Without Beer, We (America) Would Not Be Here: The Water Could Kill You, So Beer Was a Good Thing

Brew Pubs, Distilleries, Wineries and Even A Meadery Are Popping Up Where It All Started In Greater Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – June 4, 2019 – So here’s something they never taught you in history class, but you most likely learned on your own: beer is good. And for early colonists, it’s what kept them alive due to the fact that early wells were brackish with salt water – many even thought beer cured them, helped them to live longer, and made the world a better place (some of us still agree with this).

The fact is, without beer, there is a good chance we – as a country – would not have survived. It seems America (or at least early America) ran on beer. Though the New World had plenty of fresh, unspoiled water, the water could kill you if you were not very selective and careful. A solution? Substitute alcohol, as colonists saw done in Europe, and turn raw materials already available into cider, beer and wine that was safe to drink. And everyone, from teens to adults, imbibed (there’s a throwback word).

The Greater Williamsburg area is tapping its new and notable watering holes, pushing the boundaries on their respective craft – beers, wine, mead and more. Truth be told, the old land is booming with new places to eat, drink and be merry via alcohol. So hear ye parents and millennials that visited Williamsburg as a kid…maybe it’s time to come back and belly up with these must-visit battle cruisers: 

Brewpub Amber Ox Public House is a fan favorite for visitors who love craft beer.  With a seven-barrel brewhouse on site, expect unique craft beers paired with eclectic Southern fare. In fact, the brews have been so popular, the owners spun the brewery into a side project, Precarious Beer Project, opening summer 2019. Precarious will forgo the traditional bar experience in favor of a beer-garden feel with live entertainment.  Another relative newbie is Billsburg Brewery offering a waterfront setting and specializing in lagers.

The internationally recognized Virginia Beer Company, located just over a mile from the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, features a high quality core lineup and rotation of limited edition beers from the confines of an old auto body shop.  While with almost a million visitors a year, the “malt-forward” Brass Cannon Brewing is known for serving its flagship beer called the Anti IPA and its award-winning Scottish and Irish Ale.  A local staple since 2006, Alewerks Brewing Company offers six year-round beers, a variety of seasonal brews and limited release Brewmaster Reserves.  With 16 taps, there’s plenty of options to fill flights and growlers.   For something a little different, Silver Hand Meadery serves flights of mead (yes, alcohol made like wine, but from honey). Or, for non-drinkers, the meadery also offers honey tastings.

If wine is the beverage of choice, the award-winning Williamsburg Winery is a must-visit. Vines have been growing here on and off for more than 350 years and it’s one of only a handful of first wineries in the state of Virginia to receive a 90-point rating for their wines from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

We’ve heard it all before. You’ve most likely visited Williamsburg as a kid to learn all about the historical stuff. But now that you are older, and wiser, or if you are traveling with your kids, you may want to discover the Williamsburg they forgot to tell you about or introduce you to. Beer here is historical, who knew?

For more information on the Greater Williamsburg area, or to find hotels, lodging, and attraction information visit www.visitwilliamsburg.com.


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