BOOM. Crafted (in Williamsburg).

Williamsburg, VA recently hosted its largest craft festival to date, Whistle Belly. The festival was met with a great reception! Large crowds, many breweries, spirits & wine, tasty food, good fun and the debut of The Virginia Beer Co.'s second collaboration, and first in the Virginia market, alongside Alewerks Brewing Co. This was the third iteration of the festival, coordinated in large part by DoG Street Pub, and if things continue moving in this direction it's safe to say we can look forward to more (and bigger) craft festivals in the future! Check out these articles from The Virginia Gazette & Daily Press: 

Whistle Belly craft beer festival draws big crowd

Williamsburg becoming microbrew hot spot in time for craft beer month

With two existing breweries, Alewerks Brewing Company and Brass Cannon Brewing Co. (and one in planning, of course!); a winery, The Williamsburg Winery; two distilleries, Copper Fox Distillery and The Williamsburg Distillery; and a new meadery, Silver Hand Meadery, Williamsburg will soon have liquid craft for all to enjoy!

This calls for a celebration. Come out to Alewerks on Thursday, 8/6 starting at 5 pm to celebrate Williamsburg's craft scene and National IPA Day with a pint of our Williamsburg collaboration Red Rye IPA!

The More The Merrier!

In the recent WY Daily article, JCC Planners OK Small-Scale Alcohol Production in Commercial Areas, The Virginia Beer Company received a shout out as an example of one member of the burgeoning craft industry in Virginia's Historic Triangle.

“Craft alcohol production is a burgeoning part of the Historic Triangle’s economy, with several new businesses either in the planning stages or in the process of opening for business.

The Silver Hand Meadery is seeking permission from the City of Williamsburg to open for business at the Monticello Shopping Center, while Copper Fox Distillery has acquired the former Lord Paget Motel and is working to open there.

In York County...AleWerks has been operating since 2006 and The Virginia Beer Company is expected to open in the county...on Second Street. York County altered its zoning ordinance in December to open more areas of the county to alcohol production. ”

— Gregory Connolly, WY Daily Reporter

We're happy to be a part of it and hope to make some history of our own!


The Williamsburg Spirits Scene is A-"Buzz"!

The spirits industry in Williamsburg is growing right before our very eyes! First our friends over at Copper Fox Distillery announced their plans to open a second facility right down the road from 401, and now Silver Hand Meadery is bringing its award-winning meads to the Burg. If we hadn't already decided to open a brewery here we're pretty sure that all this news would encourage us to find an excuse to come to Williamsburg. New Business Hopes to Make a Buzz with Craft Mead

Cheers to much success, Glenn!

Update:  On May 25th, a follow up article was published confirming that Silver Hand can officially move forward with their project!

The Williamsburg Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the City Council approve the Silver Hand Meadery’s application to open for business on Monticello Avenue next to the Monticello Shopping Center.

— Ian Brickey, Reporter