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Getting a laugh out of lager

During an afternoon of research for my upcoming book,”Richmond Beer,” I almost laughed myself into a coma reading some of the outrageous tales of misadventures concerning lager. All are taken from Richmond papers printed in 1859, a year when lager, … Continue reading

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Roop celebrates Legend anniversary with style

With the whack of a hammer and a smack of the lips, Style Weekly editor-in-chief Jason Roop did his part to toast the 20th anniversary of Legend Brewing Co. last night. With the help of cellarman Aaron Sanders and Legend … Continue reading

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Isley links brewing past to bright future

Let’s play Connect the Dots. First, let’s connect Richmond’s newest brewery, Isley, with itself! That’s easy. Winter Plumbing and Heating, the family business run by Mike Isley, who also owns the brewery, installed the plumbing in the original building back in 1920. … Continue reading

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Brewer brings something extra to Extra Billy’s

Brandon Tolbert knows about being judged. As a home brewer, he won medals aplenty in the statewide Dominion Cup. As a professional brewer for Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, he took a gold and silver at this year’s Virginia Craft Brewers Fest. But … Continue reading

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Devils Backbone repeats as Virginia breweries make strong showing at Great American Beer Festival

For the second year in a row, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. in Nelson County won top honors in its category at the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery’s Basecamp operation was named Small Brewing Company of the Year, and head … Continue reading

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Fine dining embracing fine beers

  Normally — about eight days out of seven — I have a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich for lunch. Not just any PB&J. Skippy Extra Crunchy Super Chunk Peanut Butter. Welch’s Concord Grape Jelly. And some good bread — Arnold’s Oatnut, for … Continue reading

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Lickinghole Creek brewery — a good place to grow

  The blistering heat of the summer sun made it easy to imagine that the Goochland County clay was red from sunburn. But the soil was moist after a spate of rainy days, so for the hop vines stretching up … Continue reading

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Devils Backbone smokes the competition at brewers’ fest

  Not many beers make me want to change my lifestyle. I’m a vegetarian, but I couldn’t help but yearn for a good German wurst when I tasted Devils Backbone Smokehaus Lager. The smoky quality of this rauchbier is silky … Continue reading

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Craft brewers celebrate, take stock

I’m back in good ole RVA, but my head is still spinning—and not just from some of the great beers. The good vibes were so thick at the Craft Brewers Conference in D.C. that there were as many pats on … Continue reading

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Craft beer conference takes off

WASHINGTON, D.C.—There was something special about last night’s opening reception of the national Craft Brewers Conference. It wasn’t just that beers of Virginia and elsewhere in the D.C. region were showcased for thousands of brewers from around the country. It … Continue reading

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