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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.

Starr Hill Brewery Takes Grateful Pale Ale Year-Round

March 05, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(March 5th, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery has a lot to be grateful for in 2014, including the year-round launch of Grateful Pale Ale, their extremely sessionable pale ale that first debuted in April 2013 as the brewery’s summer seasonal.

Grateful Pale Ale 6-Pack



“Starr Hill is excited to bring Grateful Pale Ale into our yearly lineup. Grateful was the most successful seasonal launch that our brewery has ever executed, and we look forward to big things from this beer,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer.

Grateful is a fresh spin on the American pale ale tradition. It is a light-bodied session pale ale brewed with two-row and caramel malt. The beer is also brewed and dry-hopped with a mix of Topaz, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops, which produces a huge citrusy, piney aroma and big hop flavor, but the beer is refreshing and easy to drink.

“Sessionable beers are at the forefront of craft beer trends, and Grateful does not disappoint,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Quality Assurance Manager.

Grateful Pale Ale will return to retail in early March in six-packs (12-ounce bottles), kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels), and in Starr Hill’s summer variety 12-pack called The Life, which also contains three bottles each of Northern Lights India Pale Ale, Starr Pils Lager and The Love Wheat Beer.

Grateful Pale Ale will be supported with point-of-sale materials, glassware and an on-premise campaign called “Be Grateful.” As part of this campaign, consumers will be encouraged to share things for which they are grateful. Consumers can submit comments, photos or videos via Starr Hill’s Facebook or Twitter pages or write on the Grateful Board during promotions at bars and restaurants.

“The idea behind the ‘Be Grateful’ campaign is to connect with our loyal Starr Hill consumers and let them share what they’re grateful for,” said Thompson. “We are grateful to be able to brew great beer and share it with friends every day. We’re eager to hear from Starr Hill fans, get to know what makes them tick, and give them an opportunity to win Starr Hill merchandise while enjoying Grateful Pale Ale.”

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 & Terrapin Beer Company Collaborate on “GAVA Joe”

February 25, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(February 25th, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery is all wired up to brew a collaboration beer with Athens-based brewery Terrapin Beer Company on Monday, March 3rd. The collaboration will be a Belgian-style espresso stout called “GAVA Joe.”

Mark & Spike


Pronounced “java,” this collaboration beer is inspired by the longtime friendship between the two brewmasters, Mark Thompson and Spike Buckowski. Long ago, both realized they had a lot in common, including a love for great beer and great music.

“Terrapin and Starr Hill started up around the same time, and Spike and I have been friends for years. When it came time to do a collaboration beer, it was a no-brainer to do one with Terrapin,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer. “I have always been very interested in doing something with rye, and I know that Spike has worked with that grain a bunch. We have included rye in the malt bill for this beer, which will give it a unique flavor.”

“Collaborating with other brewers is very rewarding for me,” says Brewmaster Spike Buckowski, who often travels to breweries across the country and abroad to work with other respected craft brewers. “Partnering with Starr Hill for this collaboration not only involves two great breweries, but two great coffee roasters as well.”

GAVA Joe will be a medium-bodied stout weighing in around 6.9% alcohol by volume. It will be fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, which lends underlying fruit notes to the mix and balances the slight roasted bitterness of the beer with a touch of richness. It will also feature espresso from two coffee roasters local to each brewery: Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters of Charlottesville, VA, and Jittery Joe’s Coffee of Athens, GA. “We’re planning to collaborate on a signature blend of espresso for this special beer,” says Dave Fafara, owner of Shenandoah Joe. “It’s an honor to collaborate with the folks from Jittery Joe’s—it’ll be a blast.” Christian Hampton, a roaster at Jittery Joe’s Coffee, says he’s “looking forward to trying the finished product.”

Just 150 barrels of GAVA Joe will be brewed, and it will be available in draft only (1/6 and 1/2 barrel kegs) with a release date of April 1st. Once the beer hits the market, there will be release events in both Charlottesville and Athens. In the meantime, Mark and Spike will host several “Meet The Brewers” events in Charlottesville leading up to the collaboration brew day. On Saturday, March 1st at 5:00 PM, Starr Hill and Terrapin will take over the taps at Beer Run, with each brewery showcasing six beers. Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00 PM, the two brewers will host Beer School at Sedona Taphouse. Finally, the evening of Monday, March 3rd, Starr Hill and Terrapin will takeover the taps at Mellow Mushroom.

“GAVA Joe brings together two breweries from like-minded college towns known for great music, great coffee, and most importantly, great beer,” says Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Quality Assurance Manager.

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 19 Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup 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.

Terrapin Beer Company was founded in 2002 by John Cochran and Brian “Spike” Buckowski in Athens, Georgia. Since Terrapin’s launch in 2002, Spike has racked up numerous medals and awards for his outstanding brews. This includes gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival for his Rye Pale Ale and Tree Hugger, and a silver medal at the World Beer Cup for his Golden Ale. Terrapin is sold in ten states in the Southeast and East Coast areas of the US: Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

STARR HILL BREWERY EXPANDS TO GEORGIA

January 14, 2014

Award-Winning Brewer Plans To Make Its Craft Beers Available Beginning in February 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Jan. 14, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery, Virginia’s largest craft brewery, is expanding into Atlanta and Athens, Ga. in February 2014.

Starr Hill Brand Family


Starr Hill will initially launch in both Georgia markets with a limited draft-only portfolio in early 2014, leading with their flagship Northern Lights IPA, the new and highly popular Grateful Pale Ale, and The Love, a classic Bavarian wheat beer.  Starr Hill will also offer the Georgia market its high-end, limited All Access draft lineup, showcasing such brands as Whiter Shade of Pale Ale (White IPA) and Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout.  Taco Mac Sports Grill restaurants will feature Starr Hill as its Beer of the Month for April.

After an initial 60-day draft-only launch, Starr Hill will offer the same products to the market in package along with its seasonal Variety Pack series. 

“Atlanta and Athens are the leading craft beer markets in the Southeast, and our decision to enter these markets is another big step for Starr Hill,” said Mark Thompson, founder and master brewer of Starr Hill Brewery.  “We recognize the strength of the local craft beer scene, and we are thrilled to introduce our robust portfolio of beer to these consumers.  We believe Atlanta and Athens will respond well to our beers, which are brewed with the highest quality and freshness standards in the industry.  We are confident that the live-music culture and outdoor lifestyle of the Starr Hill brand will translate well with the people of Atlanta and Athens.”

Starr Hill will be distributed in metro Atlanta by General Wholesale Beer Company and by Leon Farmer & Company in the greater Athens market.

“Starr Hill is one of the most successful regional craft breweries on the East Coast,” said Howard Young, president of General Wholesale Beer Company.  “Starr Hill combines the innovation of a world-class craft brewery with the attention to quality and execution you would expect from a brewing team that has been thriving for 14 years and counting.  Starr Hill has made the investments in their facility and their people, allowing them to bring consistently great beers to the Atlanta market.”

As one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 19 Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medals since its founding in 1999.  Starr Hill recently took the Gold Medal in the American Cask Ale category for its Bourbon Barrel Cryptical Imperial Stout at the 36th Annual Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Great British Beer Festival, beating out 196 other cask ales from the United States to claim first place.

“Mark Thompson, Brian McNelis, Duke Fox and their team are well known and well respected throughout the craft beer community for the wide array of high quality and creative beers that they brew,” said Leon Farmer III, President of Leon Farmer & Company.  “We are eager to partner with an extraordinary craft brewery and to bring their superb beers to the greater Athens market.”

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia, by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan.  The company brews more than 15 brands of beer representing a variety of beer styles.  Starr Hill is distributed in nine states, including Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Tennessee, Washington D.C. and South Carolina.

Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and all of us over at Starr Hill are getting super pumped! Since this time of year is all about giving and sharing, we thought we would share some of our favorite Thanksgiving food and beer pairings, with a couple recipes thrown in for good measure. Head on over to the kitchen, it’s time to get crafty!

Turkey


Northern Lights IPA pairs with…

... Mac & Cheese. The sharp grapefruit-like bitterness of Northern Lights works well with the sharp acidity of traditional aged cheddars, while the biscuity malt backbone of the beer brings out the nuttiness of the cheese.

Jomo Vienna Lager pairs with…

...Sausage & Apple Cornbread Stuffing. The malt flavors in Jomo love everything about grilled sausage, which is the star of this dish. The firm bitterness provides a great counterpoint to the sweet crispness of the apple, while the toasty notes in the beer are harmonious with the cornbread.

The Love pairs with…

...Sweet Potatoes. This recipe incorporates maple smoked bacon, whose caramelized flavors meld well with the malt of the beer. The spicy clove notes from the yeast make a nice match for the sweetness of the potatoes. Get this hearty recipe here!

Starr Pils pairs with…

... Beer Bread Rolls. Need a little bread to sop up all that delicious gravy? Beer Bread Rolls made with our German PIlsner will do the trick. Check out the recipe here!

Dark Starr Stout pairs with…

...Malt-Glazed, Beer-Brined Roast Turkey. The roasted malt in Dark Starr works well with the roasted, caramelized skin of the turkey, while the malt glaze plays off the dark chocolate flavors in the beer. Get the recipe here!

And of course, Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter pairs with…

...with Pumpkin Pie. Pumpkins and spice are two flavors that make up the essence of Thanksgiving. What better way to watch the game after dinner than with a cold Boxcarr and a big slice of homemade pumpkin pie? In Step 3 of this recipe, simply whisk 3/4 cup of Boxcarr in with the eggs, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves and salt until smooth.

Have a Hoppy Thanksgiving! Cheers!

Starr Hill is Doin’ the Twist One Last Time

November 08, 2013

Starr Hill Pry Off Bottle Cap

Starr Hill is making a conversion from twist-off crowns to pry-off crowns on our 12oz. bottles, and we want you to know why.

Thanks to our loyal customers, Starr Hill continues to grow.  This steady growth has made it more challenging to integrate our twist-off glass supply with the brewery schedule, as our glass vendor only runs the current twist finish bottle every 6-8 weeks.  While both styles of crown are equally capable of assuring quality, the conversion to pry-off allows Starr Hill increased flexibility with glass supply and enables us to more easily produce to order.  This helps us continue to keep our beer as fresh as possible in the marketplace.

Starr Hill is passionate about quality and freshness.  We always strive to bring you the variety of Starr Hill aromas and flavors you’ve come to expect in every beer we brew.  We have one of the tightest freshness policies in the brewing industry because we believe craft beer is best appreciated fresh.  The conversion to pry-off bottle caps further enhances Starr Hill’s ability to fulfill that mission.

You will begin to see the first Starr Hill pry-off caps starting November 2013, but the full conversion on all brands will take place over the next six months.  During this time, you will find Starr Hill 12 oz. bottles with both twist-off and pry-off bottle caps in the market.  Our new caps will be bright red and labeled “PRY OFF” on the cap edge.  You can’t miss it, even if you’ve had a few.  Starr Hill 22 oz. and 750 mL bottles have always been produced with pry-off caps and will continue as pry-off with the new red bottle cap.

We appreciate your continued support and understand that the quality and freshness of a great beer cannot be compromised.  Keep those bottle openers ready for action!

Thank you for helping Starr Hill in its mission to share the gift of great beer.

Mark Thompson

STARR HILL BREWERY INTRODUCES SNOW BLIND DOPPELBOCK

November 04, 2013

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Strong, Dark Lager is Craft Brewer’s New Winter Seasonal Beer.

Crozet, Virginia (November 4, 2013) – Starr Hill Brewery, Virginia’s largest craft brewery, is taking the colder months by storm with the introduction of its new winter seasonal beer, Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager.

 

Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock



Snow Blind is a full-bodied German-style doppelbock lager at 7.4% alcohol by volume and is brewed with Pilsner, Munich and Carafa malts.  Weighing in at 13 IBUs, the low bitterness is attributed to the Perle hops.  The flavor showcases massive amounts of caramel and toffee.  Sweetness dominates the front of the pallet, while the beer finishes with a neutral lager taste that is clean and crisp.

“Snow Blind was created with the cold winter months in mind,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer.  “Like so many craft beer drinkers, we love a heavy, malty brew to keep us warm all winter long.  No winter is complete unless you’ve enjoyed a well-made doppelbock by the fireplace.  We hope our consumers will enjoy this brand new product from Starr Hill.”

Snow Blind is forecasted to hit retail across Starr Hill’s entire distribution footprint in early November in six-packs (12-ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels).  Snow Blind Doppelbock will be available through January.

“Doppelbock is one of those traditions that requires no tinkering—superior ingredients and a careful process are the keys to success,” said John Bryce, Starr Hill’s Brewery Operations Manager.  “Brewing Snow Blind properly tested our skills and patience; the gigantic grist pushed our brewhouse to its limits.  Long, cold fermentation and maturation were critical to its flavor development and smoothness.  A little more than a month passed before we were able to enjoy all of our hard work, but it was certainly worth the wait.”

Starr Hill is the largest craft brewery in Virginia and is one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, having won 19 Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medals since its founding in 1999.  Starr Hill recently took the Gold Medal in the American Cask Ale category for its Bourbon Barrel Cryptical Imperial Stout at the 36th Annual Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Great British Beer Festival, beating out 196 other cask ales from the United States to claim first place.

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia, by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan.  The company brews more than 15 brands of beer representing a variety of beer styles.  Starr Hill is distributed in nine states, including Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.
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2014 All Access Series Announced

October 16, 2013

2014 All Access

After several lengthy jam sessions, our production crew has finally determined the six beer styles for the All Access series that Starr Hill will release in 2014. To our fans: we’ve heard your thoughts, and you’ll see some familiar brews below that we’ve decided are just too tasty to not bring back on tour.


Jan/Feb: Belgian Dubbel brewed with honey

Mar/Apr: Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout

May/Jun: Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA

Jul/Aug: Dry-Hopped Imperial Lager

Sep/Oct: Black IPA

Nov/Dec: Dark Chocolate Cherry Stout


Details on each release are coming soon, but in the meantime, check out our remaining 2013 All Access brews, including Cryptical Imperial Stout and Bandstand Barleywine.

Starr Hill’s Lineup at Great American Beer Festival

October 08, 2013

Today, our Founder Mark Thompson and Brewer Levi Duncan take off for the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.

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More than 3,000 beers will be available to sample at this year’s festival—the biggest selection of American beers ever served. Check out below what we’ll be pouring:

Grateful Pale Ale

The Love Wheat Beer

Snow Blind Doppelbock

Dark Starr Stout

Starr Pils

Hope to see you at the fest!

For more info, visit the Great American Beer Festival’s website.

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