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Virginia breweries take on competition in Colorado

Posted: 7:00 AM, Sep 28, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-28 07:00:45-04
Virginia breweries take on competition in Colorado

DENVER — Two Richmond-­area breweries were pouring their finest at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, this weekend.

Strangeways Brewing and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery joined hundreds of other breweries to soak up the boozy atmosphere at the annual event, a national competition among some 750 breweries that also includes tastings and speakers.

“We just want to be with people who are super passionate – and there’s no better place than here,” Strangeways founder Neil Burton said. “We brew a lot of beer ‘off-­style’. We’re not the guys who will win a medal in any particular category, because we pick a direction and then we stray from it.”

In just two years of brewing, Burton said, Strangeways has made more than 300 kinds of beer. The beers Strangeways brought to Denver were: Freeze Ray Eisbock, Guarded By Monkeys, Oscillate Wildly Blueberry Wild, Virginia Stingo ‘Red Wine’, and Wake Me Up Before You Gose Ghost Pepper Barrel Aged.

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