Thursday, September 4, 2008

Weekend Beer Events

We have an extended lineup of beer sampling opportunities for Friday and Saturday. Why not try something new this weekend? Head over to one of these events and try a beer you've never had before and tell us about it in the comments. You'll be entered in the drawing for the "The American Brew" DVD.

There's a special event in Leesburg on Friday evening. Kristen Umstattd, Leesburg’s Mayor, will be tapping the first cask of the Leesburg 250th Anniversary 80 Shilling Ale at Vintage 50 Restaurant and Brew Lounge from 5PM-7PM to kick off the Leesburg 250th Anniversary Festivities. See here for details.

Friday, September 5 - 5:00 - 8:00pm
Total Wine, Fredericksburg
Friday 5 @ 5 Beer Tasting:
D'Achouffe McChouffe, Anchor Liberty Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale, Stone Ruination IPA, Old Speckled Hen

Friday, September 5 - 5:30 - 8:00pm
Virginia Wine Experience, Fredericksburg
Beer Tasting:
Bell's Oktoberfest, Victory Festbier

Friday, September 5 - 5:30 - 7:30pm
Corks and Kegs, Richmond
Beer Tasting:
Ballast Point Amber Ale, Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout, Wychwood Hobgoblin

Saturday, September 6 - 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Kybecca, Fredericksburg
Beer Tastings in 2 Locations:
William Street (Downtown):
La Chouffe Belgian Golden Ale (Belgium), New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale (Michigan), plus 1 Customer Choice
Plank Road (Next to Ukrops)
Cooper's Sparkling Ale (Australia), Avery Fifteen Anniversary Ale (Colorado), plus 1 Customer Choice

Saturday, September 6 - 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Rick's Wine, Alexandria
Beer Tastings:
Bell's Octoberfest, D'Achouffe Houblon IPA, D'Achouffe McChouffe, Ayinger Octoberfest

Every Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Blue & Gray Brewery, Fredericksburg
Beer samples and brewery tours

Please support the folks who bring us these events. Let them know there is an active craft beer community in the area. When you attend any of these events, tell us about it in the comments, and be sure to let the proprietor know you heard about it here.
Have something to add? Let me know, my contact information is here.


  1. Is there no tasting at Total Wine on Friday?

  2. Ryan,

    I've received no info from TW this week. Sometimes Peggy gets busy and plans the tastings late. As soon as I hear something I'll update the list.

  3. Thanks. I split my time between NC and VA with my family still in NC. With all the wet weather coming on Saturday I was going to stay here instead of driving into it. I plan on hitting some if not all of these....finally.

  4. 'Corks & Kegs' is near my woods but not so sure about their apparent city location 'B/h Exxon Gas Station'... altho a savvy craft-beer geek could do fairly well there given C&K/s 10.99 USD mix-n-match six-pack offer.

    Not the best weekend to lay in a fresh supply...given TS Hanna will be touring my neighborhood on SAT and the near-certain likelihood of multi-day power outages following her passage.

  5. I went to Blue and Gray and that was very good. Ample sampling to be had and good conversation. I was really impressed with their Belgian and Octoberfest. I then proceeded to Total Wine for the Octoberfest beer tasting. They had no idea what I was talking about. I was happy to see some new O'fest beers and some pumpkins so I purchased a few. I went further down Rt 3 to Kybecca and sampled the Coopers and Avery 15. Both average. I stocked up there on some 07 and 08 Stone vertical and some pumpkins and O'fests as well.

  6. Ryan, glad you had enjoyed the tastings. My apologies for the confusion on the Oktoberfest tasting. I jumped the gun, it's scheduled for Oct. 4.


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