Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Virginia Breweries Featured in Smithsonian Program

The Brickskeller in Washington, DC will host a program entitled "The Virginia Ale Trail: New Brews in the Old Dominion". This presentation is part of the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program and will be held on Saturday, July 25, 1:00 - 4:30PM.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom were home brewers, would be proud of the more than 30 microbreweries and brewpubs now scattered throughout their home state. Meet some of Virginia’s leading artisanal brewers and taste their flavorful brews, many of which are not readily available in the D.C. area, as they talk about the process of creating their beers. Participating brewers are award-winning beer-maker Bill Madden of Vintage 50 brewpub in Leesburg; Taylor Smack of Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, who grows some of the hops he uses in his aromatic Full Nelson Pale Ale; Andy Rathmann of St. George Brewing Co. in Hampton, which is named after the patron saint of England but turns out both English and German styles; and John Wampler of Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond, a microbrewery and restaurant that makes traditional beers like pilsner and porter and nontraditional brews like Belgian-style quadruple and chocolate porter. Gregg Wiggins, columnist for Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, moderates the afternoon.

Coordinators are Jim Dorsch, editor and publisher, American Brewer magazine, and Greg Kitsock, editor, Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, and associate editor, American Brewer magazine.

Details and ticket information here.

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