Mexican Lagers: A History Of Good Taste
Jul13

Mexican Lagers: A History Of Good Taste

What do Mexican and Vienna lagers have in common? The answer requires a history lesson. The story begins in France with Napoleon III (the nephew of the O.G. Napoleon Bonaparte). The French Constitution prevented him from running for a second presidential term, so he decided to stage a coup and named himself emperor in 1852. As a part of his foreign policy, he offered Mexico to the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, who accepted...

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What’s Brewing: New law allows for more flexibility with brewery events; Legend opens soon.
Jul13

What’s Brewing: New law allows for more flexibility with brewery events; Legend opens soon.

Recent changes to state law will likely lead to a burst in extracurricular brewery events. When breweries have special events throughout the year – like a block party – they need special permits from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Until now, only four a year were awarded to each brewery. That number is about to double, thanks to lobbying from the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. “It allows us to be creative and...

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A Pint With: Eric Worden
Jul13

A Pint With: Eric Worden

Radio DJ, Voice Talent, Artist What made you pursue a career in radio? My dad. He was a newscaster — a correspondent, who went to Vietnam twice to cover stories about Oregon infantrymen and spent some time in the DMZ. He worked for numerous local AM stations in a town called Roseburg, Oregon. He put his FM radio station on the map up in Roseburg in 1970 — first FM there and still the only one. I went to work for him as a 14-year-old,...

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Legally Blind
Jul13

Legally Blind

Some state laws, many of them dating back to Prohibition, struggle to keep up with the flourishing craft beer industry. You can find a lot of handy items at Virginia breweries, but there’s one thing you’ll never find: a coupon for beer. Not at a brewery that’s obeying the law, anyway. The Code of Virginia is unambiguous. Offer instantly-redeemable beer coupons, and you’re on the wrong side of the law. Following this statute and scores...

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Beer and a Bite: 1608 Crafthouse
Jul13

Beer and a Bite: 1608 Crafthouse

The unofficial slogan of 1608 Crafthouse, “In Beer and Bacon We Trust,” succinctly captures the spirit of the Virginia Beach restaurant. Since opening its doors in 2015, 1608 Crafthouse has become a popular craft beer destination that just so happens to feature a menu of award-winning, mouthwatering fare. Having only six taps might be a problem for some craft beer-friendly eateries, but 1608 owner and chef Kevin Sharkey has turned it...

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Growling Around: July 2017
Jul13

Growling Around: July 2017

Row 1, L to R: Young Veterans Brewing Co. at Common Grounds brewers fest. BottleBOX’s Stephanie Weil handling the swag table. Row 2, L to R: Dylan Wakefield and Courtney Whit at Smartmouth. W. Wesley McCullough and Todd Walsh of Decent People Tap Room (opening in Suffolk) with Dan Perretta. Row 3, L to R: Delia Johnson, Shelby Godfrey, Jason Johnson, Sarah Patterson, Crystal & Mandy Grandt at Common Grounds. Row 4, L to R: “The...

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