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American Craft Beer Week

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Did you know out of over 7,000 breweries in the U.S., 98% of them are small and independent craft brewers?  You’ve probably heard the saying, “Life’s too short to drink bad beer”. Well… they’re right. In recent years the craft beer industry has exploded, with craft brewers nationwide, even all over our home state of Virginia. Since creativity and passion runs high for these brewers, it deserves to be recognized. While the Brewer’s Association celebrates American Beer Month in July, in 2006 they decided they wanted to honor these modest brewers before the summer beer rush flooded in. The Association...

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How Women Gave the World Beer

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March is National Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day - a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women everywhere. The brewing industry is often seen as a male-dominated world but did you know, the vast majority of ancient brewers were women? While it’s true that currently there’s room for growth in the percentage of female brewers, history is there to remind us that it was ancient women who first mastered the task. If you think back to what you may have learned about ancient civilizations and gender roles; men were the hunters and women the gatherers. While...

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The Marvel of Moscato

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Are you a huge Moscato lover like us? Well... did you know the Muscat grape family is among the oldest in the world? Moscato is loved by many but it's true magic comes from it's alluring history. The Muscat family of grapes contains over 200 varieties, including Moscato, that’s use dates back through centuries suggesting that it may be the oldest domesticated grape variety. For over 3000 years the Mediterranean region has been cultivating Muscat but theories of its origin differ. Some believe it was first used by the ancient Egyptians and Persians while others strongly believe it was the Greeks who brought...

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The History of the First Canned Beer

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Teachers taught us who invented the light bulb and the telephone… but they never taught us the history of the world’s first canned beer. Richmond, VA lays claim to the title of not only our state’s capital but the site of a monumental moment in beer-story. 84 years ago on January 24th, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company together with The American Can Company debuted the world’s first canned beer for sale. Feedback for their product exceeded expectations and 80% of distributors were handling the canned beer within 3 months of its debut. Rivals soon caught on and over 200 millions cans...

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Why Drinking Alcohol Was Legal During Prohibition

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Most of us think we know all about Prohibition after our grade school history classes, but there's a common misconception around the era - it wasn't actually illegal to drink alcohol during Prohibition. 

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