Holiday Beer Festival

Let’s see–there was Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How about Sudsy Saturday?

The holiday season deserves a good beer festival, and 15 Virginia breweries will be doing their part to fulfill that goal at the Holiday Cheer & Beer Classic Dec. 8 at Meadow Event Park (home of the State Fair of Virginia) in Doswell.

Two score and five (that’s 25) craft beers will be available, and we have it from a reliable source that the festival also will include tastes (samples only) of Hardywood Park’s much touted Bourbon Barrel Ginger Bread Stout and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Hardywood’s tapping is set for 1 p.m. with Goose Island to follow at 5 p.m. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m.

You won’t have to sacrifice shopping time, as beer accessories and other items will be for sale. Plus food and live music (“Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale rock”).

The festival is being billed as the largest indoor craft beer festival in Virginia. For details and directions, check out


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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. My most recent adventure is "Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age" published fall 2018 by University of Virginia Press. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. Send me an email at As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee
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