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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.

Sugar Cookies with Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager

December 17, 2014

Get back on Santa’s good list with these tasty cookies made with Snow Blind Doppelbock!

Starr Hill Snow Blind Sugar Cookies


INGREDIENTS
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 large egg
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter with the granulated and brown sugar at medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the lager and corn syrup and mix well.

Reduce the speed of the mixer to medium-low and add the egg. Return the speed to medium and mix well.

In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the dough. When the flour mixture is fully incorporated, remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Scoop balls of cookie dough from the chilled bowl. Each ball should be about the size of a tablespoon (1/2 ounce). Arrange the balls on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between them. The cookies will spread and you may want to leave even more space between the cookies. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown. Repeat until all the dough is baked.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to wire racks to cool.

Enjoy!

Starr Hill Brewery’s Limited Release Beer Series Now Available In 4-Packs

December 15, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Starr Hill Brewery is pleased to announce the release of their All Access series of beers in 4-packs. The All Access series comprises Starr Hill’s limited-release beers, featuring some of the most unique and exciting styles from the brewery. Previously sold in 22 oz. bottles and draft (1/2-barrel & 1/6-barrel kegs), the beers will now be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, in addition to draft. Returning as the first beer in the series is a much-buzzed-about brew, Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout, which features local coffee from Red Rooster Coffee Roasters of Floyd, VA. Every three months, the series will feature another one of the diverse and award-winning beers from Starr Hill Brewery.

Starr Hill Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout


“Our team’s efforts in the All Access series this past year have resulted in some of the best beers that Starr Hill has ever produced, and these represent some of our employees’ favorite beers,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations. “As craft drinkers, our team is eager to have the All Access series in 4-packs because it makes it that much easier to share with friends and fans of great beer.”

2015 All Access Beers in 4-Packs:
    - Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout
          o Available January–March, this full-bodied milk stout is brewed with coffee from our friends at Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA.
    - King of Hop Imperial IPA
          o Available April–June, this beer is dry-hopped and brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest.
          o Gold Medal for Best IPA in Virginia at the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers’ Festival.
    - Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA
          o Available July–September, this is a refreshing marriage of two bold beer styles: the Belgian Wit and the IPA.
          o Gold Medal for American-Belgo-Style Ale at the 2014 World Beer Cup.
    - Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout
          o Available October–December, this full-bodied imperial stout blends malty, chocolate and dark fruit flavors to create a
          complex beer that’s meant to be savored.

Find out where to pick up Starr Hill beers with the Starr Hill Beer Locator.

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.

Starr Hill Brewery Wins Two Awards in International Competition

November 14, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(November 14, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, has won two medals in the 18th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition, an international beer and cider competition that evaluates professionally brewed beers from around the world, recognizing the most exceptional brewers and their beers.

Over 700 beers and ciders from throughout the U.S. and beyond competed in 55 categories. The winners were announced November 7, 2014, in Providence, Rhode Island, by 120 judges comprised of professional brewers, other beer industry professionals and beer writers. Starr Hill’s Whiter Shade of Pale White India Pale Ale took home a Gold Medal in the Belgian-Style Mixed Styles category, and Snow Blind Doppelbock took home a Bronze Medal in the Dark Lager category. All beers were judged in a blind format.

Whiter Shade of Pale Ale marries two bold beer styles: the Belgian Wit and the India Pale Ale. The fruity and spicy esters derive from a unique Belgian yeast strain. Massive quantities of hops added during the dry hop give the beer significant complexity and an aroma of citrus and pine. A clean base beer of Pilsner and wheat give this beer a refreshing flavor perfect for enjoying in warm and cold weather alike.

Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager is a full-bodied winter seasonal brew. Its massive caramel aroma belies its fresh and lightly toasted malt flavor. Sweetness dominates the front of the pallet while the beer finishes with a neutral lager taste that is clean and crisp. Snow Blind is smooth and will keep you warm throughout the winter months.

“We have a quality-driven, passionate team, and this award recognizes everyone who made these beers possible,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations. “This is the second year we’ve brewed both Whiter Shade and Snow Blind. Starr Hill will always be about world class beer, and both of these brands represent the quality of beer coming out of this facility every day.”

Snow Blind is currently available at retail in six-packs (12-ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels) through the winter months. Whiter Shade will return to shelves in four-packs (12-ounce bottles) as part of Starr Hill’s 2015 All Access series of limited-edition beers.

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 medals from Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival 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.

Starr Hill Brewery Debuts Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout

October 29, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(October 29, 2014): The holidays are rapidly approaching as Starr Hill Brewery introduces the sixth and final installment for 2014 of its limited release All Access series. This luscious Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout is called “Shakedown,” and will surely be the perfect stocking stuffer for craft beer lovers.

Starr Hill Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout


“This year, our brewing team really outdid themselves creatively with our All Access series, and we’ve had tremendous success with a broad array of limited release beers,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer. “Shakedown is a gift in a glass, and it is the ideal accompaniment to dessert, or even by itself, sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold evening.”


Shakedown is a full-bodied imperial stout with cherries and dark chocolate blended into the beer during fermentation. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate and fruit delight the senses. Tartness from the cherries balances the smooth cocoa sweetness. Malty, chocolate and dark fruit flavors create a rich and complex beer that is meant to be savored slowly.


“Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout was a fun project. Experimenting with natural ingredients is an essential part of Starr Hill’s DNA. With Shakedown, the use of cherry puree and cocoa powder made the brewing process a real challenge,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations. “We are proud of the results and believe we produced a well-balanced stout with a strong chocolate aroma and flavor, complemented by subtle cherry notes. It is very easy to overdo cherry, but we think we hit the mark on Shakedown.”


Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout will debut in the newly renovated Starr Hill Tap Room at a special Halloween release event on Friday, October 31st. It will then be available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles for a limited time throughout Starr Hill’s distribution footprint. It follows Sabbath Black India Pale Ale. Shakedown will also be a featured special in the Starr Hill Tap Room on International Stout Day, which is Thursday, November 6th, 2014.


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.

 

Starr Hill Brewery’s Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale Wins Award in International Competition

July 10, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(July 10, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, won a Bronze Medal in the 2014 United States Open Beer Championship, an international beer competition that evaluates professionally brewed and homebrewed beers from around the world, recognizing the most exceptional brewers and their beers.

Soul Shine Belgian Pale Ale



The beer championship’s winners were announced July 4, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia, by judges from the United States, England, Canada and Finland. Starr Hill’s Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale took home a Bronze Medal in the Out of Bounds Pale Ale category, a category in which judges used only their taste buds and preferences, and thus not standard BJCP guidelines, to determine which ales would medal.

Soul Shine is a Belgian-style pale ale with an American twist. In addition to its 5.2% alcohol by volume, Soul Shine is generously hopped with a blend of American hops, including Falconer’s Flight, Cascade, and Simcoe, to give it a distinct aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. This light-bodied beer has a crisp palate and moderate bitterness with a subtle spicy finish from the Belgian yeast.

“The thirst to create outstanding beers is strong at Starr Hill. We are honored to have won a medal in such a significant competition,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Master Brewer and Founder. This year, the championship drew more than 3,000 entries of beer and cider in 81 categories.

“We have a quality-driven, passionate team, and this award recognizes everyone who made this beer possible,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations. “This is the first year we’ve brewed Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale, and it was a huge hit, especially among Starr Hill employees. Starr Hill will always be about high-quality beer.”

Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale is currently available at retail in six-packs (12-ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels) through August. It will then be replaced by Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter, Starr Hill’s fall seasonal beer.

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 medals from Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.

Starr Hill Brewery Debuts King of Hop Imperial IPA

June 19, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(June 19, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, is introducing the fourth installment of its limited release All Access series, King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale.


King of Hop Imperial IPA


“Starr Hill has had a tremendous amount of success with our line of All Access beers this year. Our entire brewery team gets very excited about this limited release series that will give craft beer fans something to sing about,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer. “King of Hop is a full-flavored beer that has a big citrus hop aroma. The name and label for King of Hop reflect the culture of our brand and our connection to music, while also expanding upon our growing lineup of pale ales.”

King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest, including Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and Falconer’s Flight. The beer is generously dry-hopped to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma, which highlights the powerful citrus characteristics of the hops. Flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry lend balance to the bracingly herbal bite and dry finish.

“We didn’t stop ‘til we got enough… hops, that is. But it isn’t all about amplitude; it is about the quality, complexity and balance. This is not going to be the big bitter bomb, like many Double IPAs. Our hop cannon allows us to get the most out of dry-hopping, which gives us that incredible hop aroma and flavor,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations.

King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is currently on tap in the newly renovated Starr Hill Tasting Room and will available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles for a limited time beginning July 1 as part of Starr Hill’s All Access series. It is replacing Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA, which recently won the Gold Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup in the American-Belgo-Style Ale category.

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 ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

Starr Hill Brewery Continues Supporting Local Breast Cancer Organizations

May 05, 2014

Crozet, Virginia (May 5, 2014)–Starr Hill Brewery, one of Virginia’s most award-winning craft breweries, conducted a program designed to raise funds for local breast cancer awareness foundations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and in Nashville, TN. With the help of local distributing partners, dedicated local retailers and devoted Starr Hill consumers, the brewery was able to raise $4,000 during this February campaign. The program has now raised over $17,000 since its inception in February 2012.

Starr Hill Shares The Love
From the left: Mark Thompson, Founder and Master Brewer (Starr Hill Brewery), Katy Sawyer, Executive Director (Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation) and Ronnie Snook, Director of Marketing (Virginia Eagle Distributing)


“The ‘Share the Love’ program continues to be an important opportunity for Starr Hill to give back to our local communities. We are thrilled with the response from our wholesale partners, retailers and consumers,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer. “I think almost everyone has been touched by cancer, so we felt it was important to do what we could to contribute to local breast cancer foundations. The support continues to be phenomenal and we look forward to continuing this program in October.”

This program entitled “Share the Love” was originally developed by Thompson and Scott Heinz, COO of Virginia Eagle Distributing. The two believed that the connection between Starr Hill’s The Love Wheat Beer, February’s Valentine’s Day holiday, and the fight against breast cancer was something that needed to be explored. The plan was simply to offer a donation to the local breast cancer foundations per case sold. 

Virginia Eagle Distributing is Starr Hill’s largest distributor partner and continued to be the Virginia’s leader in the execution of this program. “It is truly our pleasure to support such a wonderful program and a worthy cause,” said Scott Heinz. “Share the Love has offered our team of sales professionals the chance to show their dedication to the communities we serve and the consumers that support us on a daily basis.”

Katy Sawyer, executive director of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) said, “To date, VBCF has received almost $20,000 from the Share the Love campaign since 2012 thanks to Starr Hill Brewery, Virginia Eagle Distributing, and their local partners. We are grateful to receive such generous support from these community-minded businesses and welcome these funds to help support breast cancer education and advocacy for Virginians affected by breast cancer.”

The Love is an award-winning German-style hefeweizen with a hazy golden color, fruity aroma, and spicy finish. Its light body makes The Love very refreshing. The Love was awarded a silver medal in the German Hefeweizen category at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

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 medals from Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.

Founded in 1991, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) is the only statewide non-profit organization in Virginia committed solely to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy.  Each year we reach thousands of individuals at the community level with accurate, up-to-date information on breast cancer early detection, diagnosis, treatment, research, legislation, and survivorship.  To learn more about VBCF, please visit www.vbcf.org.

Starr Hill Brewery Wins a Gold Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup®

April 14, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(April 14th, 2014): Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, won a gold award in the 2014 World Beer Cup®, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Starr Hill World Beer Cup 2014



Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 94 beer style categories were presented April 11, 2014, during the World Beer Cup® award ceremony in Denver, Colorado. Starr Hill’s Whiter Shade of Pale Ale beat out 55 other entries from all over the world to claim the gold medal in the American-Belgo Style Ale category. Whiter Shade of Pale marries two bold beer styles: the Belgian Wit and the India Pale Ale. The fruity and spicy esters derive from the Belgian yeast strain, while massive quantities of hops added during the dry hop give the beer significant complexity and an aroma of citrus and pine. A clean base beer of Pilsner and wheat give this beer a refreshing flavor, perfect for enjoying in warm and cold weather alike.

“The passion to create great beers is strong at Starr Hill. This is our third World Beer Cup® award, and I’m very proud of our brewing team. We are honored and humbled to have won a gold medal in such a prestigious competition—the World Beer Cup® is considered the ‘Olympics of Beer Competition,’” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Master Brewer and Founder.

World Beer Cup® winners were selected by an international panel of 219 beer judges from 31 countries, with an impressive field of 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries.

“We have a quality-driven, creative team, and this award recognizes everyone who made this beer possible. I was proud to represent our team at World Beer Cup®,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations. “This is the second year we’ve made Whiter Shade of Pale Ale, and it was a huge hit, especially among Starr Hill employees. We have some exciting new All Access brands to release this year, and we just released a fantastic Belgian pale ale called Soul Shine. Starr Hill will always be about high-quality beer.”

Whiter Shade of Pale is currently on tap in the newly renovated Starr Hill Tasting Room and will be available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles for a limited time beginning May 1 as part of Starr Hill’s All Access series.

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 medals from Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.

Starr Hill Brewery Opens Tasting Room Fri. 4/18

April 08, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(April 18, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, is extremely excited for the opening of their newly renovated Tasting Room next weekend.

Starr Hill Tasting Room


Starr Hill’s Grand Opening Weekend will kick off on Friday, April 18th, and the festivities will continue through Sunday, April 20th. The much-anticipated Grand Opening Weekend will feature several new limited release beers on draft, including Starr Hill’s summer seasonal, Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale. There will also be a special cask-style beer and multiple barrel-aged beers that are only available in the Tasting Room. Local food trucks Morsel Compass Mobile Kitchen and Big Easy Metro Market will be on site, and Richmond-based bluegrass trio Red Light Rodeo will perform the afternoon of Sunday, April 20th. Patrons can look forward to occasional performances by local musicians, as a portion of the Tasting Room has a dedicated stage for live music, equipped with a new, high-quality sound system.

“We’re hoping to recreate some of the magic from the original brewpub by bringing back the music, while offering innovative beers and showcasing one of Virginia’s largest production breweries,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer. “We want our fans to make this space their own, just as they did when Starr Hill was on West Main Street. We hope everyone will join us for our Grand Opening.”

The Tasting Room, located inside Starr Hill’s Crozet brewing facility, is just 12 miles west of downtown Charlottesville. The space doubled in size to 1,500 square feet from its original footprint in the middle of the production floor. It has a whole new look, featuring roll-up windows and doors with a view of the bottling and canning lines, custom concrete and wood bars, and an outdoor patio with an area for local food trucks to park. Most importantly, the Tasting Room includes a state-of-the-art draft system boasting 16 Starr Hill taps for tasting flights, pints, and growler fills.

Starr Hill Tasting Room’s new extended hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 – 8 PM, Fridays 12 – 8 PM, Saturdays 11 AM – 8 PM, and Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM. Tours of the full-scale production facility will continue on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2, 3 and 4 PM, and package beer and kegs will be available for purchase, along with Starr Hill merchandise. The new Tasting Room will also be available for private event rentals.

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 20 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.

Starr Hill Brewery Debuts Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale

March 31, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(March 31, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, is kicking off the warmer months with the introduction of its new summer seasonal beer, Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale.

Soul Shine Belgian Pale Ale


“We’ve had great success with our seasonal beers over the last couple of years, and we hope that Soul Shine will be no different. Soul Shine is a full-flavored yet light-bodied beer that has a big citrus hop aroma. The name and label for Soul Shine reflect the culture of our brand and our connection to music, while also expanding upon our growing lineup of pale ales,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer.

Soul Shine is a Belgian-style pale ale with an American twist. In addition to its 5.2% alcohol by volume, Soul Shine is generously hopped with a blend of American hops, including Falconer’s Flight, Cascade, and Simcoe, to give it a distinct aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. This light-bodied beer has a crisp palate and moderate bitterness with a subtle spicy finish from the Belgian yeast.

“It took many months of research, development, and securing the desired hops necessary to make this ‘Americanized’ Belgian pale ale. We were very excited to get our hands on these special hops and think our fans will love how they combine with the spicy and fruity yeast character from our Belgian yeast strain,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations. “I am really looking forward to sitting on the dock at a lake or hanging in the crowd at a music festival drinking a Soul Shine this summer.”

Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale will be available at retail beginning April 1 in six-packs (12-ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels) through August. It will then be replaced by Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter, Starr Hill’s fall seasonal beer.

Soul Shine will be supported with a new social media campaign called “Let Your Soul Shine.” As part of the campaign, consumers will be prompted to share the different ways they let their personalities shine through in their daily lives. Consumers can submit videos or posts via Starr Hill’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with the hashtag #LetYourSoulShine.

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 20 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.

Starr Hill Brewery’s Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout Buzzes Back into the Market

March 12, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(March 12th, 2014): Starr Hill Brewery is creating a buzz this month with their Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout, which has recently returned to the market. This beer first debuted in March 2013 as the part of Starr Hill’s All Access limited release lineup. Starr Hill Founder and Master Brewer Mark Thompson and Red Rooster Coffee Roaster owner Haden Polseno-Hensley saw synergy between their companies, and a stout was born.

Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout


“Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout is the perfect example of the kind of collaboration that makes this industry so rewarding. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this beer back to our thirsty fans for the second year in a row,” said Thompson.

Starr Hill’s Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout is a full-bodied milk stout at 5.8% alcohol by volume and brewed with a special blend of coffee from Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, Virginia. Complex malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes come from five different malts, creating a robust stout base. The addition of coffee adds nearly all roasted character and heady aromatics, such as cocoa, macadamia nuts and burnt caramel.

“We use a blend of coffee that Haden specifically roasted for this beer, and Starr Hill’s Stout Blend became so popular, Red Rooster now sells it as a standalone brand. It feels awesome not only to make this amazing beer, but also to inspire a new brand for Red Rooster. We had a great time and a lot of laughs making all that coffee to dose into Little Red RooStarr,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Quality Assurance Manager.

Little Red RooStarr is only available for a limited time—through April—in 22-ounce bottles and kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels) across Starr Hill’s entire distribution footprint.

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 20 medals from Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.

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