For the third year in a row, we are happy to announce that we will be participating in the Common Grounds Festival on Saturday May 19th at the Virginia Beach Holiday Travel Park. This year’s beer is a collaboration with The Answer Brewery in Richmond Va. The Answer is owned by An Bui, who also owns the adjacent famous Vietnamese restaurant, Mekong. For years Mekong has been a must stop for any beer nerd passing through Richmond. Regularly ranked as one of the best beer bars on the east coast, the selection of beers is phenomenal. When An opened his brewery, he kept that quality, consistently producing award winning beers that gave The Answer an immediate nationwide reputation. It has always been a dream of mine to do a beer with these guys, and this year we were able to pull it together. Evan and I traveled to Richmond, met with An and Head Brewer Sean, and developed a recipe for a unique beer. The result is the Ugly Answer, a kettle soured beer, brewed with a 60/40 wheat/pilsner malt mix, acidulated malt, and lactose, then aged on vanilla beans, strawberries, and rhubarb. The beer is sweet, tart, smooth and just plain delicious, with an ABV that will allow you to overindulge without worry. The beer will be on tap soon at Big Ugly, and at The Answer. Or, better yet, come see us at Common Grounds on the 19th!
As most of you probably know, the trials and tribulations we’ve been experiencing since we were approved for our new location, are finally coming to a close. We will be breaking ground soon, and before you know it, we will be in the new brewery. From the brewing side, this upcoming move is huge. Not only will we have a much larger tasting room, but we will also have a significantly larger brewing system. What this means for our beer drinking public is more different beers and higher quality beers. We are expanding from a 7 barrel system to a 15 barrel system, with multiple new 15 barrel fermenters. And, the new equipment will be state of the art, which will make our head brewer Evan’s job, a whole lot easier! Stay tuned!!!
Hot Pursuit. An old favorite makes a return appearance. More pineapple flavor this time, with loads of habanero peppers from my very own garden,
Barnfind Barleywine. Our gold medal award winning barleywine will make an appearance sometime in December. Rich with flavor, this is truly a big, bold, beer.
Dark Journey. Our annual Black Friday release, a rich roasty porter, aged in freshly emptied barrels for months. This beer is overflowing with toffee, vanilla, butterscotch aroma and flavor. It’s a really nice sipping beer for those cold nights to come.
Surprise beers… Can’t say much yet, but we recently did a collaboration beer with another local brewery and should be debuting the beer within the next 2 weeks.
And finally, a big shout out to our friends at Taxus Street Coffee. These local roasters are making fantastic coffee, which was featured in our recent Morning Commute. You’ll be seeing many more coffee inspired gems coming your way!