Archive for September, 2016

Strangeways Brewing Expanding to Fredericksburg

By From • Sep 30th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Big news! Strangeways Brewing posted this exciting announcement to their Facebook page

Strangeways Brewing Opening Production Brewery and Taproom in Fredericksburg 

Richmond, VA, September 29th, 2016 – Strangeways Brewing, a three year old business based in Richmond, announces today the opening of a second production brewery and taproom at 350 Lansdowne Road, Fredericksburg, VA.  The facility is located near the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds.

The 10,100-square foot building sitting on almost 3 acres will feature a 10-barrel brewhouse, a large taproom, live event space, private event space, retail shop, arcade, and outdoor beer garden.

As a native of Virginia who was born and raised in Fredericksburg, it has always been part of owner Neil Burton’s plan to expand into his hometown.  The chosen location has personal meaning for Burton, a James Monroe High School graduate. “This is the exact same building where we previously headquartered my families’ clothing operation, Burton’s Menswear, which I helped operate for nearly twenty years.  That just makes this even more special and personal.”

Strangeways was twice rated Virginia’s Best Brewery Taproom by users, listed by bon appétit magazine as one of “10 New U.S. Breweries to Watch, from D.C. to California”, and noted in Southern Living magazine as one of the “South’s Best Breweries”.

Burton is excited to bring his passion for craft beer and Strangeways’ signature array of beer styles to Fredericksburg.  He anticipates the tasting room being a community gathering place for folks to meet and socialize, as well as be a tourist destination.

More than 100,000 Virginians and tourists from around the world visit Strangeways in Richmond each year.  The Richmond location opened on May 29, 2013 with two flagship beers that remain on tap today, Albino Monkey Belgian White Ale and Woodbooger Belgian Brown Ale.  The brewery quickly grew into a fan favorite with its large variety of options, including Überlin Berliner Weisse Sour, which took a gold medal in the Sour European Ale category at the 2016 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup Awards.

The Fredericksburg taproom plans to feature nearly 50 Strangeways draft beers, making it the production brewery tasting room with the most taps in Virginia.  The 10-barrel brewhouse is half the size of the Richmond system, giving the brewery the ability to produce a large variety of smaller batch offerings.  In its three years, Strangeways has always been the largest producer of sour and wild beers in the Commonwealth.  The Fredericksburg facility will continue this tradition, including aging beers in wooden barrels that previously were used in the production of bourbon, rum, tequila, scotch, gin, red wine, white wine, sherry, grappa, bourbon maple syrup, etc.

“Brown Distributing has done an excellent job of distributing Strangeways beer in Central Virginia,” stated Burton, “and we’ve learned that our tasting room is an integral part of effectively sharing the Strangeways story, which then translates to demand for our products at our retail partner accounts.  This is a blueprint we hope to emulate in Fredericksburg.”

The new event space will host happenings such as live music shows, festivals, and holiday celebrations, and the private event space will be available for meetings, receptions, and other special occasions.

Light fare, including snack flights and locally sourced charcuterie will be served, and menus from local restaurants will be available for patrons to order delivery.

The new Fredericksburg location will create 27 new jobs for the local economy. Opening for the new Strangeways facility is anticipated for the first half of 2017.

Needless to say, I’m excited and looking forward to visiting the new taproom next year.

See also this review of a Strangeways event in Fredericksburg a couple years ago.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Archangels, Intercede For Us

By From • Sep 29th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels — St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and St. Michael. These are trying times for Christianity and freedom in general, both at home and abroad, with attacks coming from many directions. Governments around the world, sadly our own included, are creating laws to restrict the free practice of religion. Unbelievably, people actually stand in the street proclaiming how proud they are to have killed their own children. The satanic forces of islam continue hundreds of years barbarism and remain relentless in attacking and killing Christians around the world, including right here at home. The list goes on. To anyone paying attention, it’s obvious that evil has a foothold in this world.

There’s no more important time implore the intercession of these powerful warriors, the Archangels. We should ask especially for the protection of St. Michael the Archangel.

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Spotsylvania Passes Vague Full Time and Attention Law

By From • Sep 28th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

On September 13, 2016, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors passed a broad, vague ordinance that prohibits operating a motor vehicle while not giving full time and attention to the operation of the vehicle. On its face, this seems like an innocent ordinance. It was recommended by the Sheriff’s Office and Commonwealth’s Attorney in order […]

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St. Wenceslaus, Patron Saint of Brewers

By From • Sep 28th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Reposted from September 28, 2012.Today is the feast day of St. Wenceslaus, who is regarded as a patron Saint of Czech brewers.St. Wenceslaus, duke of Bohemia, was born about the year 907 at Prague, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was kille…

Easy Flatbread Pizza

By From • Sep 28th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

This simple recipe can be changed up according to your desired taste. Fast, easy, and oh so fine! :) Ingredients:- Whole grain baked Naan flatbread- diced green onion- Pizza sauce- fresh spinach- shredded or cubed chicken breast- diced pineapple- …

Missing Mom

By From • Sep 28th, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

My mother passed away on this day in 2010. After six years, remembering the loss still invokes a fresh pain. There’s so much I want to tell her, so many things about her grandson’s life I wish I could share with her in person.But still, her ever presen…

Five O’Clock Friday: The Curse of Social Media

By From • Sep 23rd, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

A funny commercial from IKEA.Enjoy the weekend. Hold the pics.
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Didn’t Empty My Pockets After Shooting

By From • Sep 22nd, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Received this text from my dear wife…Oops. Sorry honey, I thought I emptied my pockets. Love you!And it was a quality round too.
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Summer Books 2016

By From • Sep 21st, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I read a few good ones this summer.
Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
Yes, it’s a classic and I should have read it years ago. I enjoyed it, although I think Steinbeck made a lot of it up from the comfort of a hotel room on his travels.
Carpet Die…

So Much Stupid

By From • Sep 21st, 2016 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Just when you think liberals can’t get anymore ridiculous…

We’re also very very lucky that the attackers tried to use explosives rather than guns.

— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 19, 2016

It’s hard to imagine anyone reaching that level of stupid without serious drug abuse or inbreeding.

Perhaps Hayes is joining Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in being “grateful that nobody got hurt.” 

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]