Thursday, December 1, 2022

‘Beers and Cheers’: Virginia Beer Co. rolls out its holiday events

The Virginia Beer Co. has become a popular destination in town. (File photo)

Virginia Beer Co.’s upcoming holiday events are all about thanking those who have supported the brewery throughout 2017.

The brewery, which celebrated its first anniversary in March, recently expanded its production capacity — and with the increase from eight to sixteen taps, VBC is able to showcase more of its craft brews, according to a press release.

VBC was also named as among the country’s best breweries by BeerAdvocate this spring.

“2017 has been a lot of hard work, and a lot of fun!” Robby Willey, co-founder of Virginia Beer Co., said in the release. “Thank you to everyone who’s become a part of the VBC family – we’re excited to welcome you in this holiday season, and can’t wait to share even more beers & cheers in 2018!”

VBC will host four holiday-themed events between Dec. 16 and 23, according to the release.

Beers from 12 different breweries will be spotlighted on  Dec. 16 for the “Over The River & Through The Woods Holiday Keg Share,” beginning at 5 p.m. This is a first-of-its-kind tap takeover at VBC, and the breweries do not typically distribute in Williamsburg.

Bro’s Fish Tacos food truck will also be on hand.

Three straight nights of holiday events will kick off Thursday, Dec. 21 with “A Very VA Christmas Carol Act 2.” VBC will host the Virginia Theatre Machine for its rendition of Charles Dickens’s Christmas classic at 7:30 p.m. The show will be accompanied by Two Drummers Offbeat Eats.

(From left to right) York County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Wassmer; Virginia Beer Co. co-owner Chris Smith; VBC brewmaster Jonathan Newman; VBC co-owner Robby Willey; and Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Karen Riordan at the opening ceremony for Virginia Beer Co. (Nicole Trifone/WYDaily)

On Dec. 22, VBC will release its final 16-ounce can — Holiday Homecoming IPA. The pale ale will only be available in limited quantities in the taproom. Musical performances from five local bands, including headliner Big Mama Shakes, will begin at 5 p.m.

Richmond’s Slideways Mobile Bistro will provide food.

Good Shot Judy will be at VBC Saturday, Dec. 23 for a holiday show, alongside Foodatude…Food With Attitude.

The brewery’s leaders said in the release they were proud of using the brewery as “a force for good” in the community, including supporting the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Dream Catchers of Williamsburg.

“Here at the brewery we say we like to share ‘beers & cheers’ with everyone who walks through our doors,” said Head of Sales Michael Rhodes. “Accordingly we want to spread those cheers throughout the community and we have a unique space with which to promote local causes with a wide audience.”

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