Williamsburg area's Alewerks Brewing teams up with new startup brewer on IPA

Alewerks Brewing Company, the area's established craft brewery is teaming up with the new kids on the block to create a new beer to premier at the Whistle Belly Festival coming up this Sunday.

Micheal Rhodes, Alewerk's director of marketing, said the Alwerk's crew doesn't see collaborating with The Virginia Beer Company as helping he competition.

"We seen craft brewing as a brotherhood," he said Friday. 'And we think that from competition comes better beer. We've know these guys for years and we know they have fantastic ability."

Alwerks has been in business since 2006, and has agreements to produce beer exclusively for Colonial Williamsburg and exclusively for DoG Street Pub, the founders of the Whistle Belly Festival.

The Virginia Beer Company plans to open this fall.

  "The Virginia Beer Company team has the ability to produce a fantastic product, the desire to promote area businesses, and above all, the passion to celebrate the amazing craft beer scene in Williamsburg,” says Robby Willey, one of The Virginia Beer Company’s Co-Founders. “What better way to do all of the above than by combining forces with Alewerks Brewing Company and unveiling our shared vision at the premier local celebration of food & Virginia beer, DoG Street Pub's Whistle Belly?"

The collaboration will be called Red Rye IPA. IPA stands for India Pale Ale, a popular style of beer is a hoppy variety within the broader category of pale ales.

"This unique IPA is built on a foundation of spicy rye, luscious crystal, pale, and a touch of roasted malt, while also featuring one of the brewing industry's newer hop varietals, named ‘Azacca’. Expect this hop to bring notes of mango, papaya, pineapple and citrus to the beer's overall flavor and aroma profile,” says Geoff Logan, Brewmaster at Alewerks Brewing Company. “At Alewerks, we welcome our new brewing brethren to the local craft beer scene and are excited about working together for many years to come."

Rhodes said DoG Street Pub started the Whistle Belly Festival two yeas ago, but is expanding it this year.

“We're excited and honored to debut the collected efforts of Geoff Logan and Jonathan Newman at Whistle Belly,” says Michael Claar, DoG Street Pub General Manager and Whistle Belly festival organizer. “This is a long awaited peek at what's in store from The Virginia Beer Company, who has been building anticipation from this community for a while."

After premiering at the festival Red Rye IPA will be available at the Alelworks Brewing Company taprooms, starting Aug. 6 - National IPA Day.

Want to go? - Tickets for Whistle Belly are available online at  at whistlebelly.com. Ticket prices range from $40 to $70. Information on the National IPA Day release is available at alewerks.com and virginiabeerco.com .

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