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    Virginia Beer Trails & Tours

    by Casey | Posted on August 18th, 2014

    Ready for a ride on the Virginia craft beer bandwagon? If so, please do one of two things: 1) Designate a driver or 2) Take a chauffeured tour. Here’s how you can responsibly sip, sample and enjoy Virginia craft beer.

    Virginia's Blue Ridge Beer Loop

    Virginia’s Blue Ridge Beer Loop


    Virginia’s Blue Ridge Beer Loop was unveiled just in time for August Virginia Craft Beer Month and includes six breweries around the Roanoke Valley. The Loop is a self-guided tour, which enables you to take your time and truly enjoy that one beer you find and love.

    • Big Lick Brewing Co. – Roanoke – opening Labor Day weekend!
    • Callaway Brewing Co. – Callaway
    • Chaos Mountain Brewing – Callaway
    • Flying Mouse Brewery – Troutville
    • Parkway Brewing Co. – Salem
    • Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers – Roanoke

    Here’s Something … When you visit all six breweries this month (and have your passport stamped) you’ll be entered to win prizes! Download the Brochure and Map

    Spread your craft beer experience over a couple of days and throw in a winery (10 to choose from), a distillery and a cidery to make it a well-rounded Virginia tasting. An example is the Red, White and Brew Trail in Nelson County:

    • Blue Mountain Barrel House
    • Blue Mountain Brewery
    • Devils Backbone Brewing Company
    • Wild Wolf Brewery

    Some of the Red, White and Brew sites are also on the Nelson 151 Trail. See the Map

    In a similar way, the Brew Ridge Trail incorporates many of the sites mentioned above, plus hops over to Charlottesville to pick up Starr Hill and South Street breweries. Additional attractions and places to stay are also listed for consideration.


    Richmond Brewery Tours

    Richmond Brewery Tours

    Richmond Brewery Tours has been doing the driving for craft beer enthusiasts for two years, and there’s no sign of business slowing down. Craft beer is exploding in the Richmond region, with new breweries seeming to pop up all the time. The 14 passenger bus delivers you and your friends to three Richmond breweries for tastings and tours. Special tour events, like “Brews & Burlesque” are a hit with locals and visitors alike. Regular public tours are available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Book Your Tour

    Reston Limousine is running the NoVA Brew Bus to Mad Fox Brewing, Port City Brewing and Forge Brew Works on September 6, departing from Reston Town Center. Get behind-the-scenes tours, tasting, and even lunch at Mad Fox when you book this all-day craft beer excursion. Book Your Tour

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    The Mark Addy Inn

    The Mark Addy Inn

    Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange is offering private tours for two to six in a luxury Cadillac Escalade. Tour sites can include breweries, wineries or cideries. This is an add-on to your stay with rates from $225 for six.

    Stay with The Mark Addy Inn in Nellysford and get a taste of the aforementioned Red, White and Brew Trail. This package is good for two nights until August 28 (better hurry!), and includes their three-course breakfast, plus a bottle of red Virginia wine, a bottle of white Virginia wine, and a six-pack of Virginia craft beer to take home. Six VIP vouchers are included for wine and/or craft beer tours and tastings, plus a $50 discount on a four-hour chauffeured tour. Rates start at $355 for two (room included). Book Now

    Belle Hearth Bed and Breakfast in Waynesboro invites you to stay two nights and receive a welcome basket of wine or beer and other goodies. Your stay will include a chauffeured tour to three wineries and/or microbreweries. Rates from $380 (room included). Offer good through November 30, 2014.

    Now that Staunton has two craft breweries to boast, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel has put together a craft beer package for your visit. Stay a night and receive a six-beer flight at Redbeard, two pints at Shenandoah Valley Brewing, and a free tasting at Hops retail store, plus a gift certificate to Shenandoah Pizza, breakfast, and parking. Rates from $199 for two. Book Now

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    11 Award-Winning Virginia Craft Breweries

    by Casey | Posted on August 13th, 2014

    Virginia is brewing some really tasty craft beer and the nation is noticing. The craft beer industry in Virginia has boomed very quickly from just a handful of breweries a couple of years ago to more than 80 as of this writing. It appears that Virginians and visitors passing through our beautiful Commonwealth are enjoying the liquid love on tap.

    Devils Backbone Brewing Company and Restaurant

    Devils Backbone Brewing Company and Restaurant

    If 80+ breweries seems overwhelming, let this be a quick-start guide. Go where the big awards are (World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, for starters) and then launch your flight tastings from there. Here are 11 award-winning craft breweries you should try now in Virginia.

    1. Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland is a solid craft beer starter experience. DBB has certainly made a mark for itself in the world of craft beer since its 2008 opening. In 2013 alone DBB brought home six Great American Beer Festival (GABF) medals, plus two World Beer Cup (WBC) medals this year! Such acclaim boosts you to statuses like Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year (2012 and 2013 Great American Beer Festival) and Champion Brewery and Brewmaster (2010 World Beer Cup).

    • Old Virginia Dark American-Style Dark Lager – 2014 WBC Gold Medal, 2013 GABF Gold Medal
    • Vienna Lager – 2014 WBC Silver Medal (Outpost in Lexington)
    • Danzig Baltic-Style Porter – 2010 WBC  Gold Medal and 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
    • Morning Bear Coffee Flavored Beer – 2010 WBC Bronze Medal
    • Schwartz Bier German-Style Schwarzbier – 2010 WBC Bronze Medal
    • Kollaborator Traditional German-Style Bock – 2010 WBC Bronze Medal
    • Azreal Belgian- and French-Style Ale – 2013 GABF Gold Medal (Outpost)
    • Gold Leaf Lager American-Style or International-Style Pilsener – 2013 GABF Silver Medal
    • Berliner Metro Weiss German-Style Sour Ale – 2013 GABF Silver Medal
    • Ale of Fergus English-Style Mid Ale – 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
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    Starr Hill Brewery

    Starr Hill Brewery

    2. Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet near Charlottesville is one of Virginia’s oldest craft breweries (1999). Starr Hill’s eight core brews, four seasonal brews and select limited edition brews have together garnered 21 medals from the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup over the years. Here are the most recent accolades:

    • Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA – 2014 WBC Gold Medal
    • Dark Starr Stout Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 2008 WBC Silver Medal
    • Amber Ale Irish Red Ale – 2002 WBC Bronze Medal
    • Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal
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    3. Apocalypse Ale Works in Forest proclaims, “the end of bad beer is here!” and they invite you to try what championship judges have loved.

    • Heavy Red Horseman Scottish-Style Ale – 2014 WBC Gold Medal
    • Red Hoppocalypse Imperial Red Ale – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal
    • Lustful Maiden Belgian Abbey Ale – Dubbel – 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship Gold Medal
    Blue Mountain Brewery

    Blue Mountain Brewery

    4. Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton is Virginia’s first countryside brewery, hop farm and tasting room, not to mention, they have a farm-to-table restaurant on-site. Ten brews are on tap daily. Here are their latest accolades:

    • Blue Reserve American- Belgian-Style Ale – 2012 WBC Silver Medal
    • Rockfish Wheat American-Style Wheat – 2010 WBC Silver Medal

    5. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond operates a sustainable operation, with their energy being charged by wind and other renewable sources. If that doesn’t make you feel good about a visit, maybe a World Beer Cup acknowledgement will. Hardywood Gingerbread Stout won a 2012 WBC Bronze Medal in the Herb and Spice category.

    6. Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria is just a hop, skip and a jump from Washington, DC, making it a favorite reprieve from Capital life. Their recent acclaims include …

    • Optimal Wit Belgian-Style Witbier – 2013 GABF Gold Medal
    • Oktoberfest Vienna-Style Lager – 2013 GABF Silver Medal
    • Colossal One Aged Beer – 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
    • Colossal Two Smoke Beer – 2013 GABF Bronze Medal
    Three Brothers Brewing

    Three Brothers Brewing

    7. Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn pairs locally-sourced eats with their gently handcrafted brews. Try the Rhino’fest Märzen, just released for the season today! It was awarded a gold medal in the German-Style Märzen category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.

    8. Smartmouth Brewing Co. in Norfolk claims to “geek out to the science of brewing,” which is becoming evident when the judges of the Great American Beer Festival award them a bronze medal in 2013 for their Notch 9 Double IPA. Great effort sometimes equals great reward.

    9. Three Brothers Brewing in Harrisonburg is actually comprised of three brothers a’brewin’. The brothers and their brewery are homegrown and loyal to their local roots, which makes a bronze medal for their Rum Barrel Belgium Dubbel Style IPA all the sweeter (2013 Great American Beer Festival).

    10. Wolf Hills Brewing Co. in Abingdon only distributes locally to ensure optimum freshness and flavor. That being said, more than the region is taking notice of their brews.

    • White IPA Out of Bounds IPA – 2014 U. S. Open Beer Championship Gold Medal
    • White Blaze Honey Cream Ale American Cream Ale – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal
    • Ordinary Bitter – 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal

    11. South Street Brewery in Charlottesville was founded in 1998, but you’ll have to wait a few weeks for the grand re-opening of this local brewpub. Here’s to hoping their award-winning beverages are still on tap!

    • South Street Tripel Belgian Abbey Ale – 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship Gold Medal and 2011 Bronze Medal
    • Anastasia’s Chocolate Stout – 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal
    • Satan’s Pony Scottish Ale – 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal and Judges’ Award for one of the Most Creative Names
    • South Street Dubbel – 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Bronze Medal

    Without a doubt there are tons more medals hanging around bottles in Virginia’s brewpubs. Explore and taste for yourself, especially during August Virginia Craft Beer Month, and let us know via the comments section about your favorite award-winning Virginia craft beer.

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    Late Summer Travel Packages

    by Stefanie | Posted on August 7th, 2014

    Don’t start pulling out the sweaters yet! We have quite a while until we’ll need those, but before the cool air starts coming in, these vacation hot spots are great for your late summer escape.


    Horseback Riding

    Horseback Riding

    Bunk and Bridle 4-night Package, Reba Farm Inn – Aug. 17-20 
    -Starting at $400/person plus taxes.

    Virginia has its own “dude ranch” located in Bedford County, with 75 horses on 300 acres near the Peaks of Otter. Become an East Coast Cowboy at Reba Farm Inn/Saddle Soar Equitainment with the “Bunk and Bridle” package. This travel package is for the true horse lover who wants to learn more and/or improve their horsemanship; or the novice, a great introduction to common sense horsemanship, and includes:

    • Four nights of lodging at the Inn
    • Meals (some meals will be served at the Inn, others at the barn and one out on the trail)
    • Hands on activities with horses and lots of riding


    Salamander Resort

    Salamander Resort

    Restore and Discover Path, Salamander Resort & Spa
    -Starting at $543 per person, per night.

    Take some “me” time and enjoy an escape to Salamander Resort, and enjoy a soothing weekend pampering yourself. This package includes:

    • Deluxe accommodations
    • Heart-healthy breakfast
    • Fitness center & indoor pool access
    • Participation in group fitness and exercise sessions
    • 50-minute spa service of choice each day
    • $125 wellness credit per night, per person to be used toward a resort activity
    • Complimentary car service within a 5-mile radius
    • Seasonal welcome gift


    Hokie Football Overnight Stay Package, Blacksburg – dates are for all home Va. Tech games
    -Starting at $238.00 per night

    Stay with the Holiday Inn University Blacksburg & Lane Stadium for one of Virginia Tech’s home football games and receive:

    • Free shuttle to and from the football field (9am-2am)
    • Free tailgate near the stadium
    • Free parking
    • A special, unique gift for each game


    Virginia Golf Package at the Tides Inn – Thru Aug. 31
    -Starting at $380 per night, based on double occupancy

    Located on a private peninsula in the Northern Neck, near Chesapeake Bay, Tides Inn is home to the Golden Eagle Golf Course designed by George W. Cobb. Surrounded by woodlands, the course features exciting elevation changes, well-placed bunkers, signature holes, and water elements that all levels of golfers can enjoy.  Golden Eagle at the Tides Inn is the perfect getaway for golf with a group, as a romantic escape, or a trip with the whole family. Package includes:

    • Deluxe room accommodations
    • Full breakfast daily, per person, at the restaurant or room service
    • Unlimited daily golf at the Golden Eagle course, with cart, club storage and range balls
    • Unlimited use of the practice facility at the Little Eagle course
    • Golden Eagle souvenirs


    Maury River Kayaking

    Maury River Kayaking

    Twin River Rafting Adventure Package, Natural Bridge – Thru Aug. 31
    -Starting at $159

    Stay at the Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel and enjoy a river excursion with friends and family in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Enjoy all the benefits of a Natural Bridge Family Hotel Package including:

    • Natural Bridge and Caverns tickets
    • Standard room for 2 adults and 2 children
    • Served, hot breakfast
    • A single trip each for the River Paddle or Tubing Adventure


    Williamsburg Flex Vacation Package, Williamsburg Plantation Resort – Thru Sept. 1
    -$1,859 total

    A great end of summer vacation for the family! The Williamsburg Flex Vacation Package includes:

    • 2 bedroom/2 bath condo, equipped with a kitchen, living and dining area
    • Unlimited visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and more


    American Music Festival, Virginia Beach – Aug. 29-Sept. 1
    -$319 per night; special rates for Thursday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Sept. 1

    Enjoy 3 days of rock, jazz, country, R&B and more at the 2014 American Music Festival, presented by Chevrolet. Featured artists include Three Dog Night, Barenaked Ladies, Daughtry, Third Eye Blind, just to name a few. Package includes:

    • 3-night stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Oceanfront
    • 2 Passport Pins for the festival


    Yoga at Primland Resort

    Yoga at Primland Resort

    Summer Hydration, Primland – Thru Sept. 21
    -Starting at $1,015
    Having one of those summers? Plan a relaxing trip to Primland Resort and enjoy the Summer Hydration package. This is the season of warm summer winds with the sun at its zenith. Abundant warmth and light beam confidence and strength. experience summer through its element – nourishing water as it opens us to our natural resources. The Summer Hydration package treatments have been especially selected to represent the nourishment and replenishment of the summer season. Package includes:

    • 3-day, 2-night stay at the resort
    • Breakfast and dinner each day
    • Yoga sea salt scrub
    • Stone of eternal youth facial
    • Harmony massage


    Civil War Experience, Fredericksburg – Thru 2014
    -Starting at $205

    Travel back in history and walk in the footsteps of Grant, Lee and the thousands of Americans affected by the Civil War. This historic package includes:

    • 2-night stay at a Fredericksburg-area hotel (selected upon booking)
    • Admission to the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center and the White Oak Civil War Museum
    • Admission to all National Military Park Battlefields, a VIP dining card and more


    For the Birders Travel Package, Mountain Rose Inn
    -Starting at $569

    Experience birding in luxury with this package at the Mountain Rose Inn that is just for bird lovers who might want to also be guests at our Inn. Experience birds of many varieties on the Inn’s property. You can even get face-to-face with a ruby-throated hummingbird during the summer months as you sip a glass of sherry & enjoy an afternoon snack on the Inn’s front porch. Package includes:

    • 3-night stay
    • Breakfast of choice and picnic lunches.


    Fishing at Cornerstone Farm, Red Oak
    -Starting at $450/couple

    Whether you are young or young-at-heart, fishing is a relaxing pastime. You’ll discover the fishing is great sport on Cornerstone’s large private stocked pond. Cast a line for largemouth bass, crappies, catfish and more in our spring-fed pond for early morning or late afternoon fun. After dinner, enjoy the warmth of a evening bonfire while sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. This package includes:

    • 2-night stay
    • Snack tray and beverages
    • Country breakfasts, light lunch, full evening meals
    • 1 evening bonfire roasting marshmallows
    • On-site pond fishing (bait and tackle included)


    Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville

    Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville

    A Winelover’s Retreat, Orchard House Bed & Breakfast
    -Starting at $285/couple

    Enjoy a weekend in the country, sipping on Virginia’s finest wines. Package includes:

    • 2-night accommodations
    • 1 bottle of local Virginia wine and cheese platter
    • Full country breakfast each morning
    • Complementary soft drinks, coffee and tea
    • Complementary snack basket in room
    • Self-guided tours of local wineries and breweries


    Creeper Trail Bike Shuttle Package, Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast
    -Starting at $224

    The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile long Rails-to-Trails footpath and recreational trail used for hiking, birding and cycling. The Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast package includes:

    • 2-night accommodations
    • 1/2 day bicycle rental for 2
    • Gourmet breakfast


    Family Fun Package at Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach
    -Starting at $356

    Have a complete vacation experience with the Hilton Garden Inn Family Fun Package. Enjoy a family outing on the beach during the day and then have a night out on the town! Along with the breathtaking views of the Atlantic, this package also includes:

    • Tickets to Beach Movie Bistro (enjoy a full menu of dining options while you watch a movie!)
    • $50 dining card to be used at any of the hotel’s 5 Virginia Beach Boardwalk restaurants




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    Secrets of the Brewmasters

    by Patrick Evans-Hylton | Posted on August 7th, 2014

    Virginia has had a long love affair with beer; it’s been enjoyed here since 1607 and we even have a recipe from George Washington for his brew.

    From Ales to Vienna Lagers and everything in between, dozens of breweries across the state help quench our thirst for quality quaffs.

    If that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, here is another: August is officially Virginia Craft Beer Month, and many breweries, restaurants and bars have special events and other offerings to raise a glass to.

    It’s no secret that it’s a great time now – as well as the whole year through – to enjoy a Virginia craft beer, but there are a few insider tips for making the most of the sips, and we spoke with five brewmasters to learn a few.

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    Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
    4100 Knolls Point Dr., Goochland

    Farris Loutfi of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

    Farris Loutfi of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

    Brewery Opened: 2013

    Brewery Offers: 6 regular beers; 10 seasonal beers

    Signature Brew: Three Chopt Tripel is a non-stopped-hopped version of a European Classic.  What I like about it is the fantastic combination of citrus, spice and honey notes the beer has.  It is also remarkably refreshing and drinkable despite it’s high ABV of 9.3 percent.

    Tours/Tastings Offered: Open Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to sunset and Saturday and Sunday, noon to sunset.

    From Sean-Thomas Pumphrey, Chief Beer Officer:

    What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

    The quality of Virginia craft beer is second to none, [and the] breweries themselves are fantastic destinations to visit and bring out of town guests. Craft beer gives a sense of regional identity to a place and gives those who live in the area something they can take personal pride in.

    What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

    Virginia craft breweries focus on quality in every aspect of their business.  We create unique beers and serve them in a fantastic setting.

    How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

    The best way is to try and have a clean palate between tastings and to take notes [that includes the] brewery name, beer name, beer type, general descriptors and some type of rating system.

    What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

    Batchleors Delight Rum Barrel Aged Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale paired with roasted lamb and Three Chopt Tripel with fresh scallops.

    How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

    Two beer releases: Creator German-Style Doppelbock on Aug. 9 and Rosemary Saison, made from rosemary on the farm, on Aug. 16.

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    Lost Rhino Brewing Co.
    21730 Red Rum Dr. #142, Ashburn

    Lost Rhino Brewing Company. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

    Lost Rhino Brewing Company. Sarah Hauser, Virginia Tourism Corporation.

    Brewery Opened: 2011

    Brewery Offers: 5 year-round beers; 4 seasonal beers; up to 12 beers on tap in tasting room

    Signature Brew: Face Plant IPA, a strong malty backbone, pleasant grapefruit bitterness, great herbal hop flavor and delicate floral hop aroma

    Tours/Tastings Offered: The tasting room is open Tuesday-Sunday afternoons; tours are on Saturdays

    From Favio Garcia, co-founder and Director of Brewing Operations:

    What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

    Overall there is a growing appreciation of small business and local craft. In our increasing homogenized world many are looking for a unique experience, be it food, drink or art.

    What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

    Without a doubt the variety of styles. Virginia breweries are producing a wide array of different styles from crisp lager to wild ales and doing them well.

    How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

    If you have the time and inclination start up a conversation with a regular, they will steer you to the must try of week.

    What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

    Face Plant IPA – I think our India Pale Ale goes great with any grilled foods, especially seafood.

    Woody Stout- This bourbon barrel-aged stout as you can imagine goes very well a chocolate desert, but it very fun to pair strong cheeses with this roasty sweet beauty.

    How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

    Lost Rhino will be releasing Native Son, our all-Virginia Beer. Every ingredient in this beer is from the commonwealth.

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    Redbeard Brewing Company
    129 S. Lewis St., Staunton

    Brewery Opened:  2013

    Brewery Offers:  3-4 flagship beers, 3-4 seasonal beers; 6-8 beers usually on tap

    Signature Brew: Black Rye IPA – it combines the roastiness and body of a dry stout with the hop-forward aroma and finish of an IPA.

    Tours/Tastings Offered:  The taproom is open Fridays, 4-11 p.m., Saturdays, noon-11 p.m., and Sundays, 1-11 p.m.

    From Jonathan Wright, founder and brewer:

    What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

    [It] is due primarily to the passage of [a bill allowing] breweries to sell their product in an on-site tasting/taproom. Small breweries such as Redbeard [can] focus on clientele and [create] a solid portfolio of quality offerings without the need to distribute all of our product to wholesalers at low margins.

    What are some craft beer trends you see?

    The revival and Americanization of Old World styles like sour beers, and the expansion of the lower ABV (Alcohol By Volume) “session” segment of the market.

    Sour beers of various type are extremely en vogue, [ranging] from a light tartness [to] the sourest thing on earth.

    The lower ABV beers that are in fashion are a great way to enjoy the act of drinking, without getting drunk.

    How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

    Know what you’re getting into, do your homework, make sure they’re open the day you will visit, make sure the beer styles they typically offer are up your alley.

    What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

    Drink what you think you’ll like, eat what you think you’ll like.  Be adventurous once you’ve had your fill of those to expand and educate your palate.

    How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

    There’s a new beer to try and new friends to make any time you visit, any time of the year.

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    Roanoke Railhouse Brewing Co.
    3106 Franklin Rd., Roanoke

    Brewery Opened: 2009

    Brewery Offers: 3 regular beers; 4 seasonal beers

    Signature Brew: Track 1 Amber Lager was created to produce the flavor profile identified by the focus group research conducted for us by Martin Research. Track 1 is robust in a subtle manor with the emphases on malt.  It is a true,” Session” beer with low after taste and a silky smooth mouth feel.

    Tours/Tastings Offered: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9:30 p.m., Saturday, 2-7:30 p.m., Sunday, 3-6 p.m.

    From Steve Davidson, president:

    What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

    Recent [laws] allowing breweries [that permit] on premise sales.

    What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

    The craft beer industry is not just about alcohol sales. We are creating jobs that spread throughout the commonwealth. Transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and one of the most important aspects of the state economy, tourism are all positively affected by craft beer

    How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

    We hope to celebrate by reopening [in our new location.]

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    The St. George Brewing Co.
    204 Challenger Way, Hampton

    The St. George Brewing Company

    The St. George Brewing Company

    Brewery Opened: 1996

    Brewery Offers:  11 regular: 5 traditional ales and lagers, 4 imperial styles and 2 hybrids; 6 seasonal

    Signature Brew: St. George IPA, a classic, English-style India Pale Ale full-flavored beer, easy drinking without overwhelming the taste palate.

    Tours/Tastings Offered:  Retail sales are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    From Andy Rathmann, brewmaster:

    What has caused the explosion of interest in craft beer in Virginia?

    Virginia has seen quite a few microbreweries since they came on the scene in the late 1970′s. The Chesapeake Brewing Co in Norfolk was the first in Virginia and Legends Brewing Co in Richmond being the oldest existing microbrewery.

    The recent spurt follows a trend that has been taking the whole country by storm and has been helped in no small part by the passage of a new Virginia law which allows brewery tasting rooms to sell for on-site consumption of their beer.

    What sets Virginia breweries apart from others?

    The bigger difference, I believe, is really brewery to brewery, regardless of what part of the country they are located.

    How can someone make the most of a brewery tasting room visit?

    [In general] start with beers that won’t ruin your taste buds too quickly and then work your way, brewery to brewery, up to the more extreme types.

    [At a festival] pick a specific style and them sample each breweries offerings of that style for comparison. Get in the longest line you find because they will be the most trending and most likely run out soonest.

    Oh yeah, and bring a designated driver

    What are some beer and wine pairings you like?

    St George Golden Ale has a tart citrus note that tends to cut thru any spicy greasy food, think wings or pizza

    St George Porter with it’s rich chocolate and coffee notes goes with any type of chocolate.

    How will you be celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month?

    Personally I’m celebrating by having a different Virginia beer every day. The brewery has several events on tap.

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    Patrick Evans-HyltonPatrick Evans-Hylton, a Johnson & Wales University trained chef, is a Norfolk, Va.-based food journalist, historian and educator. His work has appeared in print, television, radio and social media since 1995. Evans-Hylton calls his cookbook, Dishing Up Virginia, his love letter to the state’s foods and foodways. He blogs at



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    Virginia: Bon Appétit Appalachia!

    by Casey | Posted on August 5th, 2014

    Virginia’s Appalachia is ripe for the tasting, and Bon Appétit Appalachia! maps out fresh, local flavors for your road trip indulgences. Please your palate at 65 sites within Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands, Heart of Appalachia and Shenandoah Valley. For the ultimate tasting adventure (a bucket list by itself, really!), eat your way through the entire 205,0000-square-mile region along the Appalachian Mountains (Mississippi to New York).

    Cuz's Uptown Barbeque

    Cuz’s Uptown Barbeque

    When you spend three days along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd, you can indulge in a delish dish from Bon Appétit Appalachia! farm-to-fork restaurant Oddfella’s Cantina, as well as the restaurant at Chateau Morrisette Winery. Extend your stay or mix in tastings from additional Appalachian wineries, including Abingdon Vineyard and Winery and MountainRose Vineyards.

    When in Lexington be sure to see the historic Natural Bridge as you sip and savor your way around. Rockbridge Vineyard, Lexington Valley Vineyard and Southern Inn Restaurant are all Bon Appétit Appalachia! stops.

    The Bon Appétit Appalachia! initiative is vast. Forks up and napkins down for all of the fantastic flavors that await!

    The Palisades Restaurant

    The Palisades Restaurant




    Additionally, the map outlines farm tours, festivals, and farmers markets that deliver fresh tastes and first-hand culinary experiences. Download the map (22 Virginia sites) or navigate online to see all 65 Virginia sites.

    Virginia: Bon Appétit Appalachia!

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