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Starr Hill Brewery Enhances Northern Lights IPA

June 30, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Take a look at this year’s lineup for your favorite summer music festival. You can bet that the diversity of genres and fans attending looks a lot different from when many popular festivals got their start ten to fifteen years ago. Starr Hill Brewery, and craft beer as a whole, have grown and evolved much in the same way since 1999. What was once a bitter hop bomb is now par for the course in the eyes, or mouth, of the typical craft beer drinker. In addition to creating new and award-winning releases in recent years, enhancements have been made to several existing beers, including Starr Hill’s flagship brand, Northern Lights IPA.

Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA


Starr Hill debuted Northern Lights, its first take on an American-style India Pale Ale, in 2007, when craft beer was just starting to take hold in this country. It quickly became the brewery’s best-selling beer, known for its characteristic hop blend and full-flavored bitterness. While the soul of the original Northern Lights remains, the new recipe creates a more hop-forward IPA that will be enjoyed by both long-time fans and newcomers.

New hop varieties - including Falconer’s Flight, Simcoe and Centennial - have been added to the mix with Columbus and Cascade. Following in the footsteps of recent IPA releases, like Reviver and King of Hop, a greater emphasis was placed on dry hopping and the process of hop bursting. This gives Northern Lights fantastic levels of hop flavor and aroma without adding large amounts of bitterness. A simplified malt bill has also created a more harmonious balance for the base, while coarser filtration allows for more flavor and aroma throughout.

“All of the enhancements to the liquid are on top of our improved quality control and raw material sourcing. With the high caliber team we have here at Starr Hill, we’re brewing the best beer we’ve ever made,” says Starr Hill’s Brewmaster, Robbie O’Cain. “If you haven’t tasted Starr Hill beers in 2015, you need to give us a try. We bet you’ll taste the difference.”

Jomo Vienna-Style Lager is another Starr Hill brand that has seen recent enhancements to its recipe. Released earlier this year, the new liquid lends to a more malt forward beer. Find Northern Lights IPA, Jomo Vienna-Style Lager and all Starr Hill brands using the Beer Finder on the brewery website.

Starr Hill Brewery is an independent, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Starr Hill Brewery Kicks Off Collaboration Tour 2015 Featuring Stops in Ireland, Denver, and More

June 09, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery sees brewing beer much like making music. A Brewmaster writes a song, or a recipe, using a harmonious combination of ingredients. A band of brewers then performs on various instruments to lay down a take in the studio. Beer, like music, is also at its best when shared with others. Brewing beer can be even more fun by joining with different players, each bringing new experiences and influences to create something unique. That’s why Starr Hill is embarking on Collaboration Tour 2015 with seven different craft breweries from around the country and the world.

Starr Hill Brewery Collaboration Tour 2015


Headlining the Collaboration Tour is a trip across the Atlantic for the Starr Hill team to brew with Ireland’s largest craft brewer, Carlow Brewing Company/O’Hara’s Brewery. The connection between the breweries from opposite sides of the pond was inspired in part by the award-winning Irish Stout brands they both craft. On tap for this collaboration, however, is a Session Red IPA to be released in Ireland on July 4th in celebration of American and Irish independence. Carlow/O’Hara’s will also travel to Virginia in early 2016 to produce a US-based collaboration to be released on St. Patrick’s Day next year. In addition to the festivities, each trip is an opportunity to learn about growing craft beer communities in each country.

Stateside, Starr Hill will also be celebrating Independence Day with Young Veterans Brewing Company from Virginia Beach. “One Starr Generale” is a Single Hop Pale Ale to be released in honor of the national holiday. Additional stops on the tour include a gig at Sloss Fest in Birmingham, Alabama with Trim Tab Brewing to brew a Session IPA for the festival. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will join Starr Hill in creating a Hopfenweisse beer for Virginia Craft Beer Month in August. The tour continues this fall with DC Brau for an English-style Ordinary Bitter and Brothers Craft Brewing for a Habanero Mango IPA.

Breckenridge Brewery will travel to Virginia this fall to brew the second leg of a collaboration following Starr Hill’s visit to Denver this past March. To kickoff Collaboration Tour 2015, Starr Hill and Breckenridge brewed “Snow Your Oats” Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. The beer was featured at the Colorado Collaboration Festival, during Colorado Craft Beer Month, and brewed with locally sourced Virginia oats and 200 pounds of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory dark chocolate. Many beers from Collaboration Tour 2015 will be available at the Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room. Tune in to Starr Hill social media accounts for updates.

Starr Hill Brewery is an independent, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Starr Hill Brewery Releases New Packaging Designs

April 27, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is raising the curtain on new packaging artwork for their year-round lineup of beers following the release of a redesigned logo in March.

Starr Hill Brewery New 6-Packs


The refresh celebrates Starr Hill’s 16-year evolution from a small, niche-focused brand to a regional craft brewery with a wide audience, while remaining true to its humble roots of bringing people together through great beer.

“The new labels bring the outside of the bottle in line with what’s on the inside,” said Jack Goodall, Starr Hill’s Marketing Manager. “For the past six months we’ve had tremendous participation and feedback from both long-time supporters and those new to our brand, in addition to the entire Starr Hill team. Now we’re thrilled to share them with all Starr Hill fans throughout our distribution footprint.”

The landscape of Central Virginia and the brewery’s roots in music provides inspiration for the imagery. Textures and graphics on the packaging take cues from silkscreen concert posters. The bright, but simple color palettes give each brand its unique character.

“The identity’s stripped down, handcrafted typography and imagery form the foundation of a consistent visual brand while retaining the brewery’s iconic star logo,” said Wyndsor Hug, Creative Director at Charlottesville-based Storyware. “The star has been the hallmark of the brand since the beginning and is the only remaining visual element.”

The new packaging will make its debut on shelves this July. August will see the release of the first seasonal brand with redesigned artwork, Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter, as well as the Fall Tour Variety Pack.

Starr Hill Brewery is a privately owned, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA 6pk
Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale 6pk
Starr Hill The Love Wheat Beer 6pk
Starr Hill Double Platinum Imperial IPA 6pk
Starr Hill Jomo Vienna Lager 6pk

2-2-1 Reviver Red Ribs

April 08, 2015

This delicious recipe comes to us courtesy of our fan Rob Shomaker of Knox Beer Snobs who use our Reviver Red IPA on these tasty ribs. 2-2-1 stands for two hours, two hours and one hour. For the first two hours, the ribs will be directly on the smoker, for the second two hours they will be sealed up in a dish or pan, and the last hour they’ll be directly on the smoker again.

Reviver Red IPA Ribs


Ingredients
- Ribs! One slab is what’s accounted for below. Tweak based on qty.
- Dry Rub of your choice
- Dijon Mustard
- BBQ Sauce of your choice (ex. Sweet Baby Ray’s)
- 1 six-pack of Starr Hill Reviver Red IPA
- 1 bottle of Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout for each person you’ll be feeding, over 21 of course

Preparation (The Night Before)
1. Crack open a Reviver Red, pour into a glass, sip and set aside.
2. Open up your ribs and cut into half racks.
3. Lay two pieces of saran wrap in a cross - about 3/4 of arm’s length.
4. Rub the ribs with the dijon mustard and then spread dry rub all over ribs.
5. Wrap the ribs up in saran wrap.
6. Repeat for each half rack.
7. Enjoy the rest of the Reviver Red IPA.
Optional: start smoking your wood blocks/chips in water. Apple wood works for this recipe. If you don’t do this the night before, do it about 2 hours before you start smoking.

Preparation (Day Of)
1. Get your smoker going at about 250-275 degrees. Add your wood blocks/chips and let them catch.
2. Remove the saran wrap from your ribs while you wait on the smoker.
3. Once the temperature on the smoker is where you want it, add the ribs. Maintain this temperature for 2 hours.
4. Crack another Reviver Red IPA… maybe two.

At 2 hours:
5. Remove the ribs and place in either a casserole dish or an aluminum pan.
6. Crack another Reviver Red IPA and pour into the dish or pan around the ribs. For two half slabs, use a full 12oz. bottle.
7. Use aluminum foil to seal up the dish or pan. This step is important, as it keeps the meat from drying out. It helps to have liquid in there with the meat, might as well be something good!
8. Throw it back on the smoker for 2 hours at 250-275 degrees.
9. You’re doing great, have another Reviver Red IPA, you deserve it.

At 4 hours (2 hours from when you sealed them up in the dish or pan):
10. Remove the dish or pan from the smoker, take the ribs out and place them directly on the smoker.
11. Brush on the BBQ sauce and be sure to really lather up the meat.
12. Leave the ribs on there for 1 hour at 250-275 degrees.
13. This is a good time to cook any other veggies you might want with the ribs.
14. Crack another Reviver Red IPA.

At 5 hours (1 hour from last step)
15. With a meat thermometer, measure the ribs’ internal temperature. It should read about 180 degrees or more.
16. If you’re on the mark, remove the ribs from the smoker and let rest at least 20-30 minutes. Then cut up and enjoy!
17. If you did this right you should be out of Reviver Red IPA. So crack a Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout and enjoy your creation.

Cheers!

Starr Hill Brewery Refreshes Logo & Packaging

March 16, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is set to hit the stage and shelves with a redesigned logo and new packaging artwork in early Summer 2015.

Starr Hill Brewery Logo


This refresh celebrates Starr Hill’s 16-year evolution from a small, niche-focused brand to a regional craft brewery with a wide audience, while remaining true to its humble roots of bringing people together through great beer. The handcrafted, colorful new imagery draws inspiration from the natural landscape of scenic Central Virginia and gives a nod to some of Starr Hill’s past label designs with a fresh perspective.

Starr Hill has partnered with Charlottesville-based design shop, Storyware, and their Creative Director, local artist Wyndsor Hug, to develop the brand and artwork for the updated packaging and website. Wyndsor’s past design work includes album art and materials for several music artists, including Dave Matthews Band.

“This new imagery absolutely elevates our look to the level of our beer through consistency and quality,” said Brian McNelis, Starr Hill’s President and CEO. “We believe these new designs will resonate with our devoted fans, as it truly does with our team at the brewery, and encourage those new to Starr Hill to discover our award-winning beers.”

Kicking off the packaging refresh will be Starr Hill’s core brands of Northern Lights IPA, Grateful Pale Ale, The Love Wheat Beer, Double Platinum Imperial IPA and Jomo Vienna-Style Lager. Seasonal brands and variety packs will released with the new packaging beginning this Fall with Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter followed by Snow Blind Doppelbock in the Winter. New packaging for Spring and Summer seasonal brands, including the new Reviver Red IPA, as well as the All Access Series, will launch in 2016.

The update in imagery coincides with forthcoming enhancements to several Starr Hill beer recipes, to be announced upon release of the new packaging. Later this spring, Starr Hill will begin unveiling previews of the new label designs at special events and on social media.

Starr Hill Brewery is a privately owned, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Starr Hill Brewery Expands Distribution To Alabama

March 10, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is expanding its distribution into Northern and Central Alabama, including Birmingham, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, in early April 2015.

Starr Hill Brewery Expands to Alabama


“We’re excited to introduce Starr Hill’s robust portfolio of beers to Alabama,” said Duke Fox, Starr Hill’s VP of Sales. “With the growing demand for quality craft beer, our team looks forward to any opportunity to impress savvy beer drinkers when they discover Starr Hill.”

Starr Hill’s lineup of beers available in Alabama will be headlined by core brands Northern Lights IPA, Grateful Pale Ale and The Love Wheat Beer. King of Hop Imperial IPA will lead off Starr Hill’s award-winning, limited release All Access Series and will be followed by Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA and Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout in 2015.

Starr Hill will be distributed in Alabama through Supreme Beverage. After an initial 60-day draft-only launch, Starr Hill will offer the same products to the Alabama markets in package.

“For 16 years, Starr Hill has been one of the most successful, award-winning breweries on the East Coast,” said Phillip Schilleci, Director of Craft Brands at Supreme Beverage. “The investments Starr Hill’s team has made to its facility and people will allow them to consistently bring world-class beer to Alabama.”

Join members of the Starr Hill Brewery team at rollout events during the week of April 6th, including:

- April 7th at The J. Clyde, Birmingham
- April 10th at Hop City Beer & Wine, Birmingham

Starr Hill Brewery is a privately owned, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Brewer’s Blog #1: Liquid Cookies

March 06, 2015

People ask me all the time where brewers come up with ideas for each new beer recipe. R&D is essential and ongoing for us at Starr Hill Brewery. We have a small pilot rig where we can test new recipes with experimental ingredients or make tweaks to current recipes. Inspiration can also come while sampling beer from breweries located in distant parts of the country, or even experiencing a different flavor combination while eating at a favorite restaurant.

Our latest beer was born from a memory. This may sound a bit cheesy, but let me elaborate. A friend of mine was married last fall and each guest’s parting gift was a recipe in a jar for his mother’s famous oatmeal cookies. On one cold fall day, I whipped up a batch, and they were honestly some of the best cookies I’d ever had. Fresh and warm from the oven, they reminded me of childhood, of grandma’s house, of being cozy, of sharing. I knew we had to make this into a beer.

As with most experimental recipes, the team first brewed a pilot batch and made some initial tweaks before delivering it on a production scale. Typically, we’ll use 2-row pale malt as the base malt for our recipes. However in this case, we used a new base malt: Marris Otter. This is a winter 2-row British barley that, when malted, gives us a very high extract and adds a fantastic underlying flavor. We then added rolled oats to the mash, creating a smooth, rich body for the base beer.

Building on the oatmeal stout recipe, we mixed in cinnamon and bourbon-soaked Madagascar vanilla beans in order to really hit those “cookie” flavor notes. The chocolate malt becomes accentuated with the addition of the vanilla, and the subtle, spicy aroma of cinnamon plays off the warm malty notes. After sufficient cold rest with the vanilla beans, we nitrogenate the beer in our specialty bright beer tanks to create a luxurious and creamy mouthfeel. Bringing together these specialty ingredients, straight from the heart of traditional oatmeal cookie recipes, I think we truly have created a liquid version of this classic.

It is my hope that your own memories will be stirred upon your first sip of Debut #2: Nitro Oatmeal Cookie Stout. This is Starr Hill’s first ever oatmeal stout and our brewers employed a couple of new processes in the conception of this beer, which I think speaks to their creativity and brewing knowledge. Happy Stout Season!

Cheers and thanks for your support,

Robbie O’Cain
Brewmaster

Starr Hill Brewery Announces New Brewmaster Robbie O’Cain

February 18, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is proud to announce the promotion of Robbie O’Cain to Brewmaster. Robbie succeeds Mark Thompson as Starr Hill’s Master Brewer following Mark’s recent retirement after 23 years in the craft beer industry.

Starr Hill Brewmaster Robbie O'Cain


“To lead such a highly dedicated team here at Starr Hill is a fantastic opportunity,” said Robbie. “Charlottesville is a wonderful area where I am able to participate in a vibrant craft brewing scene here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountains. I am excited to take this brewery to the next level by producing inspired, world-class beers.”

Robbie attended the World Brewing Academy Master Brewer Program through Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany. He went on to graduate at the top of his class and earned a Masters in Brewing Science. After joining Starr Hill in 2011, Robbie advanced through several positions, most recently as Manager of Brewery Operations.

“When Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer, Mark Thompson, announced he was going to retire from craft brewing, it did not take me long to decide to promote Robbie to be Starr Hill’s next Brewmaster,” said Brian McNelis, Starr Hill’s President and CEO. “He earned it with hard work, leadership and results.”

With Robbie heading the brewery’s brand and recipe development in recent years, Starr Hill has released numerous award-winning new beers including Whiter Shade of Pale Ale, which won a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup, and King of Hop Imperial IPA, which was named Best IPA in Virginia at the 2014 Virginia Beer Cup.
“I know Starr Hill brewing and brand development are in excellent hands with our new Brewmaster, Robbie O’Cain, and the talented brewing team,” said Mark Thompson.

“Mark helped pioneer craft brewing in Virginia, earning a reputation for producing award-winning beers, and our brewing team’s recent success has carried on this tradition,” said Robbie. “Thanks in part to his leadership, the Charlottesville area has become one of the hottest regions in Virginia for craft brewing. Even with the arrival of some of the largest craft breweries in the country to the Commonwealth, our homegrown Virginia craft community will continue to grow and thrive.”

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Robbie graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a degree in chemistry. Following graduation, he worked for Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank in Asheville and Charlotte. He started homebrewing and with his competitive spirit, nurtured as a four-year varsity soccer player at Hampden-Sydney, his interest in chemistry and beer led him to pursue a career in the craft brewing industry.

“Growing up in Asheville, I was inspired by one of the earliest craft-centric areas in the Southeast,” said Robbie. “However, my parents’ influence on my approach to food and beverage is the true foundation of my career path.”

The O’Cain family spent many evenings cooking at home, introducing their sons to international cuisine at a young age. Clearly, there was something in the water at the O’Cain household as Robbie’s brother, Patrick, recently opened Gàn Shān Station, an East-Asian restaurant in Asheville.

“Our stories mirror each other,” said Robbie. “We both knew we wanted to be able to share our passion with people–his for food and mine for beer.”

On his return from studying in Germany, Robbie was hired at Starr Hill as a brewer and was quickly promoted to Quality Assurance Manager within a year. With his enthusiasm for craft beer and hands-on leadership, Robbie drove Starr Hill’s brewing team to constantly enhance overall beer excellence.

“It is a privilege to work with some of the best brewers and production employees in the craft business,” said Robbie. “I am proud to be a part of a dedicated leadership team working alongside Peter Barry, Manager of Maintenance, and Jason Porter, Quality Assurance Manager. The strides Starr Hill has made in recent years with quality, creativity, consistency and efficiency have been due to the tireless efforts of our entire team.”

Whether brewing a new recipe or fly-fishing in the Shenandoah, Robbie throws himself completely into learning and excelling at any task at hand. His intense curiosity and drive for success are the perfect ingredients for a Master Brewer.

“I have no doubt Robbie will lead Starr Hill’s brewing team to continue producing creative, world-class beers,” says McNelis. “Starr Hill has already brewed some outstanding beers, but our best is yet to come. I have been in this industry for a long time and am confident Robbie is one of the rising stars in the beer business today. He is someone we will hear from for many years.”

Starr Hill Brewery is a privately owned, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

A New Chapter For Starr Hill

February 16, 2015

Starr Hill Friends and Family,

I have enjoyed being in the craft beer business for 23 years ever since I first went out west to learn the trade as a brewer. In 1999, I founded Starr Hill and the brewery helped to pioneer the Virginia craft industry. Starting out in the Starr Hill Music Hall, the brand never strayed far from our love of craft beer and live music. After 16 years, I have now decided to retire from Starr Hill Brewery to pursue other opportunities in my life.

A few years ago, I made a decision to begin taking a lesser role in day-to-day operations at the brewery. Over the last three years, Starr Hill has done a great job hiring new leadership and team members, as well as constantly expanding our capabilities. The quality, freshness and creativity of our beer are better than ever before. After watching over these developments, I leave knowing Starr Hill is well poised for the future.

I have loved every minute of returning to Charlottesville, growing my family and working to build the Starr Hill brand throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Most of all, I have enjoyed working with the amazing employees of Starr Hill, our incredible wholesaler partners, and all the retailers who offer our brand to the public. Last, but certainly not least, I have always cherished the opportunity of sharing the gift of great beer with our customers. Whether I met you at Bonnaroo, LOCKN’ or while hanging in our Tap Room, the friendships I’ve made in the craft community will always mean a great deal to me.

I am confident Brian McNelis (President & CEO) and the entire Starr Hill team will continue to be true to the brand and carefully chart the course for the future. I leave knowing that Starr Hill brewing and brand development is in the excellent hands of Starr Hill’s new Brewmaster, Robbie O’Cain, and the talented brewers of Starr Hill.

I’ll continue to be available as an advisor to Starr Hill, but now I’m going to sit back and watch the new team take Starr Hill to the next level. Starr Hill has been my life for 16 years and will always be a part of me.

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

Starr Hill Brewery Debuts Reviver Red IPA as New Spring Seasonal

February 05, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is ready for shorter sleeves and longer days with the arrival of their new spring seasonal beer, Reviver Red IPA.

Reviver Red IPA


“It’s always exciting working with new hop varieties, specifically Mosaic for this recipe,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Brewmaster. “The wonderful thing about IPAs is the ability to develop new and interesting hop blends. The possibilities are endless, which is why you see so much growth in a category where you can continuously tweak and experiment.”

Reviver Red IPA’s color perfectly matches both its name and a season in bloom. Its complex aroma melds citrus, piney, floral, tropical, herbal, citrus, and earthy notes, courtesy of generous dry hopping from the brewery’s hop cannon. At 6.2% alcohol by volume, Reviver’s bright and fruity hop character is balanced by a steady dose of malt to balance its flavor and making it an ideal pairing for the transitional months of spring.

“Reviver is one of the most beautiful beers we’ve ever made,” said Brian McNelis, Starr Hill’s President and CEO. “The success of this intricate brewing process is a testament to the incredible dedication and performance from our brew team here at Starr Hill.”

Reviver Red IPA will be celebrated in the Starr Hill Tap Room with a release party this Saturday, February 7th. For more details on the event, visit Starr Hill Brewery on Facebook.

Reviver Red IPA will be available at retail February through April in six-packs (12-ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels). The award-winning Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale will then return in May for the warmer months as Starr Hill’s summer seasonal beer offering.

Starr Hill Brewery is a privately owned, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Starr Hill Brewery Expands To Knoxville, Tennessee

February 04, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is expanding its distribution into Knoxville, TN, in early February 2015.

“Based on Starr Hill’s success in Central and Eastern Tennessee, we’re focused on satisfying the customers’ growing demand for quality craft beer in Knoxville,” said Brian McNelis, Starr Hill’s President and CEO. “We’re also encouraged to see the Volunteer State move on legislation that creates a more favorable climate in which craft breweries can prosper.”

Starr Hill’s lineup of beers available in Knoxville will be headlined by the successful Northern Lights IPA and Grateful Pale Ale. Their new spring release, Reviver Red IPA, will lead off Starr Hill’s seasonal offerings, followed by Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale, Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter, and Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager. Starr Hill will also offer its award-winning, limited release All Access Series with Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout, followed by King of Hop Imperial IPA, Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA, and Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout.

“We’re excited to introduce our robust portfolio of beers to Knoxville,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Brewmaster. “Our team looks forward to any opportunity to win that tasting moment with new customers when they discover Starr Hill.”

Starr Hill will be distributed in Knoxville by Eagle Distributing Company. After an initial 60-day draft-only launch, Starr Hill will offer the same products to the Knoxville market in package.

“Starr Hill is one of the most successful, award-winning breweries on the East Coast,” said Jeremy Walker, Craft Manager at Eagle Distributing. “Starr Hill Brewery has been releasing world-class beers throughout its 16 years. The investments Starr Hill’s team has made to its facility and people will allow them to consistently bring great beer to the Knoxville market.”

Join members of the Starr Hill Brewery team at the following events to celebrate the Knoxville market launch:

Feb. 9th at Sunspot, 6-8 pm
    o Meet Starr Hill’s Brewmaster

Feb 10th at The Casual Pint - Northshore, 6-9 pm
    o Tap Takeover, meet & greet, and bring your own vinyl night

Feb 11th at Hops and Hollers, 6-9 pm
    o Tap Attack and meet & greet with folks from Starr Hill Brewery

Feb 12th at The Casual Pint - Fountain City, 6-9 pm
    o Pint night and tap takeover

Starr Hill Brewery is a privately owned, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. The beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Starr Hill Brewery Launches “Cheers For Charity” Program to Benefit Local Non-Profits

January 28, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is pleased to announce the launch of Cheers For Charity, an ongoing fundraiser in support of Charlottesville-area non-profit groups. Beginning Sunday, February 1st, one dollar for every pint of beer sold throughout each month in the Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room will be donated to one of the many deserving charitable organizations in the area.

Cheers For Charity Logo


“Cheers For Charity is a great opportunity to bring awareness and support that is essential to these organizations that do so much for our community,,” said Jeff Stone, Starr Hill Brewery’s Tap Room Manager. “At Starr Hill, we’re proud to offer a sustained, long-term commitment to local charities that will continue year round.”

The first partner with Cheers For Charity is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville for the month of February. Cheers For Charity will benefit a different organization each month. The MS Society, Crozet Dog Park and Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia are just some of the other cause-driven partners that will benefit from Cheers For Charity this year.

Join members of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville in the Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room on Friday, February 20th, for a special chance to meet the team behind the organization, support their cause and learn more about their great work building homes, neighborhoods and communities.

The Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room is located at 5391 Three Notch’d Road in Crozet, VA. Go to www.StarrHill.com/Visit for hours and more information.

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals since its founding. The beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout Cookies

January 26, 2015

These scrumptious beer cookies, featuring Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout, make a sweet treat to share with that special someone.. or keep ‘em all to yourself!

Little Red RooStarr Stout Cookies


Makes about 3 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS
6 ounces Starr Hill Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa, divided
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder and chocolate chips.

In a larger bowl, cream the butter with the sugars until light and fluffy. Add the molasses, vanilla and egg, and beat well.

Alternate mixing in the flour and the beer with the egg mixture until combined.

Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes, or until it has firmed up enough to scoop out cookies.

Scoop on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the cookies spring back lightly when touched.

Cool completely & enjoy with a pint of Little Red RooStarr!

French Onion Soup with Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager

January 23, 2015

Nothing like a bowl of warming French onion soup to get you through a cold winter’s day. Pair it with Snow Blind Doppelbock for a tasty treat!

Snow Blind French Onion Soup


INGREDIENTS
4 yellow onions, sliced
2 red onions, sliced
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 12-oz bottle Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager
1 cup dry white wine
3 bay leaves
64 oz beef broth
French baguette, crusts removed, sliced 1/2-inch thick, and toasted
4-6 oz Gruyère cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS

In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, saute the onions with the butter and bay leaf for 20 minutes, until the onions turn a rich golden brown color.

Deglaze the pan with Snow Blind and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer, uncovered, for 15 more minutes.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Preheat the boiler and position a rack 5 inches below the heat source. Ladle the soup into heat-proof serving bowls, top with the toasted bread, sprinkle generously with grated Gruyère, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve hot.

Enjoy!

Starr Hill Brewery Launches Limited-Release “Debut Series” with Belgian Tripel

January 06, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is ringing in the New Year with the launch of their limited-release Debut Series of 2015 and the introduction of its first beer, a Belgian Tripel.

Starr Hill Debut 1 Tripel


“We’ve had tremendous success recently with our limited-release beers, such as the All Access Series, where we’ve been able to experiment with an extensive array of beer styles,” said Robbie O’Cain, Manager of Brewery Operations. “The Debut Series is another opportunity for the Starr Hill team to get creative with the brewing process, broaden our knowledge of new and established beer styles, and showcase our ability to brew excellent beers.”

The Debut Series features six exciting styles of beer that will be released throughout 2015. These beers will be available exclusively on draft at select retailers throughout Starr Hill’s distribution footprint. Each new addition to the series will be released every other month, starting with the Belgian Tripel in January.

Debut #1: Tripel is Starr Hill’s own take on the classic ale made famous by the Trappist breweries in Belgium. Brewed with crushed coriander, fruit and citrus notes compliment the spicy yeast character and create a deep and complex flavor. At 9.5% alcohol by volume, the Tripel is incredibly well balanced with the perfect touch sweetness as well as a slight bitterness from US Saaz hops.

The Belgian Tripel will be available on draft beginning Wednesday, January 7th, for a brief time in the Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room and at select locations in each market area. The Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room is located at 5391 Three Notch’D Road in Crozet, Virginia. Go to www.StarrHill.com/Visit for hours and more information.

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starr Hill is one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, having won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals since its founding. The beer is distributed in nine states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington D.C. Please visit www.StarrHill.com for more information.

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