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American Craft Beer Week 2017

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by Hannah Serrano
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American Craft Beer Week takes place this year from May 15 to May 21, and as always we have a jam-packed week put together for you to better enjoy our tasty, local craft beer... ***Special pins and experimental randalls all week!*** Monday, 5/15 Military Monday Tuesday 5/16 Taco Tuesday with Karnage Asada Wednesday 5/17 Ghent Your Game On: Game Night with Video Game Heaven 6-9pm + Get Stuffed Thursday 5/18 Growler Fill Thursday + Rustic Roots Gourmet Friday 5/19 Firkin Friday + All About the Cheese Saturday 5/20 Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Mug Club 10am + Pickin' On the Porch: Live Music with Brackish Water Jamboree & Friends + BBQ by Malbon's Flying Pig Sunday 5/21 Beermosa Brunch with Rustic Roots Gourmet & Sugar Shack Donuts 12-7pm + Sensible Seafood...

Kevin O’Connor and Nauticus’ Stephen Kirkland Talk About the WISKY AMERICAN WHEAT ALE

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by Hannah Serrano
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Check out this Norfolk TV interview with Stephen Kirkland from Nauticus and Kevin O'Connor as the talk about the WISKY AMERICAN WHEAT ALE, which just debuted this fall:

Link Up and Drink Up with OBC and the Think Tank Society

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by Bob Sweeney
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From the big boss man to the bar back, the bottling line workers to the bean counter, and the beertenders to the brewers, we at O’Connor Brewing Company want to nurture the creative spirit that got us into craft brewing in the first place. The Think Tank Society is the manifestation of this spirit. We will be offering every staff member the opportunity to be creative in coming up with ideas for new brews and following through by actually helping brew them on our test batch system, “The Think Tanks.” This is a very exciting time for us here at the brewery for many reasons, but mainly (for me, at least) it is a chance to offer a new and exciting product and to hear what you think. As members of the Society, you will be a direct link to our entire...

Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA – another summer pleaser!

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by Penny O'Connor
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I have long been a firm believer in the saying “there's a beer for every occasion”. So when summertime came along and the hop vines started growing and friends were having cookouts, it seemed only fitting to find a way to encompass these occasions in a beer. Backyard Bonfire was that beer. It first started as a homebrew using hops grown in my backyard with a pleasant amount of smoked malts to give a unique and rather graceful blend perfect for sharing with friends and family. We at O'Connor Brewing have taken this idea and recipe to create a wonderfully unique beer to offer to all of our guests. Keeping with the backyard theme of this beer we received a little help from our friends at Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, VA who supplied us with cherry...

40 Mile to the Border

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by Penny O'Connor
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When I think of breweries doing collaborations I think about off the wall, over the top, out of the box ideas that sometimes work and sometimes don’t. A lot of times they feature an obscure ingredient, are a big bold creation, or are birthed in some marketer’s daydream and become reality. Other times they are between friends, who just want to have fun and work together. This collaboration was born in a meeting between the brewers here at O’Connor Brewing Company discussing who they thought made some of the best beer in Virginia. The first place that came to my mind was Three Notch’d Brewing Company in Charlottesville. When I found them, they had not been open a year and there was already a good buzz (pun intended) going about their beers. I lived (fortunately)...

O’Connoroo and Spyhop: The Perfect Pair

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by Penny O'Connor
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OBC's Spyhop White IPA has been a summer favorite of employees and customers since we first brewed it three years ago at our old place.  It was only by cool coincidence  that we released it for the second time on the first day we opened our doors to our new spot last May to the beer-drinking public. So before I talk about about Spyhop, let me explain O'Connoroo - the annual OBC festival around this delicious beer.   Last year, as some of you know, we named the grand opening of our new brewery "O'Connoroo" - it rang and we wanted to call it something happy, festive, and fun - so there you go.  But we also wanted it to be the namesake of what we hope to be a long and  beautiful tradition. So when we started planning O'Connoroo 2015 and...

Zephyrweisse Debut at OBC!

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by Bob Sweeney
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As the warm winds approach, we have Zephyrus to thank. And just in time, we bring you the most refreshing “Zephyrweisse,” as an ode to the god of the west winds and bringer of refreshing weather. Adhering to tradition we wanted a light, refreshing beverage, as golden as the rays of the sun. Chloris, the goddess of spring and new beginnings, was given the domain of the flowers by Zephyrus. Together they created a beautiful young man named Karpos, which translates to fruit. Tying all of these elements together, we have artfully crafted this brew to highlight bright fruit flavors, and a light refreshing body. With notes of white peaches and banana on the nose, and the spicy character of clove on the palate, this beer will quench your thirst on one of the many...

Stuff to Do This Weekend if You LOVE Great Beer and Good Times!

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by Hannah Serrano
Every month or so our friends at AltDaily put on a cult classic movie screening at one of our favorite places in town, the Naro Cinema in Ghent. Even better--they always have an O'Connor beer bar to benefit the Muse Writers' Center, another great Norfolk-based organization. For this month's event, AltDaily is doing TOP GUN this Friday night at 9pm! So get ready for a hilarious time, punctuated by an epic singalong... Movie tickets are about $9. Click here for the FB event page. --- We had a great time at the recent Harrisonburg Capital Ale House's Mesquite Challenge. If you missed it, get to Capital Ale House Midlothian on Saturday for the Copper Fox Brewfest & Mesquite Challenge. Nine Virgina breweries, including OBC!, teamed up with Copper Fox...

Mai-blog

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by Bob Sweeney
It’s that time of year again! As we step out of hibernation and into spring, we also bring a special beer out of its own kind of hibernation, lagering, where it has had time to develop and mature. “Cinco de Maibock” is our interpretation of a traditional German lager with a twist. Brewed using German malts and hops, our spin comes from south of the border. In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, a hefty dose of agave nectar is added to spice things up a bit.  Maibock, or Frühlingsstarkbier (spring strong beer) is just that, beer brewed for May. Traditionally brewed just before winter sets in, it is to be released in spring as a celebration of making it through the harsh winters of Bavaria. After the winter we just had, we saw it fit to brew something for the...

IronClad Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter Release

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by brendan
When we at OBC think of bourbon and oak barrels - we think South, we think gentleman, we think deeelicious! As Mark Twain said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” We couldn't agree more! Here's the Wikipedia version of the history of bourbon (why try to write our own when theirs is already so... encyclopedic?): Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey: a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name is ultimately derived from the French Bourbon dynasty, although it is disputed whether Bourbon County in Kentucky or Bourbon Street in New Orleans inspired the whiskey's name.[1] Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century.[2] The name "Bourbon" was not applied until the 1820s, and the Kentucky...