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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Visiting Some of Virginia’s Pet-Friendly Breweries
Nov09

Visiting Some of Virginia’s Pet-Friendly Breweries

Visiting Some of Virginia’s Pet-Friendly Breweries by  Patricia...

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Coelacanth Brewing
Jan14

Coelacanth Brewing

By Alison Johnson Photos by Roberto Westbrook Coelacanths [see-luh-kanths] are true oddities. Once thought extinct, they are essentially swimming dinosaurs, fish that date back 65 million years. Kevin Erskine first heard of them in high school science class, and their image stuck with him. So when the 49-year-old New York native decided to open a brewery in Ghent’s historic warehouse district, he chose to name it after the creatures....

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