Brewer brings something extra to Extra Billy’s

BrandonTBrandon 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 sitting at the bar at Mekong Restaurant, waiting for Chief Beer Officer An Bui’s opinion on his new robust porter — well, Tolbert knew he had a tough judge.

“There aren’t a lot of people who will give an honest opinion about your beer. An’s one of those, and I really respect his opinion,” Tolbert said.

Bui gave both thumbs up, as have most people who have savored Tolbert’s brews.

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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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