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Three Lessons in Home Brewing

Three Lessons in Home Brewing

Making beer isn't that difficult, particularly using the extract-method of brewing. Boil some water in a giant pot, add some malt extract and hops, cool it all down, put it in a bucket and let it ferment. After a couple of weeks, add some sugar, siphon it into bottles and let it carbonate. Here are three lessons I learned last month while hanging out with the guys at HomeBrewUSA. I tried them all while making a bourbon pumpkin ale I plan to share with my in-laws this Thanksgiving in New Jersey.

Evolution Craft Brewing Co. to be Distributed in Hampton Roads

Press Release:

Evolution Culinary Craft Beers Now In Distribution in Virginia Through Hoffman Beverage

All Five Mainline and Most Seasonal Evolution Beers Available for Retail Stores, Restaurants in Virginia Beach & Greater Tidewater Areas

Report: Stone Brewing to open in Richmond


Green Flash's Beach site to break ground


Green Flash Brewing Company will break ground on its craft brewery in Virginia Beach on Oct. 13 at a by-invitation-only ceremony.

Co-founders of the San Diego, Calif., brewery, Mike and Lisa Hinkley, and brewmaster Chuck Silva will host State Sen. Jeffrey McWaters, R-8th District, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and Beach Mayor William Sessoms. Other city officials and businesspeople will also be invited. After the ceremony, attendees will be treated to a beer-pairing brunch.

Green Flash Treasure Chest Fest Virginia Beach


Green Flash Treasure Chest Fest Virginia Beach - Festival to benefit breast cancer charity.

Green Flash Brewing Company will host a beer fest Oct. 12 to benefit the Tidewater affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Before the start of construction on the forthcoming Virginia Beach brewery at the corner of General Booth Boulevard and Corporate Landing Parkway, Green Flash is using the 9-acre site for the Treasure Chest Fest 2014. The festival also celebrates Virginia’s rapidly expanding craft beer scene.

Mobile canning adds efficiency to budding breweries

VIRGINIA BEACH – Beach Brewing Company started small, brewing about 12 gallons at a time roughly a block from its present location at Taylor Farm and Horse Pasture roads. Production increased, leading to a five-barrel brew house, a new location and, in January, the inauguration of a 15-barrel brew house. For a while, the business bottled its popular double IPA, Hoptopus.

“It was inefficient – two at a time,” president Justin MacDonald said recently.

Brewing at home? Take a few tips from the pros.

We asked a few local professional brewers to offer tips to beginning and intermediate home brewers.

Many home brewers start out simple and small, using an extract. Extract brew is made from malt extract rather than all grain.

Extract syrups come in a variety of styles, the recipes are simple to follow, and you don’t need a lot of equipment.

“Usually a big pot on the stove will work,’’ says Kevin O’Connor, president of O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk.

Stone Brewing needs more time to choose a new site

Wanted Stone Brewery to Norfolk

The nation's 10th largest craft beermaker said it's taking longer than anticipated to choose a site for a new brewery east of the Mississippi River.

Norfolk, Richmond and Columbus, Ohio, are the three finalists under consideration by Stone Brewing Co. of California. The cities have campaigned to land the brewery, which would include a restaurant, shop and beer garden.

Stone Brewing confirms Norfolk is among 3 finalists

Stone Brewing Company

NORFOLK - Stone Brewing Co. plans to announce within 30 to 60 days whether it has selected Norfolk as the site of its second American brewery.

The company confirmed Friday what many already knew: Norfolk, Richmond and Columbus, Ohio, are the three finalists competing to land the 10th-largest craft brewer in the United States.

Months ago, the Escondido, Calif.-based company said it planned to build a brewery east of the Mississippi River so it would have better access to its customers.

Series taps into the art and craft of beer

Tap into Design

The Hampton Roads Chapter the American Institute of Architects on Monday, August 18, launches a new “Tap into Design’’ series at rotating local breweries.

The idea is to create an informal place for designers, artists and speakers to talk about projects and inventions – all while sampling beer.

The schedule is:

5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. - Socializing

6 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. – “Designing a beer,’’ Dan Yarnall, Back Bay Brewing Company’s head brewer and chief operating officer

6:20 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. – “Designing a theoretical brewery’’