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VEER’s 2017 Golden Tap Local Beer Awards

VEER’s 2017 Golden Tap Local Beer Awards

The Vanguard presents VEER’s 2017 Golden Tap Local Beer Awards Sponsored by City of Norfolk Department of Economic Development, Cavalier Land, and Draft Services of Virginia. The nominees are below. Use inside right scroll bar to go through each category. Vote for one nominee per category. (Worth mentioning: votes cast from duplicate IP addresses are

Distiller Andrew Shand reflects on his time in Virginia

By Jim Roberts The last time Veer Magazine spoke with Andrew Shand, it was April 2015, when he was helping Virginia Distillery Co. start producing its own single malt whiskey in Lovingston, about 35 miles south of Charlottesville. Later that year, Virginia Distillery underwent an ownership change, and Shand left. He subsequently traveled around the

Beer Battle for a Good Cause

By Jeff Maisey Shawn Fischer is the official “Ambassador of Beer” for Beach Ambassadors, a dedicated group of community-minded people in Virginia Beach who donate time and effort it raise money and awareness for those in need. Like these goodwill ambassadors, local craft breweries have always been keen to help non-profit organizations. A pairing of

Seize the Mo at MoMac Brewing Company, Portsmouth’s New Craft Brewery

By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones Scott Krick and his friend Rob Hess used to always talk about beer.  When their work in Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Maryview Hospital, and the health care industry brought them together the conversation usually managed to wind up beer-related. They’d talk about beer in general, beer styles, homebrewing, and

Dead Reckoning: Norfolk distillery aims to make waves in the craft rum market

  By Jim Roberts Dead Reckoning Distillery draws its name from the method of navigation sailors use as a last resort. “It can be said that this method is about trusting your instincts,” the distillery’s website explains. “About trusting your gut.” It has probably felt that way at times for Derek Ungerecht since he founded

Cross The Pond IPA: NATO Chief of Staff and Bold Mariner collaborate on symbolic craft beer

By Jeff Maisey Norfolk’s Bold Mariner Brewing Company recently joined forces with NATO Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff Air Marshall Sir Graham Stacey of the United Kingdom to collaborate on a craft beer full of as much symbolism as tasty ingredients in honor of Norfolk NATO Festival, the 100th anniversary of Naval Station Norfolk,