Richmond County is Getting its First Craft Brewery!


Old Rappahannock Brewing Company will be opening later this year in the town of Warsaw in Richmond County, VA. This brewery plans to source many of the ingredients they will be using in their brewing process, from right here in Virginia.

Andy Beale, the Owner of Old Rappahannock Brewing Company, received a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Forestry, as well asanother $93,000 from the Town of  Warsaw to help with the $1.2 million startup costs and renovations to their new home in what was once a hardware store in the Jenkins Building in downtown Warsaw.

Old Rappahannock Brewing is expected to be the corner stone for the
revitalization of downtown Warsaw, creating new jobs, serving as a gathering place for local residence and tourists, and creating opportunities and expanded markets for local businesses, watermen and farmers- and of course provide great craft beer!

The grand opening is expected to take place in September of this year.


Winchester Brew Works Brings Historical Lager to Old Town

Winchester, VA – About to celebrate their 3rd anniversary, Winchester Brew Works is introducing a historical, pre-prohibition style lager to their tasting room in Old Town, Winchester. The Millstone Historical Lager is representative of what would have been brewed 100 years ago. It is pleasantly hoppy from the US-grown Cluster hops and uses all malts & ingredients that would have been historically available to the small tavern brewer. It is named for the Winchester Milling Corporation, which stood on the site of Winchester Brew Works on North Cameron Street in the 1920s

Millstone Historical Lager will be featured at a local prohibition speakeasy-style event called “MSV After Dark” at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. MSV After Dark is an adults-only event from 6pm – 9 pm on Friday, March 22nd and is free to MSV Members; all others: $15. Tickets available online.

Millstone Historical Lager is also available in the tasting room at Winchester Brew Works at 320 N. Cameron St., open Thursdays-Mondays.

“We’re excited to celebrate the rich history of Winchester while also bringing something new to town.” – Bonnie Landy, co-owner of Winchester Brew Works.

“I have done extensive research on the style and I wanted to bring to the public the experience of what beer tasted like 100 years ago.” – Eric Boyers, Head Brewer.

Photograph of Winchester Milling Corporation provided courtesy of the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives at Handley Regional Library.

For MSV After Dark:

Winchester Brew Works
320 N. Cameron St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Contact Bonnie Landy, co-owner, at 540-692-9242 or

Groovy Guy Gifts

I was recently introduced to the website If you are not familiar with the site, it offers a wide variety of gifts which can be personalized.  And when I say a wide variety, I may be understating it. Here are some of the amazing items on this site.

For the beer lovers, there are mugs, pints, flights, growlers, coolers and more. There is even a glass drinking horn with stand!

Like whiskey? There are a plethora of great whiskey glasses, whiskey stones, flasks, decanters, shot glasses, bar sets, and even a 2 liter whiskey barrel!

Do you enjoy a good cigar with your beverage of choice? I do.  They have lighters, cutters, humidors, a flask/cigar holder combo, and more!

They have a lot of other things like gym bags, travel bags, backpacks, knives, sports items, and other things like hatchets, cuff links, and grilling sets. There is literally something for everyone. And everything can be personalized with initials, names, or messages. What guy wouldn’t want a coffee mug with his wife or girlfriend’s picture on it? (Not both- because that would end badly).

The WaterBoy

They also make great group gifts to commemorate a special occations like a community legue sports team, or as gifts for a wedding party. Imagin giving your best man and groomsman personalized footballs or basketballs for having you’re back all the way to the goal.

I got a mug that’s inscribed “Craft Beer Lover”. The lettering looks great, and trust me when I say I’ve put it through some rigorous testing.

You should check out Fathers Day is just around the corner. I think I’m going to “accidentally” leave my browser open to the Man In The Iron Flask, or maybe the Sins Of Anarchy. If I do that several times over the next couple of months, maybe I’ll get something other than a tie?

Man In The Iron Flask
Sins Of Anarchy travel flask and cigar holder