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: www.theMSV.org/Dark

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

Groovy Guy Gifts

I was recently introduced to the website www.groovyguygifts.com. 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 groovyguygifts.com. 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

Man Law: Don’t Fruit The Beer!

A few years ago Miller Brewing did a series of tv commercials  with a group of well-known men seated around a table discussing “manly” things, and proposing “Man Laws”, usually revolving around esoteric questions and stereotypical manly behavior such as crushing cans on foreheads, whether it is ok to store anything other than beer in the garage fridge, the sin of wasting or spilling beer, how long to wait to ask a girl out that dumped your best friend, and the “you poke it you own it” rule.  

One of my favorites was the “don’t fruit the beer” law.  I had always been a fan of the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law, which stated there were only 4 ingredients that could be used in the production of beer: water, barley, hops and yeast. It may sound extremely restrictive, but if you consider the wide variety of types barley and the countless ways it can be kilned and roasted and combined, the huge variety of hops with their countless flavors and aromas, and all the different types of yeast and the complex characteristics they can give a beer, the possible number of combinations are mind boggling. So there is no need to “fruit the beer”. Right?

Well, as I got older, I became more willing to try beers that were outside the narrow range of what I thought a beer should be, and I changed my mind. I decided that while I wasn’t wrong, I may have been mistaken. I realized that adding fruit and other ingredients in the brewing process can do amazing things to a beer. My new philosophy became “If it tastes good, drink it!” After all, taste is the reason I love beer.

But today I have begun to think that while there shouldn’t be restrictions on beer ingredients, brewers may have started taking things too far. In fact, recently I have noticed a growing number of offerings from craft brewers that I’m not sure should qualify as beer. After all, if it looks like a fruit smoothie, smells like a fruit smoothie, and tastes like a fruit smoothie, how can it be called beer? 

What’s next? Bacon that tastes like broccoli? (shiver)

We should never be afraid to try new things, and to go in new directions, but I think it is important to remember why we love the things we love. While we look fro the next great thing, we shouldn’t forget the great things we already have.

Science confirms: Men with beer bellies attract more beautiful women and live longer (via The Laugh Bible EN)

The image of the ideal man has changed throughout history. In the Middle Ages, being “chubby” was a sign of wealth, which made “heavy” people popular back then.

Nowadays, the ideal man looks more like a painting. A lean, muscular frame with pronounced abs is what you need. But is it really true that women find super-trained men with a sixpack so attractive?

Read more: The Laugh Bible EN




Kegs and Eggs at Kindred Spirit Brewing

Last Sunday I stopped by Kindred Spirit Brewing for their Kegs and Eggs Brunch. They were serving an amazing brunch consisting of french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, hash-browns, pork tenderloin sliders, and fruit prepared by Right On Time Mobile Diner. And as you would expect from Kindred Spirit they were serving up beer-mosas & bloody brews which could only be described as the perfect brunch beverages for beer lovers.

What a great way to start a day. Thank you Kindred Spirit, and keep up the good work!

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!