Craftsmanship and imagination aren’t limited to the creation of beers. Sometimes that creativity is applied to how the brews are served.
For indecisive, or experimental, craft beer drinkers, a flight is often the perfect option. Sample several beers at once, then pick your favorite and get a pint. Or use it to try out the newest selections. It’s an ingenious method of expanding your palate, and you’ll find it in nearly every brewery. Some restaurants even offer flights. We checked out a few local offerings and got the story behind them.
Commonwealth Brewing Company
The Virginia Beach brewery uses wooden wine barrel staves for flight holders. Co-owner Natalie Biggie said they’re representative of the brewery’s barrel-aging process used in wild and sour beers, as well as other styles. “We see flights as a great way for our customers to experience a wide variety of our beer styles,” she said. “We chose to have larger tasting glasses than most in an effort to get the best pour and representation of our beers.” There’s room for six glasses on each flight.
A gear seems like an obvious choice for a steampunk-themed restaurant, right? Well, when Phil Smith was doing construction on the restaurant, he found a gear in the building. A light went off. Now when you order a flight, it comes in a gear with five spots for beers. That makes it easy for pairing dinners with five courses, Smith said. The goblet-style glasses, with 3-ounce pours, fit perfectly inside the round slots. He picked the glasses deliberately, he said.
Wasserhund Brewing Company
The dog theme is everywhere at Wasserhund, even on its flights. The paddle is shaped like dog’s head and has slots for eight beers. Co-owner Christine Holley said the thematic continuity is intentional. Why eight spots? When Wasserhund opened, there were eight beers on tap, so a drinker could sample a little of everything.
Young Veterans Brewing Company
In keeping with the military theme of the brewery, Young Veterans has a steel holder for flights. “The main reason is we wanted (an) old feel to ours,” said co-founder Tom Wilder. The idea was to make it seem like something you’d be served on a submarine in the 1940s, he said. They’re made by a local fabricator friend. There are six slots, because the brewery started with six flagship beers. More taps have been added since, making the choice harder for beer drinkers. But more is better, right?