Saturday, February 23, 2013

Rusty Beaver - New Local Brewery

Rusty Beaver Brewery is new micro-brewery coming to the area. The brewery is the brainchild of the founder of the Virginia Barbeque, Rick Ivey. It will be located in a former Virginia Barbeque location at 18043 Jefferson Davis Highway in Ladysmith, VA.

The plans call for beer to be sold by the growler or glass, four or five days a week. Some food service is also expected, to include Virginia Barbeque sandwiches of course. A report at lists five beers in the works, described by the brewer:
Smashed Bastard (Alcohol By Volume, 5.2): Named for Single Malt and Single Hop Brews (SMASH Brews). Brewed with 2 row Barley malt and German Hallerton hops for an easy drinking beer that works for the common Bud Man. 
Buck Tooth “Big Bite” IPA (ABV, 6.5): A classic IPA with fruity aroma and a bitter finish. Brewed with Pale and Caramel Malt. The hop bill includes Citra, Galaxy, Green Bullet and Chrystal. 
Old Dominion Brown Ale (ABV, 5.7): A rich brown ale with deep chocolate tones. 2 row malt, Belgium Chocolate malt and 40L Caramel Malt with Cascade and Northern Brewer hops. 
The Quake Stout (ABV, 9.9): Named for the Louisa quake during which Austin and I envisioned the Brewery. We brew it with English Muttons Pale Malt, Black and Chocolate Malt with a hop bill of Magnum, Summit and a little Williamette at the finish. 
Zen (ABV, 7.5): Our Stout and Bastard brew mixed (black and tan style) to a yin and yang perfection. Our favorite!

The Rusty Beaver opening is planned in the next couple of months. I'll be sure to pay a visit and report back, as a service to my readers!

See "Small brewery opening in Ladysmith" for more information.


  1. Oooh! Please keep me posted. That's worth a drive in to town!

    1. Just because Nancy asked so nicely, I'll check them out when they open. ;-)


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