Home Republic is Beer at its Freshest

Home Republic is Beer at its Freshest

By Elizabeth Erschens It has taken years since the closing of Hilltop Brewing Company and Alt Platz Brewing Company, but Hampton Roads again has a locally owned brew pub.  Joe Curtis, owner of Home Republic Restaurant and Brewpub in Virginia Beach, has his system up...
Reconsidering the ABC

Reconsidering the ABC

By Al Markowitz Like many of you, I have been increasingly appalled by the abuses of our state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or ABC, especially their attempts at law enforcement at UVA. Last year armed under cover ABC agents attacked Elizabeth Daly, a...
Taste of Spring – and BEER – at Tides Inn

Taste of Spring – and BEER – at Tides Inn

By Jeff Maisey   The scenic Tides Inn, known for its romantic location on the Chesapeake Bay for weddings and its world class marina, spa, golf course and restaurants, has decided to give ol’ man winter the boot and celebrate the full bloom of warmer weather with...
Real Ale Makes a Comeback

Real Ale Makes a Comeback

By Elizabeth Erschens   Okay, class, raise your hands. Who knows what a real ale is? Until relatively recently, most people in this country wouldn’t have known the answer. The process of brewing real ale goes back to the origins of beer – some 6,000 years...