Author: Shannon Brennan

Let’s Do Lunch Iron & Ale

Everyone in the restaurant business knows it can take years to turn a profit, but Iron & Ale, which opened in late January, is already exceeding all expectations. “Business is great,” said Cary McFadden, who, along with her husband Tom and friends Wade and Sarah Johnson, is one of the four owners new to the restaurant business. “We have been just thrilled to death.” Located in Cornerstone, McFadden attributes their success to a supportive residential community, repeat customers, and a great staff. “We wanted to create a restaurant where people knew we were excited to have them there,” she...

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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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