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National Beer Day

Campfire Cocktails | National Beer Day

Happy National Beer Day!

Take advantage of the longer days and warm weather this camping season, and take along these Virginia beers to toast your outdoor adventure.

Grateful Pale Ale | Starr Hill Brewery

After a long day kayaking on the Chesapeake Bay, a refreshing beer can taste like liquid gold. Starr Hill’s Grateful Pale Ale delivers all the strong hops up front, peach or pineapple in the middle, and then more hop\orange zest bitterness - a taste you’ll crave after hours in the sun. This beer also has a light body with subtle malt flavor.

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Alter Ego | Smartmouth Brewing Company

Just a day trip away in Norfolk, Smartmouth Brewing Company, is always a good bet. Pick up a canned pack of their Saison, Alter Ego. It rates 85 (very good) on Beer Advocate. It will pair best rustic food, so try this dish: Campfire Chicken with Fire-Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Veggies.

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Rhino Chaser | Lost Rhino

Looking for an outstanding pilsner to add in your campfire happy hour mix? You’ll definitely want to get your hands on Lost Rhino’s Rhino Chaser. The hop and malt tastes are beautifully balanced and it has an absolutely refreshing taste. 

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Cream Ale | Hardywood

Yum in a can! Hardywood says it best, “a tribute to the original canned beer, Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style that embraces its east coast roots with an unbelievably smooth body and a refreshingly clean finish from extended cold conditioning in our lagering tanks. Raise a can to RVA, where the canned beer revolution began!”

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Vienna Lager | Devil’s Backbone

One of Virginia’s go-to lagers. It’s a perfect casual cooldown after a long day a day on the links or exploring Kiptopeke State Park.

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

For more Virginia breweries, click here.

Of course, if you’re looking to unwind without lifting a finger, Chesapeake Bay KOA's The Jackspot has all your hoppy needs.


Holiday history: Celebrated in America on April 7, National Beer Day marks the day the Cullen–Harrison Act was enacted after having been signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer." The law allowed people to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales.


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