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 –...

Read More
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...

Read More
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....

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More