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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

BeerAdvocate’s Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the US

BeerAdvocate’s Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the US

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – On the cusp of its first anniversary, The Virginia Beer Company was recently recognized as one of the top new breweries in the country by BeerAdvocate magazine. As part of BeerAdvocate’s annual “Class Of” honors, 34 breweries out of the 861 new breweries that opened across the country in 2016 were selected as the best in their class. Virginia Beer Co. was one of two Virginia breweries selected for last year’s honors.

The Brew Enthusiast

We started 2017 off by catching up with our friends at The Brew Enthusiast, and spent some time discussing/enjoying 'Burg beer and looking ahead to what's brewing in the new year. Cliffs Notes: seasonal cans, bottle releases, more barrel-aging/fermenting, new small batch beers, and all the cheers you can handle! 

I think VBC is going to do well, both because the founding team is awesome, and because they’ve already set a solid foundation on their business. Their brewhouse, already stocked with a 5-barrel pilot system, is built for long term growth, and they made it abundantly clear that that they’ve got s%#t to do and they’re going to get it done.
— Chris McClellan, The Brew Enthusiast

Full article available at The Brew Enthusiast

Robby Willey (co-founder), Chris Smith (co-founder), and Jonathan Newman (brewmaster)

Ho-Ho Holidays Come to 401

 The holidays are upon us and we are giddy with glee for the fun that's leading us into 2017! We hope you'll join us throughout November + December for festive beers & cheers as we wrap our first year in business with cavalcade of beer releases, discounts, food trucks, and events! 

Regular business hours unless otherwise noted, AND there is always a food truck on premise every day we're open

Wednesday, 11/23:  Awkward Wednesday! Trying to hide from your high school prom date while you head out for a pre-Thanksgiving pint? Well 401 wasn't open last year so hide out with us + Creekside Catering Co.! Then take us home for Thanksgiving dinner (we won't argue politics with your aunt): discounts + free koozies for case purchases; steal the vessel when buying/filling new glass growlers & grunts & Crowlers; discounts on fills of new Hydro Flask growlers! 

Thursday, 11/24:  Thanksgiving! We're closed for the day and wish you, your friends, and family the very best. See you on Friday! 

Friday, 11/25:  Black Friday! Open 12-9:30 pm and joined by The Grilled Cheese Academy. Offering STEEP discounts on all VBC merchandise, apparel, and vessels. Plus we're teaming with The Wine Seller and Copper Fox Distillery on a food drive for Feed Our Future in honor of Sparkle Friday! Pat yourself on the back with a fresh Brewmaster's Pin, tapped around 3:30ish. 

Saturday, 12/3:  Food Truck Frenzy! Four brewery tours - three food trucks - two live bands - one brand new holiday beer release! 

Tuesday, 12/6:  History On Tap! We team with Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia Beer Museum, and the Virginia Historical Society to bring you an evening of tasting, learning, and touring. Tickets required to sample our historic beer collaboration and learn about beer through the ages:  bit.ly/historyontapvbc

Wednesday, 12/7:  New beer release! 

Friday, 12/9:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Sunday, 12/11: The long-awaited debut of Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout in cans! Plus specials on cases of 12 oz. cans and a food truck too! 

Monday, 12/12:  Holiday Beer Dinner at the brewery with Creekside Catering Co.! Tickets required: bit.ly/vbccateredaffair

Friday, 12/16:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Saturday, 12/17:  A Holiday Homecoming concert with Big Mama Shakes! 5 BANDS (plus TWO food trucks!) bring down the brewery as we welcome friends & family back to Williamsburg for the ho-ho holidays! And a new beer release featuring an IPA collaboration with Aslin Beer Co.

Thursday, 12/22:  The Virginia Theatre Machine haunts the beer garden from 7-8 pm for their own unique version of A Christmas Carol! Free, family friendly show! 

Friday, 12/23:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Sunday, 12/25:  Christmas Day! We're closed for the day and wish you, your friends, and family the very best. See you on Monday! 

Monday, 12/26:  HOLIDAY BONUS HOURS (Monday from 12-9 pm) to celebrate the week between Christmas and New Year's ahead of normal hours starting again on Wednesday, 12/28! 

Tuesday, 12/27:  Open two extra days (Tuesday from 1-9 pm) to celebrate the week between Christmas and New Year's ahead of normal hours starting again on Wednesday, 12/28! 

Friday, 12/30:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Sunday, 1/1/17:  Closed for New Year's Day. Thanks for an amazing 2016 and well wishes to you all for an amazing 2017! 

Monday, 1/2/17:  Starting 2017 off with INDUSTRY DAY + NIGHT! Open from 12-9 pm and offering 50% off all liquid when you show a current pay stub from a restaurant, food industry, or beverage industry job. 

Welcome the Harvest

Fall is here and we are celebrating the harvest season with a bounty of bodacious beer events! More information to come, but please see below for our plans for the first half of the wonderful month of November. And don't forget, we have a food truck on site EVERY day that we're open! 

Visit our family friendly taproom & pet friendly beer garden every Wednesday through Sunday for beers & cheers! 

August is VA Craft Beer Month

August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and we here at 401 are STOKED to finally be able to participate with our very own beers and our very own brewery. We have a bevy of amazing events scheduled throughout the month and more being added all the time. Food trucks EVERY DAY we're open plus new cask ales and live music EVERY FRIDAY.

Click on the links below for more information about each event, and check back early & often for more. Ready for beers & cheers? We are!

8/4:  National IPA Day at 401

8/5:  Friday Night Live (6-9 pm) feat. music by Chisman Creek Band's Southern Junction + food by Creekside Catering Co.

8/6:  Poses & Pints (9:30 am) + Food Truck Frenzy!

8/7:  Whistle Belly

8/10:  VBC + Alewerks Collaboration Release at 401

8/12:  Friday Night Live (6-9 pm) feat. music by Band JNM + food by Capt'n Crabby

8/13:  Pure Barre pop-up class at 401 (9:30 am)

8/13:  Alewerks Jubilee celebration feat. Williamsburg Tasting Trail

8/13:  Flavor: Beer & Food...A Culinary Collaboration @ Hunt Club Farm

8/19:  Friday Night Live (6-9 pm) feat. music by Scott Varney + food by Cast Iron Catering

8/20:  Drop-in yoga class at 401 with Yoga on Tap (9:30 am)

8/20:  Virginia Craft Brewers Fest @ Devils Backbone Brewing Company

8/23:  VBC Beer Dinner @ 1608 Crafthouse (6:00 pm)

8/26:  Friday Night Live (6-9 pm) feat. music by Robbie Kerns + food by Creekside Catering Co.

8/27:  Pure Barre pop-up class at 401 (9:30 am)

8/29:  Community beer dinner at 401 feat. Foodatude

BIG Weekend

TWO beer releases, TWO food trucks, TWO events, TWO days. Kinda loving this weekend so much that we're adding hours on Sunday!

Things kick off Saturday at Noon with Belgians & Bro's and Wit & Measure! Bro's Fish Tacos will be serving 'til 9ish and we're open until 9:30 pm!

But don't sleep on Sunday...at least don't sleep in! We are opening EARLY for Fans on the Run | June. We'll be up & pouring at 9:30 am after the run, joined by Paradise Bistro @ The Virginia Beer Co who will be serving BREAKFAST on the beer garden! And we'll be bringing back Fans favorite Rob Your Head Imperial Red for the occasion.

Later on Sunday Barley's Visits Virginia Beer Company at 1 pm for a guided tour + tasting with our brewmaster. AND Paradise Bistro at The Virginia Beer Co. continues to dish for lunch & dinner. Open until 7 pm!

Happy/hoppy weekend, all!

94.9 The Point + Taste The Trail Escape

We recently had the pleasure of joining our friends from The Williamsburg Winery on 94.9 The Point in Virginia Beach to sample some of our year round beers and to discuss our new shared tasting package (see the live stream here). TWW is incredibly supportive of the wonderfully diverse food & beverage scene in Williamsburg, so they were kind enough to team up with The Virginia Beer Co. and Silver Hand Meadery for a new Taste The Trail Escape package. Thinking of spending a night in Williamsburg? You should be!

Wine? Check.

Mead? Check.

Beer? Check.

Food? Check.

Cheers? Check. Check. Check!

For more information, please visit the Wedmore Place website.

At Long Last

The reports of Virginia Beer Co.'s opening have been greatly exaggerated...but not by much! Here at 401 we have been brewing on both our 30-barrel brewhouse and our 5-barrel pilot system since late January. We're working hard to get our 2,000 sq. ft. taproom and 2,000 sq. ft. beer garden ready to host each and every one of you. And it's all finally coming together! Our beers and our facility are almost ready. We'll be putting 401 through it's final paces in the coming weeks before our grand opening, which we can finally announce will be on Saturday, March 26th. We have MANY more details to come. In the meantime, please note the following dates (we promise these don't involve much beer...we're saving the good stuff for 3/26!). And keep the 26th marked on your calendars:  we'll have plenty of beers and plenty of cheers ready and waiting for everyone on 3/26!

Saturday, 3/12 - Hosting a private event

Sunday, 3/13 - Hosting a private event

Tuesday, 3/15 - Hosting a private event

Friday, 3/18 - Hosting a private event

Wednesday, 3/23 - Hosting a private event

Saturday, 3/26 - 401'S DOORS OPEN FOR OUR GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

Cheers & Beers

Local Scoop Gets The Scoop On VBC

We're all really excited (understatement) about the start of brewing at The Virginia Beer Company. Just as we were preparing for our very first brew day in January, The Local Scoop swooped in and got the scoop (so to speak) on our plans to get brewing and get open in 2016. Excerpt below and the full story can be enjoyed here

Amid the hustle and bustle of preparations last week in anticipation of Winter Storm Jonas, the team at Virginia Beer Co. was busy preparing for another momentous, albeit less apocalyptic, occasion.

After years of planning, co-founders Robby Willey and Chris Smith, along with brewmaster Jonathan Newman, worked despite the backdrop of snow to get ready for the first brew day at their Second Street brewery in Williamsburg.

If all goes to plan, the new craft brewery will have its first beer completed by mid-February, with a goal to finish seven more beers ahead of a grand opening tentatively scheduled for March.

“We’re all really excited,” Willey said.
— Amanda Kerr, The Local Scoop Magazine