Brick Anchor Brew House, which recently opened in downtown Norfolk, was just recognized by Beer Advocate, a national publication generally considered the pinnacle of its field. The magazine reviewed the pub’s Amish Roasted Chicken and offered pairing suggestions from a selection of Virginia breweries, including Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Alewerks Brewing Company and Pleasure House Brewing.
Also recently, Draft Magazine reviewed O’Connor Brewing Company’s Discovery Scotch Ale, giving it a score of 97. That’s the publication’s highest score in that style of beer, tying the O’Connor offering with one from cult-favorite Three Floyds Brewing, out of Indiana.
Hardly a week goes by without a festival somewhere in the 757. While I always enjoy them, I’m feeling some festival fatigue. Still, there are a handful I refuse to miss.
The Battle of the Beers (Aug. 6) is one of those. It checks all the boxes for me; samples of unusual beers, food, access to brewers, music, fun, etc. Battle of the Beers has it all and ties it together by being a fund raiser from Beach Ambassadors, which benefits local charities.
Don’t miss it. Every brewery in the 757 is there and the new location (Hunt Club Farm) should be a blast.
Beer of the Week
This week marks the official 10th anniversary celebration for Gordon Biersch in Virginia Beach and its bringing out some special offerings for the occasion.
One example is the Barke Bock Helles Bock, due for release this week. I was able to grab a sample recently and this beer is going to be great. It’s smooth and very drinkable, despite carrying a 9.4% ABV.