This new brewery sits right above the KOA. To say we were blown away would be a gargantuan understatement. We sampled all of the brews, but particularly loved the Strong Ale and the IPA. Get a flight from the friendly staff and sit outside and take in the view.
When I arrived at the park, I was again impressed with the demographics of the gathering. There were young and old, beer enthusiasts of all ethnicities, smiling, laughing and greeting one another as we all jostled our way through the crowds. Folks were relishing the day, sharing their own tasting notes with anyone who happened to be standing nearby. It was certainly refreshing to see people from all walks of life coming together to share their passion for great craft beer.
Mead is growing in popularity here in the U.S. According to the American Mead Makers Association, the number of commercial meaderies has jumped from around 30 in 2003 to over 500 in 2017.
The new Charlottesville outpost opened on February 28, with the goal of introducing the western region of the state to Hardywood and also serving as a test kitchen of sorts. The 3600 sq. ft. space is located at 1000 W. Main Street between the Downtown Mall and the University of VA Medical Campus, near the bustling area of bars, shops and restaurants known as “The Corner.”
The two ways American brewers have “Americanized” European brews are by either using American rather than European hops or by ramping up the strength and intensity of the beer.
You can try to live on lagers, pale ales, and wheat beers all summer. You'll also fail. So let us offer some suggestions to switch it up every once and a while with some great food ideas to go along with it. Your taste buds will thank you, and your friends will stare at you awkwardly. Then hopefully they'll put down the rancid adjunct "light" lager they're grimacing over and take the taster of your delicious stout with silent gratitude. Only issue full pours once the groveling begins.
When it’s right, “It smells like a cucumber truck wrecked”. Malting is a unique combination of science and art - no two batches are the same. “Malt is a living thing. It changes daily,” says Kvasnicka.
I suppose it is a bit romantic to think that my oars were baptized in the same water used to make the beer I was currently drinking; truly the circle of life for a kayaker. The brewery also grows many of the ingredients utilized to create their heavenly ales, which certainly explains the fresh flavors. Lickinghole Creek is a bit like a Middle Ages, self-sufficient manor, with a more progressive edge.
Whether you’re a purist, a true craft beer enthusiast, or a newcomer to the industry, the bottom line, as Erin Brunner sums it up, is this: “We still want to make great beers. We’re here to make beer that doesn’t have to fit into a box. It most likely will not fit into a box. There’s a lot of going rogue. That’s what makes us different and peculiar. When it comes down to it, we’re going to make good beer.”
Last April 2016, the team reached an amazing goal, raising a total of $500,000 for the MS Society. These funds are raised through community rides and individual cyclists collecting donations leading up to the annual Bike MS event.
The American Black Ale, or Black IPA, is a peculiar style that is basically a standard IPA dressed in all black. It happily marries the dark, roasted flavors of a stout with the hop driven fruit, pine and citrus flavors of an IPA.
Friends and former tech executives Matt Greer and Tim McLaughlin opened Caboose Brewing in May 2015. As craft-beer lovers, they sought a neighborhood spot where they and the rest of the Vienna community could enjoy hanging out over a pint
Although I grew up on a family farm, I left for college with no intention of returning to farming. Years later, after pursuing other interests, I decided to return to the farm. Once there, I succumbed to a tendency that affects many budding produce farmers - I planted almost every crop under the sun, with minimal regard to the actual likelihood of success in growing them.
The spark for Blue Mountain Brewery almost flamed out over a blind date mishap. Mandi and Taylor Smack, two of the brewery co-founders, first crossed paths at a mutual friend’s house party in Chicago.
Topping off the festivities was a speech from Virginia Governor, and craft beer advocate, Terry McAuliff, who reminded us why craft beer is great for our state. This industry bring hundreds of jobs to us, increases tourism to different parts of the state and most importantly, provided families, friends and communities a place to come together, get to know one another and enjoy some delicious local beer
People can change, but not completely. This is something I have always believed. I also think that in life, you mostly get back what you give. I think it is also true about the brewing industry. It’s changing, more now than ever, but the core remains the same. This is a story of how the experience of opening a brewing business with one of my best friends changed me, and how the effort we have put forth in pursuit of our dreams has given back to us.
The Capital Ale House Beer Corps program pays their team to volunteer, offering staff the opportunity to work away from their daily routines and outside the walls of the Ale House. This program builds moral, team work, and a community presence: all in the spirit of volunteering
David Wren is a Certified Cicerone (R) in Richmond, VA, who has a serious passion for great beer. When he is not drinking beer, he is working as a Human Resources and Operations Consultant with a local firm. He can be reached at email@example.com or 804-477-5481.
Firefighters Bobby Cook and Joseph Smith, as owners of Maltese Brewing Company, decided to use their “free time” to operate a brewery and make some outstanding beers. Joseph is a paramedic firefighter and Bobby is an EMT firefighter, both out of Prince William County
Did you hear the one about the two brothers who walked into a brewery and decided to open their own? That is what happened with Jason and Joe Trotter. About two-and-a-half years ago, they got together to visit some of the local breweries, and before the day was over, what had started out as a leisurely afternoon had turned into a research project ,as they began to discuss the possibilities of opening their own brewery.