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Our sometimes coherent rants about all things in our brewery and the craft beer industry overall.

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3 Methods for Adding Flavors to Beer

We have a number of methods to adding flavors to beer.  These are not the flavors that are imparted naturally by the malt, hops or yeast, but rather intentional additions such as fruits and spices that give our beers a uniqueness.  We use three main methods for adding flavor, sometimes using a single method and […]

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Distribution in VA and the Impact on Breweries

Quite often I’m asked whether our beer is available in grocery stores, bars or other places that sell alcohol.  The short answer is no, because we do not distribute any of our beer.  The follow-up question is always… why?  Quite simply, we cannot distribute beer because we do not have enough beer to distribute.  Our […]

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Why You Should Enjoy Seasonal Creep

Seasonal creep happens for many products in the retail industry.  Back to school sales start in July, Christmas decorations go on shelves in October and summer styles go on sale in February.  Craft beer is no exception.  As I write this, it is August 1st and we are already starting to see Sam Adams Octoberfest on the shelves. […]

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How Big Beer Buy-outs Are Hurting Independent Breweries

In between dogging craft beer during Superbowl ads and producing yellow fizzy water that is allegedly beer, Anheuser-Busch InBev has been not-so-secretly purchasing craft beer breweries to add to their portfolio.  Notable purchases include Goose Island Brewing of Chicago, Elysian Brewing of Seattle and Virginia’s own Devils Backbone Brewing.  On the surface, it seems logical and […]

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Homebrewer to Pro brewer – 5 Things to Consider

Going from homebrewer to professional brewer, on any scale, has challenges, risks, rewards and a whole host of considerations that should be made before taking “the leap”.  Here are the top 5 considerations we’d like to offer for those considering a career in the brewing industry. 1. You will undoubtedly brew the same beer over […]

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