Good Business or #WickedGreed?
Jul13

Good Business or #WickedGreed?

Big beer’s continued pursuit of independent powerhouses still raising ire The outrage was unmistakable after the worldwide beer giant, Anheuser-Busch InBev, swooped down in May and snatched up another craft beer favorite, this time Wicked Weed Brewing out of Asheville, North Carolina. The brewery, voted best in the South by Southern Living Magazine, enjoyed a loyal following for its exceptional IPAs and a wide selection of sours. But...

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From the Benchtop to the tap: New brewery specializes in experiments for the taste buds
May04

From the Benchtop to the tap: New brewery specializes in experiments for the taste buds

  Benchtop Brewing Company sits a couple blocks southeast of Smartmouth Brewing Company, one of the strongest and most established breweries in the region’s burgeoning craft beer scene. The Birch, recently named the No. 5 beer bar in America, is even closer. Given this, Chelsea, an enclave of West Ghent, could be considered intimidating beer country. But for Benchtop owner Eric Tennant, the location offered exactly what he needed...

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Common Grounds: Getting Bigger, Better
Mar09

Common Grounds: Getting Bigger, Better

Common Grounds, a collaborative beer brewers’ festival organized by Commonwealth Brewing Company, returns this summer with even more craft breweries, said Jeramy Biggie, owner of the Virginia Beach brewery. “Last year we had 18 breweries, but this year we’re targeting about 25,” he said. “It’s a very unique festival in that invited breweries are required to collaborate with one another and create unique, one-off beers.” The event will...

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Commentary: Craft beer’s untapped market
Jan12

Commentary: Craft beer’s untapped market

Nationally (and locally), less than 4 percent of black drinkers enjoy craft beer. While I’m often one of the few people of color, I’ve never really felt out of place. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t notice the lack of diversity, or find it a bit odd.

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The Randall
Sep14

The Randall

By Irvin B. Harrell | Photography by Jessica Shea THE RANDALL, EXPERIMENTS IN BEER: Bartenders turn into mad scientists every Friday night at O’Connor Brewing Company, using a device that combines beer with everything from peppers and coffee to bourbon and vanilla. If you want to get technical, the device is an “organoleptic hop transducer module.” Whatever that means. Everyone just calls it a randall. Basically, it’s a filter system...

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