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The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) selected Three Notch’d Brewing Company (3NB) from an extremely competitive field to host the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest (“The Fest”). The Fest has attracted nearly 4,000 craft beer enthusiasts over the last two years. The Fest is also the largest concentration of Virginia-only craft breweries in the Commonwealth with 88 participating breweries last year. Today, the VCBG is announcing that The Fest will not be held in 2019 and we are beginning a one-year process of reforming its format and selecting a commercial venue in a new market for 2020.

“VCBG is incredibly appreciative of Three Notch’d Brewing Company’s support and management of The Fest over the past two years,” said Brett Vassey, VCBG President & CEO. “They will forever be part of the legacy of The Fest.”

“Looking ahead, we are extremely excited to host future Three Notch’d inspired events and festivals across the Commonwealth of Virginia for craft beer fans to enjoy,” said George Kastendike, Three Notch’d Brewing Company CEO. “We are incredibly honored to have hosted the VCBF the last two years in the heart of downtown Charlottesville. With the joint efforts of the VCBG, we worked hard to enhance the overall Fest experience for the craft beer community by increasing brewer participation and launching the first ever sour and barrel-aged garden.”

Going forward, the VCBG’s marketing and tourism program will be expanding upon regional and specialized markets to provide both craft beer and non-craft beer consumers with access to our members’ world-class products. The VCBG will also be incorporating popular “Brewers Dinner” gatherings into its expanded regional festivals and events. The VCBG’s marketing and tourism program is unique and is purposefully crafted to generate brand awareness and business opportunities for members.

“The VCBG has created the first NASCAR event of its kind in the U.S., one of the few State Fair partnerships in the U.S., and is adding an entirely new sports venue through the Virginia International Raceway for members to reach new consumers,” said Neil Burton, Strangeways Brewing Company President (VCBG Leadership Council). “Reimagining The Fest is just part of our overall strategy to build our members’ brand awareness.”

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Citizen’s Choice Randall Beer Infusion Night 

Every Monday, 3-7pm

Brew Republic Bierwerks

15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Guerilla Series Release Night at Brew Republic Bierworks

Every Monday 12-10pm

The Guerrilla Series is Brew Republic’s pilot/experimental program — with a new release every Monday in the tap room. These beers are brewed in extremely small batches, so no growler fills, no keg sales, and no distribution.

15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Pint Night at Fair Winds Brewing Co.

Every Monday

Enjoy $1 off pints.

7000 Newington Road, Lorton

703.372.2001 • fairwindsbrewing.com

Service Industry Night at The Farm Brewery at Broad Run

Every Monday

20% off and buy one pizza get one free for service industry workers.

16015 John Marshall Highway, Haymarket

Team Trivia at Ornery Beer Co.

Every Monday, 7:30pm

Happy Hour extended to 9pm. Weekly prizes!

14389 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge

Beer Yoga at Port City Brewing Co.

Every Tuesday, 7-9pm

$20 includes the class and post-yoga pint. 

3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria

portcitybrewing.com

Local Heroes Night at Adventure Brewing 

Every Tuesday, 3:30-9pm

20% off all beer, merchandise, snacks, and goods to military, police, fire, emergency, and teachers.

Adventure Brewing Company

33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Stafford

540.242.8876

facebook.com/adventurebrewing/

Trivia Night at Wort Hog Brewing Company 

Every Tuesday, 6-8pm

41 Beckham Street, Warrenton

Vinyl Night at Lost Rhino Brewing Co.

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm

Bring your own vinyl!

21730 Red Rum Drive, #142, Ashburn

Bingo Night at Crooked Run Brewing Co.

Every Wednesday, 7-9pm

22455 Davis Drive, Sterling

crookedrunbrewing.com

Flight Night at Bad Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Wednesday

Happy Hour pricing on flights.

8420 Kao Circle, Manassas

Trivia Night at Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

Every Wednesday

7134 Lineweaver Rd., Warrenton

540.347.4777 • oldbusthead.com

Citizen’s Choice Randall Beer Infusion Day at Brew Republic Bierwerks

Every Thursday, 3-7pm

Each week, flavor-enhancing ingredients are infused into one of the beers on tap. You get decide what those ingredients will be.

15201 Potomac Town Place, Ste. 120, Woodbridge

703.594.7950

Happy Hour & Growler Night at New District Brewing Co.

Every Thursday, 3:30-7:30pm

Happy Hour specials and 64oz growler fills are $2 off.

2709 S. Oakland Street, Arlington

703.888.5820

Indoor Putting League (Disc Golf)

Every Thursday, 6-9pm

Meet interesting people, throw frisbees, and drink beer with them! $5 entry with teams drawn at random. 

Vanish Farmwoods Brewery

42245 Black Hops Lane, Leesburg

vanishbeer.com

Open Mic at Bad Wolf

Every Thursday

Bad Wolf Brewing Company

8420 Kao Circle, Manassas

Trivia Night at Belly Love Brewing

Every Thursday

725 E. Main Street, Purcellville

bellylovebrewing.com

Trivia Night at The Farm Brewery at Broad Run

Every Thursday

Happy Hour specials from 3-8pm. Trivia starts at 6pm. $25 gift card for winner.

16015 John Marshall Highway, Haymarket

Firkin Friday at Fair Winds Brewing Co.

Every Friday

A new firkin is released every Friday. Rotating food truck.

7000 Newington Road, Lorton

703.372.2001 • fairwindsbrewing.com

Justin’s Flavor Infusion Night 

Every Friday, 3:30-10pm

We combine off the wall ingredients with one of our beers to create a one-of-a-kind beer. 

Adventure Brewing Company

33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Stafford

540.242.8876

facebook.com/adventurebrewing

Live Music at Adventure Brewing Co.

Every Friday 8-10pm

33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Stafford

540.242.8876

facebook.com/adventurebrewing

Live Music at Lost Rhino Retreat 

Every Friday, 7-10pm

22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn

lostrhino.com

Food Truck Saturdays at Solace Brewing Company 

Every Saturday, 12-10pm

42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

Live Music at Lost Rhino Brewing Co.

Every Saturday, 7-10pm

21730 Red Rum Drive, #142, Ashburn

Hangover Brunch at Lost Rhino Retreat 

Every Sunday, 11am-2pm

22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn

lostrhino.com

Solace and Food on Sundays at Solace Brewing Company 

Every Sunday, 12-8pm

42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

Sunday Funday at Brew Republic

Every Sunday 12-10pm

Join us every Sunday for football, board games, hot and BBQ chicken wings, $5 mimosas, and of course, beer!

15201 Potomac Town Place, Ste. 120, Woodbridge

703.594.7950

Yoga at Wort Hog Brewery

Every other Sunday; 11:30am-1pm

41 Beckham Street, Warrenton

540.300.2739

Craft Beer in the Burbs

Sat., June 1, 12-5pm

Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Woodstock with craft beer, food, activities, and entertainment.

Old Town Square

10415 North Street, Fairfax

Priday Night at Port City

Sat., June 1, 12-11pm

To celebrate the beginning of Pride Month. Show your pride and celebrate our diverse community with our friends from the AGLA (Alexandria-Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance), as musical entertainment, outdoor games and activities. A portion of all sales from the night will be donated to support the AGLA’s mission to improve the quality of life and meet the needs of the LGBTQ community and allies.

3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria

portcitybrewing.com

Rock the River FXBG

Sat., June 1, 11am-8pm

Featuring live music all day, gourmet food trucks, craft beer garden, children’s activities, a skateboarding demo, and kayaking & canoeing, running & bicycle races and more.

Old Mill Park, Federicksburg

540.455.5605 • rocktheriverfxbg.com

2nd Annual Warrior Ride

Sat., June 8, 7:30am-12pm

Join us for the 2nd Annual Warrior Ride to help us serve our Willing Warriors. Four races to choose from plus live music, a family zone, food, and craft beer.

16015 John Marshall Highway, Haymarket

2 Year Anniversary Party at Solace Brewing Company 

Sat., June 8, 11am-8pm

Join us to celebrate two years. Enjoy live music, food trucks, giveaways, Seeing Stars DIPA, and more!

42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

Arts & Ales 7 at 

Port City

Sun., June 9, 2-8pm

The local artists are back and they will have a wide array of art for you to enjoy and purchase. Plus, there will be music, video, art throughout the facility, and a food truck.

3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria

portcitybrewing.com

First Day of Summer at Adventure 

Brewing

Fri., June 21, 8-10pm

Celebrate the first day of summer with beer and live music. Country music duo Diggs and Burns will be performing from 8-10pm and Phat Yummies Quesadilla Cantina On Wheels will be serving tasty quesadillas.

33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Fredericksburg

adventurebrewing.com

2019 PWC Eatz and Brew at Manassas Mall

Sat., June 23, 12-5pm

Family-friendly festival with beer, food, vendors, exhibitors, entertainment, prizes, DJ, fun, fitness, fashion, face painting and more!

Manassas Mall

8300 Sudley Road, Manassas

Wreaths & Brews Patriotic Workshop at Solace Brewing Company 

Wed., June 26, 7-9pm

The workshop is $50 per person and includes all supplies for wreath design and guided instructions.

42615 Trade West Drive, Suite 100, Sterling

The Brewery Improv Tour at Highmark Brewery

Sat., June 29, 9:30-10:45pm

Herron will be branching off and providing Improv as well, featuring performers from world famous Improv Theaters UCB, Second City, Magnet and IO. Tickets are $15 in the taproom.

390 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg

Hot Dog & Beer Pairing at Adventure Brewing

Sat., July 6, 12-5pm

4 mini hot dogs paired with 4 beers.7

33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Fredericksburg

adventurebrewing.com

Hop’N Uke Fest at Adventure Brewing

Sat., July 20, 12-10pm

Adventure and Fredericksburg Ukulele eNsemble’s first Ukulele Festival featuring Rachel Minke, jam sessions, vendors, food trucks, and beer.

33 Perchwood Dr., Unit 101, Fredericksburg

adventurebrewing.com

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Trivia Night at Wasserhund Brewing Co.

Every Monday, 7-9pm

1805 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach

757.351.1326 • wasserhundbrewing.com

Trivia Night at Home Republic

Every Tuesday, 7pm

Featuring Smartmouth Live Trivia.

328 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach

757.226.9593 • homerepublicvabeach.com

Trivia Night

Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Tap It Local – Chesapeake

648 Grassfield Parkway, Chesapeake

Trivia Night at Alewerks Taproom

Every Wednesday, 7pm

189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

alewerks.com

Team Trivia at Pleasure House Brewing

Every Wednesday, 7pm

3025 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach

pleasurehousebrewing.com

Team Trivia at Tradition Brewing Co.

Every Wednesday, 7pm

700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News

757.303.3415 • traditionbrewing.com

Weekly Tasting at bottleBOX

Every Wednesday 5:30-8pm

Join your favorite brewery’s representative as they walk you through a free sampling of new and exciting beers.

325b W. 21st St., Norfolk

757.918.9932 • bottlebox.beer

Trivia Night at Brass Cannon

Every Thursday, 6:30pm

5476 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg

brasscannonbrewing.com

Virginia Craft Beer Thursday

Every Thursday

Enjoy local VA brewed beers for $4 a pint.

Tapped Gastropub

1550 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach

757.965.5585 • tappedgastropub.com

Trivia Night at Benchtop Brewing

Third Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm

1129 Boissevain Ave., Norfolk

benchtopbrewing.com

Trivia Night at MoMac Brewing Co.

Second & Fourth Thursday Every Month, 7pm

3228 Academy Avenue, Portsmouth

Trivia Night at Deadline 

Brewing Project

Fourth Thursday Every Month, 6:30-8:30pm

2272 W. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach

Firkin Friday at Cogans North

Every Friday

A new firkin is tapped each week. 

4311 Colley Ave., Norfolk

757.627.6428 • coganspizza.com

Free Beer Garden Concert Series

Every Friday, 6-9pm

12:30-8:30pm – Local food trucks pairing bites & beers! 4pm – Brewmaster’s Pin Tapping. 6-9pm – Free Friday Night Beer Garden Concert Series with live music in the beer garden. 

The Virginia Beer Co.

401 Second Street, Williamsburg

757.378.2903 • virginiabeerco.com

Live Music at Alewerks Taproom

Every Sunday, 2pm

189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

alewerks.com

Poses and Pints at O’Connor Brewing Co.

Every second and fourth Sunday; 

10:30-11:45am

Alicia Morris will be leading a class followed by the opportunity to have a couple of post-yoga beers at a great discount.  Class is donation-based with a portion going to charity. Please arrive 15 minutes early as space is limited.

211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

oconnorbrewing.com

Fireman/Public Safety Appreciation Festival at Smartmouth

Sat., June 1

Special beer release, “touch me” trucks, and special guests.

1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

O’Connoro 2019

at O’Connor Brewing Co.

Sat., June 1, 12-10pm

Featuring lots of fun carnival games, prizes, a magician, fortune teller, new food pop-ups, six live music performances and more! 

211 W. 24th St., Norfolk

oconnorbrewing.com

Drag Yourself to Brunch at The Vanguard

Sun., June 2 & July 7, 10:30am

A wonderful New Drag Brunch Show with The Original Queen B of Brunch Victoria L. Foster & Her Amazing Show Cast. $35 includes your All-You-Can-Eat delicious gourmet brunch buffet along with your first drink and of course a fierce show.

The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery

504 N. King Street, Hampton

thevanguard757.com

Tour de ORF at Smartmouth

Sun., June 2, 12-1pm

Join us for a leisurely bike rides through Norfolk. All skill levels are welcome.

1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Drink Inside the Lines at The Virginia Beer Company

Mon., June 3, 10, 17, & 24, 4-9pm

Join us for Coloring Night at the brewery! VBC will be supplying colored pencils and coloring books. Every night, one brilliant display will make it on the beer fridge and will award the winner with a prize from the brewery vault.

401 Second Street, Williamsburg

virginiabeerco.com

Paints & Pints at MoMac Brewing Co.

Tues., June 4, 6:30-8:30pm

Paint and sip on a couple of cold ones. Cost is $25 for the 11” x 14” size or $30 for the 16” x 20” size.

3228 Academy Avenue, Portsmouth

Norfolk Harborfest

Fri.-Sun., June 7-9

The NEW Norfolk Harborfest Music, Food & Maritime Festival is stocked full of activities on land, sea, and in the sky! For three incredible days, you’ll experience tall ships, Parade of Sail, artisan foods and beverages, work boat demonstrations, unique and unusual performances, one of the largest fireworks shows on the East Coast, family games and activities, national and regional entertainment, and so much more!

Town Point Park

Waterside Drive, Norfolk

757.441.2345 • festevents.org

Fur Baby IPA Can Release at Smartmouth

Sat., June 8, 12-10pm

Join us for Pints for Pups to benefit the Norfolk SPCA. This IPA is packed with an obscure hop – Styrian Wolf – to give it its seasonally appropriate floral aroma and strawberry notes.

1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Revel Fest

Sat., June 8, 12-5pm

Revel with us in the beer garden with unlimited beer pours from 11 local craft breweries, food from our new restaurant, live music, and the Revel Fest Marketplace. Tickets by Eventbrite: $50

New Realm Brewing

1209 Craft Lane, Virginia Beach

Summer Crafted Market at Smartmouth

Sat., June 8, 12-6pm

Featuring a full lineup of artists, crafters, and makers of kinds plus food trucks, music, and the best handmade!

1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Food Truck Rodeo at Big Ugly

Sun., June 9 & July 14, 12-6pm

Presented by Hampton Roads Food Truck Association. Fantastic food trucks, great beers and music to get you moving.

Big Ugly Brewing Company

845 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake

biguglybrewing.com

Food Truck Rally at Back Bay’s Farmhouse

Wed., June 12 & 26, 5-8pm

Featuring some of the area’s finest food trucks, live music, beer, cider, wine, and yard games.

1805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach

Drag Show at Alewerks Taproom

Thurs., June 13, 7-9pm

Circus of Sistahs brings female illusionists that will blow your mind with their beauty and grace! Admission is $20 and that includes a core beer or non-alcoholic beverage!

189-B Ewell Rd., Williamsburg

Sponge at The Vanguard

Fri., June 14, 9pm-midnight

Sponge returns to The Vanguard celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their platinum album “Rotting Pinata.” With special guest EverAfter playing an all original set from their upcoming album. Tickets: $16.50 in advance; $20 at the door.

The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery

504 N. King Street, Hampton

thevanguard757.com

1st Annual Live + Local Music & Arts Festival for Charity

Sat., June 15, 2-11pm

This exciting fundraiser features 9 local bands representing various genres of music to benefit ForKids and Soundscapes. Plus, Magic by Scott Wagoner, guitarART works of Eric Worden, and paintings of Ernest Flores. Auction and door prizes too.

The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery

504 N. King Street, Hampton

thevanguard757.com

Pop Up Sunday: Featuring Vintage Tavern 

at Brick & Mortar

Sun., June 16, 2-8pm

Showcasing small dishes that your taste buds have never experienced!

Brick & Mortar Brewing Company

212 E. Washington Street, Suffolk

Kick Off to Summer Happy Hour at Hank’s

Fri., June 21, 3-7pm

Welcome summer with MoMac Brewing Company!

Hank’s Filling Station

4301 Colley Avenue, Norfolk

Ales & Tails at Big Ugly

Sat., June 22, 5-8:30pm

Join PAWS of Hertford County at Big Ugly and enjoy delicious brews and visit with some adoptable dogs!

Big Ugly Brewing Company

845 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake

biguglybrewing.com

Family Fun Day at Oozlefinch

Sat., June 22, 11:30am-2pm

Hampton Roads Moms is hosting a Family Fun Day! Children’s activities, games, vendors, and more!

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

81 Patch Road, Fort Monroe

757.224.7042

RIVERFest at Back Bay’s Farmhouse

Sun., June 23, 11am-4pm

A fun, free, outdoor festival hosted by the Elizabeth River Project to create excitement, understanding, and community involvement in the restoration of the environmental health of the Elizabeth River. Children’s activities, live music, food trucks, and more!

1805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach

Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival

Fri., June 28, 12-10pm, Sat., June 29, 12-10pm, Sun., June 30, 12-6pm

The Festival is Norfolk’s annual love-fest with New Orleans’ vibrant spirit and captures the melting pot of Bayou culture. This delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style. Experience the heart and soul of Louisiana with Cajun food, beer, live music, and Arts Market of New Orleans.

Town Point Park

Waterside Drive, Norfolk

757.441.2345 • festevents.org

Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance 1st Annual Local Brew Fest 

Sat., June 29, 2-7pm

Featuring beer from 29 local breweries, food trucks, and live music. Tickets: $35 (GA); $65 (VIP)

Hermitage Museum and Gardens

7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk

eventbrite.com

Pints & Pours at Oozlefinch

Fri., July 5, 6-8pm

Create a 12×12 abstract acrylic painting using a cup of paint! Fluid artist Nez will walk you through step by step on how to do this flip cup technique. Pick 4 colors and make magic on canvas! Plus, enjoy a pint. $55 includes all supplies.

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

81 Patch Road, Fort Monroe

757.224.7042

Barks & Brews

Sun., July 7 & Aug. 4, 12-6pm

Bring your dog to the Garden and have a beer for a fun day with live music! Sponsored by O’Connor Brewing Company.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk

757.441.5830 • norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

2 Year Anniversary Party at MoMac Brewing Co.

Sat., July 13

Join us for a parking lot party to celebrate our two year anniversary! Enjoy music by The Deloreans & Color Blind, guest taps and special beer releases, and a variety of food trucks.

3228 Academy Avenue, Portsmouth

Food Truck Rally on the River

Sat., July 13, 4-8pm

Join us for “Beats and Eats” from some of our local restaurants on wheels! Food, Beer, Music, and Fun! Family and pet friendly. $5 per car.

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center

3751 4H Club Road, Williamsburg

jamestown4hcenter.org

A Benefit to Support Beyond Boobs at Billsburg Brewery

Sat., July 27, 3-10pm

Join us as our friends from Paddle On of Williamsburg water paddle across the marina and join us decorated in bras and tutus and help raise money for Here for the Girls and Beyond Boobs by purchasing your favorite decorated bra. Live music by Layman Terms.

2054 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg

757.926.0981

Whistle Belly Beer Festival

Sat., Aug. 3, 6-11pm

Featuring over 45 breweries, 90 beers, non-alcohol vendors, multiple food stations, and live music from The Fighting Jamesons. Tickets are inclusive of food and beverages. Crafted by DoG Street Pub and presented by Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg. 

Merchants Square

Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg

757.293.6478 • dogstreetpub.com

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Steak Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Monday, 5-9pm

8 oz. Sirloin Steak served with garlic smashed potatoes. $15

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

wildwolfbeer.com

$2 Tuesdays at South Street Brewery

Every Tuesday until 9pm

$2 draft beers (under 8% ABV)

106 South St., Charlottesville

434.293.6550 • southstreetbrewery.com

Fiesta on The Farm at Bold Rock

Every Tuesday, 11am-8pm

A full day of Flamenco music, delicious taco specials, Bold Rock-a-ritas, and a free chips and salsa bar.

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford

434.361.1030 • boldrock.com

Trivia Night at World of Beer

Every Tuesday, 7pm

District Trivia hosts trivia. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

852 W. Main St., Charlottesville

434.760.0771

worldofbeer.com/locations/charlottesville

Taco & Pint-tastic Tuesday at 

Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Tuesday, 5-9pm

Taco selections will vary weekly and PINT-TASTIC Tuesdays – $1 off all pints from 5-9 pm.

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

wildwolfbeer.com 

Cheeseburger & A Pint at 

Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Wednesday, April 3-24, 5-9pm

Cheeseburger and a pint (<7%abv) $15, plus keep your glass!

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

wildwolfbeer.com

Trivia Night at Garden Grove Brewing

Every Wednesday 

3445 West Cary St., Richmond 

804.918.6158 • gardengrovebrewing.com

Geeks Who Drink Trivia at 

Pro Re Nata Brewery

Every Thursday, 7-9pm

Pub Quizzes & Trivia

6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet

Happy Hour at Blue Bee Cider

Every Thursday

Featuring new ciders on draft as part of the small batch cider draft program.

212 W. 6th St., Richmond

804.231.0280 • bluebeecider.com

Steal the Pint at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Thursday, 5-10pm

Receive a pint glass with purchase of house crafted beverage. 

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

434.361.0088 • wildwolfbeer.com

Trivia Night at Coyote Hole Ciderworks

Every Thursday 4-8pm

Featuring trivia by Mixed Entertainment and Catch the Chef food truck.

225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral

540.894.1053

Trivia Thursday at Castleburg Brewery & Taproom

Every Thursday, 7-9pm

Teams of 1 to 6 compete for league points on a quarterly basis. Prizes are given out each week for 1st & 2nd place and Best Team Name. 

1626 Ownby Ln., Richmond

castleburgbrewery.com

Throwback to Flatbread & Pint Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Thursday, 5-9pm

Flatbread selections will vary in deliciousness weekly! In addition, it’s PINT Night – $1 off all pints from 5-9 pm. 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

wildwolfbeer.com

Friday Cheers at Blue Mountain Barrel House

Every Friday, 5-9pm

Enjoy live music from 6-8pm and food trucks 5-9pm

495 Cooperative Way. Arrington

434.263.4002 • bluemountainbrewery.com

Friday Night Music at Legend Brewing Co.

Every Friday, 8:30pm

321 West 7th St., Richmond

804.232.3446

legendbrewing.com

Full Nelson Fridays at Blue Mountain Brewery

Every Friday, 6-8pm

Enjoy live music!

9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton

540.456.8020 • bluemountainbrewery.com

Live Music at Castleburg 

Brewery & Taproom

Every Friday & Saturday 

1626 Ownby Ln., Richmond

castleburgbrewery.com

Seafood Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Friday, 5-9pm

Treat yourself to our mouthwatering seafood special from 5-9 pm. Seafood selections will vary weekly.

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

wildwolfbeer.com

Prime Rib Night at Wild Wolf Brewing Co.

Every Saturday, 5-9pm

10 oz. Prime Rib Au Jus served with a buttered baked potato $23.

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford

wildwolfbeer.com

VA Beer & Wine Tasting at Michie Tavern

Every Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm

Enjoy tastings from VA craft breweries and wineries.

683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville

434.977.1234

Beer, Bingo, & Bloodies at Center of the Universe

Every Sunday, 2-6pm

Enjoy a beer bloody and try your luck at hourly bingo for a chance to win COTU swag.

11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

cotubrewing.com

Brunch at Blue Mountain Brewery

Every Sunday, 11am-2pm

Enjoy live music 2:30-5pm

9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton

540.456.8020 • bluemountainbrewery.com

Local Bucket Sunday at World of Beer

Every Sunday

Get specials on local beers on the local beer bucket offering.

852 W. Main St., Charlottesville

Trivia Night at Random Row Brewing Co.

Every Sunday, 5-7pm

Hosted by Geeks Who Drink with prizes awarded to the best teams.

608 Preston Ave., Charlottesville

randomrow.com

Summer Bluegrass Series at Bold Rock

Sat., June 1, July 6, & Aug. 3, 5-10pm

Enjoy live bluegrass, food trucks, and Bold Rock Hard Cider!

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford

434.361.1030 • boldrock.com

Grand Opening of Wild Wolf Cville

Sun., June 2, 11am-10pm

Join us for our Grand Opening Celebration. For every receipt that totals $20 or more, receive a free Wild Wolf logo-ed beer can glass!

313 2nd Street SE, Charlottesville

wildwolfbeer.com

Ballad Brewing Tap Takeover

Tues., June 4, 5-8pm

Join us as we tap 4 different Ballad Brewing beers for a night of sipping and sampling. Meet the brewery reps and learn about the brewing process.

Kreggers at Hand

2614 W. Cary Street, Richmond

BINGO, Brews & Brewhaha at Starr Hill

Wed., June 5, 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for BINGO, hosted by Carly Crickenberger! There will be prizes, laughs, and more!

Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room

5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet

starrhill.com

Festival Fridays at Bold Rock

Fri., June 7, July 5, Aug., 2, 5:30-8:30pm

Kick off the weekend and enjoy live music!

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford

434.361.1030 • boldrock.com

One Year Anniversary Celebration at Brewing Tree

Fri., June 7 – Sun., June 9

Join us for our 1 Year Anniversary Weekend featuring the grand opening of Brewing Tree Meadows, live music, beer releases, wine and cider, specialty food trucks, and kids’ activities.

Brewing Tree Beer Company

9278 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton

540.381.0990 • facebook.com/brewerytreebeer

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Sat., June 8, 12-6pm (VIP) or 2-6pm (GA)

60 beers, 40 bourbons, tasty BBQ, seminars, and live music.

Richmond Raceway Complex

600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond

beerandbourbon.com

Cider Cinema at Bold Rock

Sat., June 8 & 29, July 13 & 27, 6-10:30pm

A unique cinematic experience featuring Bold Rock Hard Cider, food trucks, movie themed activities, and a movie screening in our main meadow on our jumbo 30 foot screen!

Bold Rock Hard Cider

1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford

434.361.1030 • boldrock.com

Down on the Farm 5K

Sat., June 8, 8am-12pm

Featuring a 5K and half mile Kids Fun Run. Benefits the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

Wood Ridge Farm Brewery

165 Old Ridge Road, Lovingston

434.422.6225

School’s Out! Teacher’s Bash at COTU

Fri., June 14, 4-7pm

Teachers! Another year is in the books and it’s time to party! Head to COTU for a little well-deserved R&R. Enjoy live music, great beer, and food trucks.

Center of the Universe

11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

cotubrewing.com

Father’s Day Weekend Lager Fest at Fine Creek

Sat. & Sun., June 15 & 16, 12-5pm

We’re inviting our favorite brewery partners from around Virginia and even out of state to bring their best Lagers and Pilsners. Tickets not required. Drink tickets will be sold day of. Plus, enjoy live music and a special Father’s Day menu.

Fine Creek Brewing Company

2425 Robert E. Lee Road, Powhatan

5th Annual Dad’s Day Pig Out at COTU

Sun., June 16, 12-8pm

Show Dad that you really care and bring him to COTU. We’ll have whole pigs being cooked on-site to accompany delicious beverages and live music from 2-5pm by The Something Shiny Band.

Center of the Universe

11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

cotubrewing.com

Father’s Day at Blue Mountain Brewery

Sun., June 16, 11am-5pm

Father’s Day Bluegrass Brunch at Blue Mountain. Special brunch menu 11am-2pm and live bluegrass music 12-5pm.

9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton

540.456.8020 • bluemountainbrewery.com

Sunflower Painting Workshop 

at Kindred Spirit

Wed., June 19, 6:30-9:30pm

Our instructors will guide you through every step of the way to create a unique Sunflower painting. Alter colors and make it your own!

Kindred Spirit Brewing

12830 West Creek Parkway, Suite J, Goochland

Paint Nite at Starr Hill

Thurs., June 20, 7-9pm

Create a one-of-a-kind painting. Follow along while the host guides you step-by-step through the featured project. All painting supplies provided.

Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room

5391 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet

starrhill.com

Powhatan Music Festival

Sat., June 22, 11am-7pm

A stellar lineup for “One Day of Music” plus local wineries and breweries and food vendors.

Village Meadow

3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan

powhatanmusicfestival.com

Taste of Nelson at Blue Toad Hard Cider

Sat., June 29, 12-5pm

Celebrating all that Nelson County has to offer including beer, cider, wine, locally sourced food, games, music, crafts and more!

High View Farm

462 Winery Lane, Roseland

434.760.9200 • bluetoadhardcider.com

Field Gay at Coyote Hole Ciderworks

Sun., June 30 & July 28, 12-7pm

A family-friendly field day for the LGBTQ community. Featuring games, BBQ, and more!

Coyote Hole Ciderworks 

225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral

coyotehole.com

Low Country Boil at Blue Mountain Barrel House

Thurs., July 4, 11am-8pm

Celebrate Independence Day with a traditional Low Country Boil. Other food options and local wine and cider will also be available. Live music all day. Kid friendly.

495 Cooperative Way, Arrington

434.263.4002 • bluemountainbrewery.com

American Food Fest at COTU

Sat., July 13, 12-7pm

Tacos! Hot Dogs! Burgers! Oh Yeah! Featuring some of our favorite regional specialty dishes from the U.S.A. Plus, one special beer release, two amazing bands, and 6 food vendors. And, it’s our 0.0K non-run to help raise funds for the Ashland Rotary.

Center of the Universe

11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland

cotubrewing.com

Coyote Brush Strokes with Yvonne at 

Coyote Hole Ciderworks

Fri., July 26, 5-8pm

Learn to draw with our tasting room artist Yvonne! We’ll have happy hour specials and each participant will be entered to win a free original piece by Yvonne! $20 per person.

Coyote Hole Ciderworks 

225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral

coyotehole.com

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Team Trivia at Winchester 

Brew Works

Every Monday, 6:30pm

Teams of 6 compete for gift certificates and prizes!

320 N. Cameron St., Winchester

winchesterbrewworks.com

Virginia Craft on Draft

Every Monday, 3-6pm

Enjoy all Virginia pints for $4 and all Virginia Belgians for $5.

Brew Ridge Taps

11 E. Nelson St., Lexington

540.461.8012 • brewridgetaps.com

Randall Night at Wolfe Street Brewing

Every Tuesday 

Enjoy a specialty beer we infuse using our randall!

120 W. Wolfe St., Harrisonburg

wolfestreetbrewing.com

Backs to Basic Yoga Night at Basic City Beer Co.

Every Tuesday, 6-7pm

$10 includes yoga and a pint.

1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro

basiccitybeer.com

Bingo Night at Wolfe Street Brewing

Every Wednesday 

Winners of each bingo round receive $15 gift cards to the tasting room.

120 W. Wolfe St., Harrisonburg

wolfestreetbrewing.com

Open Mic Night at Queen City Brewing

Every Wednesday 

834 Spring Hill Rd., Staunton

qcbrewing.com

Live Music at Woodstock Brewhouse

Every Thursday, 6pm

123 E. Court St., Woodstock

OM Brew at Seven Arrows Brewing Co.

Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am

$10 includes yoga and a beer after class.

2508 Jefferson Hwy., Waynesboro

sevenarrowsbrewing.com

Sunday Funday Karaoke at Redbeard Brewing Company

Every Sunday, 8-10pm

Hosted by TellAplay Entertainment!

120 S. Lewis Street, Staunton

540.430.3532

Steal the Barrel Glass & Bock Release Party at Stable Craft Brewing

Wed., June 5, 4-9:30pm

Special release of our new Bock, Mother Clucker. Come join the fun and pick up a glass with any beverage purchase.

375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro

stablecraftbrewing.com

Brews in the Blue Ridge

Sat., June 8, 11am

B Chord Brewing presents Brews in the Blue Ridge, a day festival featuring beers from breweries around the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley area. Live music all day and into the night. Overnight camping. Cornhole Tournament, food, and craft vendors. Tickets by Eventbrite: $35.

Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds

890 W. Main Street, Berryville

clarkecountyfair.org

Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival

Sat., June 8, Noon-6pm

Featuring 40+ breweries with 80+ beers to try, live entertainment, 6th annual homebrew competition and more. Proceeds benefit Gooddogz.org for pet rescue and Dakota’s Dream Animal Rescue.

Old Town Winchester

N. Loudon Street & West Boscawen Street, Winchester

hopblossom.com

Summer of Love Tour

Sat., Jun 8 – August 10

Break out the flower crowns and bell bottoms because it is about to get groovy as Loudoun County turns back time to 1969 for the Summer of Love Tour. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Virginia is for Lovers brand, Loudoun will be home to more than a dozen events and festivals between June and August that are inspired by the people, events, music, and iconic moments of 1969. Tour stops will be in both Loudoun’s historic towns and urban destinations and include everything from concerts and blast-from-the-past movie nights to vintage shopping experiences, artisan pop-ups and release parties for the new 50 Years of Love branded wine and beer.

Loudoun

visitloudoun.org/summeroflove

Craft Beer Tasting at Skyland Resort

Wed., June 12-Wed., June 19, 4:30-5:30pm

Featuring Brothers Craft Brewing and Bold Rock Hard Cider.

Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park

Mile 41.7 or 42.5 on Skyline Drive, Luray

877.847.1919 • goshenandoah.com

Eighties Dance Party at Stable Craft Brewing

Sat., June 15, 7-10pm

Relive the decade “That Made Us” while we dance to 80’s favorites. Prize for best male & female take on the era.

375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro

stablecraftbrewing.com

Bike or Run, Sweat, & Beers at Brothers Craft Brewing

Fri., June 28 & July 26, 5-8pm

Brought to you by VA Momentum, this event is free, low stress, and 100% fun. There are 1, 3, and 5 mile running options – you pick what you’re feeling that day. Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition will be coming out to lead a bike portion of RSB in honor of #BikeMonth. Plus, there will be discounted brews in the tasting room.

800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg

A Taste of the Valley Wine, Beer, & Spirits Festival

Sat., June 29, 12-5pm

Showcasing local wines, beer, and spirits. GA Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 at gate. Proceeds will go to updating and renovating the Fair Grounds.

Page Valley Fair Grounds

15 Fairlane Drive, Luray

Summer Jam at Massanutten

Wed., July 3, 5-10pm

Music, beer, wine, food, and fireworks!

Massanutten Ski Area

4614 Massanutten Drive, McGaheysville

540.437.3368 • massresort.com

Beers N’ Cheers at Valley Fourth

Thurs., July 4, 5-9pm

A celebration of craft brews, local wines, and great music in the parking lot next to Turner Pavilion.

212 South Main Street, Harrisonburg

540.432.8922 • downtownharrisonburg.org

4th of July Party at Brothers Craft Brewing

Sat., July 6, 12-11pm

Celebrate Independence Day with great food, local music, games, and our best craft beer!

800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg

Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Fri.-Sun., July 12-14

A family-friendly celebration of music featuring multiple stages with dozens of high-quality national and regional bands, kids’ events and activities, bike rides in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, and close access to great hiking and fishing. Beer sponsored by Blue Mountain Brewery.

Chimneys Park

94 Natural Chimneys Lane, Mt. Solon

redwingroots.com

Shenandoah Beach Music Festival

Sat., July 13, 2-9pm

Enjoy award-winning blues music, craft beer, food, and crafts. Proceeds benefit Greater Verona Business Association.

The Club at Ironwood

62 Country Club Circle, Staunton

540.324.3215 • shenandoahconcerts.com

Christmas in July & Chalk Fest at Brothers Craft Brewing

Sat., July 20

Get creative with chalk art on our patio, alley way, and outside wall. Plus, help underprivileged kids get ready to go back to school through United Way’s Stuff the Bus! All donations will go to local students in need! And, enjoy two special beer releases – Yuletide Gingerbread and Yuletide Peppermint Bark Stout.

800 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg

Second Annual Virginia Cider Festival

Sat., July 20, 12-6pm

Featuring more than 17 Virginia cideries with more than 50 different hard ciders. Plus, food trucks and live music. GA Tickets: $45. Proceeds benefit Mercy House.

Valley Pike Farm Market

3494 Lee Highway, Weyers Cave

eventbrite.com

Brewstock

Fri. & Sat., Aug. 2 & 3, 2-9pm

The spirit of Woodstock is alive at Backroom Brewery. Brewstock music and craft beer festival takes place on 25 acres at the brewery and features bands who pay tribute to the original Woodstock performers. Plus, guest breweries, food trucks, and overnight camping available.

Backroom Brewery

150 Ridgemont Road, Middletown

540.869.8482 • brewstockbrb.com

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Tacos & Troubadours Night at Wolf Hills Brewing

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm

Featuring delicious tacos by Toni’s Hawaiian Tacos & open mic night hosted by KT Vandyke.

350 Park Street, Abingdon

276.451.5470 • wolfhillsbrewing.com

Trivia Night at Wolf Hills Brewing

Every Wednesday, 6-8pm

350 Park Street. Abingdon

276.451.5470 • wolfhillsbrewing.com

Trivia Night at Creek Bottom Brewing

Every Thursday, 7pm

307 Meadow Street; Galax

276.236.2337 • cbbrews.com

Beer Geek Night at Wolf Hills Brewing

Every Thursday, 5-9pm

New firkin or small batch beer released every Thursday.

350 Park Street. Abingdon

276.451.5470 • wolfhillsbrewing.co

Live Music at Creek Bottom Brewing

Every Friday, 7pm

307 Meadow Street, Galax

276.236.2337 • cbbrews.com

Live Music at Wolf Hills Brewing

Every Friday

350 Park Street. Abingdon

276.451.5470 • wolfhillsbrewing.com

Live Music at Damascus Brewery

Every Saturday, 7-10pm

32173 Government Rd., Damascus

Bushels & Barrels: Local Food, Wine & Beer Festival

Fri.-Sun., June 14-16

A celebration of all things great and local in Southwest Virginia! The event has grown to a three day event featuring a local Farm-to-Table dinner, a Sustainability Workshop, and the Wine & Beer Festival (Saturday) featuring beer, wine, food, local artisans, and music.

Reynolds Homestead

463 Homestead Lane, Critz

276.694.7181 • reynoldshomestead.vt.edu

Summer Solstice Fest

Sat., June 15, 1-11pm

A community celebration featuring beer garden, live music, dancing, & fun activities for all ages.

118 S. Main Street, Blacksburg

downtownblacksburg.com

Beer Festival at Virginia Tech

Sat., June 22, noon-5pm

Enjoy live entertainment, beers from local, regional, and national breweries, and food from local restaurants and food trucks. 

Holtzman Alumni Center

901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg

540.231.6285 • alumni.vt.edu/beerfestival

Go With The Flow Brewfest

Sat., June 22, 12-8pm

Listen to live music, sample brews from local, regional, and national breweries, compete in a corn hole tournament, and enjoy delicious food from local food trucks all on the banks of the New River. Tickets: Online Presales: $30 & $40 includes entry, glass or silipint, 6 beer tickets, kayak drawing entry; Day of Brewfest: $10 – General Admission, $5 & $15 – logo’d glass/cup, $3 beer tickets (1/2 pint).

Fries Park

Anderson Street, Fries

gowiththeflowbrewfest.com

BinGO with the Flow at Creek Bottom Brewing

Thurs., June 27 & July 25, 7-9pm

Anyone can play – $3 per card and every player gets a prize. Wing specials all night and happy hour from 4-7pm.

307 Meadow Street, Galax

276.236.2337 • cbbrews.com

Floydfest

Wed.-Sun., July 24-28

5 days of music, magic, mountains, outdoor adventure, camping, and community, vibrant and varied vendors, quality brews, food, healing arts, workshops, children’s activities, and a line-up featuring more than 100 artists on eight+ stages over 5+ days!

Blue Cow Pavilion

Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

894 Rock Castle George, Floyd

floydfest.com

Rhythm, Brews & Vine

Sat., Aug. 3, 3-6pm

A perfect blend of live music and craft beer.

Downtown Galax

Grayson Street, Galax

276.235.9399 • galaxdowntown.com

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Open Mic Night at Ballad Brewing 

Every Monday, 6-9pm

Musicians, poets, comedians and more are welcome!

600 Craghead St., Danville

balladbrewing.com

Adoption Day with the Pittsylvania Pet Center at Ballard Brewing 

Sun., June 2 & July 7, 1pm

Adopt your next brewery buddy at Ballad! We’ve teamed up with the Pittsylvania Pet Center for a monthly adoption day! Every first Sunday of the month, you can see a few of the dogs up for adoption in the taproom!

600 Craghead St., Danville

balladbrewing.com

Pub(lic) Theology 1 Year Anniversary Party at Mountain Valley Brewing

Wed., June 12, 6-8pm

Join us as we celebrate one year of having fun, thinking critically, and loving bigly. Enjoy a special beer release too.

4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton

mountainvalleybrewing.com

2nd Annual Pride Event at Ballard Brewing 

Fri., June 21 – Sun., June 23

We’re brewing a special beer – Love Wins Wheat (Wheat IPA) for the festivities. Collidescope will host Bingo Night on Friday at 7pm. Saturday – Local community leaders speak and local non-profits will host resource tables. Our assistant brewer Chris Myers will be DJing. Saturday & Sunday. Drag Brunch on Sunday starting at 12pm with local food truck Nana Karens and beer-mosas.

600 Craghead St., Danville

balladbrewing.com

Hops Flower & Solstice Celebration at Mountain Valley Brewing

Sat., June 22, 12pm-June 23, 1am

Celebrate the longest day of summer with us and our hops as they make the transition from flower to fragrant, delectable additions for your favorite brews. Enjoy a full day of music and overnight camping.

4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton

mountainvalleybrewing.com

Tourism Takeover at Mountain Valley Brewing

Fri., July 26, 6-9pm

Visit Martinsville and Mountain Valley Brewing are partnering to Celebrate 50 Years of Love in Virginia with a special Vinyl Night at the brewery with a 60’s theme. The first 50 visitors to the brewery will receive a souvenir pint glass!

4220 Mountain Valley Road, Axton

mountainvalleybrewing.com

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(Brothers Craft Brewing won last’s year’s Virginia Craft Beer Cup at Westrock in Richmond)

By Jeff Maisey

As major restructuring of the annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup is taking shape, I caught up with Virginia Craft Brewers Guild President & CEO Brett Vassey to discuss the changes as well as a few topical items of importance to the industry. 

Vassey had a lot to share, so let’s get to it. 

Can you give us an update on the 2019 Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition and festival?

This year we’ve now opened registration for the Virginia Craft Beer Cup. This is our eighth year. 

We are expecting to judge over 400 beers this year — a record number of beers. 

We’ve had a whole bunch of changes we’re very excited about. One is bittersweet: our head judge, Tom Cannon, has retired after five years. We’re proud of his service as our head judge.

We have a new judge, Anna Shore, and we’re excited about her leadership. She’s been a judge for the Cup in years past. She’s also the head judge for the Dominion Cup, so she’s got a tremendous knowledge in the BJCP rules.  All judges have to be BJCP certified. We believe we’re the only Guild in the country that runs it in this nature for this long. 

So, we’ve had about 100 breweries registered. Judging is on June 8. 

This year we are making some major changes in the recognition program. One, we are creating a set of labels that winners will be able to use in all of their branded materials. 

Number two, we’re trying to create the best of GABF (Great American Beer Festival) and CBC (Craft Brewers Conference) at the national level all in one event in Virginia.

What we’re doing is rebranding our day of programming around technology, distribution, quality, safety, all the things we do as far as workshops at our annual meeting. We’re rebranding that the Virginia Craft Beer Conference.

This year we’ve created the very first annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup Gala. It will be a stand-alone event in the evening at Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond. We’ll have production on our awards ceremony.  We’re making this a very exclusive event; very highly produced. Really trying to raise the bar on quality of recognition and the use of the Cup as an opportunity to build market opportunities and public awareness for brands. 

What is the date of the Conference and Gala?

The Conference and the Cup Gala are June 17. 

In addition to a conference and awards ceremony, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild has produced a festival open to the general public. The past two years the event was held in downtown Charlottesville. Is such an event planned for 2019?

We’ve not released our event calendar for the year. We’re still working on all of our events.

What we’ve done this year is we decided to make a substantial investment in expanding our events and the types of events. We’re working on two new events. We don’t have all the dates and times yet.

The Brewers Association reports that 60% of Virginia craft breweries have adopted the official Independent Seal. The cost is free. How can the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild work to increase that number closer to 100%?

That’s a good question. That is actually one of our strategic goals of our marketing and tourism committee. It is to gain 100% adoption by brewers of that label.

We really have a two-pronged approach to this. One is to get all of our members to include it in their labeling and social media. Those who don’t distribute should at least recognize it in their tasting rooms to educate the public. That’s a second goal.

The third goal is we decided one of the most important things we want to do in the next two to five years is to build-out our own retail relations program. It will start with the VIP buyers (retailers) at our Cup. We want to educate them to educate the consumer to look for the seal. It just takes time, volunteers and consistent messaging.

We think it will take a couple of years to get the first to goals accomplished. 

There are new happy hour laws going into effect in July in Virginia. Does the Guild leadership have a stated opinion on the impact of these laws on breweries and will this improve relationships with the Restaurant Association?

We are absolutely 100% in support of the expansion of the happy hour law. We lobbied it. We actually put resources into lobbying that bill in the General Assembly. It was one of our priority bills for this session for the Guild.

We also will be working with the Virginia ABC on the rule making process; there’ll be either a set of guidance documents or a circular that’s going to be developed on the tasting room regulations. We’ve already met a couple of times with the ABC on what we would want to see in those guidance documents as it pertains to (brewery) tasting rooms.

As far as retailers, we’ve been working very closely with individual retailers and trying to educate them on how we can support that regulation. We all came together around that in a very positive way. It was a win-win for retailers and brewers. 

What is the general consensus among craft brewers you’ve talked to lately: Are we still in that euphoric the sky’s the limit stage or are there concerns about a quickly maturing industry?

We do an annual marketing and tourism survey of our members, and in that we include how they feel about the industry and how they feel about their own products as far as growth for the next 12 months. 

Over 80% of our members in this last survey responded not only do they feel positive but they plan on expanding production.  As far as euphoria it does continue.

Perspective is important here. When you’re small making a few hundred barrels is an exciting expansion. It’s a little more difficult for the larger guys. The larger brewers are still growing but it’s a lot more challenging because of the competition in the (Virginia) marketplace and from out of state, particularly imports. 

Packaged beer is just becoming very competitive as far as grocery store chains. Bottle shops are still good opportunities for our larger members and those looking for new packaged beer. 

The bottom line is our industry builds on the success of how we brand ourselves in our tasting rooms. The vast majority of brewers see the tasting room as the way they get brand awareness, consumer buy-in, and then distribution comes after that.  

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According to the Brewers Association (BA) only 60% of small and independent brewing companies in Virginia have signed up to use the BA’s official seal signifying they are certified independent craft brewing companies. The BA developed the seal in light of large corporate brewing conglomerates selling “crafty beer.”  

“The number of brewers who’ve signed on to use the independent craft brewer seal across the country as well as in Virginia continues to rise,” explained Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association. “In the past year alone, Virginia specifically has seen an increase of 6% (amounting to its current 60%) of seal adopters. To date, 4,339 and counting craft brewers from across the country have signed up, representing more than 85% of the volume of craft brewed beer. Though the sign-on process for the seal is simple and free, it can take time for packaging and marketing materials to be updated, which explains why you might see packaging with the seal today, that didn’t have it yesterday. The seal is less than 2 years old and we are so impressed by the momentum it has gained thus far. We look forward to seeing the seal’s impact and visibility continue to grow.”

Virginia Craft Brewers Guild CEO Brett Vassey said his goal is to have 100% of the Guild’s membership adopt the seal within the next two years. 

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