Raise a Glass or Pint to Williamsburg, Virginia!
They Created a ‘Tasting Trail’
(Code for Alcohol Tasting Trail) for Adults!
This is proof that history can be fun!
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sept. 2016 – Did you know the first beer brewed in America was in Greater Williamsburg? Yea. They kind of leave that fun fact out of the history books. Oh, and wine. They planted vines for wine and brewed beer almost as fast as they built forts, houses, churches, etc., and they are still at it. As a matter of fact, there has been a boom in brew pubs, distilleries and even a meadery of late.
Our country’s first settlers believed that alcohol served many great purposes – from healing the body to giving energy to the weak and elderly. In fact, the drinking water was often so contaminated that spirits were actually the best way to go, and go on!
And while Greater Williamsburg is known for beautiful amusement parks, world-class archeological digs, and maybe the most important battlefield in America, it’s also where we, America, learned to drink and make drink.
So it’s only fitting that there is now the Williamsburg Tasting Trail, dedicated to craftsmanship, hands-on approach and high production standards of drinks with alcohol. Talk about acquiring a taste for history. The establishments on this trail have perfected the art of making delicious handcrafted beverages, and many are pioneers in the Williamsburg area. Check out WilliamsburgTastingTrail.com for more info, tips and maps to lead you on your way.
Here’s a cheat sheet:
- The Williamsburg Winery: Vines have been grown on and off here for more than 350 years. The largest winery in Virginia, The Williamsburg Winery offers tours and tastings of its award-winning wines, a vineyard on its 300 acres and two excellent dining venues, the Gabriel Archer Tavern and Café Provençal. The winery offers a Tour and Tasting with Dinner Experience that includes a tasting of seven vintages plus a three-course dinner at Café Provençal. For a full immersive experience, you can overnight on the property’s charming 28-room European-style country hotel, Wedmore Place.
- The Colonial Virginia Wine Trail: The Colonial Virginia Wine Trail features four of Virginia’s best wineries, including The Williamsburg Winery, and all within a one-hour drive of Williamsburg. No matter where you start or finish your wine-trail adventure, you are sure to enjoy great wines, great food and lots of fun along the way.
- Alewerks Brewing Company: Alewerks has been brewing award-winning beer in Williamsburg since 2006. Weekend tours and guided tastings are offered in its taproom and outdoor biergarten, showcasing up to 16 beers on tap, from year-round offerings and special small batches of great variety, to cask ale served weekly.
- The Virginia Beer Company: The Virginia Beer Company is a new-to-the-scene brewery, taproom, and beer garden which focuses on a high quality core lineup and a rotation of limited edition beers. VBC’s family friendly taproom and pet friendly outdoor beer garden feature a weekly schedule of food trucks, events, live music, and more.
- Brass Cannon Brewing Co.: Brass Cannon Brewing offers kegs, growlers and draft selections in its brand new location on Mooretown Road. In addition to five year-round brews, enjoy four cycling seasonal selections and a quickly rotating line of langrage beers in its tasting room or outdoor patio.
- Silver Hand Meadery: The area’s first meadery opened in late 2015 to offer this ancient honey-based fermented drink, entirely produced on the premises. The Silver Hand Meadery offers tastings and light-food pairings with the mead production completely visible to patrons.
- Copper Fox Distillery: Copper Fox opened its Williamsburg distillery in July, 2016. In addition to producing craft whiskies and gin from hand-malted, locally grown barley, smoked and aged with American fruitwoods, the facility has plans to introduce a new line of spirits to its offerings.
- Williamsburg Distillery: This craft micro-distillery offers “American Heritage” spirits using 18th-century recipes and techniques: bourbon and gin using Virginia grains, and rum using organic, non-GMO grade-A molasses – just as they would have been made in the early 1700s. Its Williamsburg Bourbon is the only bourbon in the world made with Indian corn. The distillery will be part living-history museum.
Remember to always drink responsibly!
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