Wet Powder 100% Citra Fresh-Hopped Double IPA

The long-awaited 16 oz. Can Debut of Wet Powder Double IPA will finally grace the Taproom at 401 Second Street.

Wet Powder is a wet-hopped version of Fresh Powder 100% Citra Double IPA, brewed during harvest season with whole cone Citra hops that were flown in overnight by the Virginia Beer Co.'s hops providers at Yakima Chief in the Pacific Northwest. These "wet" hops are then used the moment they arrive to create an incredibly fresh-tasting Double IPA bursting with juicy Citra flavor and prominent hop aromas.

"We missed the Wet Powder release last year due to hurricanes that caused delays in our fresh hops shipments," recollected Virginia Beer Co. Co-Founder, Robby Willey. "Overnight Sensation Strong Ale was the result of the original Wet Powder brew day (we had a boil ready to go that never received the fresh hops it needed)...so a malt bomb was brewed instead of the expected hop bomb!"

"And we were compensated for the troubles last year with a different shipment of fresh hops," recalls Virginia Beer Co.'s Assistant Taproom Manager, Courtenay Motley. "Alas no Citra was available by the time the hurricanes passed, so that led to In The Moment Double IPA brewed with freshly plucked whole cone Mosaic."

"We get one chance at a wet-hopped beer during harvest season. While we were happy to ad lib last year with In The Moment, Wet Powder has been one of our longest running ideas we've had ever since brewing Fresh Powder in 2017. We're excited to see it finally come to reality," says Co-Founder Robby Willey.

Needless to say that Wet Powder Double IPA has been years in the making, even though it hinges on one overnight delivery of freshly harvested hops to make it happen. This Taproom Exclusive, small batch DIPA will be available while fresh on tap and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at The Virginia Beer Company beginning in early October. 

Hops, Hope, & Hillbilly Jazz for Hospice House

Virginia Beer Co. teams with area musicians to host benefit concert for Hospice House

On Friday, October 4th, the Virginia Beer Co. will team with area musicians for Hops, Hope, & Hillbilly Jazz – a benefit concert for Hospice House.

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg is a social-model hospice that provides physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to enhance the quality of living for individuals facing the last phases of life and the people who love them. It is located at 4445 Powhatan Parkway in Williamsburg, VA.

Even though Courtenay Motley, Assistant Taproom manager at The Virginia Company, was the one to help bring "Hops, Hope, & Hillbilly Jazz" to life, she says she can't take all of the credit for the idea. "[Local musician] Paul Todd – a regular performer at Virginia Beer Co. – has been volunteering for Hospice House for a few years now. We regularly host Paul to perform at the brewery and VBC has been looking for a way to support Hospice House, so the idea came up as a genuinely natural fit for everyone involved."

Friday’s event is free and open for all. Paul Todd will be hosting the show throughout the evening with a lineup of area musicians who have agreed to donate their earnings and tips from the event to Hospice House.

“When I found out that Hospice House operates almost exclusively off donations and without any federal funding, I decided that I could apply my skill set playing music in a different way: by helping to raise money for their cause,” explains Paul Todd. “I enlisted the help of fellow musicians, some of whom have had family members in the care of Hospice House, and so far we’ve already organized two charity gigs and have raised about $1,000.”

The idea to organize a concert featuring “hillbilly jazz” came about as a way to celebrate the up-tempo “jam session” theme of the evening’s musical lineup. “Hillbilly Jazz is just a way to label something that doesn’t really have a label. It started as kind of a slang term to describe my playing style,” laughed Paul. “I occasionally play jazz standards, but with a really country feel, and some wise person in a crowd at one of my early gigs called it hillbilly jazz – and the term stuck!”

Music will be performed from 5-9:30 pm on 10/4. Local musicians such as Wyatt Baldwin, Jonathan Smith, Billy Brockmann, Brandon Frazier, and DJ Kudlz will join Paul for solo and group performances throughout the evening. The Virginia Beer Company opens at Noon on Friday’s and will be donating $1 from every pint sold of any of their four Year Round beers to Hospice House on 10/4. There will also be a food truck serving all day and a raffle throughout the evening to raise additional funds for Hospice House.

“Our motto, Beer · People · Purpose, is something we take very seriously and one of the best things about working at VBC is having the opportunity to host events in support of wonderful local organizations like Hospice House. I felt that The Virginia Beer Company – where Paul has performed numerous times over the years – was the perfect place to give Paul a broader reach and a bigger stage to promote Hospice House,” notes Courtenay.

More information about Hospice House can be found at: https://williamsburghospice.org/

More information about Hops, Hope, & Hillbilly Jazz can be found at: https://www.virginiabeerco.com/

Crafting A Business

Join the William & Mary School of Business at the Virginia Beer Co. on Tuesday, September 17th as we seek to highlight, celebrate, and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit emerging from the William & Mary and Hampton Roads communities.
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Taps will be flowing from 7-9 pm to pair with Q&A by VBC’s co-founders and a live soundtrack from fellow member of the William & Mary Williamsburg-Peninsula Alumni Chapter, Clayton Perry! RSVP for “Crafting A Business” for FREE at the link below:
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More: Crafting a Business will be an ongoing event series featuring entrepreneurs speaking about their personal journey to success. Each story will offer insights and observations about the hurdles and considerations in bringing new ideas to market and building a profitable and rewarding business around them. The first event will be held at 7:00PM on September 17th at The Virginia Beer Company Taproom at 401 Second Street in Williamsburg, VA. The event is free to attend and will include a moderated discussion and opportunities to network with attendees. The inaugural September 17th event will feature Robby Willey and Chris Smith, co-founders of The Virginia Beer Company with live music from Clayton Perry https://www.claytonperrymusic.com.

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Virginia Beer Co. to Debut Two Community-Inspired Beers

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On Friday, August 23rd, The Virginia Beer Company is releasing 39 Words. This “Super Saison” (brewed with Blueberry Puree, Raspberry Puree, and Lemon Zest) was Designed and Brewed by the Women of the Virginia Beer Co. to celebrate Women’s Equality Day 2019 (commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution).

“The idea was first broached by one of our Brewers [Brad Adams],” commented VBC Taproom Manager & Business Developer Luci Legaspi. “We have a diverse group that makes up the Virginia Beer Co. family and we celebrate everyone’s ideas and identity. We have 5 women on the team and each of us loved the idea of spending a day in the brewery putting our touch on a VBC brew. We all had our own ideas for a recipe, but we all agreed that we definitely wanted to do something big and bold. This ‘Super Saison’ is packed with fruit flavor; and at 8.1% abv it’s definitely a bold take on a traditional style!”

The name, 39 Words, is the number of words in the 19th Amendment, which passed Women’s Suffrage in 1920. The Draft + 16 oz. Can releases will begin this Friday, 8/23 at Noon kicking off a full weekend of live music, new tappings, and rotating food trucks. "Saison up" all weekend then join the celebration of diversity, inclusivity, and beer brewed for all on Women’s Equality Day (Monday, 8/26). 39 Words will be available for a limited time exclusively at The Virginia Beer Company (401 Second Street).

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As part of this weekend’s celebration of community, the brewery will also be tapping a Golden Ale collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg on Saturday, August 24th. This Golden Ale was brewed in celebration of Kiwanis largest fundraiser of the year – Shrimp Feast – the 40th year that the event has been organized. This smooth and crisp Golden Ale (named Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy) will be tapped on Saturday at Noon as part of the Virginia Beer Co.’s 3rd Annual Crab Pickin’ in the Beer Garden seafood event. A portion of proceeds from every Pint of Golden Ale sold will be donated to Kiwanis.

“The Virginia Beer Company has been proud to be the exclusive craft beer provider for Kiwanis Shrimp Feast since the brewery opened in 2016,” remarked Co-Founder Robby Willey. “We love working with Kiwanis on this event, one that supports a number of amazing organizations in the community such as Dream Catchers and Camp Kesem. As this is the 40th anniversary of Shrimp Feast we thought a special brew was in order, and a seafood fest at the brewery seemed like a great time to kick off Shrimp Feast season!”

Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy will be released on Saturday, 8/24 and will be available exclusively at The Virginia Beer Company and at Shrimp Feast XL. Shrimp Feast XL will be held on Saturday, September 14th at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center from 4-7 pm. Tickets for Shrimp Feast will be available for sale at The Virginia Beer Company (401 Second Street) on Saturday, 8/24 from 12-6 pm; at Suter Printing (4399 Ironbound Road) during operating hours; and online at www.williamsburgkiwanis.org.

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Virginia Beer Co. Plans to Double Production Capacity in 2019

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — With a year over year average production capacity increase of over 20%, the Virginia Beer Co. is poised for another summer of growth with the addition of its first 90 bbl brite tank and first 90 bbl fermenter. In addition, the brewery recently installed a new 60 bbl fermenter (its sixth).

“We’re finding that we simply can’t keep up with demand for our flagship India Pale Ale, Free Verse,” noted VBC co-founder Chris Smith. “Based on the popularity of this recipe we were at a point where we were having to short the taproom in order to fulfill distributor orders in our home market [Hampton Roads, VA] and our first growth market [Richmond, VA]. We just installed a custom built Alpha Brewing Operations canning line so we hadn’t planned on any additional infrastructure investments this year. We quickly realized that it wasn’t sustainable (or recommended!) to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ so we pulled the trigger on three new tanks including our two largest to date, which will increase production capacity by almost 50% compared to last year.”

The brewery’s 30 bbl system is used to brew four flagship recipes — Free Verse India Pale Ale, Saving Daylight Citrus Wheat, Wrenish Rye Amber Ale, and Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout. The VBC brewing team typically double batches these recipes, along with seasonal releases, into the existing 60 bbl fermenters already staged within the brewery. The addition of a set of complementary 90 bbl tanks will allow the Virginia Beer Co. team to triple down on the production of their most popular offering, Free Verse, and free the team up over time to allow for growth of new recipes first brewed on the brewery’s 5 bbl pilot system.

One such recipe, Liquid Escape, is now on the precipice of being added to the brewery’s year round offerings. “This tart ale brewed with Lemongrass and Sea Salt was really popular when we released it as a taproom-only offering,” reflected brewmaster Jonathan Newman. “We love the way it could diversify our other offerings, and at less than 4.5% ABV we know it’s a crusher. But without these new tanks my team pretty much had to hurry up and wait to turn around as much Free Verse on the the larger system as possible. Now we have the tanks in place to plan for the Free Verse we need and to make the first change to our Year Round lineup since opening in 2016…without shorting anyone waiting for or wanting our beer.”

Since opening in March 2016, the Virginia Beer Co. has increased production capacity by 131%. Free Verse IPA and additional Virginia Beer Co. offerings can be found across much of the Commonwealth of Virginia and in select international markets. Liquid Escape makes its debut on draft and in 6-packs beginning in mid-June.

Careers & Beers

As of JUL. 18th, 2019: All positions are currently filled

The Virginia Beer Company is excited to announce that we are seeking another full time (40+ hours/week) staff member to join our taproom team in a long-term capacity! Please read through the description below and follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to apply. A career in beers & cheers awaits! 

Role Description
The Virginia Beer Company is hiring full-time staff to help with front of house needs. This includes working in VBC’s taproom to:

  • Pour beers, with attention to detail ensuring beer-clean glassware and proper head height.

  • Restock and organize packaged beer in taproom reach-in - accurately rotate products.

  • Service and fill crowlers/growlers/grunts for to-go purchase.

  • Answer questions about beer styles, VBC products, and area events over the phone and at the bar.

  • Clean/organize taproom, taproom amenities (eg, restrooms), and beer garden spaces.

  • Maintain bar area before, during, and after taproom hours.

  • Restock, organize, and change kegs in the taproom cooler - clean draft lines as required.

  • Organize, keep tidy, inventory, and sell merchandise.

  • Assist with live events and special releases (on and off-site).

  • Open and close the facility as a key-holder.

  • Compose nightly closing emails to communicate to Taproom Manager about shift occurrences.

  • Complete transactions in point of sale system and accurately handle cash and credit receipts.

  • In addition to taproom hours, help with private events on Tuesday’s as needed.

  • Execute weekly taproom specials and provide news about upcoming events.

Virginia Beer Co. Expectations

  • Demonstrate intimate knowledge and understanding of the Virginia Beer Co. story, beers, and culture.

  • Participate in brewery events and knowledge-building exercises.

  • Act as a positive brand ambassador for VBC - in person, online, and in the wild.

Candidates should be committed to seeking a full time, long-term position; we are a close-knit group working together in a collaborative environment, so we take great pride in our team dynamic! Willingness to work both individually and in a team setting, and in a fast paced environment. Interest in learning about the brewing process and facets of operating a brewery + taproom + beer garden. A desire to be outgoing, conversational, and social (beer is fun!) but the ability to stay professional (brewing is work and ABC laws are no joke). Interest in being the face of a company; our taproom staff are the public facing persona of the brewery! A thirst for adventure...we are still a relatively young startup, so there are still many adventures yet to come! 

Backgrounds in the brewing industry and/or within the bar and restaurant worlds are helpful but not required. More important: passion for the community. Our company mantra is Beer · People · Purpose. We are dedicated to engaging the community around us and giving back to it. Whether it be the beers we brew, the events we host, or the interactions we have with each patron - our staff must be excited about the opportunity to build up and give back to the community in which we live, brew, and play. 

In addition, candidates should have flexibility in availability. Additional staff will especially be needed during peak hours such as Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons/evenings, and Sunday afternoons. If you foresee regular difficulty in being available during these times, please let us know before accepting a future offer. 

Taproom Hours:  

  • Monday: 4 pm - 9 pm

  • Tuesday: Closed (open for private events)

  • Wednesday: 4 pm - 9 pm

  • Thursday: 4 pm - 9 pm

  • Friday: 12 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Saturday: 12 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Sunday: 12 pm - 7 pm

We pride ourselves on offering an engaging work environment, competitive full-time benefits, and opportunities to grow as we do.

To apply:  Please send an updated resume along with a cover letter that includes your five favorite beers (and why) to - Taproom@virginiabeerco.com

We look forward to working with you and working together to serve the Williamsburg area and beyond! 

The Cellar Circus

Virginia Beer Co. to Begin Release of Cellar Circus

Barrel-Fermented Permutation Series

The Cellar Circus is a new oak barrel-fermented permutation series concocted by the brewers of the Virginia Beer Co.

“This is a thoughtful experiment in Brett Farmhouse Ale recipes fermented directly in 11 Red and 11 White Wine Oak Barrels with a fusion of Saison yeast and Brettanomyces,” stated VBC Brewmaster Jonathan Newman.

Blending from unique, individual red and white wine barrels creates a litany of flavors amplified by almost a year spent fermenting directly in wood. Sweetness from the oak barrels is immediately followed by aromatics produced by the estery qualities of a Saison and delicate use of a variety of hops. Upon further investigation, the character instilled by the use of Brettanomyces during fermentation produces a complementary fruit-forward aftertaste with a clean, dry finish.

These will be the launch of an ongoing exploration of the infinite number of permutations possible as a result of purposeful, experimental barrel-fermentation and blending. The first two releases – Blend No. 001 and Blend No. 002 – were aged entirely in oak for almost a year, then blended and bottle-conditioned since Jul. and Dec. 2018 (respectively). These Brett Farmhouse Ales will be unveiled in the Virginia Beer Co. taproom beginning in late April with planned releases of new blends every quarter going forward.

“Featuring a rotation of hops and a combination of yeast, oak, and time…the finished product is complex yet delicate,” noted Jonathan. “After over a year of fermentation and aging, these blends are ready to enjoy now and fit for extended cellaring. We hope you’ll enjoy peaking behind the curtain to learn about the juggling act of brewing with wild yeast and the many permutations of blending as much as our team has.”

Learn more via the brewery’s Facebook page here: facebook.com/events/335109860541635/

Fresh Powder Returns

Slopes open on February 2nd for the return of Fresh Powder! Draft + Large Format Cans of this seasonal 100% Citra Double India Pale Ale return at Noon on Saturday, 2/2. Variants, Food Truck, and Live Music!

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This year, we're teaming up with CraftCellr for those who can't make it on release day! If you want to lock down your 4-pack of this DDH Lupulin Powder DIPA ahead of time, simply use the link below to reserve yours so you don't have to fight for your spot on the lift. We'll hold a limited number of Fresh Powder cans for pick-up during taproom hours starting at Noon on release day up until 7 pm on Sunday, 2/17.

Virginia Beer Co. Recognized Internationally

The Virginia Beer Company ended 2018 on a high note, receiving a European Beer Star Award for its Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout recipe in the worldwide Dry Stout category!

In mid-November, Virginia Beer Co. Co-Founder Chris Smith traveled to Nuremberg, Germany to attend BrauBeviale 2018 with 40,000 colleagues in the worldwide craft beer industry. BrauBeviale is the largest craft beverage exhibition in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Assistance from the Brewers Association's Export Development Program allowed Virginia Beer Co. to serve Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout, Apricot Orchard Brett Golden Ale, and In The Moment Citra & Mosaic Wet-Hopped Double IPA to thirsty attendees at the Brewers Association booth on the trade show floor.

The highlight of the trip was the presentation of the European Beer Star Awards, during which Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout was awarded a Silver medal in the Dry Stout category! The competition was strong, with 2,344 total beers from 51 countries entered into 60 categories.

“We were honored to be one of just 23 U.S. craft breweries to receive a medal,” remarked Chris. “Shout out to Port City Brewing Company for repping Virginia with us! Thank you to the BA, the organizers of BrauBeviale, the Private Brauereien team, and everyone in Nuremberg who stopped by for a beer. We look forward to returning to Europe for more beers & cheers in 2019!”

Virginia Beer Co. will again be sharing its recipes overseas in late February as part of a delegation of breweries representing Virginia at the Craft Beer Rising festival in London (the second year in a row that Virginia Beer Co. has attended this international festival).

More via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaBeerCo/posts/1102739599907702

Virginia Beer Co. Rings In Holiday Season with Week Of Giving

The start of December rings in the holidays, and the Virginia Beer Co. is working with community partners to highlight that the holidays are a time for giving back. “When we decided to open Virginia Beer Co. we knew that we wanted it to be a force for good in the form of a brewery,” says VBC Co-Founder Chris Smith. “We take our company mantra of Beer · People · Purpose to heart…it’s at the core of our business.”

Starting on Wednesday, December 5th, the brewery will be teaming with various community partners on three different holiday fundraisers throughout the first week of December to kick off the giving season. The first is the Ales for Avalon Holiday Fundraiser. Virginia Beer Co. will host the Avalon Center on Wednesday, December 5th from 5-9 pm. Attendees can learn about Avalon’s mission to end domestic and sexual violence, and donations of cleaning products & non-perishable goods will be accepted in exchange for raffle tickets for prizes from area businesses. 10% of all sales at the brewery that night will be donated to Avalon. Two Drummers Offbeat Eats will also be on-site.

The second event is being hosted at DoG Street Pub on Thursday, December 6th from 5-9 pm. To celebrate the release of Virginia Beer Co.’s holiday Spiced Milk Stout, Evil Santa, DoG Street Pub is hosting a tap takeover pint night to support Toys For Tots. There will be three Evil Santa variants on draft at the Pub, and their chefs will be offering a Virginia Beer Co. slider pairing and a Christmas cookie decorating contest. Guests who bring in a new & unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots will be eligible to receive an Evil Santa / DoG Street Pub logo pint glass, available exclusively at Thursday’s toy drive.

The third event of the week will be held on Saturday, December 8th back at the brewery. Handmade Holiday: A Christmas Craft Fair is VBC’s third artisan market, this time in conjunction with Williamsburg’s own Made, Co. who have gathered 10 creators for a day of supporting local. From 12-6 pm, guests can shop small along with a make-your-own ornament station for kids and a gift wrapping station. Proceeds from the gift wrapping station will benefit Wings of Refuge, a non-profit that offers aid to underprivileged children in Haiti. Matchsticks BBQ Co. will also be on-site, and there will be live music from 2-5 pm.

Co-Founder Robby Willey: “We work year-round to stay engaged in the community in which we live, brew, and play. It’s important to everyone at VBC that we get involved and give back in as many ways as we can, and it’s especially important at this time of year. We’re excited to start the holiday season by sharing the spirit of giving to support our community partners!”

More information about the brewery’s events can be found at:  

VirginiaBeerCo.com/food-trucks/