Bearded Bird Brewing brings craft beer to the NEON District
Jul13

Bearded Bird Brewing brings craft beer to the NEON District

In the midst of Waterside District’s opening, the Virginia Beer Festival taking over Town Point Park and Grain drawing craft beer lovers to its rooftop, another brewery quietly opened its doors in Norfolk. Bearded Bird Brewing welcomed customers to its Granby Street taproom in May after months of delays, finally giving the city’s NEON District its own brewery and marking the city’s seventh. Nestled on Granby Street, north of...

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What’s Brewing: Alewerks Brewing Company to open second taproom next month
Jul10

What’s Brewing: Alewerks Brewing Company to open second taproom next month

  Alewerks Brewing Company next month will open a 3,000-square-foot tasting room at Williamsburg Premium Outlets.  It’s only about a half mile from the existing brewery, but the goal is new customers. “The opportunity presented itself to reach a new audience that may not be very familiar with Alewerks, but (also) not familiar with craft beer in general,” said Jeff Phillips, the brewery’s marketing director. He...

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What’s Brewing: Dark beers in July? Smartmouth has a festival for that.
Jul05

What’s Brewing: Dark beers in July? Smartmouth has a festival for that.

Who says you can’t drink a dark beer in July? Not Smartmouth Brewing Company​. The brewery is releasing six different dark beers Saturday in what it’s calling “The Dark Days of Summer.” ​​You’ll want to look for the new release, Ursa Major, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout​. Here’s what’s on tap: Giddy Up Coffee Stout, Stunt Double Coconut Stout, IV Chocolate Porter, Cargo Schwarzbier and...

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What’s Brewing: Sour Weekend
Jun23

What’s Brewing: Sour Weekend

There are two sours I’m excited about — one released Thursday by Benchtop Brewing Company in Norfolk and one out today from The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery on the Peninsula. West Brambleton, Benchtop’s kettle sour is just pretty. Can I say that? It’s purple, but not like a wine, and not like the beet-infused one the brewery released a few months ago. It has 2.5 pounds of fruit per gallon. That’s a lot of...

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Hampton Roads breweries rack up the medals in state beer cup awards
Jun06

Hampton Roads breweries rack up the medals in state beer cup awards

Smartmouth Brewing Company took home the first place best in show award for Safety Dance from the 2017 Virginia Beer Cup. The winners were announced in a ceremony in Richmond Monday. More than 40 judges tasted 356 beers in 24 categories, according to a news release. The judging took place on May 13 at Fair Winds Brewing Co. in Lorton. Safety Dance also won first place in the Pale Bitter European Beer category. Other local winners: St....

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