Local brewery Virginia Beer Co. was recently recognized at a German craft beer expo for its Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout.
Virginia Beer Co. co-founder Chris Smith accepted a Silver European Beer Star Award in the worldwide dry stout category for the beverage while attending BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. According to a news release, the event is the largest craft beverage exhibition in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout uses Northern Brewer hops and flaked oats to create a smooth base with aromas reminiscent of chocolate and coffee, according to the York County-based brewery’s website.
Smith said the York County brewery was one of 23 based in the United States to win at the expo, and competed with 2,344 total beers from 51 countries across 60 awards categories.
“Thank you to the BA, the organizers of BrauBeviale, the Private Brauereien team, and everyone in Nuremberg who stopped by for a beer,” he said. “We look forward to returning to Europe for more beers and cheers in 2019.”
According to the release, Virginia Beer Co. representatives plan to share local favorites overseas again in the near future, and will be among a group of Virginia-based brewers representing the state at the Craft Beer Rising festival in London next month.
For more information about Virginia Beer Co., visit virginiabeerco.com.
Busch Gardens recently donated more than 9,500 pounds of fresh and packaged foods to the Grove Christian Outreach Center, which will be distributed to residents of James City County’s Grove neighborhood without easy access to affordable, healthy food.
Busch Gardens regularly donates its surplus produce, dairy products, frozen and packaged food items to the outreach center, according to a news release. The contribution will help Grove’s food-insecure residents, which is designated as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to the lack of a nearby grocery store carrying fresh produce and healthy food.
The Grove Christian Outreach Center regularly gives out donated food to families who attend weekly food distributions and through a monthly pantry program, executive director Pat McCormick said.
“We look at the Grove as part of the Busch Gardens family, and this is a great way for us to contribute to their great cause and help our community,” said Kevin Lembke, park president for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in the release.
The theme park found itself with a surplus of food left over from Christmas Town as it begins to transition back to its summer menu. The donated food will expire before the park opens for the 2019 season on March 23, according to the release.
McCormick said about 13,400 food-insecure individuals live in the Historic Triangle, with a 2016 study showing an estimated 5,820 food-insecure individuals living in James City County.
“It is a tremendous blessing to have the support and the partnership we have with Busch Gardens,” he said. “They have donated thousands of pounds of food to our ministry over the last few years that has had a significant impact on the families that we serve.”
» Area commercial real estate agency RJS & Associates, Inc., has announced a number of new transactions in the Greater Williamsburg area:
» Precious Resource, LLC purchased 2719 and 2729 Ironbound Road, formerly known as Ganache Hill, contains a total of 1.16 acres. Joe Singley represented the seller in the transaction.
» EMD LAND, LLC purchased 15 acres on 1337 Penniman Road in York County. Bobby Singley represented the seller in the transaction.
» Simerlein Appraisals, Ltd., leased 800 square feet of office space at 502 Strawberry Plains Road. Joe Singley represented the landlord in the lease negotiations.
» SXCW Properties II LLC, a North Carolina-based company, purchased several parcels of land totaling 3.8 acres on Bypass Road in York County. The company plans to build Sam’s Xpress Car Wash on the site, according to a news release. Joe Singley represented the seller in the transaction.
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