Virginia Craft Beer Magazine

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TREAT YOURSELF THIS HALLOWEEN Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is the perfect choice to conquer the colder weather ahead. We infuse this bold, rich porter with vanilla & San Diego’s own Caffè Calabria coffee. The result: a big toasty brew with just the right amount of sweetness. Coffee and vanilla, a winning combination.





ingredients Cover Art Adam & Eve: Cider Week by Walt Taylor

6 News Briefs 8 Ono Brewing Celebrates Hawaiian Style 10 Norfolk Day Brewing 12 McCarthy, Vibrissa Put Out Feelers for Next Trend in Craft Beer 14 Ardent Gets Deep with Historic Molasses Brew 16 Lee Graves: Virginia’s Beer Historian 18 News Briefs 20 Norm’s - Great Beer and Infectious Laughter 22 Mug Shots 28 Beer Craft 30 Celebrating Cider Week 34 Loudoun’s LoCo Ale Trail Passport 38 Family Reunion for Belly Love & Hillsborough Vineyards 40 New Breweries in Roanoke & Salem 44 Profile: New Realm 46 Profile: Big Ugly 48 Profile: James River Brewing 50 Brew Reviews 52 Events 62 Brewery Guide

PUBLISHER/EDITOR Jeff Maisey ADVERTISING/MARKETING Jennifer McDonald Brian Koski CREATIVE DIRECTOR Brenda Mihalko CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lee Graves Jefferson Evans Chuck Triplett Annie Tobey Greg Kitsock Jennifer Waldera Michael T. Jarvis William Huber Brian Koski WEBMASTER Giorgio Valentini Copyright 2018 Ghent Media, Inc. Virginia Craft Beer Magazine is published bi-monthly by Ghent Media, Inc. PO Box 11147 Norfolk, VA 23517 For advertising and subscription inquiries: 757.403.5852 For editorial inquiries: 757.237.2762



publisher’s NOTE It’s one of my favorite times of the year in Virginia – Fall! The leaves are changing colors and there’s starting to be a crispness in the air. What better time to explore the bountiful array of craft breweries and cideries throughout the state? Let this issue be your road map to planning great adventures! Our cover story celebrates Cider Week in Virginia – officially proclaimed the week of November 9-18. We’ll tell you a little about the history of Cider Week, trends, and industry updates. Plus, we’ve put together a calendar of events highlighting workshops, tastings, dinners, and open houses taking place at locations throughout the state. Next, if you are feeling ambitious, pick up a copy of the LoCo Ale Trail’s passport and start visiting some of 30+ breweries located in Loudoun County. Jeff Maisey tells us about this new tourism initiative developed by Visit Loudoun and the growth in craft breweries that the county as seen over the past few years. Michael Jarvis writes about another new brewery coming to Loudoun County. Belly Love’s owner and head brewer, Tolga Baki, is partnering with his family to open Hillsborough Winery & Brewery in Hillsboro. While you are in Northern Virginia, be sure to check out Norm’s Beer & Wine shop. NoVA writers Jeff Evans and Chuck Triplett introduce us to Norm and his neighborhood beer and wine shop that’s been a go-to for beer enthusiasts since 1998. If you are heading to the coast, be sure to visit Big Ugly Brewing Company’s new and much bigger brewery and tasting room in Chesapeake and Atlanta-based brewery New Realm’s newly opened Virginia Beach location. Heading west? Annie Tobey provides a go-to list of recently opened breweries and seasoned veterans in the Roanoke & Salem region. Additionally, Jennifer Waldera tells us about Scottsville’s James River Brewing and their belief in brewing beer in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, the German Beer Purity Law. And, Jeff gives us a preview of Lee Grave’s new book Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft’s Golden Age. Brew News is brimming with interesting tidbits from around the state including Norfolk’s Smartmouth Brewing Company’s upcoming collaboration with England’s Norfolk Brewhouse, a historic beer from Richmond’s Ardent Craft Ales as well as an update from Stone RVA, Nelson County’s Mark & Gina Thompson’s new Brewing Tree food truck, Harrisonburg’s Brothers Craft Brewing’s Resolute Day, Chantilly’s Hawaiian style brewery Ono Brewing Company, Visit Fairfax’s “Tour de Pour,” and more! The Events Calendar is filled with beer festivals, pint nights, brewery events and more! And, our Brewery Guide breaks everything down region by region. So, what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to explore Virginia! Cheers! Jennifer Jennifer McDonald VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM



Mark and Gina Thompson proudly show-off their new baby. It’ll be rebranded as The Brewing Tree Scratch Kitchen.

Courtesy photo.

Stone Strengthens RVA

Brewing Tree Sprouts Food Truck By Jeff Maisey


etting a food truck to consistently park ’n’ serve at your rural Nelson County craft brewery isn’t an easy task. The solution for Mark and Gina Thompson of The Brewing Tree Beer Company was to purchase a fully functioning food truck — a large trailer kitchen, really — and operate it themselves. “We’re going to call it Brewing Tree Scratch Kitchen,” said Gina Thompson. “We’ll have some beer centric items—oldies but goodies — like bacon mac and cheese, beer bratwurst, and BBQ, but we also want to have some contemporary American cuisine items that focus on local, seasonal fare, like slow roasted pork sliders on sweet potato rolls with a maple-bourbon barrel stout glaze.” The Scratch Kitchen will also serve vegetarian options such as black bean, roasted butternut squash and quinoa bowls.” “And, last but not least,” said Gina, “some nostalgic items like Frito pie served in the Frito bag—one of Mark’s favorites.” Mark Thompson was the founder of Starr Hill Brewery based in nearby Crozet. After a semi-retirement and three-year hiatus from brewing, he returned to the industry with a new outlook on life — go small and relaxed. The Brewing Tree Beer Company is set on a beautiful property not far from Blue Mountain Brewing Company on Route 151 in Afton, Virginia. The Brewing Tree concept is to keep overhead low with greater profit margins — more beer bang for the buck. Though Thompson operates a small test batch brewing system onsite, the beers are brewed, fermented and kegged down at Seven Arrows Brewing Company as part of a contract arrangement. One of the upsides of this approach is not having to purchase and house a complete brewhouse, nor employ a staff of brewers and packagers. Thompson’s keep-it-simple system is, perhaps, a business model for future entrepreneurially-minded homebrewers wanting to take their recipes to the next level. Equally interesting is this idea of operating a remote kitchen in your brewery’s parking lot. With Gina’s foodie sensibilities and Mark’s “let’s try it” optimism, The Brewing Tree is sprouting with creativity. “We’re very excited about this new addition to the brewery,” said Gina. -6-


Stone Brewing added two key executives to its Richmond location in a move designed to express and bolster its commitment to the East Coast. Sean Monahan was named Stone Brewing Chief Operations Officer and the Director of Brewing Operations – East Coast is now Mark Fabrizio. “Our Richmond facility is our largest of five breweries and a vital part of our operations,” said Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO. “We’re excited to extend our executive leadership team to the east coast, as it will no doubt tighten the connection and collaboration between the local community and Stone.” Monahan will oversee Stone’s operations across its entire enterprise, including San Diego, Richmond, Berlin, Napa, Shanghai and distribution to all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Monahan joins Stone from A.T. Kearney where he was a partner leading the operations practice and focused on clients in the consumer products and retail sectors. Previously he served as V.P. of Operations for Moorman Manufacturing, a privately held agri-business. Monahan is returning to the Old Dominion where he lived for 14 years in his early career. Stone Brewing – Richmond will exceed 125,000 barrels in 2018, making it responsible for one-third of the company’s total production. Now overseeing that undertaking is Fabrizio, who is leading all brewing and packaging operations. He comes most recently from North American Breweries (Genesee Brewing Company, Pyramid and Magic Hat) where he managed operations and quality control.




Ono Brewing

Celebrates Hawaiian Style By Jeff Maisey


hantilly, Virginia is a long way from Hawaii, but you wouldn’t know that when visiting Ono Brewing Company. Ono, which translates from Hawaiian to English as delicious and tasty, is a tropical-themed brewery. As soon as you arrive by car, you’ll notice the tiki bar patio in front of the brewery. When Ono Brewing Company recently

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the anniversary party entertainment featuring 12 different hula groups and Hawaiian musician groups. So how, you might ask, does Hawaii, Virginia, and beer connect? Well, it comes naturally to the husband/wife owners Scott and Cyndi Hoffman. “My mother was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu,” explained Cyndi. “When my husband, Scott, and I first got married, he was in the Army and our first duty station was Schofield Barracks on Oahu. We had lots of family on the island that helped us learn about Hawaii. Between Hawaii and Florida, we spent 20 years together in tropical locations. When we moved to Virginia, we missed that lifestyle. When we decided to start a brewery, we wanted to bring a little bit of the tropical/laid-back Ono Brewing lifestyle of both Hawaii Company’s Island Time and Florida to NoVA. Coconut Our kids have Hawaiian Brown Ale names. Our dogs had debuted this summer Hawaiian names so when it came time to name the brewery, it seemed natural to name it something Hawaiian. It was a family endeavor and it was actually our daughter, Halia, 11 years old at the time, who came up with the suggestion of Ono."

That’s a heartwarming story of the founding of the brewery, but there’s more. Many of Ono’s beers are thematic: Huli Pau (Marzen lager), Tsunami (DIPA), Manako (Mango wheat ale), Island Time (coconut brown) and Halia Rose (gose) to name a few. Inside the brewery tasting room operates Ono Beach Shack, serving creative Odd BBQ food items ranging from rice bowls to a Korean Cuban Sandwich. In addition to the tropical theme, the brewery is also known for its unique selfserve beer wall. “Ono Brewing Company is the first brewery in the area featuring state of the art technology, including self-serve beer taps where customers pay by the ounce,” said Cyndi. La hau ‘oli, Ono Brewing Company.

Resolute Day Weekend at Brothers

One of the most anticipated days of the year for craft beer enthusiasts in Virginia is Brothers Craft Brewing’s Resolute Day and this year it’ll extend for the whole weekend, with the big beer release scheduled on Saturday, November 17 at 10 AM. There will be two variations of the Resolute beer. These are top secret and will not be revealed until the day the beer is released. Want some? Stand in line. But, there’ll be a fun way to spend the weekend in Harrisonburg. On Friday, people can pop into the brewery and receive a free wristband (one per person) for Saturday’s big to-do. Live music will extend late into the evening for a truly festive atmosphere. Resolute and its variants will be the “featured beer,” but included on the tap list will be past years’ Resolutes, specialty rare items, infusions and new releases. Salute, Resolute.









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Norfolk Day Brewing By Jeff Maisey

England’s Norfolk Brewhouse will collaborate with Smartmouth Brewing Company on a unique transatlantic ale next year.


ing, ring. Hello, this is Norfolk calling. Wait a minute, this is Norfolk — Norfolk, Virginia. At the beginning of August, Smartmouth Brewing Company president Porter Hardy IV was contacted by David Holliday, founding brewer and owner of Norfolk Brewhouse in the United Kingdom. Holliday was requesting a collaboration venture for his 2019 Norfolk Day beer. “Really, this is all David’s brainchild and we were honored that he thought to ask us to participate,” said Hardy. “We get some crazy offers, but this one checked out and we were really excited once we started getting into the details.” Norfolk Day was created just this year as a way for Norfolk County in England to celebrate is unique culture of small towns, rural, agricultural landscape and marshy, sandy coastal gems — Norfolk Broads — dotted with lighthouses and windmills. Delighted with this year’s inaugural celebration, Holliday wasted no time in laying the groundwork for a celebration ale for 2019. “The success of the first Norfolk Day in July did not go unnoticed overseas and we’re thrilled to announce that next year’s event will be celebrated in America – and that an awesome craft brewery from America will be joining us here in Norfolk,” Holliday posted on the brewery’s website. “We’re brewing up a collaboration brew with the team from Smartmouth Brewing Company of Norfolk, Virginia.

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“This ambitious project will see the American brewery visit us here in Hindringham to brew a celebration ale, but will also see team Moon Gazer and some Norfolk grown Maris Otter barley shipped to America so that Smartmouth Brewing can brew up their own twist of a Norfolk ale,” Holliday continued. “This will mean that beer lovers on both sides of the pond will be able to raise a glass to Norfolk next July.” Norfolk Brewhouse is located in England’s barley-growing region of Norfolk County. The independent brewery produces a range of ales under the Moon Gazer brand, including Golden Ale, Gold IPA and Ruby Ale, all at or under 5% ABV — traditional for British brews. It’s award-winning craft lagers are under the Norfolk Brewhouse brand and include DewHopper Norfolk Lager (4% ABV) and StubbleStage Premium Norfolk Lager (5% ABV). Before being contacted, Porter Hardy had not heard of the UK brewery “Maybe we’ve just been too focused on Virginia,” admitted Hardy. “That being

said, I am super excited to try some honest cask ale. There’s just something about a proper pint that’s hard to beat.” As for the style and recipe of the collaboration, things are already coming together. “David put forth the idea of using Marris Otter malt as it is made right there in Norfolk and is some of the best malt in the world,” Hardy said. “That sounds like a great foundation to us. We can get Marris Otter from our normal supplier so I think that will be the base for our beer. For the beer brewed at The Norfolk Brewhouse, our very preliminary ideas circle around melding UK and US techniques and ingredients.” Hardy said he is working with city officials to make Norfolk Day — July 27 — a broader reality for 2019 beyond the Smartmouth tasting room release. In the meantime, Smartmouth Brewing Company celebrates its 6th birthday with a street party at its Norfolk location in October.


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McCarthy, Vibrissa Put Out Feelers for Next Trend in Craft Beer By Greg Kitsock


ou might have seen the announcement about “juicy or hazy” India pale ales replacing American-style IPAs as the most-entered style at the Great American Beer Festival. Equally newsworthy, though, is that entries for American and International-style Pilsners are up 70% over 2017. If that statistic signals a trend towards lighter, more refreshing beers, then Mike McCarthy – a 20-year veteran of the region’s craft brewing industry - is well-poised to exploit it. When he opens Vibrissa Beer next March in Winchester, Virginia, he’ll offer three such styles as his flagship brews: a hoppy Germanstyle pils; a helles; and a grisette (a lower-alcohol saison). McCarthy says he’s aiming for a German beerhall type of atmosphere at the 5,600-square-foot brewery and taproom slated to occupy an industrial building at 290 Airport Road in this city 75 miles west of Washington, DC. “It’s right across Route 50 from a Harley Davidson dealership,” he specifies. “They’re building over this place. The FBI is putting up a building with 480 employees.” He seems particularly excited about his helles. This malt-accented golden lager is not the kind of beer to set the hearts of beer geeks aflutter. And yet, in its native Bavaria, “it’s so good at times, that you almost forget it’s there. You don’t need to rate it to talk about whether it’s fallen off since the last time. “I want to chase that perfection that I know I will never hit.” He asserts, “Lagers aren’t necessarily harder to brew than ales.” They just tie up more tank space. “It’s tough to make a great lager in 14 days.” In fact, he intends to age his pilsner and helles a full 6 to 8 weeks. McCarthy will placate the hopheads with a rotating series of IPAs and double IPAs, although he plans to rein in their alcoholic content to “just over 6%” and - 12 -


“just over 7,” respectively, so you can down more than one glass. Patrons can also expect an occasional Russian imperial stout and mixed fermentation brew. Vibrissa will house a 20-barrel wooden foeder in addition to a 17-barrel German-built brewhouse with 40-barrel fermenters. Demolition, in preparation for the buildout, was planned to start in October. Vibrissa beers will initially be draft only, available only at the brewery, but longer-range plans call for local distribution and packaging using a mobile canning or bottling line. A stalwart of the northern Virginia brewing scene, McCarthy’s career includes an 11-year stint at Capitol City Brewing Co.; he spent the past three years as brewmaster for Ocelot Brewing Co. in Dulles.

Vibrissa is his first turn as owner, however. “Finally, the stars aligned; it was just the right time to go in it for myself,” he says. His partners include his wife Christina, and Rob Salerno and Mark Neely, owners of Eurasian Service Center, an auto repair shop in Tysons Corner, VA. The partners will own the property outright rather than rent. That’s important, stresses McCarthy. Given the expense of infrastructure, “you can’t just pick up and move; the landlord has you by the short hairs.” He cites high rent as a factor in the closing of Capitol City’s Arlington brewery. And the name Vibrissa? Basically, it’s

Latin for “whisker” … a long, stiff hair, used as a sensory organ, protruding from the face of many mammals. Given McCarthy’s previous job at Ocelot Brewing, a feline springs to mind, but Mike protests, “Ocelot wasn’t even named after a cat; it’s a Phish song.” McCarthy is a dog lover. He says the inspiration came from his American bulldog, Carmine, who sadly passed away last year. McCarthy is too busy at the moment to adopt a new pet, but he intends to take advantage of HB 286, a bill that Virginia’s Governor signed into law last spring, permitting dogs in brewery taprooms. Notes McCarthy: “When it comes to people bringing dogs, we’re 100% in favor, as long as the owners are responsible and the dogs are wellbehaved.”

Northern Virginia brewer Mike McCarthy is ready to roll-out his Vibrissa brand. Here’s an advance look at the logo.


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Ardent Gets Deep with Historic Molasses Brew Words and photos by Lee Graves


inding a reason to brew a historical beer in Virginia isn’t difficult. The Old Dominion boasts such a rich tapestry of people, events, places and stories—as well as a brewing legacy dating to the early 1600s—that any brewer with a penchant for the past need only follow their nose to sniff out a new interpretation for an old recipe. Such is the case with Danny Fain. A history major while at Virginia Commonwealth University, he is building a niche for brewing historic recipes at Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition. His latest project was connecting with the John Marshall House to brew a molasses beer loosely based on a recipe in one of Virginia’s iconic cookbooks—“The Virginia Housewife,” first published in 1824 and still in print. That book was written by Mary Randolph, a member of one of Virginia’s most powerful and influential early families. She was second cousin to John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and therein lies the connection that led to the project. A weekend-long celebration of John Marshall’s birthday on Sept. 24 included the special brew and an effort to extract yeast from a 200-year-old bottle of Madeira at the Marshall House. “John Marshall loved imbibing, so doing some sort of pairing with alcohol seemed perfect,” said Jennifer Hurst-Wender, associate director of museum operations and education for Preservation Virginia, the official steward of the property. A regular at several Richmond taverns and an energetic host, Marshall wasn’t known as a beer drinker—his tastes turned more to stronger drink. The Marshall House even has a punch bowl from the period on display. “I don’t think he was one to turn down anything offered to him.” Hurst-Wender is, however, a beer lover, and she broached the idea of developing a John Marshall brew with folks at Ardent. Her interest in Colonial recipes was - 14 -


sparked by the historic and off-center beers of Dogfish Head brewery—Midas Touch, Theobroma and others. On a muggy Monday in late August, Fain dumped an assortment of grains into the mash kettle of a system that itself has a place in local craft beer history. The 15-gallon Sabco setup served as the first system for the homebrewing co-op in a garage on Church Hill that eventually evolved into Ardent Craft Ales. “We don’t

Grandma’s Unsulphured Molasses is the key ingredient for the historic molasses beer brewed by Ardent for the John Marshall House.

brew with it that much anymore, but it’s a good way for us to try out a recipe. It’s what we perfected a lot of our recipes on,” said Fain, one of the members of that original co-op. Mary Randolph’s recipes have seen a lot of action among modern breweries. Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery in Richmond’s Carytown drew from “The Virginia Housewife” and a George Washington recipe for a spruce porter done in collaboration with the Wilton House. The Virginia Beer Company in Williamsburg used Randolph’s recipe—and the expertise

of Frank Clark, director of historic foodways at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation—for a molasses beer presented as part of the “History on Tap” program sponsored by the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Clark also partners with nearby Alewerks Brewing Company on a set of historic beers ranging from Toby’s Triple Threads Porter (a nod to porter’s popularity in England during the Industrial Revolution) to Dear Old Mum (a spiced ale with roots in northern Germany). He has developed an addition to the Alewerks lineup called Mary’s Molasses, expected to be available next spring. “It is clear from my research that this ‘style’ of beer was by far the most brewed beer in 18th century Virginia,” Clark said. Fain’s “Marshall family recipe,” as he puts it, is not Ardent’s first molasses brew, nor is it by far the brewery’s first foray into historic recipes. A persimmon beer (actually, more a cider because it is fruit-based) produced in 2014 drew international attention. Ardent cofounder Tom Sullivan said recently that another persimmon concoction might be in the works, this time in collaboration with Blue Bee Cider. Ardent’s Lemon Basil Wit also won the people’s choice award among four historic lemon-based beers served at this summer’s BrewHaHa festival at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. The ingredients for Randolph’s recipe are straightforward—hops, wheat bran, molasses and yeast. Fain formulated two approaches—British and American interpretations. The former used Maris Otter barley for 80 percent of the grain bill plus Caramunich and chocolate malts, East Kent Golding hops and British ale yeast from White Labs. The American recipe required U.S. hops, barley and yeast. Both relied on Grandma’s Unsulphured Molasses, which Fain bought at a nearby Kroger’s. Early Colonists had no such supermarket luxury. Because barley was

Ryan Kelly (left) helps Danny Fain pour grains into the mash kettle for the molasses beer at Ardent Craft Ales in Richmond.

expensive to import and difficult to grow in Virginia, coming up with the fermentable sugars needed for yeast to produce the carbon dioxide and alcohol in beer required improvisation. Molasses, usually imported from the West Indies, was one of the go-to ingredients on a list that included corn stalks, pumpkins and even pea pods. Fain’s focus was on producing a brown ale with low hop profile (around 16 IBUs) and high drinkability. A beer software tool, BeerSmith, helped him dial in an alcohol by volume content at 4.7 percent. The results of attempting to extract yeast from the Madeira bottle remain to be seen. “Yeast has been known to be dormant for hundreds of years and come back to life,” Fain said. A University of Richmond molecular biologist, Angie Hilliker, planned to sequence the DNA. For now, the John Marshall molasses beer was a short-term, special-occasion brew. “We may do larger batches down the road,” Fain said. “I would love to do this and age it in rum barrels.” Regardless, the effort combines two of his greatest passions: “I love history, I love beer and I like blending the two.” Copies of “The Virginia Housewife” are available at the John Marshall House, 818 East Marshall Street, in Richmond. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Lee Graves:

Virginia’s Beer Historian By Jeff Maisey


he history of brewing beer in the Commonwealth — the land of Washington, Jefferson and other notable Founding Fathers — comes to life in a well-researched book from writer Lee Graves titled Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft’s Golden Age. For Graves, the former RVA Beer Guy columnist for the Times-Dispatch and a frequent contributor to this magazine, the book is the third in a series that began with Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City (2014) and followed by Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson’s Shadow (2017). The title of the new book provides an instant mental snapshot of it’s contents. Graves takes us on a complex and fascinating journey from Roanoke to Richmond, Charlottesville to Tidewater, Northern Virginia and Loudoun County. It reminds us of where and why it all began. He delves into the unexpected role of women and slaves in the brewing of beer, and that of newly arriving immigrants — from Europe. I recently caught up with Lee Graves to discuss his new work, which is to be released on October 2 to the public. Here’s our Q&A session.

A proud Lee Graves celebrates the arrival of his third book on the history of beer in Virginia.

Ha! I wouldn’t know. I do find the “historian” tag being applied to me a lot now, which is an honor. But, I’ve simply built on the work of Garrett Peck, Danny Morris, Tanya Birch, Annie Tobey and other fine writers. I think of myself more as a journalist who has followed his nose into interesting places, and the history of beer is loaded with great stories. I’m content with being just a Virginia Beer Guy. How much did your experience in researching and writing Richmond Beer and Charlottesville Beer help you in developing Virginia Beer? My first two books helped immensely by revving up my research and building on one another. With this new book, I was able to include high points of some of that history and expand on efforts - 16 -


Photo courtesy of Graves.

How does it feel to be Virginia's Beer Historian?

elsewhere, such as John Mercer’s failed attempts at Marlborough in 1766, the importance of Robert Portner’s brewery in Alexandria in the late 1800s, the post-Prohibition efforts of Virginia Brewing Company in Roanoke and the advent of microbrewing in the state with Chesapeake Bay Brewing Company in Virginia Beach.

As an overview, what are some of the key takeaways from the Commonwealth's history with beer making? Virginia claims a unique place in the country’s beer history. The first English settlers brought beer with them in 1607, and brewing has been a constant ever since (even homebrewing during Prohibition). Virginia can trace its hop industry to the early 1600s and was the top hops producing state in the South up to the Civil War. The first canned beer in the world debuted in Richmond in 1935. Charlie Papazian, the “godfather” of the

modern craft era, started homebrewing while a student at the University of Virginia. There’s plenty more! And we have such an incredible scene right now—it’s great! What did you find most interesting about Virginia's past with regard to making beer? I’m fascinated by the roles of women and slaves in early Virginia brewing history. Women supervised brewing beer on plantations and improvised with numerous ingredients, everything from persimmons to corn stalks. Slaves grew hops in their own gardens and sold them to plantation owners and brewers for a profit—this occurred at Monticello, Mount Vernon, in Williamsburg and elsewhere. Plus I have immense admiration for Peter Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave who was trained by a professional brewer at Monticello. Why is it important for both today's craft brewers and enthusiasts/ consumers to look at the industry from a historical perspective? Every time you hoist a glass of beer you are connecting with human history, back to the dawn of civilization. Plus so

many beer styles have amazing histories. Drink a pilsner, and you’re instantly connected with 1842 and the birth of a beer style. Many of today’s brewers are exploring historic recipes to offer new interpretations of old beers, which is exciting. I think there’s a growing awareness of how the history of beer is part of a larger tapestry, our sense of culture and who we are as a society. What aspects and developments of today's Craft Golden Age do you find most interesting and why? In my lifetime, the U.S. has gone from basically a one-trick pony—mainstream lagers—to the most diverse, interesting and creative brewing nation in the world. Old styles are being revived and new ones are evolving—IPAs are a great example of this. American brewers brought IPAs back to life, and now they dominate the market. Craft brewers honor tradition but are not handcuffed to it, and the emphasis on “taste of place”-on being local--invites exploration. Plus I love that tasting rooms have become community centers, where families and friends can share good times and flavorful beers. We have truly witnessed

a cultural shift in that regard. Finally, craft breweries have been an economic engine and revitalized otherwise blighted urban areas. Where can folks purchase Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age? It is available through University of Virginia Press, at bookstores, online and other familiar places. I hope that some of the breweries around the state will carry it in their taprooms. I also have nearly 20 book-signing events lined up this fall, if anybody wants to add my scrawl to the text (details at title/5068). Does your new Virginia Beer complete the series? Is there anything else to historically document from the past? I love history, and there’s plenty to dig into. I’ve been continuing to research Virginia’s hops history and the role of slaves in brewing and growing hops. I’m passionate about the latter because it’s largely an untold story and it’s an important and inspiring facet of AfricanAmerican history. Whether this leads to another book, we’ll see!


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bN Three Notch’s Brewing Company brewmaster Dave Warwick will oversee the beer produced at its new Roanoke location as well as RVA, C-Ville and Harrisonburg.

Three Notch’d

Adding More Notches By Jeremy Bender


hree Notch’d Brewing Company is adding another brick-in-the-wall as it expands its brand city by city across Virginia. By early to mid-October, the Charlottesville-based craft brewery is expected to open its Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery in downtown Roanoke in what was the old Cornerstone Bar & Grill. The kitchen will specialize in creating locally-sourced, beer-infused dishes designed to complement the season as well as what’s on tap. From Southern classics to modern favorites and the kid’s menu, you’ll find something for everyone at the Craft Kitchen & Brewery. The brewery will serve its flagship and seasonal beers, plus unique, locally focused styles brewed on its pilot system and from its other taprooms, like the RVA Collab House. Pretty soon, Three Notch’d will have more satellites than NASA. We hear downtown Norfolk might be next on its to-do list.

Tastes Like Independence

Forget Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the Brewers Association has come up with another awareness campaign to promote independent craft breweries. Its slogan is “That’s Independence You’re Tasting.” “‘That’s Independence You’re Tasting’ is designed to keep independent craft brewers and their beers top of mind,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the BA. “Our hope is that after being exposed to these stories, beer lovers are moved to support independent breweries and seek the seal when making their beer purchases. By choosing a beer that has the independent craft brewer seal, the beer drinker knows that they are supporting a brewery with ties to the community.” - 18 -


Fairfax Beer Trail

Visit Fairfax and seven of the Northern Virginia county’s craft breweries — Aslin, Caboose, Fair Winds, Forge Brew Works, Lake Anne Brew House, Mustang Sally and Ono Brewing C. — have collaborated on a new beer trail and brand called Locally Poured. Patrons can pick up the free Fairfax County Brewery Field Guide at any of the participating breweries in the county, or at the Fairfax County Visitors Center (located in Tysons Corner Center). The passport-like Field Guide encourages visitors to take a “Tour de Pour” around the county by visiting each unique brewery and marking the occasion by getting the Field Guide stamped. The guide also features a brewer-chosen “Must Try” and leaves room for Tasting Notes.

Flying Mouse

Throws in the Towel

After 5 years in business, Flying Mouse Brewery is grounding its operation in Troutville, near Roanoke. “During this time we have had the pleasure of making new friends and experiencing many adventures along the way,” a statement on their website informed. “But as new adventures await us with a focus on family, we have decided to close the brewery by the end of the year. Until our last call, we will continue to be up and running, business as usual.” The brewery used an animated flying mouse named Bartleby Hopsworth as a mascot for its brands. The beers were named as numbers: Flying Mouse 1 etc.



Lickinghole Creek and Enrichmond Foundation are collaborating on a beer they’re calling The Shockoe Stout. “It’s a sessionable stout brewed with Virginia fresh hops and red cedar, perfect for easy drinking at fall festivals and on chilly evenings,” said Jessica Maffey, assistant manager of operations for the foundation. “Part of the proceeds from the beer will go toward the Enrichmond Foundation and its management of 17th Street Market, including a renewed weekly farmers market.” The Shockoe Stout will debut on October 27 as the featured beer of Enrichmond’s Brunswick Stew and Stout Festival.


Concealed Darkness Revealed by BlueMountain

Blue Mountain Barrel House will release two variations of its 2018 Dark Hollow Reserve on December 1 from 11 AM to 8 PM. The big beer party will also feature a pig roast. Variant #1 is being called Hielands Stout (aged for one year in Highland Scotch whiskey barrels). Variant #2 is dubbed The Dark Manhattan (aged in rye whiskey barrels with cherries).

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Friday November 2

Saturday November 3

Bowling Party

Bar Crawl 20th Anniversary Screening of

The Big Lebowski After Party


The Byrd Theatre Foundation and Center of the Universe Brewing Company will host the fourth annual Big LeBYRDski Fest in Richmond, VA. We’re celebrating big in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Coen brother’s classic The Big Lebowski. We’ve added a Bowling Party at River City Roll, Carytown Bathrobe Bar Crawl and After-Party, and COTU specially crafted brews El Duderino and Donnie. All proceeds benefit the Byrd Theatre Foundation. Visit for full schedule and ticket info. Sponsored by:


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Jeff Evans

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Norman Yow maintains an impressive inventory of beer at Norm’s.

Norm’s Great Beer and Infectious Laughter By Jefferson Evans and Chuck Triplett

When the people rise up to save you from being squeezed out by a large corporation, you must be doing something right. When you are on a first name basis with a large and loyal group of core customers, you must be doing something right. When your place of business, when mentioned in casual conversation, regularly inspires comments of “I love that place,” you must be doing something right. When you have passed through the pain of loss, the uncertainty of what you are meant to do, and emerged on the other side doing pretty much exactly what you want to be doing, you must be doing something right. But more than all that, when you can talk to someone for the first time and have that person pretty quickly think to themselves “damn, what a nice, sincere, down-to-earth guy,” well, you might be Norman Yow. Norm is a local boy, having grown up in Salisbury on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During college, he worked for a beer wholesaler, making deliveries and working around the warehouse. This experience led after college to about a year and a half of managing a warehouse for a private beer distributor in Howard County, Maryland. This was work Norm was good at but after a time he experienced a nagging feeling that he wasn’t doing enough with - 20 -


his Business Management degree and should find something a little more “white collar,” something that didn’t involve quite as much forklift driving. This led for a time to cold call office supply sales, which Norm notes “is a tough way to make a living,” but did lead to a personal connection that helped him land some work with Navy Contractors and lots of time mastering Lotus 123 and Wordperfect, along with a bit of IT work. The job paid reasonably well, but there was a simple truth he couldn’t get away from. He missed working with beer and was tired of wearing a tie. “I would be in grocery stores and just find myself staring at the beer section,” said Norm. And then, the real body blow; between 1995 to 1997, Norm lost both his mom and sister to colon cancer. Going through all that was like a crucible, it drove Norm to step back and really examine his life and to try to honestly answer the question, “What do I want to be doing with my life?” Especially given that one of the aspects of his sister’s life he always took note of was how much she loved her job and enjoyed the work. Norm wanted that. He wanted to love a job. The quote that kept coming to mind was, “Do what you love and everything else will take care of itself.” What followed was an extended period of self-introspection

combined with reading lots of self-help books and articles. After all that, and in consultation with his wife, he decided he was going allin in finding a job involving beer. Sports would be an acceptable Plan B. So, Norm called Jerry Bailey of Old Dominion Brewing in Ashburn, Virginia and asked if there might be a job available. Hey, don’t judge, if there was anything Jerry Bailey was doing during that time frame as he built up Dominion to be the preeminent craft brewery of Northern Virginia, it was having to turn aside all the people who wanted to do what he was doing. Jerry couldn’t hire everyone who realized how awesome it would be to work making beer. But, what Norm realized was that the other end of the supply chain was just as important. One doesn’t always have time to make the trek to Total Wine or out to a brewery to buy the good beer. On a Friday night or a NFL Sunday, with guests on the way and trying to get done, wouldn’t it be great to be able to go around the corner and buy the great beer and wine you want to have for your guest and yourself? And with that, a light bulb went off in a big way leading Norm to quit all other work and start work on a business plan. The “where” to open his neighborhood beer store involved an interesting insight - so often the evening plan for himself and family and friends involved a trip to the local Blockbuster Video. Norm settled on a simple but ambitious plan. He would map-out every single Blockbuster Video store in Fairfax County and then visit every single one of them and find out which of those stores had an empty retail space nearby that could work as an independent beer and wine store. The Danor Plaza location largely fulfilled his location goals of being in a high density neighborhood with available disposable income and, of course, close to a Blockbuster. Norm had considered a location in Reston but ran up against the non-competition clauses that anchor chains like Giant or Whole Foods require when they sign a lease to open a new store. He would run up against such clauses again. The main challenge with the build-out once he had a signed lease was trying to act as his own general contractor and carrying his plans down to Fairfax County permitting folks only to have them reject some aspect of his plans, but without being very good about telling him what fixes would resolve the problems. On the upside, he ran into few problems with the Virginia ABC officials, (except for a temporary question mark as to whether he could name the store after himself) or from the town of Vienna. And once open, in 1998, that first year, business was rather slow. The space had formally been the home of the Vienna Vintner wine shop and the owner of that business actually called after learning of Norm’s plans for the space and tried to convince Norm to buy him out. Norm declined in no small part because he envisioned beer sales being a major part of his business plan, causing the other gentleman to grumble and predict that Norm would never sell more than $2,000 worth of beer a month. In reality, Norm’s beer sales have approached one million bucks for the year.You do the math. During those early slow times, there was never a thought of closing; just a dedication to building up the business through great customer service and a variety of ways of spreading the word. Several years in, he finally passed the break-even mark but there were multiple bumps to be managed. The attacks of 9/11 and the DC sniper scare really seem to dampen people’s enthusiasm for being out, especially after dark. Vienna’s sidewalk replacement project tore up streets for a time. Branch Road was made one way for a time such that you couldn’t turn onto Branch Road from Maple Avenue (Route 123) which is Vienna’s main drag. Through all that, VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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the ethos remained “make it fun and welcoming, with no bait and switch tactics”. No rewards programs or special double secret deals. Norm gives you the same good price all the time. And so, Norm’s became regionally known as one of the greater D.C. area’s best places to go to buy beer. And then, February 2011 happened. The first word came via phone call from the property management company for the Danor Plaza shopping center. The good news - the plaza was getting an anchor business - Fresh Market. The bad news - Fresh Market would be getting a noncompetition clause in their lease agreement and as they would be selling beer and wine, they wanted Norm’s gone, within a 2 or 3-year time frame.You can excuse Norm if the thought crossed his mind of “I’m the little guy, I got no chance here,” but fortunately, his customers had other ideals. They were legion and they were pissed. As Norm tells me, “It was just different people doing different things till it really got steamrolling,” with one person having bumper stickers made, another starting a petition, another starting a Save Norm’s Beer and Wine Facebook page, and another reaching out to local press. It worked. The tide turned. And a few months later, Norm was on the phone with the president of Fresh Market who complimented him on having a great business and a great community. Of course, Norm’s could stay. Nowadays, if Norm has a complaint, or perhaps “concern” is the right word, it is the simple reality of how many people want to sell good beer these days. Hell, you can find some pretty good options at any 7-11. The air and excitement have been let out of the balloon a bit. People don’t line up for special releases the way they once did. Some, including those in the business, seem to have forgotten how important places like Norm’s were in spreading the word about the burgeoning American craft beer scene. Now, people like Norm have to deal with irritating realities caused by breweries giving in to the desires of large volume businesses like grocery store chains and doing things like shared barcodes where different seasonals or, say, different IPAs in an ongoing series will all use the same barcode. That seems to work fine for the big boys but for a smaller independent business owner like Norm it makes it harder to break down his sales unless he somehow provides his own distinguishing label. Irritating but not an existential threat. Norm gets a bit wistful when I ask what beers originally lit the fire that led Norm to make beer a career. The answer comes in part from the beer distributor he worked for early on with a vision that made him “a retail version of The Brickskeller” (the famous, now RIP, Washington D.C. beer bar) and involved driving around America to find beers to bring back to the Mid-Atlantic and sell to interested stores and bars. A lot of regional lagers were involved, but among the beers that stood out were Anchor Steam, Old Foghorn, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the Olde Heurich beers resurrected by Gary Heurich, and imports such as Paulaner Oktoberfest. And, Norm mentions that, in 2017, he attended Oktoberfest in Munich for the very first time. Go see Norman Yow at Norm’s Beer and Wine in Vienna.You’ll smile, you’ll laugh, you’ll share a joke, and you’ll leave with some great beer. And, no, he won’t mind one bit if you pop into Fresh Market beforehand. It’s all good. Norm’s Beer and Wine 136 Branch Road SE,Vienna,VA 22180 - 22 -



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Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, Charlottesville

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Wild Wolf Brewing Company - Around the State

Backroom Brewing, Middleton


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Eye of the Storm Photography, Sean Chagnon

whistle belly, williamsburg

Eye of the Storm Photography, Sean Chagnon VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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The Great

Pumpkin It’s �me for all things pumpkin! Why stop at pumpkin beer? How about pumpkin soap made with pumpkin beer? The beer soap is moisturizing and rich with lather. Each bar contains saponified oils of olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, Pumpkin Ale (brewed with roasted pumpkin & spices), and phthalate free fragrance oil. The soap is made in small batches using the cold-process method (from scratch) and cut so each bar is unique. $7 Cricket Cove Soap Co. Glen Allen

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Get ready for Halloween with this spook-tacular beer bo�le. The ghoulish design includes a glowing moon, ghosts, and a hand-dipped wax topper. The glow in the dark bo�le will be the perfect addi�on to your Halloween display. $22.95 Enchanting Shrieks Fairfax�ngshrieks

These talented Virginians are getting their craft on in celebration of the beer lover in all of us!

Cheers! Show your team pride and score big with your beer drinking football fans with these customizable pilsner glasses! Each glass is custom designed – you pick the font color and team name. Premium, outdoor grade vinyl is applied to each glass. Pilsner and shot glass sets are available. $11.50 per glass. Anchor Avenue Designs Virginia Beach - 28 -


What makes a beer taste better? The label.

The label sets the expectations. We buy with our eyes. If we expect a beer to taste better… it will. Lasting impressions are made with quality and service. Every week Blanco meets its commitments of millions of labels to manufacturers depending on them. 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. “My expectations are met and exceeded by Blanco Labels.” Mike Pensinger, Brewmaster, Parkway Brewing Company 1876 Apperson Drive, Salem, VA 24153



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Cider Week By Jeff Maisey


ou might recall the 1860s Welshorigin proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Wonder if the same is true of hard apple cider? Well, maybe. In 1664, English writer John Evelyn penned in his essay, Pomona, “…all strong and pleasant cider excites and cleanses the stomach, strengthens digestion, and infallibly frees the kidneys and bladder from breeding gravel and stone.” Seems the apple shouldn’t be considered the forbidden fruit, after all. In fact, it’s something to celebrate and here’s how to do so. In the Commonwealth, November 9 through 18 is officially Cider Week in Virginia. The Virginia Cider Week Proclamation made Virginia the first state to have an officially proclaimed “Cider Week,” when then Gov. Bob McDonnell signed off on it in 2012. Now in its 6th year, a bevy of tastings, workshops and other events invite cider lovers to experience this historic craft firsthand while fostering economic growth and tourism. Old Town Alexandria will host its Cider Festival November 17 at the Lloyd House garden patio. The 17th Street Farmers Market will showcase the beverage with a Richmond Cider Celebration on November 10. Albemarle CiderWorks gets competitive with a Virginia Cider Smackdown on November 16 at its North Garden, Virginia location.

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Additionally, Virginia has 15 cideries officially participating in Cider Week. Each will have in-house events and special tastings. These include Big Fish Cider, Blue Bee Cider, Blue Toad Cider, Bold Rock Cider, Bryant’s Cider, Buskey Cider, Castle Hill Cider, Courthouse Creek, Coyote Hole Ciderworks, Old Hill Cider, Potter’s Craft Cider, Winchester Ciderworks, Wild Hare Cider, Winery at Kindred Pointe, and Albemarle Ciderworks. “Cider Week in Virginia is a chance for the cider industry to come together and promote the industry,” said Anne Shelton, general manager of Albemarle CiderWorks and this year’s president of Virginia Association of Cidermakers. “Individually, it’s a chance for cideries to invite people out to their tasting rooms.” Albemarle CiderWorks opened its doors in July 2009. The cider industry has grown exponentially in Virginia ever since. “When we first started out,” explained Shelton, “we had people stop by our tasting room who did not understand what hard cider was. As the industry has grown and more people have become aware of cider as a beverage, it has shown in our consumer base with repeat customers.” Another sign of cider’s increased popularity is Blue Bee Cider. The cidery opened in 2013 near Legend Brewing Company in the Manchester neighborhood of Richmond overlooking the James River. Blue Bee expanded and relocated three years later to the Scott’s Addition district where craft everything coexists in local-first harmony.

“The first year we produced about one thousand cases,” said Courtney Mailey, owner of Blue Bee Cider. “Now we’re up to 6,000 cases a year. We continue to be self-distributed, but most of our sales are on-site in our tasting room.” Blue Bee remains committed to producing small batch cider, as many craft cideries do. The most successful cidery in Virginia has been Bold Rock Cider in Nelson County. Bold Rock has an enormous tasting room and production facility housed in an attractive Appalachianstyle barn, with outdoor vistas of the surrounding mountains and countryside. Bold Rock ciders are widely distributed and can be found in every imaginable grocery store and specialty retailer in Virginia. That said, compared to Virginia’s wine and craft beer industries, the number of cideries operating in the Commonwealth is relatively small. Modern era Virginia cidermakers and orchard owners like Diane Flynt and others have reached out to new cideries in an effort to strengthen the overall industry. “I feel like we all know each other and respect each other, and work together to improve each others’ businesses,” said Shelton. Virginia has two new cideries worth checking out as well: Sly Clyde’s Cider in Hampton and Halcyon Days Cidery Company in Natural Bridge. The apple orchard on the grounds of Halcyon is designed based on the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France. For more information visit


NOVEMBER 9-18, 2018 The state of Virginia celebrates its sixth annual Cider Week November 9-18, 2018. The week showcases locally fermented ciders crafted by cideries throughout the Commonwealth. A variety of events including workshops, tastings, dinners, and other events will be held in locations around the state. We’ve compiled a list here. Plus, Saturday and Sunday, November 17 & 18, Virginia’s participating cideries, including some not typically open to the public, will host Open Houses with events including special flights, pop-ups, and farm tours. Start filling your calendar and enjoy this historical beverage! Visit for a complete list of events.


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Coyote Hole Tap Takeover Saturday, Nov. 4 - Saturday, Nov. 10

Start Cider Week a week early with a Coyote Hole Cider tap takeover. Plus, there will be a cidermaker meet & greet on Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m. Nourish Louisa 205 W Main Street, Louisa

Northern Virginia Rustico Celebrate Virginia Cider Week Monday, November 12 - Sunday, November 18, 11:30am-10pm

Rustico will serve artisanal Virginia ciders paired exclusively with special fall-inspired signature pizzas with Virginia cider favorites including Potter’s, Blue Bee, Albermarle Ciderworks, Courthouse Creek & more! All week, guests can enjoy a signature pizza & a 750 ml bottle of Virginia cider for only $30. Additional ciders will be featured on draft, priced individually by the glass & in 4 oz. tasting pours. Rustico Restaurant Alexandria & Ballston 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria 4075 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Central Virginia Cider Week Charlottesville Kickoff Event 4-9pm FIREFLY Restaurant & Arcade will host the Kickoff Event for Virginia Cider Week! Meet local cidermakers and enter to win raffle prizes. With over a dozen ciders available either on draft or by the bottle, cider-centric menu options, plus fresh cider mocktails for the kids, you’ll find plenty of reasons to check out this event. Participating cideries thus far include: Potters, Castle Hill, Buskey, Blue Toad, Albemarle Ciderworks, Courthouse Creek, Big Fish, Old Hill, and more! FIREFLY 1304 E Market Street, Charlottesville

Buskey Heritage Blend Release

Buskey Heritage Blend will be crafted using three distinct apple varieties: Harrison, Ashmede’s Kernel, and Cameo. Because this is such an apple forward blend, we decided to dissect and can the blend into three single varietals, each of which will feature what the apple brought to the blend. This 4-pack of canned cider will be Buskey’s first variety pack, and is a unique way to experience the individual apples and show how they complement each other in the Heritage Blend. Buskey Cider 2910 W. Leigh Street, Richmond

Live Music at Courthouse Creek 6-9pm. Featuring live music by Django Tango at Courthouse Creek Scott’s Addition Courthouse Creek 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Blue Bee Cider Tasting,

Small Batch Release Party at Courthouse Creek

5:30-7:30pm. Join us for a special tasting at Corks & Kegs in Richmond, featuring Blue Bee Cider’s core lineup and a special treat -- the final bottles of the 2017 vintage of Hewe’s Crab Apple. Corks & Kegs 7110 Patterson Avenue, Suite A, Richmond

Coyote Hole Tap Takeover & Meet & Greet

Sly Clyde Richmond Cider Tasting, 5pm. Join Sly Clyde in Richmond for this special tasting event. Union Market 2306 Jefferson Avenue, Richmond

Coastal Virginia Sly Clyde Reserve Release Party 6pm. Sly Clyde will release a two Reserve Series ciders from its Hampton, Virginia tap room. Both are handcrafted and bottled from 100% Virginia apples, craftily crushed for these special ciders just in time for the holidays. Sly Clyde Cider 207 E Mellen Street, Hampton


Central Virginia Richmond Cider Celebration

11am-4pm Kickoff Cider Week Virginia with workshops and a tasting pass that includes ciders from across the Commonwealth. Food pairings will be available for purchase. $30 in advance, $35 at the gate includes tasting ticket, glass, and entertainment. 17th Street Farmers Market 100 N. 17th Street, Richmond

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Releasing a small batch cider blend at The Farm and Scott’s Addition locations. Courthouse Creek 1581 Maidens Road, Goochland 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond 5-8pm.Coyote Hole Cider tap takeover and cidermaker meet & greet Nourish Louisa 205 W Main Street, Louisa


Central Virginia Small Batch Release Party at Courthouse Creek

Releasing a small batch cider blend at The Farm and Scott’s Addition locations. Courthouse Creek 1581 Maidens Road, Goochland 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Tasting Room Swap with Albemarle Cider Works

Courthouse Creek ciders will be available in the Albemarle Cider Works tasting room in North Garden and ciders from Albermarle Cider Works will be available in the Courthouse Creek tasting room in Scott’s Addition. Albemarle Cider Works 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden Courthouse Creek 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Coastal Virginia Hampton Community Potluck, 3pm

Celebrating the community and great Virginia Cider, Sly Clyde will host a community potluck in its Back Courtyard and offer Cider House tours. Sly Clyde Cider 207 E Mellen Street, Hampton


Central Virginia Cul-Terra Dinner

A dinner promoting local culture and local land, for the benefit of WCVE, public radio. This fivecourse cider pairing dinner features dishes by Chefs Andrew Manning (Longoven); Bo Catoe (Alewife); Justin Burchill (Rappahannock); Michael Stotler (Stotler Home Cooking); and J Frank (Long-time outstanding RVA Chef, notably of The Berkeley Hotel). A paw paw cider will also be featured, which Courthouse Creek made in collaboration with Slow Food RVA, and BigTree. Courthouse Creek Cider 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Home Cidermaking Workshop 6-7:30pm. Once again, Blue Bee Cider is partnering with Original Gravity Homebrew Supplies to host a home cidermaking workshop! Join our cellar team to learn about evaluating juice, making additions before fermentation, monitoring progress during fermentation, and options for customizing your cider before bottling. Workshop fee of $30 includes: one gallon of juice, carboy with airlock, yeast, yeast nutrient, lab flask, and funnel. Blue Bee Cider 1320 Summit Avenue, Richmond


Central Virginia Cider Dinner at The Caboose 6-8pm. This four-course dinner will feature

an entirely unique culinary menu paired with exclusive ciders released as part of Blue Bee Cider’s fifth anniversary celebration. Limited to 30 seats. Tickets available only at The Caboose. The Caboose 108 South Railroad Avenue, Ashland


Central Virginia Cider and Cheese Pairing

Join Castle Hill Cider for this special event featuring their flagship offerings paired with Tillman’s finest cheeses. Tillman’s Cheese Shop 406 E Main Street, Charlottesville

Cider & Cheese Pairing Workshop 6-7:30pm. Five Blue Bee Ciders expertly paired with five cheeses from Essex Street Cheese and Truckle Cheesemongers. Blue Bee Cider 1320 Summit Avenue, Richmond

Coastal Virginia Cidermaking Class 7pm. Nationally acclaimed cidermaker Brent Miles will be on hand to teach a class on cidermaking in the Sly Clyde Tap Room. In depth Cider House tours and tastings are included. Limited Space available. Sly Clyde Cider 207 E Mellen Street, Hampton


Central Virginia Steal the Glass at Shyndigz

6-11pm. Pair of variety of Blue Bee ciders with amazing cakes, pies, and sundaes from Shyndigz! Buy a pour of cider, receive a Blue Bee Cider logo glass (while supplies last). Shyndigz 1903 W. Cary Street, Richmond

Cider & Smoked Meats at ZZQ

Texas craft barbeque and Blue Bee Cider, side by side? Yes, please. Stay tuned for details. ZZQ 3201 W. Moore Street, Richmond


Central Virginia Virginia​ ​Cider​ ​Smackdown 5:30-7:30pm. Several cideries compete in a blind cider tasting for the ages.You be the judge as they square off. $15, includes tastings. Albemarle CiderWorks 2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden

Washington DC Meet the Makers: Virginia Cider Week 2018 4pm. While ChurchKey is known for an affinity towards beer, we make no secret of the fact that we also love cider, especially the beautiful examples produced locally in Virginia.What better time to celebrate that then during Virginia Cider Week 2018? Join ChurchKey on Friday, November 16th as we express our love for fermented apple juice by hosting some of the absolute best cider makers in the state -- including Potter’s, Blue Bee, Courthouse Creek & more. Expect no less than 15 ciders on draft and bottle, showcasing some of the best liquid being produced in the region, bar

none. There is no admission fee for this event. All Virginia ciders will be priced individually by the glass & in 4 oz. tasting pours. ChurchKey 1337 14th Street NW, Washington, DC


Central Virginia Cidermaking Class

1pm & 4pm. This class will include everything needed to make one gallon of cider during and an introduction to the process. This event is RSVP only with limited spaces for walk ins. $50 includes a flight of 5 ciders and supplies, a flight of 5 or glass to drink during the class. Bryant’s Cider 3224 East Branch Loop, Roseland

Potter’s Craft Cider’s Open House 12-4pm. In celebration of Virginia Cider Week,

Potter’s Craft Cider will host an exclusive two-day open house at their cidery in Free Union. Potter’s Craft Cider is typically closed to the public, but on November 17 and 18, the cidery will open its doors from noon to 4 p.m., giving guests the chance to sample limited release ciders, tour the facility, and enjoy food from some of Charlottesville’s finest food trucks. Wildair Farm 4699 Catterton Road, Free Union

Flagship Cider Release

Shenandoah Valley Cidermakers Workshop and Open House 9am-5pm. Join Old Hill Cider at their family orchard for tours and tastings. Stop by from 10am-12pm for a special cidermaking workshop. Old Hill Cider 17768 Honeyville Road, Timberville


Central Virginia Cidermaking Class 1pm & 4pm. This class will include everything needed to make one gallon of cider during and an introduction to the process. This event is RSVP only with limited spaces for walk ins. $50 includes a flight of 5 ciders and supplies, a flight of 5 or glass to drink during the class. Bryant’s Cider 3224 East Branch Loop, Roseland

Courthouse Creek Flagship Cider Release

Release of four of Courthouse Creek’s flagship ciders -- Hoppy Girl, Endless Summer, Bella Vita, Amuse Bouche. Courthouse Creek 1581 Maidens Road, Goochland 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Release of four of Courthouse Creek’s flagship ciders -- Hoppy Girl, Endless Summer, Bella Vita, Amuse Bouche. Courthouse Creek 1581 Maidens Road, Goochland 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Courthouse Creek Tap Takeover

Coastal Virginia

12-4pm. In celebration of Virginia Cider Week, Potter’s Craft Cider will host an exclusive two-day open house at their cidery in Free Union. Potter’s Craft Cider is typically closed to the public, but on November 17 and 18, the cidery will open its doors from noon to 4 p.m., giving guests the chance to sample limited release ciders, tour the facility, and enjoy food from some of Charlottesville’s finest food trucks. Wildair Farm 4699 Catterton Road, Free Union

Act Locally, Coastal Clean Up

To celebrate Cider Week, Sly Clyde will join volunteers in cleaning the coast. Meet at the Cider House and volunteers will walk to the water to pick up debris along the coast line. Registered participants will be thanked with Cider Coupons for use in our Tap Room. Sly Clyde Cider 207 E Mellen Street, Hampton

Northern Virginia Old Town Alexandria Cider Festival 2-6pm. Sample ciders from across Virginia in the setting of the historic Lloyd House’s garden patio. Tickets are $45 and include eight tastings, a souvenir glass, live music, and fun fall activities. Lloyd House 220 N. Washington St., Alexandria

Bottle sales and tastings of Courthouse Creek ciders available. Also, a paired biscuit and cider special will be available. The Brunch Market 1213-1215 Summit Avenue, Richmond

Potter’s Craft Cider’s Open House,

Courthouse Creek Flagship Cider Release

Release of four of Courthouse Creek’s flagship ciders -- Hoppy Girl, Endless Summer, Bella Vita, Amuse Bouche. Courthouse Creek 1581 Maidens Road, Goochland 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond Visit for a complete list of events.


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Photo courtesy of Visit Loudoun.

T-shirts, koozies and more are available for completing brewery tours as part of the LoCo Ale Trail.

ou won’t need your US government issued international passport to enter Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County, but if you pick-up a free LoCo Ale Trail Passport at any of the scenic county’s 32 craft breweries, a world of flavorful adventure awaits. Loudoun County is on a roll this year following the annual Governor-proclaimed Virginia Craft Beer Month of August. During the month, Loudoun County hosted the national Beer Bloggers Conference and launched its LoCo Ale Trail Passport program. The beer blogger event allowed county marketing officials to set themselves apart from other cities and counties by promoting, “Loudoun is a leader in Virginia’s craft beer industry and this conference provides us an opportunity to gain national attention and be positioned beside other destinations like Asheville and Milwaukee that have hosted in the past.”

Loudoun County is home to a diverse array of craft beer makers ranging from beautiful farm breweries that grow their own hops to small establishments in historic towns and industriallike operations located under the shadows of airplanes landing at nearby Dulles Airport. Destinations such as Leesburg, Sterling, Purcellville, Bluemont, Ashburn and Aldie are an easy drive from the DC metro area and a nice day-trip or weekend getaway for those in Roanoke, Richmond or Virginia Beach. These breweries include The Craft of Brewing, Beltway Brewing Company, Old 690 Brewing Company, Dirt Farm Brewing, Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Adroit Theory Brewing, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, Belly Love Brewing Company, Rocket Frog Brewing Company, Old Ox Brewery, Twinpanzee Brewing Co, Phase 2 Brewing, Ocelot Brewing Company, Solace Brewing Company, Quattro Goomba’s Brewery, Dynasty Brewing Company, Black Walnut Brewery, Dragon Hops Brewing, Black Hoof Brewing Company, Crooked Run Brewing, 1836 Kitchen & Taproom, Dog Money Brewing, Jack’s Run Brewing Company, Harpers Ferry Brewing, House 6 Brewing Co, Hillsborough Farm Brewery, Bike TrAle Brewing, Bear Chase Brewing Co, B Chord Brewing Company, Barnhouse Brewery, Sweetwater Tavern, and last but not least, Loudoun Brewing Company. More are on the way. Like all regions of Virginia, the number of craft breweries starting up and gaining instant popularity has exploded at an astounding rate. Tourism organizations like Visit Loudoun have been keen to create official beer trails — like winery trails, Civil War trails — to help both the local businesses and industries as well as tourists seeking itinerary ideas.

“We worked very hard over the past two years with the (craft beer) industry to make sure we have opportunities to leverage visitation that brings people to the county and the great product we have — the unique beers, beer makers and great craft,” said Visit Loudoun marketing director, Jackie Saunders. Just a few years ago, Loudoun County had four craft breweries in operation. When that number reached eight, the county felt it was time to start the process of promoting this emerging industry. “Visit Loudoun organized and formed the Loudoun County Craft Brewing Advisory Committee,” said Saunders. “We sat down and talked about the opportunity to try to brand and create a trail product.” It all began with the Virginia Craft Brewery Profile Study (conducted from Sept 2013 to Sept ’14) co-commissioned by Visit Loudoun, Nelson County Economic Development & Tourism, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation. A research agency called Young Strategies conducted the statewide survey to determine demographic and behavioral profiles of craft beer enthusiasts visiting breweries. A total of 691 responses to the survey were completed. Key results showed the majority (54%) of brewery visitors were between the ages 33-53. Of those, 66% were male. Nearly 52% of respondents reported an annual income between $50,000 to $124,999. When brewery hopping or on an official beer trail, 75% of respondents said they visit 2 or 3 breweries in a day, with April through October being the peak season. The main purpose of a beer trip was either as part of a weekend getaway or to visit a specific brewery. While visiting


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Weekend visitors sample a few beers at Adroit Theory Brewing.

a craft brewery, survey-takers also dined at a local restaurant, included an outdoor recreation activities or attended a festival/ event. This was all important data when Visit Loudoun put together a marketing plan to target craft beer enthusiasts. It was obvious no visitor was likely to patronize all 32 breweries during a single trip to the county. Any awards program would need to be more attainable or in segments. The Loco Ale Trail Pocket Guide and Passport programs does just that. “That’s why we created some smaller achievements within the passport that you can still gain prizes,” said Saunders. “We grouped the breweries in clusters. If you complete the cluster you can get a prize as well.” Four breweries are in the Purcellville Gateway cluster. Collect a stamp from each of these breweries and you’ll earn a beer coaster. In the Farm Breweries cluster, you most show 8 stamps to receive a bandana. The Leesburg Downtown cluster has 6 breweries and that’ll get you a beer koozie. The most challenging cluster to complete is the 14-brewery Dulles Corridor with a take-home prize being a bottle opener. And, when you complete your first cluster, you get a fashionable LoCo Virginia Ale Trail T-shirt. Visit Loudoun is on a mission and the LoCo Virginia Ale Trail is its passport to success. “Looking at Virginia and the craft beer product, Loudoun is really leading the way with a lot of the craft, farm brewed product,” Saunders said. “The agricultural environment here working with our economic development department has really allowed the development of breweries to flourish. That with our effort to drive traffic to the breweries provides the setting for these breweries to do well.” - 36 -



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Family Reunion for Belly Love & Hillsborough Vineyards By Michael T. Jarvis


rewer Tolga Baki is heading for the hills with a new brewery to complement his family’s Hillsborough Vineyards in Loudoun County. Baki, owner and head brewer of Belly Love Brewing Company in Purcellville, is now working alongside his parents and winemaker brother Kerem to form the Hillsborough Winery & Brewery. The move comes thanks to a decision from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority that now allows sales and sipping at joint winery-brewery facilities. “What makes this unique is that we have a fully integrated brewery and winery tasting room,” Baki says. “We now have one location to purchase and consume either craft beer or local wine made right here on the property.” The new 15-barrel brewhouse with 30-barrel fermenters enhance a picturesque winery that was purchased in 2001 by his parents Bora and Zeynep. Vineyards descend from the crest of the farm to Virginia State Route 9 located just west of the hamlet of Hillsboro (which is spelled differently). The sprawling winery-breweryvineyard facility with inside eating for more than 100 people includes multiple outside patios and picnic areas with comfortable drinking spots and relaxing landscapes. “We’re incorporating many of the lessons learned from Belly Love,” says Baki. “The process is easier, having done it before, and designing the brewery itself was a lot of fun.” Purcellville’s Belly Love is a stylish spot with a sense of humor — the bathrooms are for Innies or Outies — and the television-free tap room captures the Zen vibe. The beers span from nitro and tropical stouts to IPAs, Munich Helles and a popular Hefeweizen. New patrons - 38 -


Tolga Baki, left, and his brother Kerem at Hillsborough Vineyards and Hillsborough Farm Brewery

often double-take when a regular orders a Shut the Fook Up pale ale or Flying Unicorn Crotch Kick double IPA. The unusual name of the brewery came from a ritual Baki and his wife Katie use to deescalate stress: they touch bellies. There is a weekly trivia contest and lots of table games but make no mistake, the beer is serious business. Their 50 Shades of Gold won first place in the Strong Belgian Ale category at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild competition ceremony in Richmond. Six years ago, Lost Rhino and Corcoran Brewing Company were the only two breweries in Loudoun County. Corcoran was the first winery=brewery combo in Virginia, but under the old regulations no wine could be consumed in the brewery and vice versa. Belly Love was ahead of the curve and opened in December 2014. Today, Loudoun County boasts around 35 brewhouses — and the list keeps growing — but just when it seems like the local market might be saturated, the stakes are raised and another brewery opens with more attitude and altitude. The popular Old 690 Brewing Company in Hillsboro

just completed a large new brewery high atop The Adventure Center near Harpers Ferry with astonishing views of two rivers, three states and four counties. Just off Virginia State Route 7 not far from Bluemont and the Clarke County line, Bear Chase Brewing Company is drawing large crowds to its scenic peak on the Blue Ridge. The expansion of breweries has not discouraged Baki. “We came at this from a different angle actually,” he says. “Frankly I think we are near the saturation point for breweries, but, be that as it may, we (the family) always wanted to work together. It’s sort of cool that Kerem honed his craft over the years in making wine on his own, and I have worked on perfecting the craft of making beer. It’s just a neat story that we have finally managed to come together and work together for the first time. We have no delusions of retiring rich doing this . . . we do it because we truly love it.” The cross marketing of beer to over 1,000 Hillsborough Vineyards wine club members won’t hurt either. “I keep

saying, once the brewery is up and running and we have everything staffed, that EVERYTHING will fall in place,” says Baki, who remains just as chill as his beer despite running two breweries 15 minutes apart. “Yeah, it’s absolutely nuts. Running Belly, managing my other business, and then setting this new brewery up, while also taking over operations for the entirety of Hillsborough has my mind going at warp speed. It’s a LOT of fun, but can be overwhelming at times, if I let it get to me.” Hillsborough Winery & Brewery 36716 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA 20132

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NEW BREWERIES IN ROANOKE & SALEM Words & Photos by Annie Tobey


he Roanoke region capitalizes on traits of natural origin and those of human invention – both of which enhance quality of life for residents and help draw tourists – including an expanding number of breweries. The region’s new Virginia Blue Ridge Cheers Trail, a sequel to the brewery-focused Blue Ridge Beer Way Trail, reflects the growing craft beverage scene and makes finding said beverages even easier. The trail encompasses about two-dozen craft beverage venues – including wineries, distilleries and a meadery as well as breweries – in the Roanoke and New River valleys. The app-based trail helps visitors locate businesses, promotes deals and offers swag for multiple check-ins. Of the breweries, nine are in Roanoke and nearby Salem; some are seasoned veterans and others are recent additions. If you have the opportunity to explore the area (and you really should try), here’s a peek behind the newer breweries in Roanoke and its sister city, Salem.

Olde Salem Brewing, Salem

Olde Salem presents a blend of old and new, from the history of the 1920s building to the best of 21st-century craft beer. The generous tasting room, which opened in November of 2017, sits in the heart of Salem’s Historic Main Street District. Owner Sean Turk brought in brewmaster Kevin Campbell, who’s putting out a diversity of beers. The 16-tap lineup includes light-and-easy beers, fruity beers, tart-and-sassy ales, hop bombs, darks and “big and burly” beers. A sip of the Olde Salem Du Hast Märzen inspires Oktoberfest, with balanced, malty, caramelly notes. Death Letter Belgian Strong Golden Ale marries traditional fruity and spicy esters, gentle alcohol and spot-on spice phenols. Steal My Sunshine presents a delightful funky, oaky, peachykeen flavor, the Chardonnay barrel aging blending with the kettle-soured beer. And the Township Rebellion was a happy representative of a juicy New England IPA. Popular Olde Salem beers include the number-one-selling Work Hard Play Hard Kölsch, Heartbroken in Disrepair Raspberry Wheat and Yuengling-like Old Friend amber lager, with new releases on board every week or so. For Halloween, Don’t let the German surname fool you. Ober Brewing, look for Thriller, a 12-percent barrel-aged imperial stout. founded in March 2018, is named for owner David Ober and With plenty of seating and space for performers, Olde Salem his family and offers tasting room guests a range of styles, from traditional European to American. Ingredients present a similar promises worthy tastes in music, too. Check it out: provenance – the Hallertau hops in the biscuit, full-bodied Pilsner and the local chamomile and lavender in the White Lady Belgian Witbier. On a recent visit, other samples included the Appalachian Merely seven-weeks-young when I visited in early September, Mama American Red (easy-drinking, caramelly, clean) and A Few Old Goats Brewing is already feeling its oats. Three Daily Grind Coffee Stout (sans coffee in this batch, but the old goats and their mates (aka wives) opened the 2-barrel roasted malts contributed coffee notes nonetheless). Though brewhouse and tasting room in a health-departmentthe beers have room to grow, they’re on the right track. turned-residential-development building (so don’t expect This early in the game, says David Ober, the beer line-up has conspicuous signage). Old friends/goats Tom Kincaid, Curtis a little bit of everything as he looks for the those that appeal to Reed and Kenny McGraw home-brewed together before visitors. “We’ll find a niche,” he says. turning the shared hobby into a business. The modest industrial-park tasting room hosts musicians as Early beers focus on American styles with homage to well as food trucks. European heritage. Approachable beers include the balanced For info at Tall Boy cream ale and the caramelly Lil’ Red Irish red

Ober Brewing, Salem

A Few Old Goats Brewing, Roanoke

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Olde Salem Brewing’s inviting tasting room is set in a 1920s-era building on Salem’s Main Street

with toasty back notes. Smoky notes and a rich mouthfeel compensate for the unappealing name of Outhouse Porter. Goat Milk Stout offers a touch of lactose sweetness and a full mouthfeel (and, per goat-bearded McGraw, adjunct versions with chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla wait in the wings). IPAs range from the double dry-hopped, IPA-lovers’ Pillow Talk to the more balanced Board Approved IPA. My favorite, Ghostly Saison, is gentle on the Belgian spices, enhanced by spicy rye malt and Amarillo hops. (The recipe will change as they tweak it, explains McGraw.) Friend them at @AFOGBrewing

Deschutes Brewery, Roanoke

Any beer fan who’s been around the block a few times recognizes the Deschutes name. The promised Deschutes East Coast production facility is still in the works, but in the meantime, the small tasting room with tiny pilot brewing system is serving a plethora of the Oregon-based brewery’s beers. Though you can get your hands on some Deschutes beers in Virginia, the tasting room near the corner of Church Avenue and Market Street offers a wider variety, from riffs on the legendary IPAs to easy-drinking Pacific Wonderland lager, Black Butte Porter variations, Roanoke-brewed beers on Wednesdays, and limited releases.

The rarities on tap during my visit included the Humm Zinger radler with Humm Kombucha, with subtle tea-like notes; the roasty Obsidian stout on nitro; creamy Twilight Summer pale ale on nitro; and Black Butte Porter XXVIII (with vanilla, chocolate and orange peel) and XXX (oh-so-rich pure goodness). Read more at

Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage, Roanoke

No stranger to Virginia beer aficionados, Starr Hill launched the Roanoke location in September 2017. Besides taking advantage of 23 taps, tasting room and patio, and entertainment on the small stage, patrons can provide feedback on the pilot brews – possibly even influencing the beers that make it to the Crozet production brewery. You might even earn bragging rights for tasting a beer before it even makes it to distribution. One such Roanoke creation on tap during my visit was the Raspberry American Sour, the first pilot-brewed beer to make it to the big-time. Other noteworthy beers include the Hop’easter, an NE IPA recipe from a Roanoke home brewer (not hazy but nicely juicy) and two pilot beers – Overnight, a raspberry porter (reminiscent of Hardywood’s award-winning VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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The AFOG (A Few Old Goats) co-owners pictured are (l-r) Tom Kincaid and Kenny McGraw.

raspberry stout) and Backdraft Smoked Porter, delightfully like sipping on a fine porter by a fall campfire. Good stuff to learn at

Ballast Point, Daleville

That Sculpin you drank in your Virginia hometown was probably brewed right here in the Commonwealth, at the 259,000-square-foot production facility with tasting room, dining area and patio. Conveniently located to Interstate-81, the tasting room promises to please travelers and locals alike. Even better, you can get Sculpin (or Spruce Tip Sculpin, Aloha Sculpin or a generous number of other hoppy, rich and malty, sour and tart, and barrel-aged beers) from one of the tasting room’s 128 taps. And, you can sit on the patio with an expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And, dine from the menu of creative pub food (ordered at the bar rather than through a server). And, score some BP swag, bottles or growler fills.

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While in the area, visit the seasoned veterans, too: Parkway Brewing (pouring beer since 2013), Big Lick Brewing (which recently expanded into a new larger production facility, tasting room and beer garden), Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (proving that a warehouse building can have style and pizzazz), and Chaos Mountain Brewing (relax in their 3,000 square foot tasting room in Callaway). - 42 -


Lake Anne Brew House Reston, VA

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Seek What You Thirst at New Realm By Jeff Maisey


et’s set the stage for Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing Company’s arrival in Virginia. Remember this listing? In so many words, “For Sale: 50-barrel brewhouse in Virginia Beach. Turnkey operation.” A few years back, the Hampton Roads region was in hot pursuit of a West Coast brewery wanting to move east of the Mississippi. Norfolk — a nearby city to Virginia Beach — was announced as one of three finalists for Stone Brewing’s highly-competitive search for the perfect East Coast location. When Richmond ultimately won the hearts and minds of Stone executives, in 2014, it wasn’t long before Virginia Beach city officials unveiled a surprise announcement of their own: San Diegobased Green Flash Brewing Company was moving to the resort city and opening a 50-barrel manufacturing facility to better serve consumers from Florida to Maine. Not only would this translate into significant tax revenues for the city, it would enhance the quality of life for locals and hopefully draw thousands of tourists. When Green Flash finally opened its brewing facility, spacious tasting room and outdoor beer garden following numerous delays due to infrastructure upgrades surrounding the property, authentic West Coast IPAs began to flow to the delight of hordes of craft beer enthusiasts. The euphoria, however, was short-lived.

In January 2018, just barely a year after its grand opening, Green Flash announced its Virginia Beach location was closing and all of the equipment was to be auctioned at a fraction of its value. The building and land was owned by the commercial construction company The Miller Group. Behind the scenes, city officials rallied to find a replacement. They were in possession of a move-inready, large capacity brewery. By springtime, Virginia Beach announced New Realm Brewing Company would be the new operating tenant in the former Green Flash location. Ironically, it was in January this year — the same month Green Flash closed — that New Realm opened its first brewery. While New Realm was a newcomer with little known name brand recognition, its three-person ownership team instantly provided confidence and excitement. In a roundabout way, Hampton Roads is at last getting its Stone-caliber brewery. Mitch Steele, New Realm’s highly knowledgeable brewmaster, COO and cofounder, was Stone Brewing’s California brewmaster before departing for Atlanta to start New Realm. Steele joined Stone Brewing in 2006. He is credited with crafting Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous and Enjoy by IPA as well as writing one of the most important books about IPAs, the 2013 released “IPA:

Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.” Before his nearly decade tenure at Stone, Steele worked 14 years managing the brewhouse and fermenting operations at three Anheuser-Busch facilities before heading up A-B’s new development team within their Specialty Brewing department. Steele’s co-founding partners Carey Falcone and Bob Powers each come with hefty resumes having worked respectively for Anheuser-Busch and Constellation. New Realm Brewing Company opened its Virginia Beach tasting room in late August, serving a variety of its core brands like Hoplandia IPA (a traditional American IPA), Hoptropolis, Kikimora Imperial IPA, and Euphonia Pilsner. Though its popular core beers seem IPA dominant, the plan is for tremendous variety. “Since we started brewing in Atlanta, in December, we’ve brewed over 80 different beers,” said Steele. “Some of the most popular beers we’ve poured so far in Virginia Beach is not our IPAs. We had a German hefeweizen on and the Belga Rose, which is a Belgian hibiscus beer, and the lemon Berliner Weisse all did really well.” Mitch Steele is also sold on the juicy, hazy New England-style IPA style. New Realm’s Hazy Like A Fox is its second NE variety.

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“New England IPAs are a pretty severe left-turn from what American IPAs have been in the last few years,” said Steele. “They’re not brewed to be clear, like a lot of IPAs used to be. One of the things that is common to a lot of the beers that are brewed this way is the use of flaked adjuncts like oats and flaked wheat. Those grains have a lot of protein in them and beer haze is foremostly from protein and compounds from hops. The two elements combine for this haze that just doesn’t go away.” A brewer will dry-hop New England IPAs in the middle of fermentation, rather than at the end. The flavor profile is often along the lines of orange juice. “That has never been a practice until recently,” Steele said, “primarily because when you dry-hop in the middle of fermentation the impact on the yeast is a little risky.” Steele uses El Dorado and Azacca hops for New Realm’s hazy/juicy IPAs. A key ingredient to New Realm’s brewing team is the addition of head brewer Evan Chamberlain, Green Flash’s former top brewer, who comes with working knowledge of the brewhouse. And speaking of brewhouse, the 50-barrel system in Virginia Beach is double the size of New Realm’s Atlanta brewery. Steele said his team can produce 40,000 barrels of beer per year in Virginia Beach, with room to expand by adding twice as many fermenting tanks, potentially maxing capacity at 80,000 barrels of beer. According to Falcone, New Realm does not seek to be a national brewery. In fact, New Realm will only distribute its beers within states it has a production facility. They plan to open a barrel-aging and sour beer program in Charlotte, North Carolina next year. For the time being, Steele will split time commuting between Atlanta and Virginia Beach. Once the Virginia Beach brewing system is fully functioning, a wide variety of beers ranging from its core brands to experimental recipes will be produced and served. Steele is also keen on doing collaborations — and anticipates a symbolic one with Stone RVA at some point. For those who visited the Green Flash tasting room, things will have a familiar look and feel. Except for the merchandise room, most things, such as the glass windows looking into the brewery and placement of the bar, are nearly the same, though more seating and communal tables are to be added. Above the tap handles is a similarly illuminated sign, though now with New Realm’s motto — “Seek what you thirst.” Beyond beer, New Realm plans to open a full service kitchen in the first quarter of next year with seating for 450 hungry patrons. “We’re pretty proud of our culinary program,” said Falcone. “We’re as proud of our food as we are of our beer.” The outdoor patio has a new addition: a bar with taps serving year-round. Live music, picnic tables and other amenities will also enhance the open-air experience at New Realm. All’s well that ends well in Virginia Beach where in a flash fresh green pastures lie ahead with New Realm Brewing Company. VIRGINIACRAFTBEER.COM

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Sean Chagnon, Eye of the Storm Photography

Big Ugly Brewing Company is a friends and family owned business

Big Ugly Moves Down the Street By Jeff Maisey


ig Ugly Brewing Company just got bigger — but not uglier. Chesapeake’s first microbrewery moved from its snug strip mall location to a spacious freestanding location in early August. For nearby dedicated beer customers it’s a stone’s throw away from the original spot. It’s also bigger in every way: bigger brewhouse, bigger storage area, bigger tasting room, bigger draft beer menu. And best of all, there’s a big comfortable outdoor area to enjoy the award-winning beers created by the Big Ugly brew crew. Big Ugly Brewing Company opened its doors in February 2015. It’s a friends and family brewery in most ways. Longtime pals Jim Lantry and Shawn Childers, both homebrew enthusiasts, took their hobby to the next level with the encouragement of their supportive wives — and a brewery was born. I recently caught up with Childers to get the latest on the new facility.

VCB: How did you select the new location for the brewery and tasting room? Shawn Childers: When we were looking for a new location, we gave ourselves a one to three mile radius from the current brewery. The new location is literally one mile away — door-todoor. We chose the new location for a couple of reasons. First, it’s close to our houses. Me and my partner live in the same neighborhood. We need it to be that way because it’s still our second job. It had to be that way to logistically make it work.

Once we established ourselves, we got a lot of feedback from our regulars saying they didn’t want us to move very far. We promised to do our due diligence to be as close as possible to the original location.

VCB: The old location gave patrons the sense they were in both a tasting room and a working craft brewery simultaneously. Every ounce or foot of space was utilized. What did you want the new Big Ugly space to be like? SC: One of the things we’ve always enjoyed about breweries that we’ve visited were they were open and friendly; meaning there wasn’t a big separation of entities, where a tasting room is completely separate (from the brewhouse). Worse, in my mind, are — we call them aquarium breweries — where you walk in and see the big glass wall (with brewhouse on the other side) but you can’t get there. We enjoy the places that are more open where you feel like you can just reach out and touch it. In the new location, we started out with 6,000 square feet. We are roughly 2,800 square feet for the tasting room. In the old location, we had 2,000 square feet where we did everything from brewing to selling to storage. On the outside, we’re a freestanding building on a three-acre lot with a lot of green space. My wife always says it’s our forever home with the idea we would have enough space to potentially add new things down the road.

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James River Brews by the Reinheitsgebot

Rules By Jennifer Waldera


n 1516, the German Beer Purity Law was enacted. The Bavarian law, referred to as the Reinheitsgebot (pronounced: rine-heights-geh-boat), dictated beer pricing at the time but more notably regulated the ingredients brewers were allowed to use, limiting them to barley, hops, and water (and, necessarily, yeast, though it is not formally mentioned in the original document). While the Reinheitsgebot is not still in effect as legislation, its foundational

concept of brewing with the use of only those four ingredients has been kept alive by a number of brewers, German and otherwise, both for its sound reasoning of maintaining the purity of the beer as well as, at times, for marketing purposes. Behind a small storefront of a refurbished 19th century brick warehouse on a cozy corner in downtown Scottsville is a local Virginia brewery that adheres, primarily, to the Reinheitsgebot. Tucked into the tiny neighborhood that is nestled in the bend of the James River, an area burgeoning with the growth of popular

establishments like a fermented food shop and a quaint bookstore with a coffeehouse, James River Brewery opened in 2015 with the premise of brewing with adherence to the purity law. “Keeping it simple has always been our main motto,” says Shannon Brown, the brewery’s Operations Manager. Blake Sherman is the brewer at James River Brewery, and a “jack of all trades” as described by Brown. Before leading the brewing operation, Sherman had experience in woodworking as well as plumbing, electrical, and mechanical

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work and he assisted in much of the remodel of the brewery. Then, he trained to produce the brewery’s beer with Master Brewer Jacque Landry, former brewer at South Street Brewery and more recently the head brewer of Basic City Brewing, and Master Brewer John Bryce, most known for his work with Starr Hill, Capitol City, and Old Dominion. Trained in Germany, following the Reinheitsgebot, Bryce trained Sherman in the same style. Sherman embraced the concept. “When you get a bunch of different grains in there, it’s too much. No one grain comes through and you end up with a muddled taste,” Sherman says. Sherman used his initial training to produce the brewery’s first beers and since has continued to grow, striving to produce consistently high quality beer. Most of James River Brewery’s core beers, which are also many of the same that have garnered a number of awards in the short time since the brewery opened, are the primary brews that adhere to the Reinheitsgebot. Hatton Ferry Pale Ale, River Runner ESB, Tuber IPA, Sherman Stout, and the James Blonde Ale are usually available on tap. Others that follow the purity law, like

the Liffey River Irish Red Ale, are seasonal. While the brewery’s primary premise is to craft beer of consistent quality that is brewed with purity, Sherman does experiment with other ingredients as well, departing at times from the Reinheitsgebot. Brews like the James Bean Vanilla Oatmeal Porter, Fluvanna Fluss (pronounced: floos, and meaning “river”), and Scottsville Swarm Honey Blonde, some of which are also award-winning, incorporate other ingredients, though they are often locally sourced. “Each year, we partner with Scottsville Supply, using their fresh honey combined with our James Blonde 007 to create the Scottsville Swarm Honey Blonde,” says Shannon Brown. In addition to sourcing the extraneous ingredients locally, James River Brewery works with a number of local producers for the core ingredients necessary to craft their beer. Partnering with BSG Supply, Lupulin Exchange, and local hop farms like Celestial Farms and Running Cedar Hop Farms, the brewery supports local growers. However, James River Brewery’s commitment to the community doesn’t stop at the production end.

Every Wednesday, the brewery hosts Community Tap Night which features different non-profits to which they donate back 20% of all sales. They also host weeknight events on Mondays and Tuesdays that encourage members of the community to visit. Their Monday Mug Club Madness has brought in over 200 mug club members. In terms of future plans for beer, the brewery has a few seasonals expected on tap for the fall and winter. Their seasonal Skylar Skunk and a new Hoppy Camper IPA are on the way as well as a pumpkin beer. They are also in the planning stages of a new winter beer. On a larger scale, there is an impending opening of a second location in November on Main Street in Farmville. The brewery intends to follow that up with a 2019 opening of a third location that is currently being scouted. In the meantime, craft beer enthusiasts can continue to settle in at the flagship Scottsville brewery whether it’s in the cozy bar filled with games and laid-back locals, or al fresco at the backyard bar and beer garden with a woodsy backdrop, a meandering creek, and weekend live music.








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brew bre w rre reviewss By Jennifer McDonald and Brian Koski

Inkjet Blackberry Mint Sly Clyde Ciderworks Phoebus Sly Clyde Ciderworks opened in Phoebus just a few months ago and introduced three signature ciders. All are made with 100% Virginia apples. Inkjet Blackberry Mint is one of the three and is described as a blackberry mint mojito masquerading as a cider. It’s pale pink in color and combines sweet, savory, and tart. Virginia Cider Week takes place November 9-18. Raise a glass and toast this historic beverage with a cider from one of Virginia’s newest cideries. -JM

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Trial of Dmitri Benchtop Craft Brewing Company Norfolk You don’t have to feel guilty about drinking Benchtop’s Trial of Dmitri, Tidewater Beet Kvass. It’s like you are getting your vegetable serving with this beer that tastes like beet juice! It’s actually owner and head brewer Eric Tennant’s version of a historic Slavic fermented beverage. Traditionally, Kvass is a 1-2.5%ABV beverage made from stale rye bread. Benchtop’s version is an “imperial” (but still really low) at 4.6%. It’s brewed with sourdough rye bread from their neighbors at The Bakehouse at Chelsea. Local beets are added to give the pink color and earthy flavor. -JM

abv: 4.6%

Oktoberfest Center of the Universe Ashland We love the can design of Center of the Universe’s Oktoberfest. COTU blends Old World ingredients with New World techniques to create this Oktoberfest style beer. German Munich and Vienna malts give the beer a slightly sweet and malty flavor and Noble German hops were added during the boil, giving enough bitterness to balance the flavors of the malt. Then, the brewers chose a Czech yeast strain that accentuated the malt. After fermentation, the beer went through a cold conditioning process called lagering, and lastly the beer was filtered to remove any yeast. The result is a smooth and refreshing classic Munich fest bier. Prost! -JM

abv: 5.7%

Howling Pumpkin Wild Wolf Brewing Company nellysford It wouldn’t be Fall without a pumpkin beer! Wild Wolf’s version blends just the right amount of molasses, pumpkin, squash, and pumpkin pie spices. The result is Howling Pumpkin, a liquid version of pumpkin pie! If you like pumpkin pie and beer, you’ll love this one. Be sure to stock up for Halloween trick or treating and nice cool nights by the fire pit! -JM

abv: 7%

Magnifico Crooked Run Brewing LOUDOUN COUNTY

home Ballad Brewing Danville Ballad Brewing wanted to brew a beer that paid tribute to its home town of Danville. They did just that with their double IPA aptly named Home. Home is brewed with a blend of eight bold hops. And, it was only released in their home town of Danville. It won a bronze medal in the Strong Ales category at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild Beer Cup. Start making plans for a road trip to Danville so that you can try this delicious, award-winning beer! -JM

abv: 8.5%

Crooked Run Brewing likes to say, “Work Hard, Drink Well”. Well, Magnifico is an Imperial Stout with Cayenne Peppers, Blueberries, and Chocolate that clocks in at 12% ABV that’s worthy of a hard days work. So grab your favorite snifter, sit back and put your feet up cause it’s time to reward yourself. The first thing you notice is how rich this Imperial Stout is as it fills your glass with dark deliciousness leaving a slight golden brown head. The Cacao Nibs create a thick chocolate bed for the blueberries and peppers. There’s just enough fruit and spice to take notice without it being overpowering, perfect for these long Fall nights. -BK


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Trivia Night at Creek Bottom Brewing

Oyster Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

307 Meadow Street; Galax 276.236.2337 •

Enjoy chef’s weekly creation. 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Every Thursday, 7pm

Beer Geek Night at Wolf Hills Brewing Every Thursday, 5-9pm

New firkin or small batch beer released every Thursday. 350 Park Street. Abingdon 276.451.5470 •

Live Music at Creek Bottom Brewing Every Friday, 7pm

307 Meadow Street, Galax 276.236.2337 •

Live Music at Wolf Hills Brewing Every Friday

350 Park Street. Abingdon 276.451.5470 •

Live Music at Damascus Brewery Every Saturday, 7-10pm

32173 Government Rd., Damascus

Annual Snap Benefit Harvest Party Sat., Oct. 13, 5-10pm

Annual square dance called by Old Man Kelly with live old time music by Farm Use Only.Your ticket includes homemade farm dinner prepared by Tabula Rasa on Glade. Soda and beer from Rising Silo available for purchase. Proceeds benefit theh SNAP Double Value Program at the Blacksburg Farmers Market. Rising Silo Brewery 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg 540.808.0672

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

Rib Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

APPALACHIA Oktobrewfest Sat., Oct. 6, 3-10pm

Featuring local and regional craft beer, cider, and wine, a homebrew competition, food vendors, crafters, artisans, and games and activities for kids. Main Street, Tazwell 276.988.5091 •

BLUE RIDGE HIGHLANDS Tacos & Troubadours Night at Wolf Hills Brewing Every Tuesday, 6-9pm

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

Trivia Night at Wolf Hills Brewing Every Wednesday, 6-8pm

350 Park Street. Abingdon 276.451.5470 •

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Every Monday, 5-10pm

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

$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

Every Wednesday, 5-10pm

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

Flights & Bites at Courthouse Creek Cider

Every Friday through August 25, 5-8pm

A purchase of a flight comes with 5 rustic ciders and a perfectly paired bite. $15. 1581Maidens Road, Maidens

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 • bluemountainbrewery. com


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The Byrd Theatre Foundation and Center of the Universe Brewing Company will host The fourth annual

Big LeBYRDski Fest November 2-3

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Coen brother’s classic The Big Lebowski, there will be a Bowling Party at River City Roll, Carytown Bathrobe Bar Crawl and After-Party, COTU specially crafted brews El Duderino and Donnie, and White Russian specials. All proceeds benefit the Byrd Theatre Foundation.

Friday Night Music at Legend Brewing Co.

Beer, Bingo, & Bloodies at Center of the Universe

Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Brewery

321 West 7th St., Richmond 804.232.3446

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

German food specials every day, live music, special activities, games, and prizes. 9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton 540.456.8020 • bluemountainbrewery. com

Every Friday, 8:30pm

Full Nelson Fridays at Blue Mountain Brewery Every Friday, 6-8pm

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

Live Music at Castleburg Brewery & Taproom 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

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Every Sunday, 2-6pm

Brunch at Blue Mountain Brewery Every Sunday, 11am-2pm

Fri., Sept. 28 – Sun., Oct. 7, 11am-9pm

Blue Mountain Brewery at The Mill

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

Thurs., Oct. 4, 4-6pm

Local Bucket Sunday at World of Beer

Oktoberfest at COTU

Every Sunday

Get specials on local beers on the local beer bucket offering. 852 W. Main St., Charlottesville

Trivia Night at Random Row Brewing Co. Every Sunday, 5-7pm

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

The Mill on MacArthur 4023 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond 804.716.1196

Fri., Oct. 5, 4-10pm & Sat., Oct. 6, 12-10pm

A 2 day Oktoberfest celebration featuring live German music, German inspired food, and German Beer! Center of the Universe 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

The Festy Experience Fri.-Sun., Oct. 5-7

Showcasing great music, craft beer, and the outdoor experience. Infinity Downs Farm 1510 Diggs Mountain Road, Arrington

Book Signing at Brewing Tree Sat., Oct. 6, 1-4pm

Meet Lee Graves and get a signed copy of his new book, Virginia Beer. Brewing Tree Beer Company 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton

Donktoberfest at Bold Rock Sun., Oct. 7, 12-5pm

Donkeys will be the focus of this Fall festival. Donkeys will be manning the photo & kissing corral, mingling with the crowd, and several more will be on hand for hugs. A portion of the cider sales that day will benefit donkey rescue. Bold Rock Cidery 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Blue Mountain & South Street Tap Takeover Mon., Oct. 8, 5-8pm

Capital Ale House 623 E. Main Street, Richmond 804.780.2537

Blue Mountain Brewery Feature Wed., Oct. 10, 5-7pm

The Taphouse at River’s Bend 13131 Rivers Bend Blvd., Chester 804.295.5247

Keep It Gooch – Celebrating Goochland’s Craft Festival

Stable Craft Brewing Tasting at Wegman’s

Featuring 4 breweries, a winery, & cidery all from Goochland, food, and live music. Proceeds benefit Goochland Pet Lovers. Kindred Spirit Brewing 12830 West Creek Parkway, Suite J, Goochland

Wegman’s 100 Wegmans Way, Charlottesville

Sat., Oct. 13, 3-9pm

Movies & Groovies at Bold Rock Sat., Oct. 13, 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

Best of Virginia, in Orange, Chili Cook-Off and Brew Sat., Oct. 13, 11am-6pm

Featuring tastings from Virginia’s top breweries and an amateur and professional chili cook-off that you get to be the judge. Live music by WORX. Orange County Fairgrounds 14500 Old Gordonsville Road, Orange 540.672.5216

Getting Ready For Turkey Days at Brewing Tree

Fri., Oct. 19, 3-6pm



Sat., Oct. 20, 12-7pm

Blue Mountain Steal the Pint Night Wed., Oct. 17, 5-8pm

Capital Ale House Midlothian 13831 Village Place Drive, Midlothian 804.897.5815

Oktoberfest Weekend at Brewing Tree Fri.-Sun., Oct. 19-21

Music and food all weekend celebrating Oktoberfest. Brewing Tree Beer Company 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton

Richmond Oktoberfest

Fri., Oct. 19, 6pm-midnight & Sat., Oct. 20, 3pm-midnight

Patterned after Munich’s world famous Oktoberfest, the Richmond Oktoberfest combines a great party with the preservation of German heritage. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, there will be two feature bands, folk dancing, the crowning of the Oktoberfest Queen, German food, beer, and wine, and kids’ activities. Old Dominion Building Richmond Raceway Complex 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond

South Street Tap Takeover Fri., Oct. 19

Kroger 10800 Iron Bridge Road, Chester


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Featuring new & traditional German-style beers, Oktoberfeast prepared by local chefs, performances by Place Called Home & Eric Knutson. Proceeds benefit Crozet Volunteer Fire Dept. Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room 5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet


Blue Mountain Pint Night






Sun., Oct. 21, 5-7pm

Rare Old Times Public House 10602 Patterson Avenue, Richmond 804.750.1346

Full Steam Ahead – An Exclusive Ashland Theatre Benefit Party Sun. Oct. 21, 6:30-9:30pm

Help raise the Curtain of Ashland Theatre at the Iron Horse Restaurant for an exclusive evening featuring food, drink (beer from Center of the Universe), live & silent auction, live music, and more! The Iron Horse Restaurant 100 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland


Sat., Oct. 13, 1-5pm

Featuring Judd & Cari Culver from Kelly Bronze Heritage Breed Turkeys and Chef Michael Pustai from Hops Kitchen who will be preparing turkeys several ways from his popular food truck. Learn stress free ways to make the perfect bird. Brewing Tree Beer Company 9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton



Angry Angus Cookout at Coyote Hole Ciderworks Sat., Oct. 27, 10am-9pm

Celebrate Virginia’s agriculture at the second annual Angry Angus Cook Off. Sample Angus beef cooked by three different local chefs and enjoy Coyote Hole cider plus local vendors, moon bounce, face painting, and more! Coyote Hole Ciderworks 225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral




Bold Rock Fall Foliage Festival Sat., Oct. 27, 11am-8pm

Annual Autumnal Celebration featuring live music, hay rides, apple bobbing and crushing, pumpkin carving, delicious food, and more! Bold Rock Cidery 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

Brunswick Stew & Stout Sat., Oct. 27, 11am-4pm

Enjoy Brunswick stew and stouts to support Enrichmond Foundation’s mission of serving Richmond’s people, parks, and public spaces. Shockoe Bottom, Richmond

Lynchburg Beer & Wine Festival Sat., Oct. 27, 12-7pm

Featuring over 75 different options of craft beer, ciders, and wine, artisans and crafters, delicious food, and live music. Lynchburg City Stadium 3176 Fort Avenue, Lynchburg 434.473.7319





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Courthouse Creek Cider Harvest Fest Sun., Oct. 28, 1-5pm

Celebrate a great harvest with music by Django Tango, local farmers and a farmers market, yummy cider, food, kids’ activities, and a costume contest for pets. Courthouse Creek Cider 1581 Maidens Road, Maidens 804.543.3157

Field Gay at Coyote Hole Ciderworks Sun., Oct. 28, 12-7pm

A family-friendly field day for the LGBTQ community. Featuring games, BBQ, and more! Coyote Hole Ciderworks 225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral

COTU Big LeBYRDski Fest – Bowling Party Fri., Nov. 2, 7-9pm

The Byrd Theatre Foundation & Center of the Universe will host the 4th annual Big LeBYRDski Fest and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Coen brother’s classic The Big Lebowski! Kick off the festivities with a bowling party. Earn prizes for Big Lebowski themed costumes and scoring. Includes food & COTU beverages. Bowling Package - $310 per team of 6. Film Festival Package - $30 per person. Bowling Party Spectator - $20 per person. River City Roll 939 Myers Street, Richmond

COTU Big LeBYRDski Fest – Carytown Bathrobe Bar Crawl Sat., Nov. 3, 5pm

The Byrd Theatre Foundation & Center of the Universe will host the 4th annual Big LeBYRDski Fest and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Coen brother’s classic The Big Lebowski! Visit designated Carytown establishments and win prizes. Check-in at The Byrd to pick up your passport. Carytown, Richmond

COTU Big LeBYRDski Fest – Screening of The Big Lebowski Sat., Nov. 3, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)

The Byrd Theatre Foundation & Center of the Universe will host the 4th annual Big LeBYRDski Fest and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Coen brother’s classic The Big Lebowski! $15 online and $20 at the door. Includes one complimentary “El Duderino.” The Byrd Theatre 2908 W. Cary Street, Richmond

COTU Big LeBYRDski Fest – Screening of The Big Lebowski Sat., Nov. 3, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)

The Byrd Theatre Foundation & Center of the Universe will host the 4th annual Big LeBYRDski Fest and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Coen brother’s classic The Big Lebowski! $15 online and $20 at the door. Includes one complimentary “El Duderino.” The Byrd Theatre 2908 W. Cary Street, Richmond - 56 -


COTU Big LeBYRDski Fest – After Party Sat., Nov. 3, 10pm

The Byrd Theatre Foundation & Center of the Universe will host the 4th annual Big LeBYRDski Fest and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Coen brother’s classic The Big Lebowski! Citizen Burger Bar 2907 W. Cary Street, Richmond

Cheers for Charity Sat., Nov. 3, 4-6pm

Join the team from Emergency Food Network as we kick-off our Cheers for Charity for the month of November. Raise a pint to support an organization providing food for three days of balanced meals, on the same day requested, to individuals and families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. During the month of November, $1 from every pint sold in the Tap Room supports Emergency Food Network. Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room 5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet

Hops in the Park Sat., Nov. 10, 12-6pm

A one-of-a-kind, national award-winning hops & harvest festival celebrating Virginia agriculture and the long and rich history of brewing in our Commonwealth. The event features 20+ Virginia craft breweries, a farmers market, food vendors, and live music. Henricus Historical Park 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester

Paint Nite at Starr Hill Thurs., Nov. 15, 7-8:30pm

Enjoy two hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing as the Paint Nite’s Party Host guides you step-by-step through the featured project. Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room 5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet

Starr Bazaar at Starr Hill Sat., Nov. 24, 11am-5pm

Join Starr Hill for Small Business Saturday as they turn the Tap Room into an artisan bazaar featuring local vendors. Enjoy a pint while you shop. Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room 5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet

Concealed Darkness Release Party & Pig Roast Sat., Dec. 1, 10am-8pm

Dark Hollow Reserve and variants available for purchase while supplies last. Live music. Special brewery tours, special beer tappings throughout the day. Fee for buffet and the Blue Mountain food truck will be open. Blue Mountain Barrel House 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington 434.263.4002


Trivia Night at MoMac Brewing Co. Third Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm

Trivia Night at Wasserhund Brewing Co.

3228 Academy Avenue, Portsmouth

1805 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach 757.351.1326 •

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

Every Monday, 7-9pm

Trivia Night at Home Republic Every Tuesday, 7pm

Featuring Smartmouth Live Trivia. 328 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach 757.226.9593 • homerepublicvabeach. com

Trivia Night

Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Tap It Local - Chesapeake 648 Grassfield Parkway, Chesapeake

Trivia Night at Alewerks Taproom Every Wednesday, 7pm

189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

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 Benchtop Brewing

Second Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm 1129 Boissevain Ave., Norfolk

Trivia Night at Deadline Brewing Project

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; 10:3011:45am 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

COTU Tasting at Hair of the Dog Bottle Shop Fri., Oct. 5

Sample Center of the Universe beers. Hair of the Dog Bottle Shop 401 W. Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg 757.903.4860

The Bier Garden’s Oktoberfest Sat., Oct. 6, 12-9pm

Authentic German beer, food, and activities. Strongman competition, corn hole, raffles, bounce houses, and more! The Ambassadors Club of Portsmouth 364 Peninsula Avenue, Portsmouth

Biplanes & Brews

Sat. & Sun., Oct. 6 & 7, 9am-5pm

A unique event commemorating the end of World War One. Aviation, history, and handcraft beer connoisseurs come together to witness vintage aircraft in flight while experiencing the local tastes of Coastal Virginia breweries. Military Aviation Museum 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach

Growl Fest

Sat., Oct. 6, 6-9pm

Tour the Zoo while enjoying your favorite brew! Local breweries, food trucks, yard games, bounce houses, and more! Tickets: $25 Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk 757.441.2374


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Sertoma 4th Annual Fall Fest

Beer for Boobs

Featuring over a dozen restaurants and caterers serving samplings of signature dishes and drinks, local craft beers on tap, top-shelf bourbon tastings, fine wines, full bar, large silent auction, valet parking, live music by The Tiki Bar Band. $50 per person. Proceeds benefit EVMS Sertoma Club of Norfolk. Crumbley House Recreation Area at NIT 7737 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk

Ballyhoo’s 2865 Lynnhaven Drive, Suite D3, Virginia Beach

Sat., Oct. 6, 1pm

Beer Release at O’Connor Brewing Co. Fri., Oct. 12, 3-10pm

Pecan Porter – Traditional English-style Porter infused with toasted pecans. 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk


Fri., Oct. 12, 5:30-10:30pm

Revel in good food, good beer, and good company! Featuring music by BrassWind and Three Sheets to the Wind, at least six Virginia Beer Co. new releases and old favorites, and food available for purchase. Tickets: $18 in advance; $22 at gate William & Mary’s Martha Wren Briggs Ampitheatre at Lake Matoaka 121 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg 757.378.2903

Corks & Craft Festival Sat. Oct. 13, 12-5pm

Thurs., Oct. 18, 5-8pm

6th Annual 757 Battle of the Beers Sat., Oct. 20, 1-6:30pm

Exclusively featuring 757 Hampton Roads breweries as they battle it out to win “People’s Choice” and “Brewers’ Choice.” Sample 60 unique beers from 28 breweries and one cidery. Enjoy live music by Jesse Chong, games, and food trucks. Plus, a silent auction. Proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Home. Tickets: $50 (GA) in advance; $60 day of; $75 (VIP) Camp Pendleton 203 Red Horse Drive, Virginia Beach

Commonwealth Coastal Classic Sat., Oct. 20, 12-5pm

Enjoy a delicious variety of chefs’ tables, Virginia wines, spirits, and crafted beers and ciders for tastings, artisan works for sale, chef demos, live music by Virginia’s Crooked Run Tour, and more! TowneBank Fountain Park Waterside Drive, Norfolk


Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival Sat. & Sun., Oct. 20 & 21, 1-6pm

Enjoy an afternoon of beer, wine, food, artisan vendors, kids’ activities, and more.

Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries. Live music. 31st Street Park, Virginia Beach


Beers & Gears Car Show at Alewerks Taproom

Chincoteague Island KOA 6742 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague Island

Fall Crafted at O’Connor Brewing Co. Sat., Oct. 13, 12-6pm

Indie art and craft show featuring makers, crafters, artists, designers, craftsmen, and DIY’ers from Virginia and beyond selling their handmade crafts. 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

Race for the Cure After Party at Smartmouth Pilot House Sat., Oct. 13, 10am-12pm

Celebrate a successful Race for the Cure with an after race party at Smartmouth. Enjoy the debut of Rosie’s Rose Gose and $1 from each pint sold will be donated. Smartmouth Pilot House 313 32nd Street, Virginia Beach

Smartmouth’s 6th Birthday Street Party Sat., Oct. 13, 12-8pm

Smartmouth is shutting down the street for their annual birthday bash featuring multiple Virginia craft breweries, local restaurant pop-ops, live music, and a limited-edition can release of “Spirit Animal,” a hazy IPA. Smartmouth Brewing Co. 1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Blue Mountain Brewery at Chow Mon., Oct. 15, 5-7pm

Chow Restaurant & Bar 5103 Colley Avenue, Norfolk 757.321.2923

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Sun., Oct. 21, 2-5pm

100% of the proceeds support Here for the Girls! 189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

alewerks.comhake & Skate and OBC present: Tales from the Grip Sat., Oct. 27, 9pm-2am

Highlighting the similarities between the skate culture and the urban street culture and how they influence each other. Plus, a pop-up skate park inside and outside the brewery, live music, special vendors and more. Costumes encouraged! 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

3rd Annual Bathrobe Bar Crawl Sat. Nov. 3, 5pm

Join Center of the Universe for a bathrobe bar crawl in downtown Norfolk. Plus, enjoy the release of El Duderino! The end party takes place at Tap It Local. Participating restaurants TBA. Downtown Norfolk

Norfolk Festival at O’Connor Brewing Co. Sat., Nov. 3, 12-10pm

A not-for-profit roots music festival in Norfolk that recognizes and celebrates local and regional roots music performers. 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

Blue Mountain Barrel House hosts the 2018 Concealed Darkness Release Party & Pig Roast on Saturday, December 1, 11am-8pm. This much anticipated event will feature the 2018 Concealed Darkness on tap plus the release of two variants. And, there will be special beer tappings, brewery tours, and live music throughout the day. Barrels, Brew, & BBQ Festival

Fri., Nov. 9, 6-10pm

Enjoy a great evening of delicious BBQ & fixns, local wine and craft brewery tastings, live music, silent & 50/50 auctions, raffle, and games. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at gate, VIP: $50 (limited availability). Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Norfolk. Hunt Club Farm 2388 London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach 757.627.5386

Coddiwomple Music & Craft Beer Festival Sat., Nov. 10, 12-10pm

Featuring 13 bands and 7 breweries plus food. Ticksts: $25 GA, $50 VIP. 1430 High Street, Williamsburg

Roast & Toast

Sun., Nov. 11, 3-6pm

All you can eat and drink oysters, barbecue, craft beer, and wine on the gorgeous Lafayette River. Live music, silent auction, and museum admission included. The Hermitage Museum & Gardens 7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk

IBRIK Day 2018 at O’Connor Brewing Co. Sat., Nov. 17, 12-10pm

Celebrate the return of Ibrik Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout and its variants! Plus, there will be food and live music.

211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

Taste by the Bay

Sat., Nov. 17, 11am-5pm

Featuring samplings from Virginia wineries, Virginia craft brews, tastings from local restaurants, live music, maritime attractions, and a variety of artisan vendors. The Tides Inn 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington 855.203.0806

The Bash of the Beheaded Merriment Grog Fest Sat., Nov. 17, 12-5pm

Featuring 12 breweries and 1 distillery, music, and food trucks. Limited amount of pre-sold tickets available. Big Ugly Brewing Company 845 Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake

O’Connor Brewing Co. Sweater Party Wed., Nov. 21, 7-10pm

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

Tis the season to eat, drink, and be tacky! Rock your ugliest holiday sweater and celebrate the release of Sweater Weather Belgian Wit. 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

Trivia Night at Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

COTU Tap Takeover

Citizen’s Choice Randall Beer Infusion Day at Brew Republic Bierwerks

Tues., Nov. 27

Featuring beers from Center of the Universe. Whole Foods 12090 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News

NORTHERN VIRGINIA Citizen’s Choice Randall Beer Infusion Night

Every Wednesday

7134 Lineweaver Rd., Warrenton 540.347.4777 •

Guerilla Series Release Night at Brew Republic Bierworks

Happy Hour specials and 64oz growler fills are $2 off. 2709 S. Oakland Street, Arlington 703.888.5820

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

Team Trivia at Ornery Beer Co. Every Monday, 7:30pm

Every Thursday, 3:30-7:30pm

Indoor Putting League (Disc Golf) Every Thursday, 6-9pm

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

Open Mic at Bad Wolf

Happy Hour extended to 9pm. Weekly prizes! 14389 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge

Every Thursday

Beer Yoga at Port City Brewing Co.

Thirsty Thursday at Fair Winds

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

Every Thursday

Every Tuesday, 7-9pm

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


Each week, flavor-enhancing ingredients are infused into one of the beers on tap. You get decide what those ingredients will be. 15201 Potomac Town Place, Ste. 120, Woodbridge 703.594.7950

Happy Hour & Growler Night at New District Brewing Co.

Every Monday 12-10pm


October 12 th

Every Thursday, 3-7pm

Every Monday, 3-7pm

Brew Republic Bierwerks 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge


Bad Wolf Brewing Company 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas

Brewing Co.

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

Trivia Night at Belly Love Brewing Every Thursday

725 E. Main Street, Purcellville


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Firkin Friday at Fair Winds Brewing Co.

Blue Ribbon Virginia Craft Beer Fest

A new firkin is released every Friday. Food from Savory Delicatessen

Enjoy 4 ounce tastings from more than 20 independent breweries from around Virginia. The event is in partnership with the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and State Fair of Virginia to celebrate the independent craft beer industry in Virginia. Combo Ticket to the Fair & Beer Fest: $30. State Fair of Virginia 13191 Dawn Blvd., Doswell

Every Friday

7000 Newington Road, Lorton

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

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

Live Music at Adventure Brewing Co. Every Friday 8-10pm

33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Stafford 540.242.8876

Live Music at Lost Rhino Retreat Every Friday, 7-10pm

22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn

Food Truck Saturdays at Solace Brewing Company Every Saturday, 12-10pm

42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

Live Music at Lost Rhino Brewing Co. 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

Hangover Brunch at Lost Rhino Retreat Every Sunday, 11am-2pm

22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn

Solace and Food on Sundays at Solace Brewing Company Every Sunday, 12-8pm

42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

Sunday Funday at Brew Republic Every Sunday 12-10pm

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

Beer Release at Lost Rhino Brewing Co. Wed., Aug. 1, 4pm

My Imaginary Girlfriend (M.I.G.) Pale Ale. Special pricing, giveaways, and an opportunity to show off your gaming skills. 21730 Red Rum Drive, #142, Ashburn - 60 -


Sat., Oct. 6, 2-7pm

Hoppy Oktoberfest at Mad Fox Sat., Oct. 6, 11am-6pm

The Market Square is turned into an Oktoberfest Biergarden featuring a large selection of hoppy beers from Virginia breweries, traditional German beer, live music, great food, and more! Mad Fox Brewing Company 444 W. Broad Street, Falls Church 703.942.6840

Female Stranger Beer Dinner with Port City Brewery Fri., Oct. 12, 7-9pm

Honor the anniversary of the Female Stranger’s death at Gadsby’s Tavern with her Long Black Veil beer by Port City. Enjoy great local beers and a four course dinner on the anniversary weekend and learn about her mysterious story. Tickets: $85 inclusive. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria 703.746.4242

Brothers Craft Beer Tasting Sat., Oct. 13, 1-3pm

Fredericksburg Brew Exchange 610 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg

Great Pumpkin Beer Dinner at Magnolias at the Mill Thurs., Oct. 18, 7pm

Enjoy the best of this season’s harvest featuring pumpkin beers from around the country paired with a seasonal menu of some of Chef Erik’s favorite foods. Five course dinner paired with eight selections of beer. $85 per person inclusive. Magnolias on the Mill 198 North 21st Street, Purcellville 540.338.9800

Copperwood Tavern’s Shucktoberfest Sat., Oct. 20, 11am-5pm

A craft beer and oyster festival featuring over thirty local craft breweries and cideries and Waverly Point oysters from Northern Neck, local artisans, and family & dog friendly activities. Shirlington Village 2700 S. Quincy Street, Arlington

Run & Beer Happy 5K & 10K Sat., Oct. 20, 9am-12pm

All runners will receive an official race t-shirt and medal. The race will include a food truck and beer festival for finishers and friends/family. Bring the family to eat, drink, and run local! Prince William County Fairgrounds 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas

Beer 101 Tour & Tasting at Mad Fox Harvest Dinner at Sunset Sat., Oct. 27, 2-3:30pm

Learn all about your favorite beers from production to taste characteristics led by CEO & Executive Brewer Bill Madden. $15 includes a brewery tour, Q&A, and bar snack. Mad Fox Brewing Company 444 W. Broad Street, Falls Church 703.942.6840

Annual Cask Ale Festival

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 10 & 11

Mad Fox Brewing Company 444 W. Broad Street, Falls Church 703.942.6840

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

834 Spring Hill Rd., Staunton

Live Music at Woodstock Brewhouse Every Thursday, 6pm

123 E. Court St., Woodstock

OM Brew at Seven Arrows Brewing Co. Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am

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

Sat., Oct. 6, 6-9pm

Enjoy a locally sourced meal prepared by Olive Farms and Blue Oregano with courses paired with Basic City Beer. Sunset Park 300 N. Winchester Avenue, Waynesboro

Beer Release at Stable Craft Brewing Sat., Oct. 6, 12-10pm

Release of Stable Craft Whiskey Sour – a golden sour ale aged in Catoctin Creek rye whiskey barrels. 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro

Oktoberfest at Brothers Craft Brewing Sat., Oct. 6, 4-11pm

Featuring traditional German style beer including the award-winning Lil’ Hellion, food, music, and more! 800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg

Brothers & Bold Rock Tap Takeover Thurs., Oct. 11, 4-8pm

Featuring 3 new releases from Brothers Craft Brewing plus a collaboration with Bold Rock and Bold Rock cider and live music. Valley Pike Farm Market 3494 Lee Highway, Weyers Cave

Hoppy Harvest Party at Stable Craft Brewing Sun., Oct. 14, 12-8pm

Featuring apple butter, live music, and 16 craft beers on tap. Children’s costume contest and pumpkin decorating contest. 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro

Coffee Fest at Brothers Craft Brewing Sat., Oct. 20, 10am-6pm

If you like coffee and breakfast food, then this is the fest for you! Featuring coffee vendors and food trucks serving up coffee/breakfast inspired dishes and coffee inspired beer! 800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg

Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival Sat., Oct. 20

Enjoy live music, local brews, local merchants, local food trucks, and camping. Corner of State Route 634 & Route 11, Middletown 540.686.2069

Resolute Release Party at Brothers Craft Brewing Sat., Nov. 17, 10am-11pm

It’s the annual release of the Resolute Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout. Enjoy music, corn hole, Brothers bottle sales, food trucks, and guest taps. 800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg



Open Mic Night at Ballard Brewing

Body by Parkway Runner’s Club

Musicians, poets, comedians and more are welcome! 600 Craghead St., Danville

Parkway Brewing 739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem 540.483.9293

Every Monday, 6-9pm

Yoga, Beer and Pizza at Ballard Brewing Every Wednesday, 5-6pm

600 Craghead St., Danville

Brews & Blooms at Ballad Brewing Sun., Oct. 21, 3pm

Enjoy an afternoon of craft beer while creating your very own hand-tied arrangement. C’est Chees will be making delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. 600 Craghead St., Danville

Beach & Brew Bash Sat., Oct. 6, 2-7pm

Featuring local & regional craft beers in Virginia, live music by the legendary Band of Oz and local favorite Logan Robinson. Lake Life Live Stage 416 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville 434.738.6191

Pub Theology: Spicing Things Up With a “Beer and Hymn Sing”

Wed., Oct. 10, 6-8pm

Rev. Brent Levy will lead in song from the great classic hymns to U2. Mountain Valley Brewing 4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton

Blues, Brews, & Stews Fri., Oct. 12, 6-9pm

Enjoy live music by Parker & Gray, craft beer from Ballad Brewing, and delicious Brunswick stew, surrounded by friends and artwork in the Gravely-Lester Art Garden. Piedmont Arts 207 Starling Avenue, Martinsville 276.632.3221

Dam Hangout Music & Brew Fest

Fri., Oct. 12, 4-11pm & Sat., Oct. 13, 11am-11pm Limited camping, bands, food, vendors, and tons of Dam Good hammocks! Mountain Valley Brewing 4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton

Every Thurs., 6pm

Shine Runners Club

Thurs., Oct. 4, Nov. 1, & Dec. 6, 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

Cheers for Charity Thurs., Oct. 4, 2, 4pm

Join Crozet Family Service of Roanoke as we kick-off our Cheers for Charity for the month of October. Raise a pint to support an organization working to transform lives by healing trauma and restoring hope for families and individuals of all ages through mental health counseling, case management, and life skills education. During the month of October, $1 from every pint of The Love Wheat Beer sold supports Family Service of Roanoke. Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage 6 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke

Brew at the Zoo Sat., Oct. 6, 5-8pm

See the animals and the view from the mountain while enjoying cold beer from the popular brewery, Twin Creeks Brewing Company. Live music by local bluegrass band Mason’s Creek and food from Mountain Grill food truck. Mill Mountain Zoo 2404 Prospect Road, SE, Roanoke 540.343.3241

STEM Tavern at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery Wed. Oct. 10 & Nov. 14, 5:30-7pm

Big Brewing & Step Into Mystery Present a Mystery Event

Mountain Valley Brewing

Sat., Nov. 3, 11am-5pm

The festival combines a love of history with a love of music, barbecue, and Virginia craft beer! Stroll the grounds while enjoying live music. Self-guided tours of Patrick Henry’s home, law office, and other historical buildings will be offered throughout the day. Patrick Henry’s Red Hill 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal 434.376.2044



Sat., Oct. 13, 11am-4pm

Bluegrass, Barbecue, and Brew Festival

A fun day of painting and local brews! $35 per person at the door. Help raise money for Relay for Life.


Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race at Smith Mountain Lake

4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton

Sat., Oct. 20, 2-6pm

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

5K Trail Race/Walk followed by the Oktoberfest featuring live entertainment by the Sauerkraut Band and the Saengerbund Band, craft vendors, children’s activities, German food, a special Oktoberfest beer brewed by Sunken City Brewery, and more. Westlake Town Center 40 Brewery Drive, Hardy 540.721.5288

Paint & Brew for a Cure

Box of chocolates

Sun., Oct. 14, 2-5pm

An interactive mystery event & live action clue game. $35 per person. Big Lick Brewing Company 409 Salem Avenue, SW, Roanoke


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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

Have a damn beer at That Damn Mary Brewing Company in Hayes.

Wolf Hills Brewing Company

350 Park St. Abingdon 303.5508762



235 N Market Petersburg 23805 804.722.1667

Busted Still Brewing Company

Apocalypse Ale Works

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

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 - 62 -



Garden Grove Brewing

Reason Beer Co.

Triple Crossing Brewing Company

Brick & Mortar Brewing Co.

Black Narrows Brewing Company

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Vasen Brewing Company

Bull Island Brewing Company

510 Grove Street Bedford 540.583.5113 4522 Chicken City Road Chincoteague

3445 West Cary Street Richmond 804-918-6158

5203 Hatcher Street Richmond 804.496.1955

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

3331 Moore Street, Richmond 804.588.5678

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek

South Street Brewery

2117 Bruno Drive Goodview 24905 540.890.3359

495 Cooperative Way Arrington 434.263.4002

Hardywood Pilot Brewery & Taproom

Starr Hill Brewery

Brewing Tree Beer Company

Intermission Beer Co.

Blue Mountain Brewery

9519 Critzer Shop Rd. Afton 540.456.8020

Blue Mountain Barrel House

9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Afton 540.381.0990

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.

2408 Ownby Ln. Richmond 804.420.2420

1180 Seminole Trail, #290 Charlottesville

820 Sanctuary Trail Drive Richmond

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

324 6th Street Charlottesville 434.295.2739 championbrewingcompany. com

Legend Brewing Company

Champion Brewing Company

Lickinghole Creek Farm Brewery

401 Grace Street Richmond 804.344.5108 championbrewingcompany. com

Colonial Beach Brewing

215C Washington Avenue Colonial Beach 540.226.2114

Devils Backbone Brewing Company - Basecamp

200 Mosbys Run Roseland 434.361.1001

Extra Billy’s

1110 Alverser Dr. Midlothian 804.379.8727 ExtraBillysBarBQ2.htm

Final Gravity Brewing Company 6118 Lakeside Ave. Richmond 804.264.4808

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

321 W. Seventh St. Richmond 804.232.3446

4100 Knolls Point Dr. Goochland 804.314.4380

Lickinghole Goodwater

1717 East Franklin Street Richmond

Loose Shoe Brewing Company 198 Ambriar Plaza Amherst 434-941-7345

Midnight Brewery

2410 Granite Ridge Rd. Rockville 804.356.9379

Origin Beer Lab

106 S. Railroad Avenue Ashland 804.368.0299

Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke. Crozet 434.823.4878

Random Row Brewing Company 608 Preston Avenue Charlottesville 434.284.8466

106 South Street Charlottesville 434.293.6550 5391 Three Notch’d Rd. Crozet 434.823.5671

White Rock Brewing Company

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

2461 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford 434.361.0088

212 E. Washington Street Suffolk 757.533.1173 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

Steam Bell Beer Works

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

2444 Pleasure House Rd. Virginia Beach 757.305.9652

Stone Brewing Company

Wood Ridge Farm Brewery 165 Old Ridge Road Lovingston 434.422.6225

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

Strangeways Brewing


Gordon Biersch

1717 E. Oak Lake Blvd. Midlothian 804.728.1876 4300 Williamsburg Avenue Richmond 23231 760.294.7899 stonebrewingrichmond. 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


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

312 W. Third Street Farmville 434.315.0471

Bearded Bird Brewing Co.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Benchtop 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

522 2nd Street, SE Charlottesville

Trapezium Brewing Company 423 Third Street Petersburg 23803 571.758.2738

Triple Crossing Brewing Company 113 S. Foushee Street Richmond 804.308.0475

727 Granby Street Norfolk 1129 Boissevain Avenue Norfolk 757.321.9482

Big Ugly Brewing Company 845 Battlefield Blvd. S., Chesapeake

Billsburg Brewery

2054 Jamestown Road Williamsburg

Black Narrows Brewing Company 4522 Chicken City Road Chincoteague

Bold Mariner

2409 Bowdens Ferry Road Norfolk

Commonwealth Brewing Company

Deadline Brewing Project

4561 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach 757.490.2739

Home Republic Brew Pub 328 Laskin Road Virginia Beach 757.226.9593

Kilmarnock Brewhaus

44 West Church Street Kilmarnock 804.436.6207

MoMac Brewing Company 3228 Academy Avenue Portsmouth 757.383.9572

Montross Brewery

15381 Kings Highway Montross 804.452.7394

New Realm Brewing Company 1209 Craft Lane Virginia Beach 757.302.8550

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

Brass Cannon Brewing Company 5476 Mooretown Road Williamsburg 757.566.0001


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Precarious Beer Project

1836 Kitchen & Taproom

Bike TrALE Brewing Company

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run

Mad Fox Brewing Company

Reaver Beach Brewing Company

Adroit Theory Brewing Company

Black Hoof Brewing Company

Forge Brew Works

Maltese Brewing Company

Rip Rap Brewing Company

Adventure Brewing North

Black Walnut Brewing Company

Gordon Biersch

Market Common Brewpub & Roastery

521 Prince George Street, Suite 101 Williamsburg 757.790.2299 1505 Taylor Farm Road Virginia Beach 757.563.2337 116 E 25th Street Norfolk

Smartmouth Brewing Company

34 E. Broad Way Lovettsville 540.668.5835 404 Browing Ct., Unit C Purcellville 703.722.3144

33 Perchwood Drive Fredericksburg 540.242.8876

1309 Raleigh Ave., #300 Norfolk 757.624.3939

Adventure Brewing South

St. George Brewing Company

Aslin Beer Company

204 Challenger Way Hampton 757.865.7781

That Damn Mary Brewing Company

5036 George Washington Memorial Highway Hayes 804.436.2204

The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery

3300 Dill Smith Drive Fredericksburg 257 Sunset Park Drive Herndon, VA 20170 703.787.5766

Audacious Aleworks

110 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church 571.303.0177

B Chord Brewing

34266 Williams Gap Road Round Hill

504 N. King Street Hampton 757.224.1807

BadWolf (Big) Brewing Company

The Virginia Beer Company

BadWolf (Little) Brewing 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 NORTHERN VIRGINIA

2 Silos Brewing Co.

8420 Kao Circle Manassas, 20110

9776 Center St. Manassas 571.208.1064

Barnhouse Brewery

43271 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg 703.675.8408

Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse 3623 Grove Lane Delaplane 540.364.6402

Battlefield Brewing Company


15201 Potomac Town Place Woodbridge 703.594.7950

Caboose Brewing Company 520 Mill Street NE Vienna 703-865-8580

Chubby Squirrel Brewing Company

10382 Willard Way Fairfax 571.989.1082

Corcoran Brewing Company

205 E. Hirst Road, Suite 105 Purcellville 540.441.3102

Crooked Run Brewing Company 22455 Davis Drive Sterling

Crooked Run Brewing Company 205 Harrison Street SE Leesburg 571.978.4446

Ono Brewing Company 4520 Daly Drive Chantilly 571.409.6662

Dirt Farm Brewing Co.

18701 Foggy Bottom Rd. Bluemont 540.554.2337

Dragon Hops Brewing

18294 Blue Ridge Mountain Road Bluemont

Beer Hound Brewery

Belly Love Brewing Company

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Brew Republic Bierwerks

Bear Chase Brewing Company

6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company

11109 Plank Rd. Spotsylvania 804.842.0199

210 S King Street Leesburg blackwalnutbrewery

Dog Money Brewery

201 Waters Place Culpeper 22701 540-317-5327

1781 Brewing Company

11 S. King Street Leesburg 571.707.8014

4187 Plank Rd Fredericksburg 540.785.2164

9925 Discovery Blvd. Manassas 703.420.2264

11440 International Drive Fredericksburg 540.356.9056

101 Loudon St. SW Leesburg 571.293.0050

725 E Main Street Purcellville, VA 20132 540.441.3159

Beltway Brewing Company 22620 Davis Dr. #110 Sterling 571.989.2739

50 Catoctin Circle Leesburg 703.687.3852

130 E. Main Street Purcellville 540.441.3660

Dynasty Brewing Co.

21140 Ashburn Crossing Drive, Suite #130-135 Asburn 571.246.5991

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

Far Gohn Brewing Co. 301 S Main Street Culpeper

16015 John Marshall Hwy. Broad Run 703.753.3548 8532 Terminal Rd., Ste. L Lorton 703.372.2979 Tyson’s Corner Mall McLean 703.388.5454

Growling Bear Brewing Company 14051 Crown Court Woodbridge, 22193 571.535.1965

Harpers Ferry Brewing

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

444 West Broad St., Ste. I Falls Church 703.942.6840 11047 B Pierson Drive Fredericksburg

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

23600 Overland Drive, Ste. 180 Sterling 703-665-2146

Old Bust Head Brewing Company 7134 Lineweaver Rd. Warrenton 540.347.4777

390 Kings Hwy. Fredericksburg 540.207.1725

Old 690 Brewing Company

Hillsborough Farm Brewery

Old Ox Brewery

36716 Charles Town Pike Purcellville 540.668.6216

Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works 47 Main Street Sperryville 540.987.3383

House 6 Brewing Co.

44427 Atwater Drive Ashburn 585.520.5710

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

15670 Ashbury Church Road Purcellville 44652 Guilford Dr Unit 114 Ashburn 703.729.8375

Old Trade Brewery

13270 Alanthus Road Brandy Station 774.218.8645

Ono Brewing Co.

4520 Daly Drive Chantilly 571.409.6662

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 3950 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria 703.797.2739

Portner’s Brewhouse

5772 Dow Avenue Alexandria 703.646.0466

Powers Farm & Brewery

9269 Redemption Way Midland 540.272.5060

Quattro Goombas Brewing Company

Wort Hog Brewing Company

Red Dragon Brewery


22860 James Monroe Highway Aldie 703-327-6052 1419 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg 22401 540.382.4342

Rocket Frog Brewing Company

22560 Glenn Drive, Suite #103 Sterling 571.375.7920

41 Beckham Street Warrenton 540.300.2739

Alesatian Brewing Company 23 N. Loudoun Street Winchester 540.667.2743

Backroom Brewery

9419 Main Street Manassas

150 Ridgemont Rd. Middletown 540.869.8482 BackroomBrewery

Solace Brewing Company

Basic City Beer Co.

Sinistral Brewing Company

42615 Trade West Drive, #100 Dulles

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

Strangeways Brewing

1010 E. Main Street Waynesboro 540.265.8062

Bedlam Brewing Company

2303 North Augusta Street Staunton 540.416.4634

Blue Lab Brewing Company

350 Landsdowne Road Fredericksburg 540.371.1776

123 S. Randolph St. Lexington 540.458.0146

Sweetwater Tavern

Brothers Craft Brewing

14250 Sweetwater Ln. Centreville 703.449.1100

800 N Main Street Harrisonburg 540.432.8940

Sweetwater Tavern

Devils Backbone Brewing Company - Outpost

3066 Gate House Plaza Falls Church 703.645.8100

Sweetwater Tavern

45980 Waterview Plaza Sterling 571.434.6500

The Craft of Brewing

50 Northwind Lane Lexington 540.462.6200

Escutcheon Brewing Company 150 W. Commercial Street Winchester 540.391.8713

Great Valley Farm Brewery

21140 Ashburn Crossing Drive, Suite 170 Ashburn 703.687.3932

60 Great Valley Lane Natural Bridge 540.521.6163

Tin Cannon Brewing Co

Hawksbill Brewing Company

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

Twinpanzee Brewing Company 101-D Executive Drive Sterling 703.791.9363

Vanish Brewing

44624 Leelyn Farm Lane Leesburg 20176

Water’s End Brewery

12425 Dillingham Square Lake Ridge 571.285.1997

Wild Run Brewing Company

3071 Jefferson Davis Hwy Stafford 540.659.3447

Ridge Runner Farm & Brewery 6895 Back Road Maurertown 571.201.2963

Restless Moons Brewing Company address is the same 540.217.2726

Seven Arrows Brewing Company 2508 Jefferson Hwy. Ste 1 Waynesboro 540-221-6968

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company 103 W. Beverly Street Staunton 540.887.2337

Stable Craft Brewing at Hermitage Hill

120 South Lewis St. Staunton 804.641.9340

600 Craighead Street Danville

Buggs Island Brewing Company 110 College Street Clarkesville

Mountain Valley Brewing Company

4220 Mountain Valley Road Axton 276.833.2171

21 E. Main Street Salem 540.404.4399

Parkway Brewing

739 Kessler Mill Rd. Salem

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

523 Shenandoah Avenue Roanoke 540.529.2140

Starr Hill Pilot Brewery

1571 Mt. Calvary Road Brookneal VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS

Swover Creek Farm Brewery

A Few Old Goats

40 Brewery Dr., Hardy 540.420.0476

4176 Swover Creek Rd. Edinburg 540.984.8973

515 8th Street, SW, Suite 228 Roanoke 540.339.9562

The Friendly Fermenter

409 Salem Avenue SW Roanoke

20 South Mason Street, Suite B10 Harrisonburg

Winchester Brew Works

Redbeard Brewing

Ballad Brewing Company

Olde Salem Brewing Company

Staunton River Brewing Co.

Pale Fire Brewing Company

834 Springhill Road Staunton 540.213.8014

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

1443 Lakeside Circle Salem 540.404.0050

375 Madrid Road Waynesboro 540.490.2609

Three Notch’d Brewing Co.

Queen City Brewing

2 Witches Winery & brewing Company

Ober Brewing Company

6 Old Whitmore Road Roanoke 434.823.5671

22 Zerkel Street Luray 540.860.5608 hawkbillbrewing.wordpress. com 217 S. Liberty Street Harrisonburg 540-217-5452


Harrisonburg Taproom 241 E. Market Street Harrisonburg 540.217.5939

320 N Cameron St. Winchester 540.692.9242

Woodstock Brewhouse

123 E Court Street Woodstock 22664 540-459-2739

Bick Lick Brewing Co.

Chaos Mountain Brewing Company 3135 Dillons Mill Rd. Callaway 540.334.1600

Sunken City Brewery

The Hive

1116 A Main Street SW Roanoke 540.597.8739

Twin Creeks Brewing Co.

111 Pollard Street, Vinton 540.265.8062

Deschutes Brewery - Roanoke Tasting Room 315 Market Street SE Roanoke 540.259.5204

Flying Mouse Brewery

221 Precast Way Troutville 540.992.1288

Hammer & Forge Brewing Company

70 Main Street Boones Mill 540.909.3200


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NORTHERN VIRGINIA Cobbler Mountain Cellars 5909 Long Fall Lane Delaplane 540.364.2802

Corcoran Vineyards Hard Cider

CENTRAL VIRGINIA Albemarle CiderWorks

2545 Rural Ridge Ln. North Garden 434.297.2326

Blue Bee Cider

1320 Summit Avenue Richmond 804.231.0280

Blue Toad Hard Cider Pub

9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Afton 434.996.6992

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford 434.361.1030

Bryant’s Small Batch Cider 3224 East Branch Loop Roseland 804.420.9683

Buskey Cider

2910 W. Leigh Street Richmond

Castle Hill Cider

6065 Turkey Sag Rd. Keswick 434.296.0047

Courthouse Creek Cider

14635 Corky’s Farm Lane Waterford 540.882.9073

Hinson Ford Cider & Mead 379 Hinson Ford Road Amissville 540.219.8397

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

Wild Hare Cider

106A South Street, SE Leesburg 833.675.WILD

SHENANDOAH VALLEY Halcyon Days Cidery Company 4135 S Lee Highway Natural Bridge 540.291.1340

Old Hill Cider

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

1581 Maidens Road Goochland


Courthouse Creek Cider

Big Fish Cider

3300 W. Broad Street Richmond

Coyote Hole Ciderworks 225 Oak Grove Drive Mineral 540.894.1053

Potter’s Craft Cider


COASTAL VIRGINIA Sly Clyde Ciderworks 207 E. Mellen Street Hampton

Relax with a Life is Hard Cider made at the The Winery at Kindred Pointe in the heart of wine and apple country in Mt. Jackson.

59 Spruce Street Monterey 540.468.2322

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery


Honey Grail


2800 Berry Hill Rd Nellysford, VA 22958 434.361.1266

525 E. Market Street, #135 Leesburg 202.455.5520

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


1313 Altamont Ave Richmond, VA 23230 703.582.0856


Madison Heights, VA 339.221.3115

The Thistle and Stag Meadery 2053 E. River Road Fork Union 434.842.2200

Skjald Meadworks

621C Broad Street Altavista, VA 434.515.2482

COASTAL VIRGINIA Melo Lion Meadery Yorktown, VA 757.713.4885

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224 Monitcello Ave, Suite C Williamsburg, VA 23185 757.378.2225


36580 Shoemaker School Rd Purcellville, VA 20132 571.512.0763

Maidstone Meadery

9364 Justice Lane Delaplane, VA 20144 703.303.2090

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


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