Alewerks brings music with vinyl nights

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

Music lovers and beer drinkers can find plenty to enjoy at Alewerks Brewing Company. The brewery’s vinyl nights offer the opportunity to combine the warm sounds of vinyl records with its taphouse brews and atmosphere.

Alewerks marketing director Jeff Phillips said the company’s team is comprised of plenty of music aficionados.

“Every one of us has a pretty good vinyl collection,” he said. “It’s a fun way to listen to the old music. It seemed like an easy thing to do to create a fun, retro vibe in the taproom.”

Customers are able to bring their own records, and the taproom has a selection on hand as well.

Similar to the likes of 35 mm film compared to digital film, records offer a different, more traditional experience when compared to their contemporary counterparts.

“There’s something about the ritual, putting the record on, watching it spin, having to flip it over,” Phillips said. “There’s a tactile feel to the music that you just don’t get when you hit ‘play’ on your phone.”

The team aims for a variety of music, from sultry blues to the progressive rock of Rush.

Phillips said the event is a hit with local music lovers, attracting regulars each week — including one who’s become the event’s de facto DJ.

“It’s supposed to be a community involvement kind of night,” Phillips said. “Beer is more fun with friends, as is listening to records.”

Want to go?

Vinyl night spins 5-9 p.m. each Tuesday at Alewerks Brewing Company, 189B Ewell Road.

Birkenmeyer can be reached by phone at 757-790-3029.

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