Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hop Picking at Blue Mountain

Do you enjoy the aroma of very fresh hops? The Annual Hop Picking Day at Blue Mountain Brewery is Monday, August 2.

From Nelson County Life Magazine:
Join us Mon, Aug 2nd from 10am-7pm for our annual Hop Picking. Volunteer 2 hours and receive a FREE sandwich and side. (ABC law says we can’t give free beer but you can grab a beer while you pick, after you pick or both.) We’ll be brewing 1,000 gallons of a Cascade Tribute Pale Ale with the hops our volunteers pick. The rest of the hops will be dried the following day and used in our beloved Full Nelson Pale Ale throughout the year.

Event Date: Monday 2nd of August 2010 10:00 AM
Location/Address: 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
Contact Telephone: Please call 540-456-8020 for more information

Monday, July 19, 2010

Four Virginia Breweries Collaborate on Special Brew

Brewers from Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, Devils Backbone, and South Street breweries got together last week to create a special beer. Five brewers from these Virginia breweries met at Starr Hill on Friday to create a Black IPA style beer. Jacque Landry, (partner & brewer South Street Brewery) Matt Nucci, (brewer and co-owner Blue Mountain Brewery) Mark Thompson, (owner and brewmaster Starr Hill) Aaron Reilly, (brewer Devils Backbone) and Jason Oliver, (head brewmaster Devils Backbone) all contributed to the effort. The special brew will be released at the Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival on August 21.

Nelson County Life has photos from the brew day, along with more information. Brewer Jason Oliver was also featured in a video interview with Charlottesville station NBC29.

See this post for details on how you can win two free tickets to the Brew Ridge Festival.

Photo courtesy Nelson County Life.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Win Two Tickets to the Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival

The second annual Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival will be held Saturday, August 21. This festival features beer from Starr Hill, Blue Mountain, Devils Backbone, and South Street breweries. The event takes place on the concert grounds at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County (45 min. from Charlottesville) and Musings Over a Pint readers have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the festival. Simply post a comment below, as a reply to this post, between now and July 31 and you'll be entered to win. I'll select a winner at random on August 1 to receive the pair of tickets.

The not so fine print: If you post anonymously, or the ID you post with doesn't provide contact info, it won't count. (For example, if there's no contact info on your Blogger profile, I can't contact you.) The winner will be notified via email on August 1 and their contact information forwarded to the event promoter. The tickets will be available at the will call counter at the Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival.

Good luck and I hope to see you there!

Update, August 1: The winner of the tickets is Chuck Triplett. Enjoy the festival Chuck!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

More About Lee's Retreat Brewpub

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, published an article today about the new brewpub at The Blue & Gray Brewing Company. You can read what Bill Freehling has to say about Lee's Retreat, and view a few pictures, by following the link below.

Blue & Gray opens brew pub in Bowman Center

Saturday, July 3, 2010

How very Capital of you! In Richmond

I've mused often about the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, but did you know there are three other CAH locations? Recently The Happy Hour Guys visited the original Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond.

Watch on YouTube

Visit The Happy Hour Guys web site to see videos of other craft beer places of interest.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lee's Retreat is Open

That's right folks, Fredericksburg now boasts TWO brewpubs. The long-awaited brewpub at Blue & Gray Brewing opened this week. The brewpub is open Tuesday -Thursday, 11am-9pm, and Friday - Saturday until 11pm.

The Lee's Retreat menu is posted here. The chef, Frederick T. Heller (Fritz) is originally from Hackensack, NJ and has 20 years experience in the restaurant business. Fritz has built most of the interior of Lee's Retreat and was instrumental in menu development. I've not had the chance to visit, but you can be sure I will very soon. The photo of the bar at right is take from the Blue & Gray's Facebook page.

The pub has Blue & Gray beer to go as well. During brewpub hours, you can purchase 22oz bottles, and swap out screw cap growlers and beer bombs. No dine-in required.

Did I mention there are now two brewpubs in Fredericksburg?

Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival

The second annual Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival will take place on Saturday, August 21 at the Concert Grounds at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County. Music and beer will combine for a family-friendly, fun-filled day.

The festival will showcase 16 craft beers from national and world acclaimed breweries that line the Virginia Brew Ridge Trail: Blue Mountain Brewery, South Street Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Co., the 2010 World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster (Jason Oliver) for a small brewpub. Both tasting and full portion pours will be available for purchase.

Discounted advance tickets can be purchased online or at local outlets. Complete ticket information is available here.

Update, July 18: Win two tickets to the festival, details here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Twilight Tattoo

Wednesday evening we attended the Twilight Tattoo at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. This regal performance features Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" and other proud men and women of the U.S. Army. It is quite an amazing performance. It was refreshing to see so many young people in attendance filled with patriotic American pride.

What's that you say? Where's the beer connection? Well, according to, a tattoo is defined as "a military display consisting of music, marching, and exercises. [from Dutch taptoe, shutting off of taps, signalling the closing of taverns at the end of the day].

So there you go.