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A Virginia Beer Made in Delaware

A Virginia Beer Made in Delaware


I’ve written a few posts about buying food locally, but I wanted to write a post about drinking local beer.

Old Dominion Moves Out of the Old Dominion

One of my favorite Virginia beers has been Old Dominion Lager. I used to work near the Old Dominion Brewpub in Ashburn, Virginia and would sometimes go there for lunch or for happy hour after work.

When Old Dominion Brewery was sold to Anheuser Busch a couple of years ago, customers were assured nothing would change. At first practically nothing did change. In fact, the brewpub began including free happy hour food (a nice improvement).

However, it was not long before the restaurant was shut down. This was disappointing, but at least the beer would continue to be made in Ashburn, VA… right?

Unfortunately, earlier this year the brewing operations ended at the Old Dominion facility in Ashburn. Now, Dominion Lager has been rebranded as Dominion Dortmunder Lager and is brewed and bottled in Dover, Delaware. The label has been changed to no longer say brewed and bottled in Ashburn, VA; it now reads: “Founded 1989 Ashburn, VA.”

In fairness, the beer is still good. However, it no longer satisfies those of us who want to drink a beer made in-state. Charlottesville, VA’s Starr Hill Brewery makes a Jomo Lager that is pretty good and it seems to be gaining distribution in many stores. I recommend it as a true Virginia beer. Do you recommend any other Virginia brews?


One Comment

  1. S.P. Gass wrote:

    Starr Hill’s Pale Ale is also quite good. I prefer it even to Sierra Nevada.

    Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

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