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Ramblings on shooting sports, craft beer, whiskey, cigars and other simple pleasures.
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A fledgling local brewery has finally found its home in the center of the universe.
Center of the Universe Brewing Company this month leased 12,000 square feet on Air Park Road in Ashland, just off Interstate 95 near Bass Pro Shop.
The building sits on 1.3 acres and was previously occupied by the Herald-Progress newspaper.
With its claim officially staked, Center of the Universe, founded by brothers Chris Ray and Phil Ray and named after the unofficial nickname of Ashland, is aiming for a November opening.
But there’s a lot of work left to be done: There’s the lengthy process of state and federal licensing. They’ll then await the delivery of all the giant tanks, boilers and fermenters that will produce the liquid gold.
A build-out will give the brothers warehouse space for the brewing components and a front area that will become a tasting room.
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A new tourism initiative aims to promote the Fredericksburg area’s various alcoholic-beverage producers.
The Grapes and Grains Trail allows people to buy a $12 ticket that gets them a tour of the Hartwood Winery, Potomac Point Winery, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Blue & Gray Brewing Co. and A. Smith Bowman Distillery.
The ticket also includes a stemless wine glass for tastings with the Grapes and Grains Trail logo on it, and a 20 percent discount at each facility’s gift shop.The Grapes and Grains Trail partnership officially kicks off Father's Day weekend, June 16-17. There will be special events at the participating wineries, distillery and brewery. This is a great way to promote tourism in the local area. We'll have to find a weekend, and a designated driver, to do a tour and report back.
The new study is by far the largest of its kind to date. As part of a joint project with the AARP, researchers from the National Institutes of Health followed more than 400,000 healthy men and women between the ages of 50 and 71 for up to 13 years, during which 13% of the participants died.
Overall, coffee drinkers were less likely than their peers to die during the study, and the more coffee they drank, the lower their mortality risk tended to be. Compared with people who drank no coffee at all, men and women who drank six or more cups per day were 10% and 15% less likely, respectively, to die during the study.The researchers note that there are over 1,000 compounds associated with coffee, other than caffeine, and it is possible that some of these may contribute to decreased chronic decease.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law two pieces of legislation aimed at helping Virginia-based brewers.
House Bill 359 lets established brewers lease space to start-up and small scale beer brewers. Senate Bill 604 allows for retail sales and sampling on the premises of Virginia breweries.
"The legislation signed today will make it easier for our breweries to serve as destinations for potential customers and allow some of our talented small-scale brewers to lease space from established brewers and overcome some of the significant start-up costs," McDonnell said at the signing ceremony, held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond.
|Jeff Fitzpatrick, president of Blue & Gray Brewing Co. and Gov. Bob McDonnell at the signing.|
Photo courtesy of Fredericksburg Business Insider's Facebook page.
What kind of cousin-loving, gap-toothed trailer-dwelling, Elvis-worshipping (remember Elvis almost blew away his girlfriend, accidentally) moron would even consider shooting on a minimum of an acre as the proposed law states.As is typical for the "I'm pro-2A but..."crowd, Mr. Sergeant begins the name calling in earnest, rather than debating the actual issue. Currently this is not law, it's not even a formal proposal. There aren't any details to discuss, but the commenter extrapolates to the extreme. He rants on with this statement:
So, you can't hunt deer with solid shot in much of VA due to safety offsets, but you can shoot a .50 Barrett on your property if you have more than an acre?I'm reminded of this study on the anti-gunners reflection of the their own mistrust of themselves when creating their anti-gun arguments.
One of Richmond’s newest breweries is doubling its production capacity.
In late April, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery added two 80-barrel fermenting tanks to their 12,000-square-foot warehouse in an industrial part of town near the Diamond
“We’re getting them hooked up now and hoping by the end of the week to start filling them up,” said Eric McKay, who started brewing with business partner Patrick Murtaugh in September.
Less 'bang bang you're dead,' more 'boing, pop, you're slightly deaf.' The Balloon Russian Roulette is a harmless version of classic Russian Roulette, taking away the blood, murder case and disposal of a body. Ideal Birthday and Christmas gifts, Balloon Russian Roulette involves pointing a 'gun' at another persons head with a balloon attached to the front, pulling the trigger will either produce nothing...or a pin that pops the balloon!I've never had any issues with toy guns for kids. Playing "Army," or "Cowboys and Indians" is part of growing up. And games with toy guns even can involve pointing the toy guns at your playmates. This pushes the envelope. One of the comments on the Amazon page stated, "This game is a wonderful way to teach kids of all ages about statistics, probability, and handgun safety." I see the wrong lessons coming out of this. Here's a better idea, take them to the range teach your kids actual gun safety. And show them what a bullet will do to a watermelon.
Blue and Gray Brewing Company has brewed our latest anniversary beer. The new Capital Ale “Kollaboration Kolsch”, brewed by brewer David Achkio of Richmond, is a refreshing golden ale, hopped with Saaz and Splatz. It’s bright, with a light delicate body. A great session beer for the warmer weather, it is a straightforward fresh Kolsch, true to its German origins accentuated by the noble hop character. The ceremonial tapping will be at our Fredericksburg location with a brewery representative this Friday, May 11th at 6pm. The beer will be available at all five Capital Ale House locations while it lasts.
Blue and Gray Brewery President Jeff Fitzpatrick said "We are proud to work with Capital Ale House to develop an anniversary ale for them. Capital Ale House and Blue & Gray Brewing both celebrate their ten year anniversary this year. I like to think the success of our respective beer enterprises is related. Happy Anniversary to us! Cheers."
OSKAR BLUES FINDS DOWNHOME VIBE AT GATES OF PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST
Longmont, CO. Funky little Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started 15 years ago when Dale Katechis and his high school sweet-heart stumbled across the small town of Lyons, Colorado while on a road trip north from their home in Alabama. That Rocky Mountain trip continues east as Dale finds the same downhome feeling in the rolling hills of Pisgah National Forrest of Brevard, North Carolina.
Oskar Blues, named “The hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado” by Rolling Stone Magazine, has announced plans for a restaurant/music venue and brewery location just off the bike path to Bracken Mountain in the small downtown of Brevard, N.C. The brewery plans to have the soul-savin’ live music venue and brewery up and running by December 2012.