#73 – AleWerks Brewing Co. in Williamsburg, VA

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On our way from Norfolk to Richmond on 3/10/14 we felt it was important to make a short detour for some sightseeing.  We decided to take an educational tour of Jamestown with an archaeologist and, rather than visit Historic Williamsburg, felt a proper representation of the city could be experienced at the local brewery.  AleWerks Brewing Company opened in 2005 but operated under the name of Williamsburg AleWerks until just over a year ago.  The brewery was started by Chuck Haines, who secured the facilities of the defunct Williamsburg Brewing Co.  He hired on longtime homebrewer, Geoff Logan, to handle the brewing and Geoff has been responsible for creating all of AleWerks’ recipes over the years.  In keeping with the rich history of the area, they utilize a traditional 30bbl brick wrapped brewhouse with open flame, as opposed to the steam systems in operation at many other breweries.  This day Corbin graciously served as our beer tasting and brewery guide.  As an artist himself, Corbin shared his view of how brewing is the best form of art because you can enjoy a beer with all of your senses then, of course, you feel good afterwards.

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