Category Archives: Beer adventures

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Top craft beer award has special meaning for James River

Redemption comes in many forms. For Blake Sherman and others at James River Brewery, it came Tuesday in the form of perhaps the world’s ugliest trophy. But trophies are symbols of achievement, and for the Scottsville gang, the Best of … Continue reading

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Family support adds to Steam Bell’s appeal

Visiting with Brad Cooper and his family at Steam Bell Beer Works reminds me of an episode in my youth. Two of my brothers and I were in a rock band while I was a student at William and Mary … Continue reading

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Collaborations the key at new Three Notch’d site

Roads are built to connect. The main highway from Richmond to points west, including Charlottesville, was originally called Three Notched Road because of the three slashes on the trees meant to mark the route. Now signs read Three Chopt Road. … Continue reading

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Growth of craft beer toasted in Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love served as the gathering ground for some 13,000 brewers and beer industry folks who spent several days in May toasting growth, tasting beers, attending seminars and, in a sense, circling their wagons. The record attendance … Continue reading

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New Smithsonian program to document modern beer history

American craft brewers have made history through their creativity, cultural impact and sheer numbers. Now a program is under way to document that history and connect it to the country’s culture at large. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History … Continue reading

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Adventures and misadventures with beer and food

You don’t mind if I ramble, do you? It’s been kind of a rambling week. Plus, my brain wants to go outside and play—it’s a crystalline day of robin’s-egg skies and golden sunshine. Now that I think about it, the … Continue reading

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The Veil raising the beer bar; Legend waving its flag

I’ve been away for a while, but now I’m back. It’s not that I haven’t been busy (don’t you love double negatives?). And it’s not that there haven’t been exciting things going on (a double double!!). This coming weekend, for … Continue reading

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Fär Göhn–a neighborly place for craft beer

Fär Göhn brewery in Culpeper has been open less than a year, but as I enter I feel like I’m walking into a friend’s den rather than a fancy parlor. Wood paneling creates a warm glow, and a middle-age fellow … Continue reading

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Brandon Tolbert talks about a year to remember

Brandon Tolbert is surrounded by Star Wars characters. The gleaming stainless steel tanks of The Answer Brewpub’s five-barrel system bear the names of Jabba the Hut, R2D2, C3PO and others. So is it any wonder that The Force seems strong … Continue reading

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Brewery site a stone’s throw from history hotspots

How things change in a year. The announcement of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s $28 million expansion in Goochland County this week made me think back to this time last year, when Stone had yet to announce that Richmond would be … Continue reading

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