Legally Blind
Jul13

Legally Blind

Some state laws, many of them dating back to Prohibition, struggle to keep up with the flourishing craft beer industry. You can find a lot of handy items at Virginia breweries, but there’s one thing you’ll never find: a coupon for beer. Not at a brewery that’s obeying the law, anyway. The Code of Virginia is unambiguous. Offer instantly-redeemable beer coupons, and you’re on the wrong side of the law. Following this statute and scores...

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Developers On The Brewing “Vanguard”
Jul13

Developers On The Brewing “Vanguard”

Experienced builders try their hand at running new brewery If you’re a craft beer fan in Hampton Roads, odds are good you’ve been to a brewery that Randy Thomas built. Thomas, along with his business partner Bjorn Marshall, operate Spacemakers, a Norfolk-based general contractor that has completed projects all over the region, including four craft breweries: O’Connor Brewing Company, Commonwealth Brewing Company, The Oozlefinch Craft...

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How festivals impact the Hampton Roads Craft Beer industry
Nov11

How festivals impact the Hampton Roads Craft Beer industry

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING Growth of festivals has some brewers struggling to keep up The weekend was booked solid. Kevin Erskine, owner of Coelacanth Brewing in Norfolk, was serving his brewery’s beer at Growl Fest, a benefit at the Virginia Zoo, at the same time as it was being served across town at the Ribtoberfest & Southern Foodways. ¶ Normally head brewer Matt Topping would have manned the taps there, but volunteers had to...

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