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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.

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.

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