Nov
4
5:20 PM17:20

Curating a Prime Beer List

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PRO

Charles Shelsby

Franchise Owner: The Casual Pint

Virginia Beach, Virginia


OVERVIEW

A well-curated pour list means thinking outside the box, living and breathing the industry, and often times, traveling to secure the brews that you would like to be showcased.

Charles and the Casual Pint crew do a heckuva job working with breweries near and far to develop their tap list. Then, they take it a step further with awesome pairings, some of which include culinary creations being made with the beer they source! Get in on some specialty tastings and pairings in this unique segment!

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Nov
4
4:50 PM16:50

Striving for Zero Waste

PROS

Karl Smith + Josey Swanberg

Sierra Nevada

Chico, CA • Mills River, NC


OVERVIEW

Despite their relatively small size, Sierra Nevada use more whole-cone hops than any other brewer in the world. Additionally, they only brew with hops bred using traditional methods and non-genetically modified barley.

Learn all about how Sierra Nevada strives for ultimate sustainability in this fireside chat. From use of spent grain to how it contributes to agricultural biodiversity in the area, they have raised the bar when it comes to operating a “green brewery.”

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Nov
4
4:20 PM16:20

Hops Production in Virginia

PROS

Laura Siegle

Associate Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources - Virginia Tech

Dixon Leatherbury

Owner: Seaside Hops Farm

Machipongo, Virginia

Board Member: Old Dominion Hops Co-Op


OVERVIEW

What does it take to grow hops? What do they like and dislike about growing in these parts? Get a brief overview of hops production in VA when Dixon and Laura hit the stage to educate us on the physiology of the plant…and ultimately what happens to these babies post-harvest.

TIP: You just may be tasting some of Dixon’s hops around the site as he actually supplies some of our local breweries including Coelacanth Brewing in Norfolk, Big Ugly Brewing out of Chesapeake, Alewerks in Williamsburg - who will all be pouring at the Fest!

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Nov
4
3:45 PM15:45

American Cider and the Return to Community

PRO

Sam Haywood

Sly Clyde Ciderworks

Hampton, Virginia


OVERVIEW

What we have today isn't new. This ever-expanding network of local breweries, cider houses, and brewpubs is actually physical homage to what our country and neighborhoods looked like before the 1920's, before prohibition. What we call 'craft' today, was actually the norm of yesterday. Through decades of infringed time, we forgot that the breweries, cider houses, and distilleries of yesteryear were often the breathing hearts of a neighborhood. A place where people could congregate, socialize, and enjoy life. Cider in particular, was actually one of the first widespread beverages among colonialists and settlers in early America.

In this informational fireside chat, Sam will dive into the history of cider and how it is still bringing communities like Hampton Roads together today.

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Nov
4
3:45 PM15:45

How We Got to Bud Light

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PRO

Drew Stephenson

Co-Owner + Head Brewer, Pleasure House Brewing Co.

Virginia Beach, Virginia


OVERVIEW

Hate Bud Light?

Love it?

Either way, you can be sure that this is NOT your father's Budweiser... and it's REALLY not your grandfather's. Drew, a former history teacher turned master brewer and local brewery owner, will hit the highlights that led to the celebration of "drinkability" as a positive attribute for beer. He’ll also chat up the development of lagers - from changes in malt, fermentation, economic pressures tied to WWI & WWII, and of Big Beer.

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Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Pairings: Approaching Flavors and Processes

PROS

Jesse Wykle

Owner, Aloha Snacks

Kevin Erskine

Owner, Coelacanth Brewing Co.

Vice Chair, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild


OVERVIEW

Join Kevin and Jesse for an interactive chat on how brewers and Chefs approach flavors in the brewing process, cooking process, and when suggesting pairings of beer and food.

Beer pairings can be just as complex as food & wine pairings...It's more than just pizza & beer.

Learn all about it as these two industry pros demonstrate the relationship between beer and food in a unique (& TASTY!) demonstration!

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Nov
4
2:40 PM14:40

State of the Industry Address: VA Craft Brewers Guild

PRO

Kevin Erskine

Owner, Coelacanth Brewing Co.

Vice-Chair, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild


OVERVIEW

The landscape for small and independent craft breweries is always evolving. Hear the latest scoop on all things Virginia craft beer as Kevin conveys the status of several key industry components in this address from a Brewers Guild (and local Hampton Roads brewery owner) perspective. Topics will include industry growth, threats to the industry, and opportunities for small business owners.

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