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About admin

I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. In October 2014, my book, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. Another book on beer and brewing, history and current scene, is in the works. Send me an email at rvabeerguy@gmail.com. As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee

Small brewers continue to have big impact

If you ever thought small brewers were small potatoes, the folks at the Brewers Association would like a few words with you. Or a few beers. Described as constituting the “long end of the tail” of craft brewing, the small … Continue reading

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What do you know about National Beer Day?

Did you know that the 3.2 percent beer legalized in 1933 was not the “near beer” you thought it was? Here’s a chance to find the real story about National Beer Day, on the RVA BEER SHOW, Friday at noon … Continue reading

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Richmond breweries linked on a trail of beers

Need help keeping up with Richmond’s burgeoning beer scene? Then tune into the RVA Beer Show today at noon on WRIR 97.3 FM and join hosts Jay Burnham and Lee Graves as they talk with Jennifer Hendren, vice president of marketing … Continue reading

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Triple Crossing adds to Fulton Hill’s long history

Tune in to the RVA Beer Show on WRIR 97.3 FM at noon on Friday, Feb. 10, for a glimpse into the past, present and future of beer and brewing in the Fulton Hill area. Hosts Jay Burnham and Lee … Continue reading

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Join Hardywood’s founders on Friday’s radio show

Join Jay Burnham and me for a lively conversation with Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh, founders of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, on the “RVA Beer Show,” Friday, Jan. 27, at noon on WRIR 97.3 FM. We talk about Hardywood’s Cream … Continue reading

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Bold words and a bold beer evoke patriot’s spirit

I felt my father’s presence strongly at a beer event earlier this week. Gov. Terry McAuliffe toasted the release of a collaboration among Stone, Ardent and Hardywood Park craft breweries. McAuliffe had a voice in designing the beer, an imperial … Continue reading

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Legend expansion shows knack for location, location, location

When Tom Martin was casting about in 1993 for a place to locate Legend Brewing Company, his eye settled on a spot looking out on weeds, trash, scruffy trees, grimy buildings, grumbling trains and a dump. But there also was … Continue reading

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Virginia matches high mark for medals at Denver festival

Virginia won 14 medals in competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this year, and that put the state in some interesting company. The Brewers Association, the non-for profit trade group that organizes the festival and represents small … Continue reading

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Tasting Denver–a tale of three breweries

As a member of the credentialed media at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, it is my privilege and duty to report on the proceedings here no matter how fuzzy my brain is from disrupted sleep patterns, road warrior weariness, … Continue reading

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UK beers rock, but IPAs from the USA punch my ticket

I’m feeling guilty. But not too guilty. Les Strachan, AKA Beer Buddy, and I have been in Scotland four days. We’ve been conscientious about trying local beers—or at least ales brewed in the home country. We started with Skye Red … Continue reading

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