What’s Brewing: So much good beer coming out this week, you’ll have to pace yourself
Apr18

What’s Brewing: So much good beer coming out this week, you’ll have to pace yourself

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the warm weather and Earth Day (which is also this reporter’s birthday) this week, Hampton Roads breweries has you covered. Here’s what to look forward in the local beer world, this week. Commonwealth Brewing Company: SWOLL double IPA (Wednesday) in cans and on draft. O’Connor Brewing Company: Tart Tropicale (Friday).  It’s a tart light-bodied passion fruit-infused...

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What’s Brewing: Celebrate a year of Rip Rap Brewing with a barrel-aged bottle release
Apr07

What’s Brewing: Celebrate a year of Rip Rap Brewing with a barrel-aged bottle release

If you can believe it, Rip Rap Brewing is coming up on its first anniversary of being open in Norfolk. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? The crew over at Rip Rap must be having a really good time because they are releasing bottles for the first time Saturday. The Shakedown Scotch Ale was one of the brewery’s first four beers on tap, so for its first anniversary, Rip Rap is releasing a barrel-aged version of it. The beer was...

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Charlottesville: New home for VA Craft Brewers Festival
Mar29

Charlottesville: New home for VA Craft Brewers Festival

The Virginia Craft Brewer’s Festival has a new home: Charlottesville. What’s been the largest beer festival in the state for the past few years is leaving Devils Backbone Brewing Company and moving to the IX Art Park in downtown Charlottesville, according to a press release from the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. This year’s shindig is set for Aug. 19. Three Notch’d Brewing and IX Art Park won a competitive...

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Whats Brewing: St. Patty’s Day 2017
Mar16

Whats Brewing: St. Patty’s Day 2017

Who says you have to be Irish to enjoy a good stout or porter on St. Patrick’s Day? Sure, Guinness is a fine choice, but we have so many options made right here in Hampton Roads. Bold Mariner Brewing Company has a blueberry porter on tap. There’s just one keg, so you better move fast if you want a taste. If you haven’t had Cowcatcher at Smartmouth Brewing Company yet, it’s a good week to try it. In the brewery,...

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What’s brewing: Lucky you – Craft brewers release new beers ahead of St. Paddy’s day
Mar10

What’s brewing: Lucky you – Craft brewers release new beers ahead of St. Paddy’s day

With temperatures jumping up and down every other day, it’s hard to decide which beer is right for the season. Hefeweizen for warm weather? Stout for cold? Who knows what to do? It’s a good thing there are lots of releases in the next few days that will provide enough variety to satisfy anyone. Here’s what’s coming up: From O’Connor Brewing Company, look for Imperial Vienna Pale Ale, out today. It’s...

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What’s brewing: Hyped over hazy: New England IPA
Mar09

What’s brewing: Hyped over hazy: New England IPA

There’s a new(ish) style of beer popping up in breweries and it’s made its way to Hampton Roads: the New England IPA. These beers are basically hazy, juicy, IPAs without the bitterness. Too good to be true? Nope. And they are catching on. A quick search on Untappd shows hundreds of results for the style. Justin MacDonald, one of the owners of Reaver Beach Brewing Company, said these beers have staying power because of their flavor, a...

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