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Whistle BellyAugust is Virginia Craft Beer Month, and DoG Street Pub is celebrating with its own craft beer festival.

In conjunction with the Junior Woman’s Club of Williamsburg, DoG Street is revamping the festival held in previous years. Renamed Whistle Belly, the festival in Merchants Square will include more than 90 local beers from about 35 local breweries.

Of course the beers are the star of the show, but the festival will also feature a number of local wines and Colonial-era cocktails for those looking for something a little different.

Food for the event will be provided by DoG Street Pub, the Trellis Bar and Grill, Blue Talon Bistro and the Catering Company. Purchase of a general admissions “food and drink” ticket entitles guests to all-you-can-eat access to the culinary offerings available.

Local businesses and breweries will also be raffling off some of their wares during the event, giving attendees an opportunity to take home prizes.

The proceeds from Whistle Belly will go to benefit the Junior Woman’s Club of Williamburg, a charitable organization that awards scholarships to area high school students.

The event will officially kick off at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Those wishing to squeeze in an extra hour of fun and get access to some more exclusive beverages can purchase an early access ticket to get them in the door at 11:30 a.m.

Advance general admissions tickets, include the food and drink ticket for $50, the food only ticket for $20 and the drink only ticket for $40.

Advance early access tickets include the food and drink ticket for $70, the food only ticket for $25 and the drink only for $55. All advance tickets can be purchased here.

At-the-door general admission ticket options include the food and drink ticket for $60, the food only ticket for $25 and the drink only ticket for $45.

Selections from the following breweries will be available at the festival:

  • AleWerks
  • Blue Mountain
  • Bold Rock
  • Champion
  • COTU
  • Devils Backbone
  • Green Flash
  • Hardywood
  • Heritage
  • Legend
  • Lickinghole Creek
  • O’Connor
  • Old Bust Head
  • Port City
  • Smartmouth
  • St. George
  • Starr Hill
  • Stone
  • Wild Wolf
  • Alpine
  • Avery
  • Ballast Point
  • Bells
  • Breckenridge
  • Duck Rabbit
  • Evolution
  • Foothills
  • Founders
  • Goose Island
  • Heavy Seas
  • New Belgium
  • Victory


Williamsburg Landing Names New Chair of the Board, Members

Jim Golden has been elected as the new Chair of the Williamsburg Landing Board of Directors.
Jim Golden has been elected as the new chairman of the Williamsburg Landing Board of Directors.

Williamsburg Landing recently appointed two new member to its Board of Directors and elected a new board chairman.

James R. Golden, the new chairman, graduated from West Point in 1965 and went on to Harvard, where he earn a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in economics.

Golden, who has been on the Landing’s Board of Directors since 2012, served in the U.S. Army for 31 years, during which time he served in Vietnam as an artillery officer and then later as a professor at the the U.S. Military Academy.

In the years since leaving the Army, Golden has worked for Tenneco and the College of William & Mary. ter completing his military career he went on be the He also served as chairman of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, and recently chaired a task force for the Historic Triangle Collaborative.

Richard A. Costello, one of the two newly elected members of the board, is a manager with AES Consulting Engineers. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. He is a graduate of the Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle program, and previously served on the James City Service Authority Water Conservation Committee and the Rural Lands Steering Committee.

David J. Masterson, who has degrees from Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University, is president of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. He has served on the North Carolina Hospital Association Board of Directors, Coastal Connect, the Health Information Exchange Board of Directors, Partnerships for Children, Smart Start Board of Directors, and the Perinatal Committee for the SC Hospital Association. He is also a graduate of the Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle program.

“The new board members bring a wealth of experience to Williamsburg Landing and characterize the boards’ long-standing practice of high level engagement with a focus on serving the greater community. We are pleased to welcome them to our board of directors,” said Steve Montgomery, Williamsburg Landing’s President and CEO.