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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. 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/