent auction, live music, and more! Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje 416 Salem Avenue, SW, Roanoke

Monthly STEM Tavern featuring a fascinating science presentation plus good beer! 523 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke

Big Lick Burger Bash Sat., June 16, 12-6pm 700 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke 540.580.2481

First Annual Crafted Horsepower Car Show Sat., June 16, 1-5:30pm Car show followed by a band at the brewery. Chaos Mountain Brewing 3135 Dillons Mill Rd., Callaway 540.334.1600

Sat., July 7, 12-10pm

Roll Over Cancer Chaos Mountain Brewing Ride Sat., July 21, 8am-5pm 9am – 50 mile ride start; 10am – 25 mile ride start. All donations benefit Stand Up To Cancer. Chaos Mountain Brewing 3135 Dillons Mill Rd., Callaway 540.334.1600

Microfestivus Sat., Aug., 11, 12-6pm Featuring over 70 breweries and 180 beers, food, and live music. West Side of Downtown Roanoke 540.224.1217

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Bull & Bones Brewhaus 1470 S Main St., #120 Blacksburg 540.953.2855

Creek Bottom Brews

307 Meadow Street Galax 276.236.BEER (2337)

The Damascus Brewery

32173 Government Road Damascus 540.314.2782

Headspace Brewing Company 120 N. Chestnut Street Marion 276.780.8860

Right Mind Brewing Company 1410 S. Main Street Blacksburg 540.552.7000

Right Turn, Clyde Brewing Company 300 A Main Street Narrows 540.921.7283

Rising Silo Brewing Company 2351 Glade Rd Blacksburg 410.596.1200

River Company Brewery

6633 Viscoe Rd. Radford (Fairlawn) 540.633.3940

Studio Brew

221 Moore Street Bristol

Wolf Hills Brewing Company 350 Park St. Abingdon 303.5508762

CENTRAL VIRGINIA Meet Ocelot’s flight attendantss!

APPALACHIA Busted Still Brewing Company 185 Homeplace Drive Gate City 24251 276.210.6038

Sugar Hill Brewing Company 16622 Broad Street St. Paul 24283 276.780.4397

BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS Bristol Station Brews & Taproom 41 Piedmont Avenue Bristol 276.608.1220

AMMO Brewing Company

235 N Market Petersburg 23805 804.722.1667

Apocalypse Ale Works 1257 Burnbridge Rd Forest 434.258.8761

Ardent Craft Ales

3200 W. Leigh Street Richmond 804.359.1605

Bald Top Brewing Co.

1830 Thrift Road Madison 540.999.1830 - 70 -

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Black Narrows Brewing Company

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek

510 Grove Street Bedford 540.583.5113 4522 Chicken City Road Chincoteague

Blue Mountain Brewery

2408 Ownby Ln. Richmond 804.420.2420

820 Sanctuary Trail Drive Richmond

9519 Critzer Shop Rd. Afton 540.456.8020

Hardywood Pilot Brewery & Taproom

Blue Mountain Barrel House

Intermission Beer Co.

495 Cooperative Way Arrington 434.263.4002

Canon & Draw Brewing Company 1529 West Main Street Richmond

Castleburg Brewery & Taproom 1626 Owenby Lane Richmond 23220 804.353.1256

Center of the Universe Brewing Company 11293 Air Park Rd. Ashland 804.368.0299

Champion Brewing Co.

324 6th Street Charlottesville 434.295.2739

Champion Brewing Company

401 Grace Street Richmond 804.344.5108

Colonial Beach Brewing

215C Washington Avenue Colonial Beach 540.226.2114

Devils Backbone Brewing Company - Basecamp

1000 W. Main Street Charlottesville 10089 Brook Road Glen Allen 804.585.0405

Isley Brewing Company

1715 Summit Avenue Richmond 804.499.0721

James River Brewery 561 Valley St. Scottsville 434.286.7837

Kindred Spirits Brewing Company 12830 W. Creek Parkway Goochland 804.708.0309

Legend Brewing Company 321 W. Seventh St. Richmond 804.232.3446

Lickinghole Creek Farm Brewery

4100 Knolls Point Dr. Goochland 804.314.4380

Lickinghole Goodwater

1717 East Franklin Street Richmond

Loose Shoe Brewing Company

200 Mosbys Run Roseland 434.361.1001

198 Ambriar Plaza Amherst 434-941-7345

Extra Billy’s

Midnight Brewery

1110 Alverser Dr. Midlothian 804.379.8727 ExtraBillysBarBQ2.htm

2410 Granite Ridge Rd. Rockville 804.356.9379

Final Gravity Brewing Company

106 S. Railroad Avenue Ashland 804.368.0299

6118 Lakeside Ave. Richmond 804.264.4808

Fine Creek Brewing Company 2425 Robert E. Lee Road Powhatan 804.372.9786

Garden Grove Brewing

3445 West Cary Street Richmond 804-918-6158

Origin Beer Lab

Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke. Crozet 434.823.4878

Random Row Brewing Company 608 Preston Avenue Charlottesville 434.284.8466

Reason Beer Co.

Triple Crossing Brewing Company

Brass Cannon Brewing Company

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Twisted Ales Craft Brewing

Brick & Mortar Brewing Co.

1180 Seminole Trail, #290 Charlottesville

11800 W. Broad Street Richmond 23233 804-237-1684

South Street Brewery

106 South Street Charlottesville 434.293.6550

Starr Hill Brewery

5391 Three Notch’d Rd. Crozet 434.823.5671

Steam Bell Beer Works

1717 E. Oak Lake Blvd. Midlothian 804.728.1876

Stone Brewing Company

4300 Williamsburg Avenue Richmond 23231 760.294.7899 stonebrewingrichmond.

Strangeways Brewing

2277 Dabney Rd. Richmond 804.303.4336

The Answer Brewpub

6008 West Broad St. Richmond

The Veil Brewing Company 1301 Roseneath Road Richmond 804.355.58515

Third Street Brewing

312 W. Third Street Farmville 434.315.0471

Three Notch’d Brewing Company 946 Grady Ave Charlottesville 434.293.0610

Three Notch’d Brewing Company RVA Colab House 2930 W. Broad St. Richmond

Three Notch’d @ IX Park

5203 Hatcher Street Richmond 804.496.1955 212 W. 6th Street Richmond

Vasen Brewing Company

3331 Moore Street, Richmond 804.588.5678

White Rock Brewing Company 2117 Bruno Drive Goodview 24905 540.890.3359

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

2461 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford 434.361.0088

Willow Sprung Brewery in The Light Well Restaurant 110 E Main Street Orange 540.661.0004

Wood Ridge Farm Brewery 165 Old Ridge Road Lovingston 434.422.6225


189-B Ewell Rd. Williamsburg 757.220.3670

Alewerks Satellite Brewery

Williamsburg Premium Outlets 5715 Richmond Road Williamsburg

Back Bay Brewing Company 614 Norfolk Ave. Virginia Beach 757.531.7750

Bearded Bird Brewing Co.

727 Granby Street Norfolk

Benchtop Brewing Company 1129 Boissevain Avenue Norfolk 757.321.9482

Big Ugly Brewing Company

522 2nd Street, SE Charlottesville

1296 Battlefield Blvd. South Chesapeake 757-609-2739

Trapezium Brewing Company

Billsburg Brewery

423 Third Street Petersburg 23803 571.758.2738

Triple Crossing Brewing Company 113 S. Foushee Street Richmond 804.308.0475

2054 Jamestown Road Williamsburg

Black Narrows Brewing Company 4522 Chicken City Road Chincoteague

Bold Mariner

2409 Bowdens Ferry Road Norfolk

5476 Mooretown Road Williamsburg 757.566.0001

212 E. Washington Street Suffolk 757.533.1173

Bull Island Brewing Company 758 Settlers Landing Road Hampton 757.788.9489

Capstan Bar Brewing Company 2036 Exploration Way Hampton 757.788.7276

Coelacanth Brewing

760 W. 22nd Street Norfolk 757.59.UGLY.1

Commonwealth Brewing Company 2444 Pleasure House Rd. Virginia Beach 757.305.9652

Deadline Brewing Project

2272 W. Great Neck Road, Suite 2268 Virginia Beach 757.502.4980

Gordon Biersch

4561 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach 757.490.2739

Green Flash Brewing

1209 Craft Lane Virginia Beach

Home Republic Brew Pub 328 Laskin Road Virginia Beach 757.226.9593

MoMac Brewing Company 3228 Academy Avenue Portsmouth 757.383.9572

Montross Brewery

15381 Kings Highway Montross 804.452.7394

O’Connor Brewing Company 211 W. 24th Street Norfolk 757.623.2337

Oozelfinch Craft Brewery 81 Patch Road Fort Monroe 757.224.7042

Pleasure House Brewing

3025 Shore Dr. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757.647.8597

Precarious Beer Project

521 Prince George Street, Suite 101 Williamsburg 757.790.2299 VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Reaver Beach Brewing Company 1505 Taylor Farm Road Virginia Beach 757.563.2337

Rip Rap Brewing Company

Adventure Brewing South 3300 Dill Smith Drive Fredericksburg

Aslin Beer Company

116 E 25th Street Norfolk

257 Sunset Park Drive Herndon, VA 20170 703.787.5766

Smartmouth Brewing Company

B Chord Brewing

1309 Raleigh Ave., #300 Norfolk 757.624.3939

34266 Williams Gap Road Round Hill

St. George Brewing Company

8420 Kao Circle Manassas, 20110

204 Challenger Way Hampton 757.865.7781

The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery 504 N. King Street Hampton 757.224.1807

The Virginia Beer Company 401 Second Street Williamsburg 757.378.2903

Tradition Brewing Company 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News 757.303.3415

Wasserhund Brewing Company 805 Laskin Rd. #102 Virginia Beach 757.618.6051

Wharf Hill Brewing Co.

25 Main Street Smithfield 757-357-7100

Young Veterans Brewing Company 2505 Horse Pasture Road,Ste. 104 Virginia Beach 757.689.4021


9925 Discovery Blvd. Manassas 703.420.2264

6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company

11440 International Drive Fredericksburg 540.356.9056

1781 Brewing Company 11109 Plank Rd. Spotsylvania 804.842.0199

Adroit Theory Brewing Company 404 Browing Ct., Unit C Purcellville 703.722.3144

Adventure Brewing North 33 Perchwood Drive Fredericksburg 540.242.8876 - 72 -

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BadWolf (Big) Brewing Company

BadWolf (Little) Brewing Company 9776 Center St. Manassas 571.208.1064

Barnhouse Brewery

43271 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg 703.675.8408

Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse

Sit back and relax and enjoy a cold brew at Brothers Craft Brewing in Harrisonburg.

Caboose Brewing Company

3623 Grove Lane Delaplane 540.364.6402

520 Mill Street NE Vienna 703-865-8580

Battlefield Brewing Company

Capitol City Brewing Company

4187 Plank Rd Fredericksburg 540.785.2164

4001 Campbell Ave. Arlington 703.578.3888

Bear Chase Brewing Company

Corcoran Brewing Company

18294 Blue Ridge Mountain Road Bluemont

Beer Hound Brewery

201 Waters Place Culpeper 22701 540-317-5327

205 E. Hirst Road, Suite 105 Purcellville 540.441.3102

Crooked Run Brewing Company 22455 Davis Drive Sterling

Crooked Run Brewing Company

Far Gohn Brewing Co. 301 S Main Street Culpeper

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run 16015 John Marshall Hwy. Broad Run 703.753.3548

Forge Brew Works

8532 Terminal Rd., Ste. L Lorton 703.372.2979

Gordon Biersch

Tyson’s Corner Mall McLean 703.388.5454

Growling Bear Brewing Company

725 E Main Street Purcellville, VA 20132 540.441.3159

205 Harrison Street SE Leesburg 571.978.4446

14051 Crown Court Woodbridge, 22193 571.535.1965

Ono Brewing Company

Harpers Ferry Brewing

Beltway Brewing Company

4520 Daly Drive Chantilly 571.409.6662

Belly Love Brewing Company

22620 Davis Dr. #110 Sterling 571.989.2739

Bike TrALE Brewing Company 101 Loudon St. SW Leesburg 571.293.0050

Black Hoof Brewing Company 11 S. King Street Leesburg 571.707.8014

Black Walnut Brewing Company 210 S King Street Leesburg blackwalnutbrewery

Brew Republic Bierwerks

15201 Potomac Town Place Woodbridge 703.594.7950

Dirt Farm Brewing Co.

18701 Foggy Bottom Rd. Bluemont 540.554.2337

Dog Money Brewery 50 Catoctin Circle Leesburg 703.687.3852

Dragon Hops Brewing

130 E. Main Street Purcellville 540.441.3660

Fair Winds Brewing Company 7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L Lorton 703-372-2001

37410 Adventure Center Lane Purcellville

Heritage Brewing Co.

9436 Center Point Lane Manassas 800.432.1792

Heroic Aleworks

14910 Persistence Drive Woodbridge 571.398.6113

Highmark Brewery

390 Kings Hwy. Fredericksburg 540.207.1725

Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works 47 Main Street Sperryville 540.987.3383

Jack’s Run Brewing Company 108 N. 21st Street Purcellville 540.441.3382

Lake Anne Brew House

11424 Washington Plaza West Reston 571.758.2739

Lost Rhino Brewing Company

21730 Red Rum Dr., Ste. 142 Ashburn 571.291.2083

Lost Rhino Retreat

22885 Brambleton Plaza Brambleton 703.327.0311

Loudoun Brewing Company 310 E Market St. Leesburg 703.350.8553

Mad Fox Brewing Company 444 West Broad St., Ste. I Falls Church 703.942.6840

Maltese Brewing Company 11047 B Pierson Drive Fredericksburg

Market Common Brewpub & Roastery 2900 Wilson Blvd., #104 Arlington 571.208.1355

Mustang Sally Brewing Company 14140 Parke Long Court Chantilly 703.378.7450

New District Brewing Company 2709 S Oakland Street Arlington 22206 703.888.5820

Ocelot Brewing Company

Strangeways Brewing

Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Sweetwater Tavern

Old 690 Brewing Company

Sweetwater Tavern

23600 Overland Drive, Ste. 180 Sterling 703-665-2146 7134 Lineweaver Rd. Warrenton 540.347.4777

15670 Ashbury Church Road Purcellville

Old Ox Brewery

350 Landsdowne Road Fredericksburg 540.371.1776 14250 Sweetwater Ln. Centreville 703.449.1100 3066 Gate House Plaza Falls Church 703.645.8100

44652 Guilford Dr Unit 114 Ashburn 703.729.8375

Sweetwater Tavern

Old Trade Brewery

The Craft of Brewing

13270 Alanthus Road Brandy Station 774.218.8645

Pen Druid Brewing

7 River Lane Sperryville, 22740 540.987.8800

Phase 2 Brewing

19382 Diamond Lake Drive Leesburg 540.987.0219

Port City Brewing Company

45980 Waterview Plaza Sterling 571.434.6500 21140 Ashburn Crossing Drive, Suite 170 Ashburn 703.687.3932

Tin Cannon Brewing Co

7679 Limestone Dr. #130 Gainesville 571-248-0489

Twinpanzee Brewing Company 101-D Executive Drive Sterling 703.791.9363

3950 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria 703.797.2739

Vanish Brewing

Portner’s Brewhouse

Water’s End Brewery

5772 Dow Avenue Alexandria 703.646.0466

Powers Farm & Brewery

9269 Redemption Way Midland 540.272.5060

Quattro Goombas Brewing Company

22860 James Monroe Highway Aldie 703-327-6052

Red Dragon Brewery

1419 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg 22401 540.382.4342

Rocket Frog Brewing Company

22560 Glenn Drive, Suite #103 Sterling 571.375.7920

Sinistral Brewing Company

9419 Main Street Manassas

Solace Brewing Company

42615 Trade West Drive, #100 Dulles

Spencer Devon Brewing Company 106 George Street Fredericksburg 540-999-6253

44624 Leelyn Farm Lane Leesburg 20176 12425 Dillingham Square Lake Ridge 571.285.1997

Wild Run Brewing Company

3071 Jefferson Davis Hwy Stafford 540.659.3447

Wort Hog Brewing Company 41 Beckham Street Warrenton 540.300.2739

SHENANDOAH VALLEY Alesatian Brewing Company 23 N. Loudoun Street Winchester 540.667.2743

Backroom Brewery

150 Ridgemont Rd. Middletown 540.869.8482

Basic City Beer Co.

1010 E. Main Street Waynesboro 540.265.8062

Bedlam Brewing Company

2303 North Augusta Street Staunton 540.416.4634

Blue Lab Brewing Company

Seven Arrows Brewing Company

Brothers Craft Brewing

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company

123 S. Randolph St. Lexington 540.458.0146 800 N Main Street Harrisonburg 540.432.8940

Devils Backbone Brewing Company - Outpost

50 Northwind Lane Lexington 540.462.6200

Escutcheon Brewing Company 150 W. Commercial Street Winchester 540.391.8713

Great Valley Farm Brewery

60 Great Valley Lane Natural Bridge 540.521.6163

Hawksbill Brewing Company

22 Zerkel Street Luray 540.860.5608

Pale Fire Brewing Company 217 S. Liberty Street Harrisonburg 540-217-5452

Queen City Brewing

834 Springhill Road Staunton 540.213.8014

Redbeard Brewing

2508 Jefferson Hwy. Ste 1 Waynesboro 540-221-6968

103 W. Beverly Street Staunton 540.887.2337

Stable Craft Brewing at Hermitage Hill

375 Madrid Road Waynesboro 540.490.2609

Swover Creek Farm Brewery 4176 Swover Creek Rd. Edinburg 540.984.8973

Three Notch’d Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom 241 E. Market Street Harrisonburg 540.217.5939

Winchester Brew Works

320 N Cameron St. Winchester 540.692.9242

Woodstock Brewhouse

123 E Court Street Woodstock 22664 540-459-2739

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company

Staunton River Brewing Co.

1571 Mt. Calvary Road Brookneal


409 Salem Avenue SW Roanoke

Chaos Mountain Brewing Company 3135 Dillons Mill Rd. Callaway 540.334.1600

Flying Mouse Brewery

221 Precast Way Troutville 540.992.1288

Hammer & Forge Brewing Company 70 Main Street Boones Mill 540.909.3200

Parkway Brewing

739 Kessler Mill Rd. Salem

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers 523 Shenandoah Avenue Roanoke 540.529.2140

Starr Hill Pilot Brewery 6 Old Whitmore Road Roanoke 434.823.5671

Sunken City Brewery

40 Brewery Dr., Hardy 540.420.0476

120 South Lewis St. Staunton 804.641.9340

209 Trade St. Danville 434-549-BREW (2739

Ridge Runner Farm & Brewery

600 Craighead Street Danville

20 South Mason Street, Suite B10 Harrisonburg

Buggs Island Brewing Company

The Hive

6895 Back Road Maurertown 571.201.2963

Restless Moons Brewing Company address is the same 540.217.2726

Ballad Brewing Company

110 College Street Clarkesville

Mountain Valley Brewing Company 4220 Mountain Valley Road Axton 276.833.2171

The Friendly Fermenter

1116 A Main Street SW Roanoke 540.597.8739

Twin Creeks Brewing Co.

111 Pollard Street, Vinton 540.265.8062 VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you sip your cider at Albemarle Ciderwork in North Garden.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA Albemarle CiderWorks

2545 Rural Ridge Ln. North Garden 434.297.2326

Blue Bee Cider

Coyote Hole Ciderworks 225 Oak Grove Drive Mineral 540.894.1053

Potter’s Craft Cider


1320 Summit Avenue Richmond 804.231.0280


Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub

207 E. Mellen Street Hampton

9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Afton 434.996.6992

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford 434.361.1030

Buskey Cider

2910 W. Leigh Street Richmond

Castle Hill Cider

6065 Turkey Sag Rd. Keswick 434.296.0047

Courthouse Creek Cider 1581 Maidens Road Goochland

Courthouse Creek Cider 3300 W. Broad Street Richmond

Sly Clyde Ciderworks



17768 Honeyville Rd. Timberville 540.896.7582

The Winery at Kindred Pointe 3575 Conicville Rd Mt Jackson, Shenandoah County 22842 540.477.3570

Winchester Ciderworks

2502 N. Frederick Pike Winchester 540.550.3800

Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Honey Grail

36580 Shoemaker School Rd Purcellville, VA 20132 571.512.0763

525 E. Market Street, #135 Leesburg 202.455.5520

Corcoran Vineyards Hard Cider

The Thistle and Stag Meadery


Madison Heights, VA 339.221.3115 2053 E. River Road Fork Union 434.842.2200


Hinson Ford Cider & Mead

Yorktown, VA 757.713.4885

Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery 207 W. Washington St., Middleburg 540.687.8100

Wild Hare Cider

106A South Street, SE Leesburg 833.675.WILD

Melo Lion Meadery

BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS BLACKSNAKE MEADERY 605 Buffalo Road Dugspur, VA 24325 540.834.6172


Maidstone Meadery

9364 Justice Lane Delaplane, VA 20144 703.303.2090

14635 Corky’s Farm Lane Waterford 540.882.9073 379 Hinson Ford Road Amissville 540.219.8397



621C Broad Street Altavista, VA 434.515.2482

1313 Altamont Ave Richmond, VA 23230 703.582.0856

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2800 Berry Hill Rd Nellysford, VA 22958 434.361.1266

Skjald Meadworks

5909 Long Fall Lane Delaplane 540.364.2802


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Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery


224 Monitcello Ave, Suite C Williamsburg, VA 23185 757.378.2225

MISTY MOUNTAIN MEAD WORKS 1531 Pack Horse Road Winchester, VA 22603 540.888.4420



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