Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Wins Top Honors
May23

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Wins Top Honors

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Wins Top Honors at Prestigious Australian International Beer Awards On May 19, 2017, the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) named Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s Raspberry Stout as a Gold Medal winner and the Major Trophy recipient in the Specialty Beer category, out of more than 300 entries, more entries than any other category. Hardywood also scored a Bronze in the Wood-Aged category for their...

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O’Connor Brewing Co. Wins FOUR Medals in Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup National Competition
May22

O’Connor Brewing Co. Wins FOUR Medals in Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup National Competition

From Press Release: Norfolk, VA – May 22, 2017  O’Connor Brewing Co. claimed a total of four medals in the 2017 Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup, a professional craft beer competition held in Kentucky featuring beers from around the globe of all styles judged by a panel of industry veterans. Medals for the the fourth annual Alltech Commonwealth Cup competition were awarded May 20, 2017 at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair...

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Beer and a Bite: Going With the Grain
May15

Beer and a Bite: Going With the Grain

More than 70 tap handles stare back at me. What each pours is listed on a giant chalkboard behind the bar; another list of 16 bottled beers rotates on the TV to my right. Each option seems beautiful in its own way. I am but one among dozens pondering this and life’s other great mysteries at the Grain, a new beer haven inside The Main hotel on Granby Street with a fifth-floor view of downtown Norfolk and the Elizabeth River. It seems...

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Return to the Golden Goodness of a Pilsner
May11

Return to the Golden Goodness of a Pilsner

When interviewing candidates at The Birch, one of the questions we ask is, “What is your least favorite style of beer?” Nine times out of 10 the answer is lagers and pilsners. It’s understandable. New beer drinkers often explore radically different styles from the normal macro lager offerings. However, most of my hires would now say they have developed an appreciation for craft-brewed lagers and pilsners. The main difference between...

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Unicorn beer is in Norfolk and it won’t last long
May11
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Brewery Babies: The Kids Are Here to Stay
May11

Brewery Babies: The Kids Are Here to Stay

Stepping into a brewery can be an assault on the senses. The smell of roasted malts fills the air. Patrons bustle from their benches to the bar to order another cold beer. Taste buds explode as copiously hopped IPAs pass the lips of the thirsty guests. The air is filled with squeals of laughter and delight as children conquer a board game while their parents sample a flight of brews. Wait – what? Kids? At first glance, that last...

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