In the News

—Brew & Bottle and Colonial Ale Smiths and Keggers (CASK) 2017 Sour Oak Barrel project-

By Brian Binder, Brew & Bottle

February 12, 2017

Sour beers are becoming more and more popular as availability and sour styles increase. Oak barrel aging Belgian style sours is as traditional as it gets. The monks of the Westvleteren Trappist Monastery were among the last to replace their oak barrels with stainless steel tanks in 1974. However, not everyone has the room or the money for an oak barrel sitting around their house, so that’s where your local homebrew club comes in and makes an event like this happen. Thank you CASK!

Since there has been an overwhelming response to the 2017 Sour Oak Barrel project Brew & Bottle has a plan for overflow. If all eighteen brewers that signed up make five gallons we should be able to accommodate everyone with the use of a second barrel. Brew & Barrel has purchased a 30 gallon oak barrel from The Barrel Mill for the 2017 SOB. There will be a tasting at the February barrel fill. If someones beer is pre-funk-ivied, or worse, there is a pretty good chance it will be rejected. These projects are always a lot of fun for everyone involved so CASK members should bring a good, clean beer that will turn into something everyone wants to drink. If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with then contact; Brew & Bottle at info@brewandbottlellc.com or CASK at www.colonialalesmiths.org for more information.

Cheers!

 

—Brew & Bottle tours the National Homebrew Conference in Baltimore, MD—

By Brian Binder, Brew & Bottle

June 14, 2016

We just got back from the National Homebrew Conference (HOMEBREWCON) and was that ever a great time! If you have never been to one of these national events, then you are missing out. There was a lot going on at the convention center this year. So much that I could go on for days and days about everyone and everything. Do yourself a favor and join the American Homebrewers Association and go to the next NHC. It’s good for you and good for your beer. Cheers!

Conference Overview

 

—Brew & Bottle now has NEW store hours on SUNDAY—

By Brian Binder, Brew & Bottle

November 28, 2015

“New store hours” are beginning tomorrow. Sunday the 29th of November. We will be open from 12 PM to 6 PM on SUNDAYS. All other store hours are going to remain the same. After careful evaluation we here believe the Sundays are the slowest of all homebrewing business days and that only 25% of all Sunday sales occur before 12 PM (Noon). We are going try these “NEW” hours in the hopes that our loyal customers will understand and support our decision.

 

 

—Homebrew Supply Shop Opens in Newport News—
By Tara Bozick, Daily Press
tbozick@dailypress.com

January 30, 2015

Homebrewers on the Peninsula now have another option for buying beer-making supplies: Brew & Bottle LLC on Oyster Point Road in Newport News.

“I felt the Peninsula was underserved in homebrewing and winemaking ingredients and equipment,” owner and brewmaster Brian Binder of Hampton said. “All the supplies I needed to buy were online.”

Brew & Bottle opened quietly on Nov. 22 in the former Yogurt City space near the Total Wine & More store — an intentional move as Binder thought some of the same customer base would also be interested in his store. Plus, when customers want to know what a particular type of beer tastes like, he can refer them a few storefronts down, and Total Wine can refer customers searching for brewing supplies to his store, he said.

The store sells beer and wine-making starter kits, equipment like kettles and wort chillers, and ingredients like grains, hops and yeast, among other items. Binder uses multiple suppliers, including Brewcraft USA and LD Carlson.

Once the business gets the needed ABC licenses, he will be able to brew on-site and offer samples to customers who may want to test fermented samples, he said. Currently, he is building the kitchen area to have one-on-one and class brewing instruction by April.

“Everything is really rolling fast,” Binder said.

He got into brewing beer at home about 10 years ago after he tasted home brews made for a wedding and was surprised by how “amazing” they were. He’s also a member of the Colonial Ale Smiths & Keggers (CASK), which has about 100 members in the greater Peninsula area.

While Homebrew USA has stores in Hampton and Norfolk, people who live farther north in Williamsburg may find Brew and Bottle more convenient, said Steven Davis, CASK vice president. He also likes that the store will offer instruction.

“We have new members joining our club every month,” Davis said. “You can definitely see the interest in the craft beer industry rising.”

If You Go:
Where: Brew & Bottle, 304 Oyster Point Road, Newport News
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, except CLOSED Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 757-881-9100 or visit http://www.brewandbottlellc.com.