Masters of the Glass 

We ask some of Richmond's biggest craft brew fans: Which beers intrigue you?

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Brandon Tolbert
Head Brewer
Extra Billy's Smokehouse & Brewery

"I'm most intrigued by sour ales. I'm a big fan of whatever Cascade Brewing has to offer. Their Sang Noir and Blueberry are both amazing."

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Tony Ammendolia
Original Gravity

"Zombie Dust by Three Floyds. It's an all Citra hopped (my favorite hop) American pale ale. Though I have brewed many good all Citra beers, I can't quite get the same amazing flavor from these hops that they achieve in Zombie Dust. Whatever they are doing at Three Floyds is truly magic."

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Annie Tobey
Freelance Beer and Travel Writer

"Peanut butter and chocolate beers. I've only had Terrapin Liquid Bliss, and it disappointed me with its nearly undetectable peanut butter flavor. Being a Reese's Cup fan, I'm on the search for one that works. Maybe DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus or Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale?"

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Farmer Russell
Sustainable Agriculture Consultant, Homebrewer

"Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien. I stumbled into beer from wine. I was all about hoppy booze bombs, but I could never really be passionate about beer till I found one that could age and had subtle nuances that changed and improved with time. The first sip of well-aged Bon-Chien changed my whole view on beer."

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Courtney Mailey
Blue Bee Cider

"For the past two weeks, I have had Blue Bee Cider's Aragon 1904 in my glass every day. This off-dry, slightly fruit forward cider will pair well with rich poultry dishes, fresh salads, and be a great alternative to a Champagne toast."

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Stephen Tuzeneu
Certified Cicerone, Specialty/Import Manager
Brown Distributing

"Center of the Universe Monkey's Uncle. Bright and floral with aromas of candied lemongrass with a smooth, balanced body."

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Andrew Labonte
Local Suds

"Blue Mountain Dark Hallow. I love the bourbon series Virginia breweries are creating. It's the essence of everything I love: great beer, bourbon and collaboration between local businesses, distilleries and craft breweries." 

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Becky Jordan
General Manager
Lost Rhino Brewery

"I am intrigued with our wild yeast experiments being done on a saison by Jasper Akerboom, our in-house yeast expert. He has a Ph.D. in this so he has been doing some really forward-thinking projects in our lab and producing some awesome beers with them. Last summer we did a beer using a yeast strain he culled out of the field by our brewery which turned out really well."

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Tommy Miller
Richmond Brewery Tours

"Legend Brown. It's the first craft beer that brought me to the other side and changed the way I think about beer. The colors, flavors and balance intrigue me every time. Plus, they have unicorns on the label!"


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