Williamsburg Craft Beer Reaches New Heights with a Collaboration IPA

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – July 22nd, 2015 – Alewerks Brewing Company and The Virginia Beer Company are collaborating on a new beer set to premiere at the upcoming Whistle Belly festival on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Alewerks Brewing Company is Williamsburg’s hometown brewery, having been in operation since 2006. The Virginia Beer Company is the newest addition to the local craft beer community with plans to open in the Fall of this year.

"The Virginia Beer Company team has the ability to produce a fantastic product, the desire to promote area businesses, and above all, the passion to celebrate the amazing craft beer scene in Williamsburg,” says Robby Willey, one of The Virginia Beer Company’s Co-Founders. “What better way to do all of the above than by combining forces with Alewerks Brewing Company and unveiling our shared vision at the premier local celebration of food & Virginia beer, DoG Street Pub's Whistle Belly!"

With plans to debut a brand new Red Rye IPA at the upcoming food and beer festival, the two companies have been busy with the brewing process. "Alewerks Brewing Company is proud to partner with The Virginia Beer Company to produce a beer in celebration of Williamsburg's burgeoning craft beer scene. Our collaborative Red Rye IPA will debut at DoG Street Pub's Whistle Belly on August 2, and will be available locally thereafter. This unique IPA is built on a foundation of spicy rye, luscious crystal, pale, and a touch of roasted malt, while also featuring one of the brewing industry's newer hop varietals, named ‘Azacca’. Expect this hop to bring notes of mango, papaya, pineapple and citrus to the beer's overall flavor and aroma profile,” says Geoff Logan, Brewmaster at Alewerks Brewing Company. “At Alewerks, we welcome our new brewing brethren to the local craft beer scene and are excited about working together for many years to come!"

“We're excited and honored to debut the collected efforts of Geoff Logan and Jonathan Newman at Whistle Belly,” says Michael Claar, DoG Street Pub General Manager and Whistle Belly festival organizer. “This is a long awaited peek at what's in store from The Virginia Beer Company, who has been building anticipation from this community for a while. Williamsburg is a burgeoning incubator for creative, locally conscious businesses and it is being rewarded by Alewerks Brewing Company welcoming a collaborative craft beer community.”

This new craft beer will debut at the upcoming Whistle Belly festival, then premiere on National IPA Day in the Alewerks Brewing Company taproom on August 6. Tickets for Whistle Belly are available online at and information on the National IPA Day release is available at and . Whistle Belly is presented by the Junior Woman's Club of Williamsburg who will use all proceeds as grants and scholarships for local charities and students.

Pictured (from left to right): Geoff Logan, Brewmaster, Alewerks Brewing Company; Robby Willey, Co-Founder, The Virginia Beer Company; Jonathan Newman, Brewmaster, The Virginia Beer Company; and Chris Smith, Co-Founder, The Virginia Beer Company.

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