20 Virginia Brewmasters To Watch


1. Jeremy Wirtes, Triple Crossing Brewing Company

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113 S Foushee St, Richmond, VA
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Jeremy, was raised by homebrewers and acquired a love for beer after living in Germany for three years. Jeremy has immersed himself in what it takes to make great craft beer, and can be found on any given day constantly tweaking his recipes in the pursuit of perfection. In late 2012 he partnered up with Adam, a fellow home brewer, and Scott an avid beer lover to begin work on planning Triple Crossing Brewing Co.

2. Ryan Worthington, Parkway Brewing Co


Salem, Virginia
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Brew Master Ryan Worthington knows beer. Ryan has been brewing since he was 19, and was winning awards within 4 years.


3. Kevin O’Leary, Ardent Craft Ales


3200 W Leigh St, Richmond, Virginia 23230
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After moving to Richmond in 2010, Kevin O’Leary met Tom and Paul and joined the brewing co-op from which Ardent was born.

4. Steve Gibbs (center), C’ville-ian Brewing Company


705 W Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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Steve started C’ville-ian Brewing Company in his garage during the summer of 2013. Motivated to create delicious beer using local ingredients, the C’Ville-ian Brewing Company is set to be Charlottesville’s smallest brewery.

5. Neil McCanon (right), 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.

6. Jeremy Kirby, Sunken City Brewing Company


40 Brewery Dr, Hardy, Virginia 24101
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Sunken City Brewing Company is lucky enough to be home to the talents of Jeremy Kirby, renowned brewmaster and musical enthusiast.

7. Starr Hill Brewery


5391 3 Notch’d Rd, Crozet, VA 22932
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After several years of apprenticing with other master brewers, Mark was ready to begin crafting beer using his own recipes. He found the perfect spot in Charlottesville, VA, and Starr Hill was born.

8. Geoff Logan, AleWerks Brewing Company

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189-B Ewell Rd, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
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Geoff Logan toured the East Coast with his band, playing in many restaurants and bars, bringing a mix of pop and rock music to the crowds. He produced a musical recipe that pleased the listener. Today, he’s supplying the other side of the bar, creating a blend of hops and yeast that tempt the palate.

9. Dave Warwick(left), Three Notch’d Brewing Company


946 Grady Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Dave Warwick has worked in the beer industry since 1997 with jobs in almost every aspect of the business, and after operating four highly successful breweries, Dave has become a versatile, well-rounded brewer with a library of market proven recipes.

10. Matt Rose, Forge Brew Works


8532 Terminal Rd. Suite L, Lorton, Virginia 22079
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Forge Brew Works is a labor of love for brewer Matt Rose. As a Craft Brewery, Matt is focused on quality and small batches.


11. Will Landry, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Chaos Mountain Brewing

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3135 Dillons Mill Rd, Callaway, Virginia
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A definitive example of the effect craft beer can have on a sane individual. With a wife, two young children and a steady job in the accounting industry Will had such a love of craft beer that he decided to attend the American Brewers Guild craft brewers program. So much for the accounting job.

12. Jake Endres, Crooked Run Brewing


Leesburg, VA
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At the brewery, Jake Endres produces small batches of special American and Belgian style ales that you can purchase by the glass at the brewery bar. The brewery is located in historic Market Station in Leesburg.

13. Kevin Bills, Corcoran Brewing Co.


Purcellville, VA
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Kevin has designed over 25 different beers, some of which he changes up with the seasons. On “quiet” days in the brewhouse you will find him sweating to the oldies (classic heavy metal oldies, that is) while grueling over the mash, boil, and constant cleaning.

14. Scott Young(left), Mad Horse Brew Pub


34 E Broad Way, Lovettsville, Virginia
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Scott developed a passion for micro-brews after living in Oregon for four years and upon coming to Virginia was disappointed with the lack of micro-brew options in the northern Virginia area.

15. Adam Woodson, The Damascus Brewery


32173 Government Rd, Damascus, Virginia 24236
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From simple beginnings Adam Woodson began growing his own hops and brewing countless batches of homebrew to completely refine recipes and develop some new ones, which eventually led to starting his own brewery.

16. Roger Knoell, Barnhouse Brewery


13840 Barnhouse Pl, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
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Roger Knoell’s focus is on brewing good, easy-drinking beers with less emphasis on using odd ingredients. Instead he looks to foster “local” in all aspects of brewing and business.

17. Mike Killelea, Center of the Universe Brewing


Ashland, Virginia
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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.

18. Andy Rathmann, St. George Brewing Company


204 Challenger Way, Hampton, Virginia 23666
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When it comes to beer, Andy considers himself a purist. He ‘likes doing things the traditional way.’ It shows in his beers. Whatever it took to introduce Andy Rathmann to brewing and eventually to St. George Brewing Company was a good thing indeed.

19. Drew Stephenson (center), Pleasure House Brewing


3025 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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We all love beer, right? But this guy loves beer- brewing it, drinking it, researching it, thinking about it, hearing about it. An historian and prolific homebrewer, he credits his brewing awards to the influence of The Brewing Network and the Seven Cities Brewing club.

20. Bo, Heritage Brewing Co.; VA


9436 Center Point Ln, Manassas, Virginia
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Bo, nicknamed Bojangles, is the head brewer at Heritage Brewing Co. His favorite place to have a beer is on the couch.

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Judah Witkower was born in Southern California and attended USC and SCAD before settling in CVille in 2002. He loves good books, great food and walking around town with his dog, Liza Bean.