8 Brewmasters To Watch In VA


1. Greg Papp, Smartmouth Brewing Company

Greg Papp

1309 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, Virginia 23507
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Greg brings years of craft beer experience to Smartmouth. He prides himself on creating both unique and traditional brews that beer nerds and noobs alike can enjoy.

2. Neil McCanon, Young Veterans Brewing Company


2505 Horse Pasture Rd Suite 104, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453
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Neil has a degree in Brewing Science from Siebel Institute and The Doemans Academy. Before attending Siebel, Neil actively pursued homebrewing and also worked as an apprentice at O’Connor Brewing Co. in Norfolk, VA.

3. Geoff Logan (left), AleWerks Brewing Company


189-B Ewell Rd, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
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The future for Geoff includes developing more special beers, spreading the word of beer and food, plus bringing his music into the beer world again. “I’d love to have a local beer and music festival,” he says and raises his glass. Cheers!

4. Mike Killelea, Center of the Universe Brewing


11293 Air Park Rd, Ashland, Virginia 23005
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Boston native Mike Killelea is the founder and former Chairman of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. As the leader of the COTU brew team, Mike strives to make the highest quality beer through the use of premium ingredients and advanced brewing techniques.

5. Drake Scott, Wolf Hills Brewing


350 Park St SE, Abingdon, Virginia 24210
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Drake brings his experimental edge and tenacity to Wolf Hills. He loves brewing a wide variety of beers for the tasting room and the encompassing region. Stop in and catch this crazy son of a bitch sometime soon.

6. Jeremy Kirby, Sunken City Brewing Company


40 Brewery Dr, Hardy, Virginia 24101
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Kirby moved to Smith Mountain Lake just before the brewery’s opening to take position as brew-master. The California native trained at the VLB Institute in Berlin, Germany, and has managed breweries in Nebraska and Colorado.

7. Brian Shanks (right), Bold Rock Hard Cider


1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958
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Brian came from New Zealand to the US on an “O-1 Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement” as a hard cider expert. Woot! Besides being a top cider maker internationally and having expertise in marketing, Brian has been a sheep farmer, yacht racer, musician, orchardist and cattle drover. He keeps a keen watch for Virginia wildlife, but has yet to spot a bobcat or bear.

8. Scott Kennedy, Brass Cannon Brewing


8105 Richmond Rd Suite 105, Toano, Virginia 23168
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Scott Kennedy has spent recent years expanding his knowledge of the craft, also creating almost every kind of non-distilled beverage known to man.

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