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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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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FIRST DRAUGHT | bottleBOX Two Year Anniversary
Jun23

FIRST DRAUGHT | bottleBOX Two Year Anniversary

Norfolk’s bottleBOX celebrates its two-year anniversary this weekend. The bottle shop and growler station plans to tap upwards of 50 kegs to mark the milestone, pumping out some of the best craft beer available in Hampton Roads, including a few special- and limited-release kegs tapped exclusively for the celebration. Get there early. The first 100 customers on Saturday receive a pair of commemorative tasting glasses. Some of the beers...

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Tradition Brewing Celebrates First Anniversary
Jun21

Tradition Brewing Celebrates First Anniversary

  Newport News’ only brewery celebrates its first anniversary this weekend with a celebration centered on music, food, and of course, beer. Raleigh-based jangle-pop band the Connells headlines the daylong music festival that will also feature local music from The Felicia Hoyos Band, Bennet Wales & The Relief, and The Dharma Initiative. “It was a dream of the owners to bring in one of their favorite bands to play here, and we...

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Benchtop Brewing hosts Wheels of Soul Shindig event
Jun09

Benchtop Brewing hosts Wheels of Soul Shindig event

As part of the Tedeschi Truck Band’s Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2017, Benchtop Brewing Company has teamed up with Craft For Causes to bring you the Wheels of Soul Shindig at the Norfolk brewery. This Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m., Benchtop will rope off its parking lot and feature The Music of George Smith and barbecue from Redwood Smoke Shack. There will be raffles, including tickets to the Tedeschi Trucks show in Virginia Beach on...

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