Wednesday, October 5, 2022

What’s new, what’s coming on tap at Williamsburg breweries and distilleries?

(WYDaily/File photo)
(WYDaily/File photo)

The holidays may be over, but the time to drink and be merry is not.

Several Williamsburg-area craft beverage companies, including breweries and distilleries, have released new brews this season, some holiday-related and others in celebration of the new year.

Some companies have new releases just around the corner.

Here are some new releases for local adult beverages, and what’s coming up.


In early November, Alewerks released its Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter, an annual staple.

In recent months, the brewery also released its Thaw Amber Ale, Grand Illumination Ruby and Cranberry Weekend Lager.

The brewery also has other staple beers on tap, including Coffeehouse, Superb IPA with coconut, Black Forest and Good Luck Irish Stout.

A full list of what’s on tap can be found on the Alewerks website.

Brass Cannon Brewing

On Friday, Brass Cannon Brewing re-released a “favorite,” the Fresh Squeeze. The beer is a Sorghum and wheat ale infused with orange.

A Turkish Coffee Porter also returned to the tap Dec. 28, as well as the “Lesser” Turkish Bombard, a coffee porter with “a touch” of cardamom, on Dec. 26.

Brass Cannon Brewing also has several special rotating small batches on tap, like Peach Cobbler, Kanonefest, Choco-Orange Stout and Winter Warmer.


On Dec. 28, the Tourist Trap (generation five) hit the taps at Billsburg Brewery.

Before Christmas, the brewery also released its Classic Lager and Resilience IPA, the later of which raises money for the Camp Fire Relief Fund.

Copper Fox Distillery

Copper Fox Distillery on Capitol Landing Road in Williamsburg has released Copper Fox SASSY Rye, a new single malt distilled with Virginia rye.

Here’s a description from Copper Fox:

“A unique single malt distilled with 100 percent Virginia rye, SASSY is floor malted and smoked with Virginia sassafras wood then double pot stilled, aged with a progressive series of new and used Applewood and oak chips inside used bourbon barrels, and finished in a second used bourbon barrel.”

Copper Fox Distillery produces single malt whisky, rye and gin.

Precarious Beer Project

On Wednesday, the Precarious Beer Project released a throwback beer, Rubber Vs. Glue, at Amber Ox Public House.

Brewers describe Rubber Vs. Glue like “sweet hop candy.”

Precarious Beer Project also brought back its citrus LightSwitchRave IPA Dec. 28.

On Dec. 21, the brewery introduced its Worldwide Conspiracy double oatmeal stout, the Totally Relevant hybrid IPA and Argomento dall’Autorita Italian-style pilsner.

Silver Hand Meadery

Silver Hand Meadery on Monticello Avenue in Williamsburg released two seasonal meads.

One seasonal mead is the Coffee Cantata, inspired by Coffee Cantata by JS Bach. The mead is made using cold brew coffee from Aromas World Coffee.

The second special mead, the La Berry Bomba, is inspired by the La Bamba by Ritchie Valens. It’s a semi-sweet melomel made with Alfalfa Honey and strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Get more information on the meadery’s website.

Virginia Beer Company

The Virginia Beer Company will release its Night Shades triple black India Pale Ale on Jan. 19 at noon.

The brewery also has its “Workshop Series” and several beers on tap including Holiday Homecoming IPA, Cautionary Tale Belgian Tripel, Waypost Anniversary Imperial Stout and more.

A full, updated list of what’s on tap can be found at the Virginia Beer Company website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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