Crafted Stories

Green Flash-created Ynot IPA begins pouring in Hampton Roads today

Green Flash IPA YNot

Today’s the first day you can drink Ynot IPA, created by Green Flash Brewing Co. just for the local chain, Ynot Pizza & Italian Cuisine.
Green Flash, founded in San Diego, selected Virginia Beach for its second brewing facility, and expects to open there by 2016. The company plans to break ground at the 58,000-square foot facility on General Booth Boulevard in fall 2014.

The Bold Mariner's Kickstarter campaign succeeds

The Bold Mariner Brewing Company

A successful Kickstarter campaign brings The Bold Mariner Brewing Company and founder Michael Stacks a few steps closer to a January 2015 opening in Norfolk.

Stacks, a Norfolk resident on active duty in the Navy for more than 16 years, has thought about opening a brewery for nearly that long.

He doesn't regret waiting, though. "The timing is right now for the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area,'' Stacks said.

Virginia kicks off 3rd annual craft beer month

Virginia 3rd Annual Craft Beer Month

RICHMOND - Virginia is kicking off its third annual craft beer month.

Events are scheduled throughout the state during August at breweries, restaurants and hotels to celebrate Virginia's more than 80 craft breweries.

Among the events is the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest scheduled for Aug. 23 at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County.

Tourism officials say craft breweries are a growing tourism attraction opportunity statewide with an estimated economic impact of more than $622 million.

Big Ugly Brewing Company to hold meet and greet Saturday

Big Ugly Brewing Company

Big Ugly Brewing Company will hold a meet and greet from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 2.

Owners Shawn C.S. Childers and James “Jim’’ Lantry will welcome visitors, grill food and give limited tours. They’re also hoping to jump-start their Kickstarter campaign.

The brewery recently started a 30-day campaign to raise money for an added fermenter and to pay for their 2015 barrel contract, Childers said.

Brewpub and restaurant coming to Smithfield

Wharf Hill Brewing Company

SMITHFIELD - Something cool is brewing in an almost forgotten part of Smithfield.

Wharf Hill Brewing Company will be a working brewery, pub and restaurant and is expected to open in mid-October. Local resident Lee Duncan will operate the business in an early 20th-century building in the east Main Street area called Wharf Hill.

Duncan invited about 100 guests to a promotional beer tasting earlier this month and asked them to sample three beers: a Pilsner, an American Pale Ale and a doppelbock.

Pleasure House Brewing to open on Shore Drive

Pleasure House Brewing

Shore Drive in Virginia Beach will get its own brewery when Pleasure House Brewing opens in mid-September.

Drew and Alex Stephenson, teachers at Maury High School in Norfolk, and Tim O’Brien, bartender at Lynnhaven Pub in Virginia Beach, are the owners in the venture.

Norfolk rezones Northampton Blvd. land for brewery

Rezoning of Northampton Blvd

NORFOLK - The city has rezoned property on Northampton Boulevard to attract a brewery, brewpub or microbrewery.

The City Council on Tuesday also created a zoning designation to allow such businesses in other districts. Spokeswoman Lori Crouch said the change makes it easier for business owners to open a brewery, which Norfolk wants to encourage.

The city is among several on the East Coast lobbying Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, Calif., to open a brewery. Crouch said there's no specific plan for the Northampton site.

Pumpkin beer? It's nearly here

Pumpkin Beer

Too early to talk about pumpkin beer? Tell that to the companies releasing their squash-inspired brews before Labor Day.

“There’s a lot of seasonal creep with these kinds of beers,” said Justin MacDonald, owner of Beach Brewing Company.

Clearly, there’s a demand.

At AleWerks Brewing Company, its Pumpkin Ale has taken off.

Brewer Geoff Logan made a single batch their first year. It sold quickly, so they made a second before the season’s end. The next year, they started earlier and brewed six batches. Demand increased.

August is Virginia Craft Beer month. Drink up.

craft beer month

August is Virginia’s third annual Craft Beer Month, and brewers all over the state are getting ready, planning events and making unique beers to celebrate.

“It helps let people know we’re out here,” said Porter Hardy, president of Smartmouth Brewing in Norfolk. “We’re a pretty young industry. ... Anything that helps us raise awareness is great.”

Already a few craft brewing events are set for August, including the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest being held August 23 at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County.

Tasting in the Dark to raise funds

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is sponsoring a Tasting in the Dark at 5:30 p.m. June 28 at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton.

Tickets are $25 and include five beer tastings and five tapas.

A silent auction will also be held.

All proceeds for this event will go to support the Vision Walk of 2014 in July. For details on the walk, go to