Author: Shannon Brennan

POURING IT ON: CENTRAL VIRGINIA’S BEER BUSINESS BOOMS

When Doug John launched Apocalypse Ale Works in Forest five years ago, he started with four beers that he hoped would be distinctive. “I swore that I would never make an IPA until hell froze over,” he said. After hearing from many hop lovers, he gave in last year, and now that IPA, called “Hells Frozen,” is his best seller. “It just shows, never say never,” John said. As the craft beer explosion continues, there are not only an increasing number of great beers, but there are also more breweries struggling to carve out a niche in a crowded...

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Ankida Ridge

PRODUCES AWARD-WINNING, ECO-FRIENDLY WINES High on a mountainside in Amherst County, where heaven and earth join, some of the nation’s finest wines are being produced at Ankida Ridge Vineyards. Their pinot noir was just named one of the Top Ten Hot Brands of 2017 by Wine Business Monthly and one of the Top 100 Wines of 2017 by James Melendez, one of the country’s leading wine writers. The view from their tasting room, facing Tobacco Row Mountain, is breathtaking, even for people acquainted with breathtaking views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. An accidental clearing of land got it all...

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