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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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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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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Road Trip: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Opens Pilot Brewery & Taproom in Charlottesville
Mar09

Road Trip: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Opens Pilot Brewery & Taproom in Charlottesville

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has expanded beyond Richmond and into the Virginia foothills. The new Pilot Brewery & Taproom, located in Charlottesville, opened Feb. 18. Officials said the 3,600-square-foot space will serve as the brewery’s main hub for research and development. Recipes are brewed and served on-site for customers to provide immediate feedback. Beers that prove popular at the Charlottesville location will be...

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Hoppily ever after: More couples are choosing  to say “I do’ with brewery weddings.
Mar09

Hoppily ever after: More couples are choosing to say “I do’ with brewery weddings.

The first hour of Kori and Patrick Baloy’s wedding reception was crowded with people they’d never met. And we don’t mean friends of parents or the spouses of work colleagues; we’re talking actual strangers – there for the beer. That’s because the Baloys are part of a growing trend of newlyweds trading the stuffiness and formality of a traditional wedding location for a loose, fun event held in a brewery. Ballrooms, chapels, and...

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Make a Capital  City Beer Run – Richmond Breweries
Jan17

Make a Capital City Beer Run – Richmond Breweries

The Richmond craft beer scene has exploded over the past few years, making it a prime destination on the East Coast for craft beer fans. If you’re planning a day trip, or even a weekend getaway, here’s what you can expect to find on tap. 7 Hills Seafood and Brewing Established in Shockoe Bottom in September 2015. It’s not just a brewery; you can get a meal, wine, and cocktails too. Year-round beers: Belle Island Blonde Ale, Pipeline...

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