Virtual Taproom: Episode 2 - Spencer Devon Brewing

This week, we got a chance to hang with Head Brewer, Trent Wiegers of Fredericksburg, VA’s Spencer Devon Brewing. Check it out as Trent takes us through a flight f/ their 3-4-5 Pilsner, Sunken Road Belgian Blonde, Fall Line Pale Ale, and their Lauck’s Island West Coast IPA. We dug each of these and can’t wait to taste what they’ll be pouring at the Fest!

“I want to help Spencer Devon continue to contribute to the wonderful beer culture and local community of Fredericksburg.”
— Trent Wiegers, Spencer Devon Brewing

Virtual Taproom: Episode 1 - 1781 Brewing Co.

We headed out to 1781 Brewing Co. in Spotsylvania to do a tour and get the lowdown on what they had on tap that day. Seasonal brews presented in this tasting include their Dunkelweizen, Belgian Blonde, L’Automne Imperial Irish Red Ale, and their Washington Hare Porter - which is the first beer that they’ll be distributing Downtown Fredericksburg, and their first fully-grown Virginia recipe!

The brewery’s goals this year include to experimenting further with fruits and vegetables, focusing on farm-to-table “foodie” beers. They’ll also be increasing their barrel production to include more barrel-aged beers and additional wild fermentations.

We present to you the first episode of what we hope becomes a long (and tasty) adventure…the Virtual Taproom!

Game Day Grub

The Big Game is nearly upon us, so - naturally - we’re rounding up some of our favorite beercentric recipes in preparation. One again, we lean on The Beeroness, Jackie Dodd: the woman who cooks up the finest and makes it look damn good while doing it. We’re kind of in love with her, and having tried and tested these recipes, we recommend that you spend some time this post-season cooking up some of her hits. This is just what’s on our menu, but hit her site for more inspiration!

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PUNK IN DRUBLIC BEER BATTERED BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER (VEGAN)

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SHORT RIB BLACK BEAN BEER CHILI

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GENERAL TSO STICKY BEER CHICKEN WINGS

 
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BEER MAC ‘N’ CHEESE STUFFED JALAPEÑOS

BEER BATTERED MINI CORN DOGS WITH CHIPOTLE KETCHUP

BEER BRAISED MEATBALL BAHN MI SANDWICHES

 
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PULLED CHIPOTLE BEER CHICKEN SLIDERS

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BEER CHILI PARTY DOGS

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SKILLET CHORIZO BEER CHEESE DIP IN A PIZZA CRUST RING

All photos and recipes courtesy of The Beeroness/Jackie Dodd.

Visit her site for TONS more!

A Virginia Beer Lover's Wish List

 

While every day is a great day to imbibe with friends, I especially love this time of year. As an avid gift giver and craft beer fan, nothing brings me joy like that which I feel while curating these lists year after year. So many awesome products and experiences out there. Here’s a list of 20 of our gift recommendations for the craft beer lover in your life…

NOTE: this may also be my Christmas wish list…

  1. CUFFING SEASON

Imbibe: Virginia Beach (and we hope future cities too!) artisan, Kelly, runs Charlottesville, VA-based Craft Brewed Jewelry. It’s hands down one of our favorite small shops which features upcycled beer cans turned jewelry. I love the cuff bracelets, but she also has a wide array of earrings, necklaces, and other awesome product. Check her out!


2. the cool kids

Give the gift that keeps on givin’ all year long. With a myriad of awesome breweries right here in Hampton Roads, there’s no shortage of unique gift/experience combos that will surely please anyone on your list (21+ of course).

 

YOUNG VETERANS BREWING CO. CANTEEN COMMAND:

As an official member of the canteen command, you’ll receive a 20oz personalized canteen mug, a stainless growler, a shirt, pint glass, and – the holy grail in our eyes – a personalized YVBC 4-pocket olive BDU jacket complete with YVBC and Canteen Command rocker patches (if you were at the Virginia Beach festival, you saw these folks sprinkled throughout the crowd lending their helping hands throughout the day). Additionally, you’re entitled to special discounts and privileges surrounding merch and beer releases. Hit their site for more info on pricing and additional details.

TBH, they don’t have memberships avail currently, but a little birdie told us that they may be opening up a few slots this holiday season, so keep an eye out!

 

SMARTMOUTH BREWING CO. INNER CIRCLE:

Opening up their 3rd year of membership this coming March, Smartmouth’s Inner Circle offers an array of perks ranging from a variety of beer offerings, unique merch, exclusive event access, and discounts on tasting room purchases at both locations. Get the opportunity to weigh in on upcoming beer styles, get the scoop on events and releases prior to the general public, and receive four limited releases throughout the year, two custom glasses, tickets to annual Street Parties, a membership coin and more! Visit them online for more info and to learn how to get involved.

 

BACK BAY BREWING CO. HUNT CLUB:

12 months of awesome gifts and perks abound with the Back Bay Hunt Club membership. In addition to sweet swag like a branded keychain, hat, shirt, mug, and stainless growler, members receive their first mug pour FREE plus a quarter pint more than everyone else (20oz vs 16oz) whenever they come into the brewery. Folks will gain access to two exclusive Hunt Club members only catered dinner parties, as well as sneak peeks and first dibs on EVERY new beer release. 12 22oz. bottles of your choice (stipulations do apply, see their site for deets), discounts on merch and growler fills, VIP experiences at three of their signature annual events, and FREE admission to Back Bay Brewing Co.’s Beer School classes and Beer School release events are just a few more of the benefits you’ll enjoy as a member of the Hunt Club. Click here to learn more and apply to join on the spot!


3. CHILL OUT

Baby, it’s cold outside. But it won’t be for long. Whether we’re fishing, camping, or takin’ it easy at the beach, Icon Coolers keep us chill all year long.

If you were out at the Virginia Beach event, you prob ran into the brand’s co-founder, Zane, who was out showcasing their wares. While our entire team has been longtime fans of the brand, we’re pretty much in love with their new 48-can soft side coolers mainly because of their versatility – oh, and yeah, we said 48 cans – so…

Be sure to check out their entire product line; from hard coolers (both large and small) to drinkware, they’ve got you covered. This isn’t a sponsored ad, we just seriously dig what they’re building. Oh, did I mention they now rock custom jockey boxes too? Breweries – get on it – quality, American-made, functional, and purty.


4. TIE ONE ON

Self-explanatory awesomeness. For those times when you want to look profesh, but also let folks know you’re down to party.


5. IN THE KITCHEN

We first learned about Jackie Dodd, aka The Beeroness, about four years ago while searching the internet for our very first BrewU developmental concepts. Jackie’s been featured on The Today Show, Lifetime, CBS News, printed in Imbibe Magazine amongst others, and writes for Parade Magazine, Draft Magazine, and Whisk Magazine.

Her photograpy = amazing. Her recipes = tasty. Her writing style = engaging. Get one, or both of her books, and you won’t regret it one bit.

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6. v FASHIONABLE

When it comes to beer-inspired apparel, we’ve got a slew of awesome suggestions, and our first will ALWAYS be to shop local. Whether it be a brewery like Pleasure House Brewing Co. in Virginia Beach slangin’ one of the finest dang hoodies we’ve ever worn, to Coelacanth Brewing Co. in Norfolk’s wicked fantastic trucker caps, the styles are endless, the prices aren’t insane, and you can rest easy knowin’ you are supporting a burgeoning local biz.

If you’re seeking something more artsy and out-of-the-box, we are stoked to let y’all know about our buds over at Brewer Shirts. We love the humor, quality, and styles that they offer in every item they create. Check out their line here!


7. BYE PINT GLASS, BYE.


8. BE(ER)-DAZZLE HER

We learned about Kimberly Markley, founder of Hopped Up Jewelry, a PNW gem, about a year ago. Since then, we’ve been stalking her Insta and drooling over the amazing work she creates. Her story is super cool - she moved west from Ohio to Oregon and got a gig at a little pub. The job, pouring tasty craft brews for locals, was only part-time. One day, she created a pair of hop flower earrings on a whim and wore them into work. Wasn’t long before she was selling them right off of her ears and eventually creating designs for her pals to sport.

Now it’s her hobby is her full time job, and from first design to final finish work, she bends, shapes, forges & stamps each unique piece of jewelry into art for us to wear & enjoy. Check her out - it’s different, unique, and you can tell that heart and soul is put into each creative piece of functional art that she creates.


9. SHOWER BEER

Suds e’rywhere, guys. This innovative water-proof stick-on beer holder! The Sudski sticks to any slick surface like glass, mirror, marble, glazed shower tile or laminate and easily removes without leaving residue behind. It’s a good time in this world when needs like this are realized!

PS - Recommended brew? Champion’s Shower Beer, of course!


10. TOUR DE BREWSKIS

Nothing shows people that you care about them like giving them experiences that they’ll enjoy, cherish, and possibly not remember. Plus, whomever you get this gift for will probably need a partner with whom to enjoy such an experience! (wink, wink: one gift for you, one gift for me)

Here’s a roundup of a few brewery tours being offered throughout the state of Virginia. Make a weekend of it and venture outside the area full of breweries you already frequent. Beer tourism is on the rise, and it’s because there are SO.MANY. amazing venues in SO.MANY. beautiful and unique settings.

Click an image below to learn more about each of these operators!

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CHARLOTTESVILLE HOP ON TOURS

RICHMOND BREWERY TOURS

RICHMOND BREWERY TOURS

ROANOKE FOOD TOURS

ROANOKE FOOD TOURS

BREW RIDGE TOURS

BREW RIDGE TOURS

FXBG BREW TOUR

FXBG BREW TOUR

TASTE VIRGINIA

TASTE VIRGINIA


11. brew-ducatio

Knowledge is power! For the serious fan that may be interested in taking that next step into the industry as a profession, there’s great news. Both VCU and the University of Richmond are currently offering Craft Beer Education Certificate programs.

Learn from the pros, partake in a brewery internship, and turn your loved one’s passion into a career - well, at least a couple of credits at a time!

Central Virginia is an ever growing hotspot for the craft beer industry. According to Vinepair, Richmond is "the world's top beer destination" in 2018. To meet this growing demand, the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education has partnered various on-campus and industry partners to introduce the VCU Craft Beer Certificate Program, a noncredit certificate of completion in the art of craft beer. The program provides an exciting opportunity for knowledge expansion of the craft beer industry.

Central Virginia is an ever growing hotspot for the craft beer industry. According to Vinepair, Richmond is "the world's top beer destination" in 2018. To meet this growing demand, the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education has partnered various on-campus and industry partners to introduce the VCU Craft Beer Certificate Program, a noncredit certificate of completion in the art of craft beer. The program provides an exciting opportunity for knowledge expansion of the craft beer industry.

The University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies, in collaboration with community partners around the metro-Richmond area, offers a multi-dimensional beer brewing program for those interested in entering and advancing in the growing craft beer industry.

The University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies, in collaboration with community partners around the metro-Richmond area, offers a multi-dimensional beer brewing program for those interested in entering and advancing in the growing craft beer industry.



12. HOMEBREW 101

If you’re looking to take it slower with your “future brewer,” consider grabbing a homebrew starter kit. Amazon has a decent selection, and of course, we always suggest hitting your local shops before heading into the interwebs.

If you think that the recipient just wants to be all “I brewed my own beer” and isn’t so concerned with the detailed process and overall science to the project, consider the Mr. Beer Craft Mr. Beer Craft Beer Making Kit.

If you’re dealing with a more serious enthusiast, who is, in fact, looking for that more detailed and specific experience, the Brew. Share. Enjoy. Homebrew Starter Kit is recommended.

Of course, there are a ton out there. You can also check out the local homebrew clubs in your area and see what suggestions they have. This is yet another awesome gift that you just may reap the benefits of, should you remain in the good graces of the recipient of this fine gift.


13. MAGNETIZE

If you’re seeking the perfect gift for the OCD refrigerator organizer, this is it. Well, assuming they drink bottled beer (or soda, I suppose!)…

This invention secures a 6-pack (per package of magnets) to the ceiling of the refrigerator. I didn’t believe the hype. I figured I’d secure the beer to these things and they’d just fall when I touched them. Alas, they did not. In fact, these things are pretty cool. I can now store far more pickles, jams, meats, and cheeses on the shelf that once held a copious number of bottles. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but - this is a cool, fun, inexpensive gift nonetheless - and a good last minute option as it’s available on Amazon.


14. COASTIN’

So, our pal Josh with RVA CapWorks is a genius. If you were at Imbibe this past November, or really at any of the most recent festivals offering totally epic unique handcrafted goods, you’ve prob seen he or his wife out and about.

For the Virginia Beach event, Josh created a super dope custom coaster for the festival. I didn’t even get one because they sold out, so I had to reach out post-event with my wishlist for more before our next date!

He’s grown his biz from a hobby to a full-fledged operation. He researches and visits breweries in the markets in which he will be showcasing in advance. This results in a great deal of merriment as folks cruise his booth picking out their favorite local breweries.

The dynamic duo creates magnets, coasters, seriously (SERIOUSLY) creative works of art, and also do custom commissions. Do yourself a favor and check out their schedule online, then, get out to see them immediately. Can’t make it out in time? Here’s a taste of the cool stuff they’re pumpin’ out…

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15. so fresh and so clean clean

Check your local brewery for their own custom craft beer soaps and candle creations, but when all else fails, Etsy has a wide array of this greatness, which is where I learned about Swag Brewery. This joint was founded in early 2012 by two Minnesota-born, beer-obsessed college grads who decided they’d rather drink with “the man” than work for him. Their goal was to design and produce "Damn Fine Goods" that help beer, wine, and whiskey lovers squeeze their passions into into every corner of their lives. Well, they’re doin’ a mighty fine job of that. I’m a sucker for some good branding, and I love what they’re doing.

Beyond the soaps and candles, they have everything from Brew Candy to Hot Sauce, Cups to Flasks, and all kinds of stuff in between.

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16. FRESH. COLD. CARBONATED.

Sometimes you get a growler filled at your local brewpup and can’t imagine it not going directly into your belly the moment you walk into your door, and you step up and make that happen. Other times, you may want to savor the brew, make it last, perhaps you scooped up a couple growler fills? This invention is pretty rad, guys.

Don’t ruin good beer. Keep it fresh for up to 2 weeks with the uKeg from GrowlerWorks.

Watch and learn:


17. MIX IT UP

You guys may have recently checked out our blog on Craft Beer Cocktails for the Holiday (if you haven’t yet, you should - so much yum). This book is the perfect marriage of craft cocktails and craft beer. Enjoy both vintage classics and contemporary creations…as well as some history!

But, as LeVar Burton always says, “You don’t have to take my word for it.”

“Jacob Grier is a masterful guide through the wickedly creative terrain of beer cocktails, offering not just delightful recipes, but history and cultural commentary, too. Connoisseurs and neophytes alike will find much to savor, and the latter will appreciate Jacob’s tutelage in cocktail basics. Grab a copy and start mixing!”
— Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

“Jacob Grier was at the forefront of the beer cocktail renaissance before many of us had ever contemplated the idea of a beer cocktail. His vast knowledge of beer and passionate dedication to this area of mixology is certain to push the craft of cocktails forward in a positive new direction.”
— Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book

 
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18. TAP THAT

If the beer fan in your life has a kegerator or tap system, or is an aspiring brewer themself, you may want to consider one of these awesome custom tap handles from TapLab. Currently, their site says that these items won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but I really dig their work nonetheless. There are, however, some awesome local folks throughout the Commonwealth pumpin’ these out of their woodshops. Check around Etsy or ask your favorite local brewery for recommendations!


19. GROWL-ART

So, we’ve loved Norfolk Growler Co. for years now. They totally embody the scope of what we strive to achieve with this festival, which is to truly demonstrate the relationship between the craft beer industry and the arts. The sense of community. The time, care, precision, and creativity that goes into both is amazing. Check out the video below to learn about their process and how NGC came to be. Then, hop onto their site or get up with them at one of the events where they are showcasing to snag yours!


20. ARTSY FARTSY

One of my favorite parts of this festival is bringing together artisans from our region to showcase their wares. I’m talkin’ handmade, outside-the-box CRAFT.

Folks all over the world have been inspired by the industry in ways that they weren’t before. From linotype to needlepoint, and print to photography, the list of mediums is endless. Check out some of our favorite finds below…and at our events!

SHAMELESS SELF PROMO: The Imbibe Swag Shop is running some holiday specials right now. Hop on over to see some of our custom prints which are available for local delivery and shipping prior to the holiday (as of the time of this post at least).


21. BARREL ART

Upcycling and repurposing has reached a new level, and the folks at Barrel-Art are experts, and you can find their wares throughout the US thanks to the success of their online business and wholesale program.

The family-owned company was originally born out of necessity. When Mike Prieto and his wife lost everything in a fire during an overseas move, they needed furniture immediately, so he took up woodworking to build a few critical pieces. After finding that he thoroughly enjoyed the craft, he decided to build additional pieces of his own. This turned into designing a bar, furnishings, and barware made from barrels.

Mike recently opened a new showroom in Hampton, VA, and while you may prefer to shop online, it’s definitely worth a visit. You really have to see the quality of his work to know just HOW BAD you need this stuff!

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22. PATCHY

I am kind of obsessed at the moment with these fun stocking stuffers. Maybe it’s because I recently dug up a killer vintage denim jacket that’s begging for me to showcase my collection of these babies. They’re fun tho, right? Click below to be taken to each patch’s respective shop, but really, there’s so much out there. Ask your local brewery if they have ‘em too! SO many of them are on this train right now!

PSST - Stay tuned to the Imbibe Swag Shop or subscribe to our newsletter - we’ll be rolling out some new designs of our own soon - patches, pins, stickers, and more!


23. GAME ON

These craft beer playing cards are another fun (and cheap!) stocking stuffer! (Click to visit their links.)

If you’re lookin’ to get more serious - perhaps a board game is more up your alley.


24. SIP AND CYCLE

As an avid fan of getting outdoors and bringin’ the party along for the ride, I absolutely fell in love with this when I saw it! This is a step above the koozie on the handlebars for sure. Check out Fyxation on Etsy to snag one of these handcrafted leather carriers for yourself (or someone you know, I’m kind of forgetting what the purpose of this blog was)!


25. IMBIBE / IMBIBE PASSPORT

Ok, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (?) - the part where I talk about a sweet lil’ deal that we’ve got running at the moment. Introducing, the Imbibe Passport. We’ll only be releasing 100 of these in 2019, and it is a heckuva deal.

Here’s what you get:

  • (1) VIP Pass to BOTH 2019 Imbibe Craft Beer and Arts Festivals (Fredericksburg in April and Virginia Beach in November)

  • (1) Limited Edition Stainless Double Walled Imbibe Carabiner Mug

  • (1) Invitation to our VIP Reception for BOTH festivals

  • (1) Festival T-Shirt

  • (1) Limited Edition Enamel Festival Pin

The package is valued at $300. We’ll be selling them for $200 while supplies last. BUT - today thru 12/24, we’ve got them on sale for just $150/EACH! Kind of a perfect gift because it’s 1) valuable, and 2) obviously they’re going to need someone to go with, so you can get two and save $100! WOOT.

If you’re just looking for something in the “stocking stuffer” category, then you may want to consider scoopin’ up some festival tickets for Imbibe: Fredericksburg, which takes place on April 6 in Fredericksburg. We are offering $10 off, using code: HOLIDAZE19 now thru 12/24!

 

'Tis the Season...for Craft Brew Cocktails

 

The holidays are upon us. Time to showcase your skills in the kitchen. Time to bring joy to others. Time to imbibe.

This fun guide will showcase how to use your favorite craft brews to wow your guests with some seasonal craft brew-inspired cocktails. I encourage you to experiment with local beers and develop your own favorites as you dive into these recipes.

While there is a lot of back-and-forth about whether the development of such cocktails is a cardinal sin in the eyes of a brewer, it’s still fun to mix it up a bit and show folks who are “so NOT into that whole craft beer thing” how versatile these folks’ creations truly are.

 
 

Beer Nog aka Stout and Irish Cream Nog

Prep Time: 5 mins

Eggnog originated as ale mixed with custard. In this version we return to the drink's roots with a creamy nitro stout, but also add Irish cream for extra flavor and strength.

Servings: 6-8 small cups

Author: CraftBeering.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup cream

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 12 oz nitro stout

  • 8 oz Irish cream

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the eggs and the milk, cream, sugar.

  2. Stir in the vanilla and nutmeg.

  3. Slowly add the nitro stout and Irish cream and stir very well.

  4. Chill and serve.

  5. (Any leftover quantity can be refrigerated in an air tight container. In case the drink smells strange or looks weird after being refrigerated for a few days, discard it)


 
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Winter Beer Sangria

Prep Time: 5 mins

A spiced winter lager (bock or a spiced winter ale) partners with rye whiskey and an array of citrus fruit and berries, clove and cinnamon for a winter beer sangria you can drink plenty of before you feel the power of the punch.

Servings: 4 cocktails

Author: CraftBeering.com

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz rye whiskey

  • 2 12 oz bottles of spiced winter lager/ale

  • 12 oz sparkling water citrus or berry flavored recommended

  • 2 oz orange juice

  • 1 blood orange sliced thin

  • 1 common orange Valencia, Navel, Cara Cara sliced thin

  • 1/2 cup halved red seedless grapes

  • 1/2 cup blackberries

  • 1/2 cup cranberries

  • 4-5 cloves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks plus more for garnish

  • 2 sprigs of rosemary plus more for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Wash and cut (as appropriate) all the fruit and arrange in layers at the bottom of a pitcher.

  2. Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks and rosemary.

  3. Add the rye whiskey and the orange juice and let the fruit soak for a few minutes.

  4. If you are going to serve the winter beer sangria right away prepare glasses with ice cubes and fruit/rosemary garnish, otherwise consider refrigerating it until needed. Optional - prepare extra cinnamon sticks for garnish and to use as straws if desired.

  5. When ready to serve add the sparkling water first and then the beer. When you add the beer pause frequently to let the foam dissipate.

  6. Gently stir everything together and once the fruit settles to the bottom pour into glasses.


 
 

IPA MANHATTAN

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1 cocktail

Author: TheKitchyKitchen.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey

  • 2-3 dashes Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

  • 1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce Maraschino Liqueur

  • 1 Grapefruit Peel

Instructions:

  1. In a large glass, combine the rye, bitters, vermouth, and maraschino. 

  2. Add a handful of ice and stir for 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. 

  3. Peel the grapefruit then light it on fire. 

  4. Twist the peel over the drink and pop into the glass.

***NOTE*** Ok, so this one isn’t officially “made with beer,” but it CAN be! Instead of the hopped bitters, you can always swap in a couple ounces of a bitter, high-gravity IPA.

***NOTE 2.0*** We also suggest rounding this baby out with a Bada Bing or Luxardo Cherry! We also suggest the use of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, and Luxardo Marachino Liqueur.


 
 

Stormy IPA Cocktail Recipe

Meet the Stormy IPA Cocktail. Inspired by a classic dark rum cocktail and America's favorite beer style - the India Pale Ale, this craft beer cocktail can also be seen as a fortified version of a shandy.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2 cocktails

Author: Craftbeering.com for playdatesparties.com

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz ginger beer (very cold)

  • 12 oz IPA (very cold)

  • 3 oz dark rum

  • Juice of half a lime

  • Lime slices for garnish

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Set up two high ball glasses and place 3-4 ice cubes in each.

  2. Pour the ginger beer, dividing it equally between the two glasses.

  3. Pour the IPA, dividing it equally between the two glasses.

  4. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice pour 1.5 oz of the rum and half of the lime juice and shake 4-5 times to chill.

  5. Strain/pour over one of the glasses and stir well. Garnish with lime.

  6. Repeat the last step for the second cocktail.


 
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Beermosa with Blood Orange Gose & Raspberry Saison

Prep Time: 5 mins

The Beermosa is the perfect brunch cocktail. Use fruit flavored craft beer to create a decadent version of the classic mimosa.

Servings: 4 cocktails

Author:  craftbeering.com

Ingredients:

  • (2) 12 oz fruit flavored craft beers choose a style such as a gose (or another sour, saison, kolsh or wheat beer)

  • fruit pieces or dried flower petals for garnish make into ice cubes, optional

  • orange juice to taste

Instructions:

  1. Start by placing an ice cube (if using) at the bottom of a champagne glass

  2. Add a splash of OJ

  3. Fill with chilled craft beer.

  4. Enjoy!

***NOTE***

The following styles are recommended for your craft beermosa:

  • Gose (our fave!)

  • Saison (especially if fruit fermented like the raspberry one they used in this recipe)

  • Belgian Witbier

  • Belgian Trippel

  • Belgian Golden Strong Ale

  • Weissbier/Hefeweizen

  • Berliner Weisse

  • White IPA

  • Hazy IPAs (NEIPA)


Mulled Ale with Spices and Brandy

Prep Time: 2 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 7 mins

Mulled ale fortified with brandy is a potent winter warmer bursting with flavor. Very easy to make!

Servings: 2 cocktails

Author: CraftBeering.com

Ingredients:

  • (2) 12 oz Christmas ale you will use only one 12 oz bottle and a half

  • 2½ tbsp dark brown sugar use more if you want ale to taste really sweet

  • 4-6 cloves to taste

  • 2 star anise

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

  • 6 pieces orange peel thin top layer of skin only, without the bitter white layer

  • 3 oz brandy substitute with Cognac if you feel like splurging

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan or small pot mix the ale (one and a half bottles, 18 oz total) with the brown sugar and nutmeg, immerse the cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick and orange peel.

  2. Bring to gentle simmer (do not allow to boil), stir for sugar to dissolve and let simmer for 2-3 min to become well infused with the spices.

  3. Remove from heat and add the brandy.

  4. Serve in mugs with an orange slice and enjoy responsibly.


 
 

Smoky Michelada Beer Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2 cocktails

Author: Aida Mollenkamp, Salt & Wind

You know the Michelada - a classic Mexican beer cocktail -- has hit mainstream when it's being bottled and sold in mobile trucks. No matter how popular it gets though, I can't imagine ever buying it premade because making it your own means you can customize it to your liking. For me? I like it spicy and smoky like this. 

Ingredients:

  • salt for rimming glasses

  • ground chipotle chili powder for rimming glasses

  • 1/2 teaspoon honey (plus more for rimming glasses)

  • ice

  • 1/4 cup chilled tomato juice

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 12 ounces amber Mexican beer such as Negra Modelo or similar (ok, so not a “craft beer”, but here we invite you to get creative with your local brews!)

  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons Chipotle hot sauce (such as Chipotle Tabasco sauce)

  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce

  • Dash low-sodium soy sauce 

Instructions:

  1. Mix together salt and chili powder in a wide, shallow dish to cover the bottom.

  2. Dip the rims of two rocks glasses in the honey then dip in the salt mixture to coat.

  3. Fill the glasses with ice and set aside.

  4. Combine the tomato juice, lime juice, beer, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, and soy sauce in a pitcher and mix to combine.

  5. Taste and add more hot sauce or sweetener as desired.

  6. Pour into the prepared glasses and serve.

  7. Enjoy

 

Cooking with Beer: Beer Cheese Skillet Potatoes

The industry is booming; every week you hear about a new collab between a chef and a brewery - and if you don’t…you may be living in a not-really-awesome place.

When I first started working in the craft beer industry about ten years ago, I quickly became fascinated with the myriad of amazing ways that brews made their way into food as an ingredient. I like to think of beer cheese as the “gateway” recipe for those digging in and cooking with beer for the first time.

With the holidays upon us, and folks searching Pinterest and Google tirelessly for the coolest and easiest side dish to bring to their Thanksgiving potluck or Friendsgiving celebration, I wanted to share a fave recipe of ours, compliments of The Beeroness (if you don’t know about this majestic human, you’d better hop over to her page and check her out pronto - you’re missin’ out).

So, unleash your inner beer nerd/Bobby Flay and impress the heck outta’ folks this season with one of the best damn sides we’ve made in a hot minute.

We recommend using local brews - it really makes sharing your dish with those folks ya’ love the most that much more enjoyable, and it definitely makes for good conversation!

Note: Try not to drool on your keyboard.


Cred: The Beeroness/Jackie Dodd

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup beer (IPA, hoppy pale ale, or black IPA)

  • 2 cups (6 wt oz) shredded sharp cheddar, plus ¼ cup divided

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tbs cornstarch

  • 2 tbs butter

  • 1.5 lbs russet potatoes, sliced

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. In a food processor add the beer, 2 cups cheese, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cornstarch. Process until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Melt the butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the potato slices and cook until browned. Spread the potatoes out until fairly evenly distributed around the pan.

  4. Pour cheese sauce over the potatoes and allow to simmer for ten minutes.

  5. Add the remaining 1.4 cup cheese and panko bread crumbs to the top. Transfer to the oven and allow to cook until the cheese is melted and the potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes.

Imbibe: Fredericksburg Rescheduled Due to Inclement Weather

Hey Imbibers!

This week we have been tracking the weather very closely to ensure a great festival experience for all. Unfortunately, the forecast has projected otherwise and looks to be getting somewhat gnarly. We have made the decision to push the event to next Spring. We will hold Imbibe: Fredericksburg on April 6th, 2019.

All previously issued tickets will be honored, and full refunds will be provide immediately to ticketholders that can’t make the new April date. Should you wish to be refunded for your purchase, please email hello@imbibeva.com or message us through our CONTACT form by October 27, 2018, and we will get you taken care of immediately. If you purchased at a discount ticket location in the area, you may either keep your tickets and use for the new date, or return for a refund at the point of sale.

We hope you understand and that you will be able to join us in the Spring. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be joined by the same bands, venue, breweries, and vendors, and hope that y’all will join us!

We’d like to thank you for your support. This was a tough decision, and we couldn’t have made the reschedule possible without the flexibility of our bands, breweries, venue, and event partners.