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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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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Breweries offer a peek behind the pints with exclusive member clubs
May04

Breweries offer a peek behind the pints with exclusive member clubs

The allure of the craft industry isn’t what it once was. That new beer smell has worn off, and now businesses have to find a new way to attract – and keep – customers. Making great beer is a given. No amount of gimmickry will make up for poor quality. But beyond that, how do you keep a strong customer base? One method is rewarding loyalty. A growing number of local breweries have started membership clubs that offer – for a fee –...

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What’s Brewing: Doughnuts, coffee and beer: a pretty perfect trio
May01

What’s Brewing: Doughnuts, coffee and beer: a pretty perfect trio

Looking for a sugar overload not in the form of a pink and blue frozen coffee drink? How about a little buzz with that? Green Flash Brewing Company is hosting its first breakfast club event on May 7 that will pair its beers with Three Ships Coffee and Sugar Shack Donuts. For the beers, keep an eye out for Dia De Los Serranos, a stout brewed with Serrano chiles, barrel-aged Sepia Frumento from Cellar 3, and a special limited-release...

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What’s brewing: No lights. No problem. Big Ugly turns setback into a new stout.
Apr28

What’s brewing: No lights. No problem. Big Ugly turns setback into a new stout.

When a tornado tore through Chesapeake a few weeks ago, it did more than just damage houses and businesses. It left the city’s only brewery scrambling to save beer mid-brew. When Big Ugly Brewing Company liost power, the brewing process was interrupted. Head Brewer Evan Lantry had just mashed out some beer and was getting ready to boil. When power returned, just two hours before opening time, it was too late to finish the brew....

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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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