“Where can we go for great beer?” That’s a question we hear frequently from guests of the Inn at Old Virginia.
They know they have lots of choices because of the Shenandoah Valley’s growing reputation for producing stellar craft beer.
One of our go-to places to send Inn guests for great beer isn’t even a micro brewery; it’s a nano ale brewery!
Redbeard Brewing Company has a 1 ½ barrel system that is operated by one-man brewing machine, owner, Jonathan Wright.
Working on a three-week cycle, he produces American, English, and Belgian ales, all of which are warm fermented, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated in the kegs from which they are served.
Brewing one type of ale a day, Jonathan spends anywhere from 10-14 hours each day during the three-week cycle to produce 6-10 varieties of ales.
Although Redbeard’s doesn’t have a full kitchen, they have several good options. First, if you just want to munch on peanuts and potato chips, you can get those at the brewery.
Secondly, Redbeard Brewing Company has an exclusive agreement with the Depot Grill. Just call them up and the restaurant will deliver your food right to the brewery!
Lastly, Redbeard’s hosts events which include a food truck on the property.
Redbeard Brewing Company Events and Activities
The brewery has weekly events for our guests and for the community to enjoy. Every Sunday is karaoke night. Dubbed Funday Sunday, the event is held from 7-11 p.m. and hosted by Eddie Santiago of TellaPlay.
Here are some other upcoming events:
- Starting January 23, 2018, Tuesday trivia night is back.
- Fridays from 9-11 p.m. is live music.
- Starting in February, every Wednesday night will be jam night.
- Quarterly, they have stand-up comedy night. The next one will be held in early March.
You can check Redbeard’s calendar for all their listings. It’s laidback fun, which, for many of our guests makes for the perfect evening out!
Craft Ale and the Art of Giving Back
While Jonathan makes excellent ale, it’s also his commitment to the community that’s impressive. The brewery hosts quarterly fundraisers donating 10% of their proceeds to their chosen charity for that quarter.
Coming up on January 24, they will host a fundraiser for the local non-profit radio station, WQSV, 106.3.
Salvadoran food truck and restaurant, Gloria’s Pupuseria, will be there, and she, too, will donate 10% of her earnings the radio station.
Small businesses like Redbeard Brewing Company are good for all of us, locals and guests. And as a hospitality business, we’re extremely pleased to have them as part of our community.
One thing we should also note. Redbeard’s tagline is “Small Batches of Big Beer.” We’d like to add that they have big batches of community spirit, too!