Alewerks' satellite taproom releases its first exclusive brews

Staff writer

In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, the Alewerks satellite taproom in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets recently brewed and released its first two exclusive beers.

Last week, the smaller taproom and brewery released its new Bombshell Umlaut Pilsner, and re-released the discontinued Twenty Knots Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Alewerks brewmaster and managing member Geoff Logan said.

As part of Craft Beer Week, Alewerks released five beers, two of which were released exclusively at the taproom. Alewerks’ satellite location supplements the main brewing facility, which features a 25-barrel system and opened in York County in 2006.

The 3,000-square-foot facility, also called the Little Auxiliary Brewery, or L.A.B., features a three-and-a-half-barrel system opened in the outlets in 2017 as a way to brew more creative and smaller-batch beers, Logan said.

“Being that we were built for production, we had limitations on small-batch stuff, so that’s the impetus for this place, was flexing our creative muscles and being able to try different things, one-off collaborations,” Logan said. “We certainly felt like we were limited there, so we wanted to exercise that.”

He said the two beers partially were selected to test out the new brewing system.

“We did the pilsner first, and the logic behind that was when you brew your first beer on any system, there’s an inherent risk that it might not turn out right,” he said. “We felt that we’d be able to pick up on anything that was going wrong if that were to be the case, and we'd be able to sense it and correct it. Luckily, nothing went wrong; it turned out very well.”

Twenty Knots was discontinued in 2016, and was brought back due to fan demand, he said.

“The second beer, the Twenty Knots, was similar in that regard,” Logan said. “It’s a lighter-color Belgian ale, but more to the point, we had a lot of requests to bring that beer back, so we figured we’d knock two birds out with one stone.”

Following the success of the two brews, Logan said there are plans for future exclusive releases at the satellite taproom, which is located in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets at 5711 Richmond Road, BO36.

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The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s Women’s Business Council will bring back its “Tables of 8” networking event Wednesday through Friday.

Historic Triangle businesswomen are invited to attend, and event-goers will get a chance to meet and network with other business owners and community leaders over lunch at select area restaurants. Attendees can choose between three pop-up lunches at DoG Street Pub, Gabriel Archer's Tavern and the Golden Horseshoe Grill.

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Area commercial real estate agency RJS & Associates Inc. has announced new transactions in the Greater Williamsburg area:

  • DSOH809, LLC purchased a property at 809 Richmond Road with plans to continue its legal practice at the location. Joe Singley represented the seller in the transaction.
  • BAKerner Properties – 113B Bulifants, LLC purchased a 3,715-square-foot office condominium located at 113 Bulifants Blvd. Unit B in York County’s Michael’s Commons development. The owner intends to lease the property once interior construction is completed, the release states. Joe Singley represented the seller in the transaction.
  • Community Partners of Virginia Inc., a homeowner and condominium association management company, extended its lease at 502 Strawberry Plains Road Unit B in James City County through May 31, 2021. Joe Singley represented the landlord in the transaction.

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