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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/

REVELRY 2018

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

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

lively and noisy festivities

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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

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Set Sail With VBC! 

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.

Travel Therapy in Williamsburg

Last year, Team Virginia Beer Co. was invited to visit NYC for a Visit Williamsburg event. One Williamsburg visiting another...very existential! During this visit we had the pleasure of meeting Karen Schaler, host of Travel Therapy. As they say, all good things come to those who wait - last month, Karen made the trip to our own Williamsburg in Virginia. She visited a number of spectacular locations in the area including The Williamsburg Winery, Alewerks Brewing Company, and Silver Hand Meadery. We had just started brewing a couple weeks prior, and we were fortunate enough to also host Karen during her tour! Check out the video below and make plans to visit all of these great Williamsburg area destinations this spring!

TRAVEL THERAPY with Karen Schaler Featuring Greater Williamsburg, Virginia as Hidden Gem Winter Romantic Escape for Couples. See Karen's top foodie finds, resorts, spas and craft beverages.

Colonial Williamsburg's Ales Through The Ages

We love being part of a community that is always finding new ways to celebrate great beer. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is even getting in on the fun! The Foundation will be hosting a symposium entitled Ales Through The Ages from March 18-20. The three-day event is chock full of incredible speakers, including author Randy Mosher, Karen Fortmann of White Labs, author Stan Hieronymus, Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt, John Mallett of Bell's, Mitch Steele of Stone, and beer historian Ron Pattinson, just to name a few. Multiple tasting opportunities are also included in the schedule.

More information about the conference, including registration information, can be found here. Frank Clark, Master of Historic Foodways at Colonial Williamsburg, has done a fantastic job bringing such a high-profile symposium to Williamsburg. March is a beautiful month here in Williamsburg. We are looking forward to hosting craft beer lovers in town for the symposium in our taproom and beer garden! 

 

What's In A Story

One of the biggest draws to me for opening a brewery was doing so with one of my best friends. Who doesn't like the idea of working together with someone you know you get along with, and someone who shares similar ideals to you on Day 1 in the workplace? And that dream is about to become a reality as we get ready to open The Virginia Beer Company in Williamsburg, VA in Spring 2016! For Chris, Jonathan, and I it has been a long, amazing, arduous, and fulfilling journey to build this brewery and finally, in 2016, begin brewing! For Chris and I in particular, the conversation to open a brewery started as far back as 2007 and really ramped up in 2010, before Chris & Erin quit their jobs in 2012 to move back to Williamsburg. As you can see from the very first press we ever received about The Virginia Beer Co. in this 2013 article from The Flat Hat, it took us a bit longer than expected to get up and brewing. Not for lack of planning and trying (we tell ourselves), but sometimes that's the way opening a new business goes. Preparedness and dedication will eventually win the day, and we've had a number of amazing experiences since returning to Williamsburg (I following suit full time in 2014).

One of the things that kept us going was our fondness for the Greater Williamsburg area. A big reason for returning to Williamsburg to open a business was because it's where our story as partners began. While we looked at many different areas up & down the East Coast that could have been interesting places to open a brewery, at the end of the day we knew we were coming together over our love of beer in the state where we met, and doing so in the place that brought us together just made sense. It didn't hurt that Chris's wife, Erin, was also a William & Mary alum. Or that Chris and I volunteered for a board for the College and co-chaired our respective 5-year reunion gifts, both bringing us back to campus on a regular basis. Or that Chris's youngest brother, Will, was set to graduate from the same university in 2014. Whatever the reasons, we had a continued appreciatioin for our time at W&M, for the lessons learned while there, and for the personal connections we had maintained since graduating. One thing was for certain:  when the time came to start our adventure in 2012, we had no doubt that Williamsburg was the place to do so. It was the home to a community that had already given much to us and our friends and our families. We were already giving back to the college community part-time, so why not make it a full time endeavour and give back to the Greater Williamsburg area community on a full time basis? The passion to create something that could foster community engagement and be philanthropy focused was there and we simply needed the place and the mechanism to bring it all together.

It has taken us longer than we thought. It's been more expensive and more frustrating than ever imagined. But recently, Chris and I were afforded opportunities to reflect on our stories. Chris was even asked by his high school alma mater (Westminster School), a high school that his wife and all of his brothers also attended, to reflect way back about what then and what now tied together to push him down an entrepreneurial path. I recently had the opportunity to reflect on my relationship with my collegiate alma mater, an alma mater shared with Chris and his wife and Chris's youngest brother, about where my experiences have led me. All of this reflection reminded us about the authenticity of our place and plan, and why we've continued to forge down the road of uncertainty to open a brand new brewery amid a booming brewing landscape. Long story short:  here, in Williamsburg, it's personal. It's why we're here. It's why we're still here. And it's why we love being here!

All of this nostalgia came about as we approached the eve of our first brew day, when we had the recent fortune to reconnect with William & Mary's newspaper, The Flat Hat, to provide an update on our plans. This time, we actually had a facility to tour, a brewmaster to introduce, and ingredients waiting to be turned into beer! So while we may have missed the mark by about two years between interviews with The Flat Hat, needless to say we were pretty excited to see where our story had taken us when we finally had a chance to read the new article...

College Alumni bring brewing to the ‘Burg

So what's in a story? Well, to us, just about everything. And we hope that you'll agree when you have the chance to sample The Virginia Beer Co.'s rotation of beers at 401 Second Street this spring!

Quick Hits & Food Trucks, Part 2

It's been an amazing start to the new year in the Greater Williamsburg area. The biggest news (at least for us) is that The Virginia Beer Company's buildout at 401 Second Street is practically complete! With the exception of a few odds & ends on our punch list, we've been working steadily along to make this facility into the brewery of the future. With the wrap of construction and the start of brewing (maybe that's bigger news!), we've been busy getting ready for a grand opening in the spring, and find ourselves trying to take a moment to recap the amazing start to the year.

In our last update, we provided a few notes on the delivery of our brewing equipment and the progress of our buildout. In addition, we were getting hungry over the prospect of food trucks being allowed in York County. The December vote that was set to allow food trucks was tabled due to a complication (per WYDaily), but the New Year's resolution stuck early and the Board of Supervisors passed the updated regulations in January (per WYDaily) (almost a year after we first started the conversation)! We had initially worked to design 401's beer garden so that food trucks could pull alongside the space and provide access to their sumptuous morsels while our patrons were enjoying the outdoors with a Virginia beer in hand in front of the brewery. We're now excited about the opportunity to work with Williamsburg's amazing culinary artists and introduce the area to some new flavors (such as from our friends at Karnage Asada) now that we can formally host food trucks at 401!

Meanwhile, the Hampton Roads craft beer scene continued to grow in new and exciting ways. Future openings by fellow newcomers were announced and upcoming moves and expansions by other known brewers were unveiled. In addition, the year-end brought with it a time of celebration for the amazing brewing going on around the area. We were thrilled that our Public Frenemy No. 1 collaboration with fellow York County brewery Alewerks Brewing Company received a silver medal for Best Collaboration at the VEER Magazine Golden Tap Awards! To play even a small role in the HRVA craft beer scene in 2015 before we open was a great thrill. We CANNOT WAIT to get even more involved when Spring 2016 rolls around!

Quick Hits & Food Trucks

It has been a whirlwind around 401 Second Street the past few months. We have been working steadily through our buildout and site work, and after many months are mere weeks away from the completion of these tasks. All of our major brewing equipment is now in house, and if all goes well Virginia Beer Co. will be brewing in a few (comparatively) short weeks! We had a quick mention in a recent business notes section in The Virginia Gazette to mark the milestone of our equipment delivery.

We've also been working closely with York County on their food truck regulations. After many conversations about the viability of food trucks in the area, and our desire to host them at 401, we are happy to report that York County's Planning Commission came out in support of food trucks in November! We're now less than a week away from a final vote on the topic by the York County Board of Supervisors on 12/15. If all goes well, we'll be seeing some tasty trucks roll in to Williamsburg (with many frequent stops at 401) in 2016!

Exciting times around Williamsburg and around 401!

VEER’s 2015 Golden Tap Award Nominees

VEER Magazine (which recently featured a great article about Virginia Beer Co.) has unveiled it's spectacular list of nominees for it's 2015 Golden Tap Awards! There are over 40 categories featuring beer styles, breweries, beer stores, and everything in between.

The Virginia Beer Co. is thrilled to be included in the Collaboration category! Our Red Rye IPA collaboration brewed with Alewerks Brewing Company, Public Frenemy No. 1, is included in a delicious field of collab brews.

Make sure to show your support for your favorites (we may be biased in one category) by voting early & often ahead of December's awards ceremony party at O'Connor Brewing Company!

#PublicFrenemyNo1

VEER Magazine Visits 401

The Virginia Beer Co. recently had the pleasure of hosting Elizabeth Erschens, of VEER Magazine & Virginia Craft Beer Magazine (and HomebrewUSA & HomeBrew USA -Hampton!), at 401! Elizabeth turned that visit into a wonderful article that is currently gracing the pages of the most recent issue of VEER! We can't say enough how much we greatly appreciate the kind words. And we can't wait to host Elizabeth and everyone else at 401 once our buildout is finished; things will look just a little different and we'll have a lot more beer!

Check out the article in the current issue of VEER, or on VEER's website at the link below: 

Williamsburg Readies for Virginia Beer Company

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