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!

Click the link. Cut the line. Hit the slopes. Fresh Powder awaits. ❄️
🎿 https://virginiabeerco.craftcellr.com/offers/41091

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.

Careers & Beers

As of Jan. 31st, 2019: Full-Time Position has been 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! 

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/

REVELRY 2018

⚓ $18 online (vs. $22 gate)
⚓ $5 Student Discount (code: ROLLTRIBE18)
⚓ 12 & Under get in for FREE

· · ·

revelry - noun - rev·el·ry - /ˈrevəlrē/:

lively and noisy festivities

· · ·

On Friday, October 12th, VBC sets sail for the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka. Steer your way to Williamsburg’s most idyllic music venue for an evening of Revelry! The gates open at 5:30 PM and local favorites BrassWind take the stage at 6:30 PM. America’s Yacht Rock Captains, Three Sheets to the Wind, follow at 8 PM.

TICKETS

At least six Virginia Beer Co. offerings (including new releases and old favorites) will be available for purchase. Food will be available for purchase from Old City BBQ and The Catering Company of Williamsburg.

Parking fees are included with ticket purchase. Additional information can be found in the Event FAQ. Join us as we revel in good food, good beer, and good company!


Three Sheets to the Wind

Named "Best Band" by STYLE Weekly seven years running (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017), Three Sheets to the Wind is "America's #1 Tribute to Yacht Rock."

Three Sheets to the Wind pays authentic tribute to soft rock classics from the late '70s and '80s—undoubtedly the smoothest music ever created by mankind. It was an era of high gas prices and oil embargos that led America back to the simple joys of sailing, pina coladas, moustaches, and makin' love…sweet love.

The heartbeat of this sexy-tet belongs to short-shorted drummer Danny Marnier. Bass duties fall to steady shipmate Sonny Pockett. The saccharine saxophone sweetness is supplied by Goldman Sax, while manly keyboardist Walter Ego, guitarist Captain Max Power, and multi-instrumentalist Topper Dandy rock you softly with their sincere vocal delivery and sweeter-than-TaB™ harmonies.

When your soft rock needs a little extra kick, Three Sheets to the Wind will appear with world renowned, three-piece brass section, The Rounding Cape Horns. Book at your own risk and hide your daughters, though, because the combined talents of this noble nonet are smoother than Billy Dee Williams--and rest assured that it works…every time.

BrassWind

Brasswind started in November of 2017. All friends with one another but hardly ever playing together in the same room...they all decided it was time! Some of the most talented musicians in the area coming together to form a 'SuperBand' of sorts! Brasswind specializes in executing high-quality vocal and instrumental displays and recreating the classic horn-band sound of our yesteryear's!

Envision being in a big hall venue or amphitheater seeing Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, James Brown, The Temptations, or The King of Pop Michael Jackson! Music back when music was music! An era of culture filled with prolific musicians and quality repertoire that was written with substance and purpose! Brasswind can do it all. High-energy horn arrangements to get you moving, or beautiful ballads that will have you swaying with that special someone.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

LAKE MATOAKA

5:30-10:30 PM

TICKETS

FAQ

Set Sail With VBC! 

Help Us Make More Of The Good Stuff

Help us make more beer! We're starting the search to grow our production team. We have new tanks, more taps, growing territories, and a canning line on the way! If you're interested in a career involving everything that goes into beer & brewing, click on the link below to learn more about joining our badass brewing team.

https://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?78806-Brewer-Cellar-Position-Virginia-Beer-Company
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VBC does ACBW: May 14-20, 2018

VBC is celebrating small, independent craft beer with a week of events in honour of American Craft Beer Week! Join us every day from open on Monday, May 14th through close on Sunday, May 20th for a week of taproom events, new beers, new food trucks, daily specials, and a surprise or three.

May 14th-20th / "CraftBeer.com Spirit Week Special”
🍺 Rock ANY American craft brewery swag and receive 20% off VBC swag!

Monday, May 14th / 4-9 pm
🍺 Event: Walk-Thru with Willey
(brewery tours and Q&A on the half-hour, 5-8 pm)
🍺 Special: Treat Yo' Self to Industry Night
🍺 Food Truck: The Black Pearl

Tuesday, May 15th / 6-9 pm
🍺 Event: WSOL Encore Affairs Live Music, Food Truck & Brewery Tour
(Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League Encore Affairs fundraiser)
🍺 Live Music: Bill and Pam Gurley with Fiddlesticks
🍺 Food Truck: FoodaTude..Food with Attitude

Wednesday, May 16th / 4-9 pm
🍺 Event: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Beer!
(Rock/Paper/Scissors tourney for prizes!)
🍺 Special: Gather The Tribe
🍺 Food Truck DEBUT: The Hungry Pug

Thursday, May 17th / 4-9 pm
🍺 Event: Arcade Hero: ACBW Video Game Night
(classic systems, FREE play!)
🍺 Special: Hot For Teacher
🍺 Food Truck DEBUT: Bojangles'

Friday, May 18th / 12-9:30 pm
🍺 Event: Taproom Battle: Dueling Pins
(TWO cask tappings @ 4 pm)
🍺 Special: Discounted to-go fills, 12-3 pm
🍺 Live Music: Cole Stevens and the Delta Daggers
🍺 Late Night: Salsa Night at VBC
(DJ + dancing w/ Victor Haskins & DJ Alex.VA)
🍺 Food Truck: Cubania

Saturday, May 19th / 12-9:30 pm
🍺 Event: Brewers Brawl: Flight of the Daylights
(THREE limited variant tappings @ Noon)
🍺 Special: FREE brewery tours, 3 pm & 4 pm
🍺 Food Truck: The German Snack Shack

Sunday, May 20th / 12-7 pm
🍺 Event: Tie-Dye Party: Deadbolt Style
(Tie-dye your own Deadoblt t-shirt)
🍺 Special: Takeaway discounts on Cans + Fills
🍺 Live Music: Haze & Dacey
🍺 Food Truck: Suck On This BBQ

Plus: An entire month of #DeadboltDay events!

#BeerItForward

Full-Time Friends FAQ

The Virginia Beer Co.’s Full-Time Friends:

More than just a mug club

Interested in becoming a part of the virginia beer co.’s Full-Time Friends social club? Join us: 

Where are the benefits of becoming one of our Full-Time Friends? 

Membership into an exclusive group of beer lovers who get:

  • behind-the-scenes access to the brewery,

  • FTF-only beers,

  • VIP events,

  • beer release previews,

  • club swag,

  • …and a full year of specials on beers & cheers!

The full list of benefits can be found here: bit.ly/FTF2019

Where do I purchase a 2019 Full-Time Friends membership?

You can purchase your membership right here! Memberships are also available for sale in the taproom. Sign-ups end on January 1st, 2019. 

When do the benefits begin and end?

Purchasing a Full-Time Friends membership entitles you to benefits beginning on the first day the brewery opens in 2019 (January 2nd @ 4 pm) - lasting for a full year, through December 31, 2019. 

Who can receive these benefits?

The benefits are for you, the member, but not eligible to be used by anyone else. 

Members will receive a “Plus 1” for all VIP events!

Can I use my FTF glass at the brewery?

An exclusive 20 oz. Full-Time Friends nonic pint will be given to each member early in 2019. That is for you to better enjoy beers & cheers at home!

We’ll have the same 20 oz. Full-Time Friends nonic pints available for you to use at the brewery so you can show off your status, much to the awe of those around you.

Why are beers above 8% ABV excluded from the up-sizing benefit?

Safe, responsible consumption is extremely important to us! Beers above 8% ABV are best enjoyed in servings up to 13 oz. But don't worry, as a member of Full-Time Friends you'll get 10% off our high gravity beers EVERY day!

We have 16 taps and most of our beers are under 8% ABV, so you'll have plenty of options for the bump to 20 oz. pours EVERY day!  

Can I buy an additional Full-Time Friends glass? 

Yes (while supplies last)! Additional Full-Time Friends glassware will be available for purchase beginning at the first FTF event.

When will I receive all of my slick new FTF swag?

The majority of these exclusive items will be available at our first VIP sneak peek event in early 2019.

What kind of shirt is included in the Exclusive FTF Button-Down Shirt Up-Size package?

This will be a high-end, long-sleeve, button-down shirt similar in quality to the shirt that Charter Members received in 2018, but of a different style. This shirt will be of AT LEAST a $50 value and will feature the VBC logo, FTF logo, and a personalized monogram of your choice.

For those interested in adding the exclusive FTF button-down to their membership, please select the second (Up-Size) option in the dropdown at checkout.

If you select the Up-Size option, you will received a follow-up email during the first week of January to personalize your bonus swag!

How will I be alerted to the 2019 FTF kick-off and additional news/notes/events? 

We will be in touch through a number of mediums - in the taproom, in a FTF-only Facebook group, and via email - with personal updates and details on upcoming exclusive FTF events throughout the year! 

A preferred email will be asked for when you purchase membership. Email will be the primary method of communication for FTF updates throughout the year.

How do I unlock my benefits when I get to the brewery? 

When the year starts, simply come in and say “Hi!” to the team; then let them know which benefit you’re interested in utilizing (e.g., up-size pint, discount on to-go beer, new brew sneak peak)! As we get to know you even better, you won’t have any problems receiving each and every one of the FTF member benefits.

You will also receive a FTF bottle opener keychain that can be flashed to new team members if you - like us - sometimes want to make a grand entrance.

Can I buy this as a gift?

Yes! In the Member Info form at checkout, please fill in the lucky recipient's information and choose "Yes" in the Is This Membership Being Purchased As A Gift? dropdown so we know not to spill the beans.

Then get ready to be thanked. A lot. 

Is FTF refundable and/or transferable?

Once membership is purchased, it is yours and yours alone for the (amazing) year ahead.

Can you mail my FTF swag to me if I don't live locally?

Absolutely! If you have concerns about not making it in to grab your goods, just let us know and we’ll be in touch with shipping options.

How does membership renewal work?

The annual renewal period will begin in mid-November each year and will continue through the 1st of January, or until memberships are sold out. Charter & current members will receive a heads up about renewals before announcements to the general public.

Who should I contact if I have a question?

Hit us up in the taproom, or send any questions to: 

Taproom@VirginiaBeerCo.com

The Entrepreneurs Connection

We are often asked the question: "Why open a brewery in Williamsburg?" It's a multi-faceted answer involving a connection to William & Mary, timing in the Virginia craft beer explosion, individual careers, and more. 

Recently we sat down with members of GW Launchpad (The Greater Williamsburg Incubator), Thomas Nelson Community College, and James City County at The Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center (at the William & Mary Mason School of Business) to discuss our roots, our adventures, and our progress. 

If you're interested in the story of The Virginia Beer Company, or in the entrepreneurial adventure, take a look at the video below to learn about ours. If you're in the Williamsburg area, keep an eye out for future Startup LINK meetings, and as always - feel free to reach out to us with any questions! 

VBC's Startup LINK

An inside look at how Virginia Beer Company started their journey to become one of the most talked about craft breweries in Williamsburg, Virginia. Presented by the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurial Center, Launchpad, Thomas Nelson Community College and James City County.

The Barrel Fermentation Project

Within a few months of opening our doors in March 2016 we started putting beer in oak barrels at The Virginia Beer Company.  There's nothing particularly ground-breaking about barrel-aging high gravity beers. Pretty much every brewery is doing it, and for good reason - the results can be delicious. 

In July 2016 we started the Barrel Fermentation Project.  While most barrel-aged beers are fermented in stainless steel tanks, and then fully fermented beer is racked into oak to age, this project is a little different.  Taking inspiration from old world brewing techniques, the Barrel Fermentation Project fills used wine barrels with freshly cooled wort direct from the brewhouse, completely bypassing the stainless cellar tanks. Once in the barrels the wort for Batch I was inoculated with a variety of yeasts including multiple strains of Brettanomyces, a "wild" Saccharomyces strain, and Saison yeast. 

Spontaneous fermentation, this is not, and does not pretend to be. Known cultures were pitched with intention and flavor profiles in mind. That said, there is a definite lack of control involved in this project and that makes it that much more exciting. So much of my day as a brewer is about controlling fermentation - yeast cell counts, fermentation temperature profiles, sanitation, gravity readings, QA/QC lab sampling/incubation, etc. The Barrel Fermentation Project gets rid of most of that regimentation, instead leaving the blend of yeasts to do their own individual thing as they will over time. 

On the day we pulled Barrel Fermentation I from the Hungarian Oak red wine barrels for packaging, we were simultaneously brewing another batch, Barrel Fermentation II. As soon as the barrels were empty they were refilled with fresh wort for Barrel Fermentation III. Refilling the same barrels allows the now resident yeast culture in the barrels to take over with no additional yeast being added.  We'll see what happens with this one and let the beer and the barrels tell us when it is ready!

This first release is one of my favorite beers that I've ever had a hand in producing, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I do. I think it had just the right amount of Brettanomyces fruity funk to complement (but not overpower) the Nelson Sauvin hops and oak character. 

Barrel Fermentation II (also brewed in July 2016) has been tasting quite nice out of the barrels. It has since been kegged and bottled, with an infusion of Brett Brux directly into the bottles to add a component of bottle-conditioning to this project. The bottle-conditioning will produce even more of the trademark esters and phenols that often mark a "Brett beer" as funky with hints of tartness.

Entirely approriate to enjoy now or to cellar for a future occasion, look for the bottle releases of Barrel Fermentation II, III, and IV - all blends that have fermented for months in Williamsburg Winery French & American oak red wine barrels. No promises on when Batch V will be ready - time and wild yeast will tell.

Cheers to lack of control and more barrel fermentations!

Learn more about...

Saison Tournante - Barrel Fermentation I

Saison Tournante - Barrel Fermentation II

Saison Tournante - Barrel Fermentation III

Saison Tournante - Barrel Fermentation IV