Marker 48 Brewing Raised $15K for local Charities!

Once again, for the last 2 weekends of October and Halloween night, Marker 48 Brewing in Weeki Wachee Florida transformed into Darker 48 and brought The Upside Down to town to bring awareness to and benefit, some great local nonprofits.

If you were unable to stop by for this infamous Haunted House, you missed the real deal. Darker48 was no joke. Attendance was restricted to persons 18 and older, AND they required participants to sign a waiver before being allowed to enter! (Except for Halloween night which was family friendly) There was live music, costume contests and more, and great times were had by all.

On Dec 4th, Marker 48 held a special celebration to distribute the $15,000 that was raised between four local Hernando County nonprofits: The ARC Nature Coast, NAMI Hernando, United Way Hernando, and Children’s Advocacy Hernando.

Thank you Marker 48 Brewing for doing such a great job brewing great beer, and supporting the community.

Cheers!

Field Dayz Fest in Williamsburg, VA!

On Saturday, December 1st, Precarious Beer Project hosts a craft beer, food and music festival unlike any other! “Field Dayz Fest” is a precarious throwback to the best day in middle school, Field Day! Located on the Lawns of the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museum, enjoy some amazing craft beer, bites, music and jovial antics, all to benefit the kids at CHKD!

Field Dayz Fest will combine over 34 of our region’s best craft breweries and restaurants, in addition to amazing live entertainment headlined by the ultimate 80’s cover band, The Deloreans! No field day is complete without games like Tetherball, Four Square and a few other’s we will keep secret to add a little fun and competition throughout the day!

The gates open at 1:45pm and music kicks off at 2:00pm by local favorites “The Six”. “Skinner Box” hits the stage at 3:15pm, followed by DJ Jimmy Coe. The masters of 80’s Pop/Rock, The Deloreans will jam out on the main stage from 5:00pm – 8:00pm!

Over 100 different “tasting room exclusive” beers will be offered from 34 of the most progressive best craft breweries of our time.

Final list of participating breweries include:

Alewerks Brewing Co. | Ardent Craft Ales | Aslin Brewing Co. | Basic City Beer | Benchtop Brewing Co. | Big Ugly Brewery | Billsburg Brewery | Bingo Beer Co. | Bluejacket Brewpub | Casa Agria Craft Ales. | Charles Town Fermentary | Cushwa Brewing | Final Gravity Brewing Co. | Foreign Objects Beer Co. | Grimm Brewing Co. | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Imprint Brewing Co. | Kent Falls Brewery. | New Realm Brewing | Ocelot Brewing Co. | Oozelfinch Craft Brewery | O’Connor Brewing Co. | Oxbow Brewing Co. | Potter’s Craft Cider | Reaver Beach Brewing Co. | Red Dragon Brewery | Rotunda Brewing Co. | Smartmouth Brewing Co. | Stone Brewing RVA | The Answer Brewpub | Triple Crossing Brewing | The Veil Brewing Co. | Virginia Beer Co. | Wasserhund Brewing Co.

This is a craft beer event you do NOT want to miss!

Not a craft beer person? No worries, we got you! We will have a few other local artisan beverage producers pouring at the event, which include The Williamsburg Winery, Copper Fox Distillery, Silver Hand Meadery and Potters Craft Cidery! Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event in addition to complimentary water stations.

Field Dayz Fest wouldn’t be complete without a selection of incredible food! Street style inspired bites will be offered by the Chefs from the Amber Ox Public House, 1608 Crafthouse, Codex, Redwood Smoke Shack and Kudzu RVA! The food will be cheap, delicious and highly inspired! Come hungry as this isn’t your typical “Craft Beer Festival Grub”!

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the amazing people at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD). In addition to taking donations, we are asking that all festival goers bring a toy to donate for infants (0-12 months) as every other holiday toy drive collects toys for older children and leaves the little ones high and dry! Help the babies, bring a toy (and you just might get something in return)! Donations must be new and in their original packaging please! Donations are not required to enjoy the day’s festivities, only requested.

TICKETS:
$15 General Admission in advance
$25 General Admission at the Gate
$35 VIP Admission (limited to 200 ticket)

General Admission tickets are for ages 21 and above and include a custom Field Dayz Fest event glass, in addition to (1) ticket, good for any of the days offerings. You must have a valid ID for entry into the event. We reserve the right to ID check any attendee, at any point throughout the event.

VIP Admission gets you a custom Teku event glass, (2) tickets good for any of the day’s offerings and access to the VIP only beer tent, which will have ultra limited release beers, including the first ever barrel aged releases from Precarious! It’s worth every penny!

Minors between the ages of 13 and 20 are permitted into the event for $10 and must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 30. Children 12 and Under are free with the supervision of an adult.

Visit  www.eventbrite.com/e/field-dayz-fest-2018-tickets-50790045393  to purchase your ticket!

Darker 48- Visit the Upside Down in Hernando Co, Florida

Do you live in Hernando County, Florida?
Do you live near Hernando County, Florida?
Are you going to be in the Hernando County area between Oct 18th and  31st?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, there’s something you need to do.

Marker 48 Brewing, Hernando County’s first and only full production Craft Brewery is bringing back their infamous Haunted house this year and it’s going to be bigger and better then ever before!

They  are transforming Marker 48 into Darker 48 and bringing The Upside Down to town! The last two weekends in October and Halloween night they will host the SCARIEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN TOWN!

This haunted house is NOT for the faint hearted- in fact it is 18 and up due to adult content AND they require a waiver to be signed before entering. This is an interactive haunt meaning their actors can touch you (but you can NOT touch the actors back). They are pulling out all the stops for this house and are go big- so if you are looking for the best scare in town look no further then Darker 48.

ALL PROCEEDS from this haunted house will go to four local charities in Hernando County including The ARC Nature Coast, NAMI Hernando, United Way Hernando and Children’s Advocacy Hernando. General admission nights are pay at the door cash only.

The dates, times and price for the haunted house are:

– Thursday October 18th: VIP night (see description below) 8:30-11:30pm $25pp
– Friday October 19th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp
– Saturday October 20th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp

– Thursday October 25th: VIP night 8:30-11:30pm $25pp
– Friday October 26th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp
– Saturday October 27th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp

– Wednesday October 31st: FAMILY FRIENDLY all ages welcome 6-10pm
10 and under free, All others $5pp

VIP nights are $25 pp. which include less line wait time, a Darker 48 pint glass, 1 drink token, and a Darker 48 shirt. A limited number of guests will be allowed for each VIP night and sign up and payment in advance is required through Eventbrite.

To purchase tickets for either VIP night please click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/darker-48-haunted-house-vip-tickets-50361355169

Important! General Admission and VIP nights are 18 and up WITH WAIVER SIGNED, except for HALLOWEEN NIGHT, which is a family friendly night and all ages are welcome.

There will be live music, costume contests and food trucks available in the taproom during several nights of the haunted house.

For more information, stop by the brewery at 12147 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL,  or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marker48

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Pawpaw beer boosts Ohio festival • Brilliant Stream (via Brilliant Stream)

Pawpaw beer has come a long way since the first one appeared at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in 2002.

The world showcase for pawpaw beer happens right here in Appalachia. Last weekend, the 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival featured nine pawpaw flavored brews from eight Ohio breweries. It’s certainly come a long way since Kelly Sauber, then Marietta Brewing Company’s head brewer, made the first pawpaw beer for the festival 16 years ago.

Read more: Brilliant Stream

Vanish Farmwoods Brewing in Loudoun, VA

Jonathan Staples loves craft beer. He started Black Hops Farm in 2014 with the intent of providing local hops to Virginia’s fast-growing craft beer industry.

Hops have a very short shelf life and need to be either used or processed within days of being picked, and there was no place to process hops locally (the closest being in Ohio) which meant they had to ship their fresh hops to Ohio where they could be processed, then shipped back to the farm to be sold.

Realizing the need, they purchased a hop processer and began to not only process and preserve the hops grown on their farm, but making this service available to other growers in the region as well.

However, it wasn’t long before Jonathan made the leap from growing and processing hops to using hops to brew his own beer. Thus, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery was born.

They grow hops and other ingredients right there on the farm then brew their beer using those fresh ingredients, creating a ‘field-to-fermentation’ process that can be tasted in the products of their labors.

The campus is huge, and very family friendly.  There are the extensive hop yards, multiple bars, live music in the tap room, a large outdoor seating area that includes a spacious covered area, a kid’s play place, a beautiful view, and what is arguably the most important thing of all, some fantastic handcrafted beer. If you dont know which beers to get, I recommend the 12 beer ‘mega flight’.

In addition to good friends, good food also pairs well with craft beer, so Vanish also serves BBQ that is smoked on site and available Saturdays and Sundays, the Burger Time food truck is there Friday through Sunday, and wood-fired pizzas are available Thursday through Sunday.

You have to check this place out. Good food good beer and good friends equals a great time. And that is what you’ll find at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery.

Cheers!

Steins Vines and Moonshine Trail in Prince William and Manassas VA

Prince William and Manassas VA, have created their own trail to showcase there thriving craft beverage industry. With more than 20 craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and tasting rooms, as well as a number of artisanal and farm to table restaurants, the trail should be on your “Must Do” list.

The Steins Vines and Moonshine Trail is close to 17 miles long and beginning in Broad Run, works its way through Manassas before ending in Yorkshire VA. There are, however, several breweries and wineries that are a bit “off” the trail, but are still considered part of the trail. Here is just a suggestion on a rout to take to do the trail. Keep in mind not only your own limits, and the kindness and patience of your designated driver.

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run– As they say at The Farm Brewery, “Come for the beer, enjoy the music, and stay for the bucolic setting” because “Life is Brewtiful!” Over 10 beers and cider on tap, as well as wine and wine slushies. The brewery also features a BrewBarn & Pavilion Beer Garden, and a hop yard. They grow their own fruit, berries, heirloom varieties of tomatoes and squash, melons and peppers, and even have chickens to harvest fresh eggs, and use these farm fresh ingredients in their seasonal food creations.

Tin Cannon Brewing has 9-12 craft beers and their own non-alcoholic root beer on tap. They don’t serve food but periodically host food trucks, and encourage visitors to bring their own food if they’d like, or order from neighboring restaurants who deliver directly to the taproom. Trust me when I say, these guys know good beer! Flights, pints, or growler fills, you are going to love what they are doing at Tin Cannon.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse has a variety of handcrafted, award-winning beers on tap, created by passionate and very talented brewers. They have 11 award-winning signature beers and cider, as well as over 10 limited-time seasonal beers that are released throughout the year. And if you get hungry, they have over 120 items on their menu so there’s a good chance they’ll have something you’ll like.

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits makes handcrafted, small batch, and award-winning spirits. They distill an array of spirits including gin, vodka, several whiskeys, and even a variety of infuse whiskeys such as cinnamon, orange, coffee, and cocoa infusions.  All their spirits are handcrafted and small batch, using raw, all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients and 100% natural fruit and botanical flavoring for infusions.

Farm Brew LIVE– An 8-acre campus that features 2 Silos Brewing, craft food from The Pit BBQ and Beer Garden and La Gringa Food Truck, and live, local music on a huge outdoor stage! There are also bocce courts, cornhole, firepits, and lots of outdoor seating! Soon it will also include The Black Sheep whiskey + wine + noshery located in the historic Thomasson Barn that will feature 2 bars, ample seating both inside and out, and a menu locally sourced from local farms.

KO Distilling– This craft distillery prides itself on producing high quality, handcraft whiskey’s and gins. They also produce a double-distilled, unaged whiskey they call Virginia Moon White Whiskey. It’s made with 60% wheat, 30% rye, and 10% malted barley. And the taste? Well, you’ll want to try it for yourself.

Heritage Brewing– Their mission is to not only brew the best beer possible, but also; live for one another, serve our fellow countrymen, craft with pride, and wherever possible, give back to those in need, especially those who have given everything for their country.

​Through this mission we brew flavorful and bold beers that showcase our pride and embolden our customers to share in our dream. With this in mind, they have partnered with The Unquiet Professional to help give back to those who have paid the ultimate price for our country, and provide opportunities for their gold star families.

They have a wide variety of handcrafted beers that include a barrel aged series with beers such as a brandy barrel aged IPA, a tequila barrel aged wheat ale, and a Scotch ale that was aged in a barrel that was previously used to age gin, whiskey and red wine!

BadWolf  Brewing takes great pride in crafting unfiltered and unpasteurized beer with all natural ingredients and a taste that is second to none. Six carefully crafted beers on tap that are constantly changing. You could have a new favorite every time you stop in.

Aroma Wine Tasting is a tasting bar run by Morais Vineyards & Winery. They serve the same wines that are served at the winery with a slightly different atmosphere. With 9 different wines available for sampling, if you enjoy a good wine, you should stop by.

Public House Kitchen & Brewery. The Chef and Master Brewer work closely together and their passion for great food and great beer could not be more obvious.  They go to great lengths to pair their fresh farm-to-table food offerings with their in-house, hand craft beer in a way that gives their customers truly exceptional flavor pairings.

Sinistral Brewing Co is a seven-barrel brewery located in Historic Downtown Manassas that describe their beers as having personalities inspired by their extraordinary children. If the source of their inspiration is anything like the product of the inspiration, they must be truly exceptional children.

Have a seat in the bar, patio or lounge, order one of their hand-crafted beers, use the free wi-fi, play board games, or watch TV and relax. If you get hungry, you can bring your own food, or order food from several local eateries that deliver to the taproom.

Eavesdrop Brewery has partnerships with local chefs, farms, and brewers from across the nation. These partnerships allow us to bring food, farm, and beer together in one location that’s easy to get to, but hard to leave. At Eavesdrop they boast the largest urban hop gardens in the Mid-Atlantic, and also grow apple trees, berry bushes, and other ingredients, which they use in their beer and food projects. Their tasting room was at one time a loft for racing pigeons! They also have a rooftop bar with a marvelous view of the gardens.

A little ways off the trail to the north, The Winery at Bull Run is located next to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, and is a working farm vineyard that not only crafts some fine Virginia wines, but pays homage to the history and preservation of 19th century rural Virginia.

A short distance to the south of the trail, Effingham Manor Winery has a wide variety of wines. Located in a historic Effingham Manor in a national historic district of Prince William County, VA, with the main house dating all the way back to 1767. You can tour this idealistic setting, sample some exceptional wines, and feel the history.

There are even more places to visit, but I think you should now have a pretty good idea of what you’ll find when you get here.

There is entirely too much to see, do, and sample on the Steins, Vines, and Moonshine Trail in one day, or even in one weekend. Although it might be possible to do it all in a day, you probably won’t remember half of what you did, and probably won’t enjoy the next day. For this reason, I would recommend several day trips, or a couple of long weekends, so you can truly experience all Price William, Manassas, and the trail has to offer.

It has been my experience that people often don’t know about half of what is practically in their back yard, and sometimes visitors know more about the places we live than people who have spent their whole lives there. You don’t have to travel across the country to have a world class experience. Check out the Steins Vines and Moonshine Trail. You’ll be glad you did.

Cheers!