DUDE WHERE’S OUR VAN! Selfie Photo Contest

Stable Craft Brewing Van

Spring has sprung and the first Stable Craft Brewing photo contest has just begun!!!!

“Whoever said craft beer can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to drink! Stable Craft Brewing and Blue Ridge Beverage are out on the open road working hard to bring our Farm Fresh Beers to your home and local bar! Have you seen us? Prove it! We are excited to introduce our first ‘Dude Where’s our Van’ Photo Contest. Enter now to win 1 of 10 fun prize packages, worth more than $50 each!
Stable Craft Brewing has just finished wrapping Blue Ridge Beverages third distribution van with our fun logo and slogans! Next time you see our van take a picture and share!

To enter Stable Craft Brewing ‘Dude Where’s our Van’ photo contest please complete the following steps:

1) Follow @stablecraftbrewing and stable_craft_brewing on Facebook and Instagram
2) Post a selfie photo of the Stable Craft Brewing van with the hashtag #dudewheresourvan and #stablecraftbrewing
3) Tag @stablecraftbrewing and stable_craft_brewing in the photo and share where you saw our van

The follower with the best photo, most likes and shares in a week wins!
We will select the winner of best picture with most likes every Thursday via Facebook & Instagram starting April 5, 2017 – June 1, 2017.

Please don’t drive and photo! Winners must pick up prizes within two weeks of announcement on Wednesday & Thursdays only! A new winner will be chosen each week! No purchase necessary to play, you gotta play to win!
That’s’ a wrap!!

*** Please remember you must follow @stablecraftbrewing in the loop to qualify. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday night by 11:59pm EST. We ask that private accounts are made public during the giveaway in order to be entered. The winner will be announced on Thursdays at 4pm, we appreciate your patience while we verify all the entries. Good luck!

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 21+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.”

Stable Craft Brewing completely releases Instagram by each entrant and participant. Stable Craft Brewing understands that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. Stable Craft Brewing understands by using Instagram & Facebook to administer the ‘Dude Where’s our Van promotion we do so at our own risk. ***


Have A ‘Beerful’ Time with Winter Craft Beer Dinners

Who doesn’t love a farm fresh beer perfectly paired with a meal, that was created just to complement it. These very pairings can be found at our Winter Craft Beer Theatre Dinners. Meet friends or make new acquaintances, whichever you choose, this is a great way to socialize, all while enjoying delicious food and locally brewed beer. The meals are designed to suit all tastebuds and have been created for people who are ready to try something a little bit different. Each course is paired with Stable Craft’s farm fresh beer that will enhance your meal.

Winter Craft Beer Dinners

At our Winter Craft Beer Dinners, your enjoyment of craft beer will grow with the fantastical element of theater. The addition of theater into each craft beer dinner will turn the event into a lively and engaging evening. Bob Lunger’s incredible acting troupe “A Fool’s Folly” will create a magical atmosphere for a one-of-a-kind event.

Our craft beers are brewed with the utmost care, passion and experience to delight and appeal to a wide variety of palates.

This is the great opportunity to enjoy local foods, local beers and the local talent of the Shenandoah Valley!


An Evening Full of Fun and Frolic at Birthday Party Fit for a King Craft Beer Dinner Celebration

Beer is one of the most loved beverages in the world, and when coupled with mouth-watering food, it becomes an avenue for having a good time with great friends. To enhance the pleasure further, the whole rendezvous can become an interactive session in the presence of prominent artists sharing their experiences with the gathering to make it an evening full of laughter, interesting conversations, delicious food and amazing beverages.

Birthday Party Fit

Stable Craft’s “Birthday Party Fit for a King” is one such event that aims at conscious pairing of beer and the elements of interactive performances to give birth to an engaging evening designed to lift up your spirits and satiate your taste buds.

The star attraction of such craft beer dinners, apart from the amazing beer and food, is the theme around which the whole event is designed, for this event we will celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday and we invite you to take part in this zany evening. Each person attending the event gets to participate and interact with our star of the evening, so expect the unexpected and come out for hilarious evening.

So impart with us on this fun-filled evening and bring friends and family for we assure you this will be a night to remember, and who knows you might end of grabbing some great shots of you, your wife or girl friend with this legendary man. Tickets are on sale now at http://stablecraftbrewing.com/introducing-stable-crafts-winter-craft-beer-dinner-theatre-series/.


Introducing Stable Craft’s Winter Craft Beer Dinner Theatre Series

JOIN STABLE CRAFT BREWING FOR OUR WINTER
CRAFT BEER DINNER THEATRE!

During the months of January, February, March and April, we will be hosting a unique twist to traditional craft beer dinners, Stable Craft’s Winter Craft Beer Dinner Theatre Series. The element of theatre will turn our craft beer dinner into an engaging evening designed to enliven your spirits, as well as your tastebuds. 
Enjoy an evening out with family and friends and take part in our interactive dinner experience.

Dinners will feature a themed three-course dinner paired with Stable Craft Beers. Menus and pairings to be announced.

Join Stable Craft Brewing as we pair up with Bob Lunger and his zany acting troupe a “A Fool’s Folly” for this one-of-a-kind interactive experience.

Please note that these performances are geared to an adult audience with subject matter that may be unsuitable for young ears.
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Dinner Tickets: $55 per person
Purchase tickets online through Paypal and present receipt at the door or purchase tickets directly at Stable Craft Brewing. Advance purchase recommended. Please note all ticket sales are final.

MAKE IT A WEEKEND GETAWAY!
Hampton Inn and Suites of Fishersville is located 7 miles from Stable Craft Brewing and features an indoor swimming pool, spacious guest rooms and complimentary breakfast. Make it a winter weekend get-away.
Address: 15 Foursquare Ln, Fishersville, VA 22939
Phone: (540) 213-9500
Book Your Stay!
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DINNER THEATRE SCHEDULE

April 1st 5-9pm: COSMIC CRAFTCON

Who killed Captain Kirk? Don your favorite interstellar costume and join us on a galaxy far far away to help solve the mystery of Captain James T. Kirk’s perilous demise. This murder mystery takes on a whole new life with the next generation of characters from your favorite SciFi series.
Come as you are, costumes are encouraged but not required.

Menu and pairings to be announced soon.
 


Brewing Beer for a Cause – Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s Chocolate Orange Milk Stout

Stable Craft Brewing has teamed up with our local Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and produced a delicious beer just for them! A one of a kind Orange Chocolate Milk Stout.

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The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and our awesome brewer Chris Fann have crafted a collaboration beer you don’t want to miss! The Chocolate Orange Milk Stout is at 5.8% ABV which makes it a very drinkable milk stout. They added tons of sweet orange peel and organic cocoa nibs added to both the boil and the fermenter. You will notice big notes of chocolate and orange on the nose, and a creamy, thick, mouthfeel with tons of orange and chocolate in the taste. The flavors are paired perfectly as to not overwhelm your palate in the finish.

The color of hunger awareness is orange … oranges are delicious…why not put it in a beer? A few staff members from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank were stoked to come out to the farm and team up with our brewer Chris Fann. They helped all day to brew a beer made specifically for them. Chris took a pilot version of our chocolate milk stout and added a scrumptious twist of sweet oranges and cocoa into the mix.

This beer will be released Thursday Dec. 8th 2016 and Stable Craft will donate $1 per pint of that beer to the food bank until the keg is kicked! Why not drink beer while helping out a wonderful cause for your community?

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What Are We Smoking?

(Why a fresh array of meat, of course)
Stable Craft has been taking full of advantage of the smoker located right outside our taproom. Nothing warms the soul or whets the appetite more, than the delicious aroma of meat smoking. And there is that joyous feeling of smelling your dinner cook; while you kick back and enjoy that farm fresh brew – nothing can be more relaxing.
 
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At Stable Craft Brewing, we keep the fresh smoked pulled pork on our menu daily for your enjoyment…but then, Friday rolls around, and we shake things up a bit. (Except beer, that is no bueno!)
 
The rotation is never the same and we are always looking for suggestions on what to smoke next so don’t miss the next fun and exciting smoker night! Currently in our rotation: (Let your taproom server know of if you have a favorite suggestion to add to our line-up…let’s have some fun with this).
 
 
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Fresh Smoked Prime Rib
Just one question..is there really anything more stunning than a perfect cut of Prime Rib delivered to your table? It is possible that here at Stable Craft, we may have found a way to one up that wonderful feeling of joy when your Prime Rib is within sight. We, at Stable Craft, have teamed up with McNette Angus Beef Co., from right down the road, to bring you locally-raised farm fresh Angus beef, quite possibly the freshest cut of Prime Rib, you could ever dream of. When enjoying this Prime Rib, you will be introduced to a heavenly smoked flavor on the skin of this Prime Rib, followed by a delicious, melt in your mouth pink center. Barley fed, medium rare, locally-smoked decadence.
 
 
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Smoked Chicken Wings
We’ve figured out a way to make your favorite all-time snack food even better. Stable Craft slow smokes large chicken wings to juicy perfection. Our wings are served up with that evening’s variety of scratch-made dry rubs, buffalo or BBQ sauces. We serve up these delectable wings with our own secret recipe chunky blue cheese dip and a side of crisp celery to complete the entire smoked wing experience.
 
 
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Slow Smoked BBQ Brisket
There is this little rumor that brisket can be a tough cut of meat. Here at Stable Craft, we challenge that notion. We’ve figured out that brisket is perfect meat to slap on the ole smoker. Homemade BBQ sauce, plus hours of low-heat smoking, make this a luscious, tender cut of meat – fit for a king (or queen, or even your little prince and princess).
 
 
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Smoked BBQ Ribs
One of life’s greatest pleasures is a rack of ribs smoked to pure perfection. Stable Craft has gotten the science of smoked ribs down to the bone. Of which the meat will fall right off, of said bone. These ribs are smoked all day to give them the flavor your taste buds crave and desire. Once these ribs are pulled, we sauce them down and serve them up- just the way you like. Served with a sweet bbq sauce to complement the smokey flavor of these ribs!
 
 

The Farm Fresh Fixins’
To accompany whatever we may be smoking that day, our in-house chef, Gary, makes all the sides from scratch – to pair deliciously with the main course of the day. Gary is constantly trying new flavor combinations and this keeps things fresh and appealing. Scratch-made mac & cheese with gouda, spinach and tomato, or perfectly stuffed twice-baked potatoes are just some of Gary’s creations. Fresh mixed greens with scratch-made dressings round out this one-of-a-kind dining experience and add a bit of healthy green to that dinner plate.
 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay up-to-date on our offerings and events.


Stable Craft Brewing’s Santa Brunch

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Stable Craft Brewing has invited Santa to come see all the munchkins on Dec 18th from 11am-2pm

Enjoy our delicious Craft Beer Brunch and let the children visit with Santa Claus! We’ll be serving up our pimento cheese grits, fluffy biscuits smothered in homemade sausage gravy, and smiles on your little one’s faces. Our craft beer and bacon brunch will be all the more merry with Santa here to help bring the cheer.

Visit with Santa, enjoy delicious homestyle brunch, grab a last minute Christmas gift from our farm store, or cozy up near our indoor fireplaces.

Make plans to visit with all your loved ones, and Santa on December 18th from 11am-2pm!


Ugly Sweater Benefit: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

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Help Us Give Back to Our Neighbors
Join Us for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s Ugly Sweater Benefit Party

Christmas is such a giving time of the year. We all like spread the holiday cheer – by volunteering, donating time or money, giving gifts, or just spreading holiday joy with kindness. Some people might also say that having a delicious brew in hand helps them spread this holiday cheer! However you celebrate the notion of giving back during the holiday season, we here at Stable Craft have figured out a way to wrap all of that up into one big box with a 2 week-long canned food drive and great lineup of entertaining evenings to make giving back to the local community a fun affair.

We will top off the end of the week with a celebration in the form of an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party!

  • Nov 30-Dec 14 2016: Canned Food Drive (donate canned items & SCB will match $1 for every can)
  • Wed | December 7 (6-8pm): Yoga with Sarah B (pay-what-you-will with proceeds going to the BRAFB) afterwards stay for our Steal the Glass Night and take home a commemorative SCB holiday mug.
  • Wed | December 7 (4-9pm): Steal the Glass Night – Take home a commemorative Holiday mug for every beverage purchased.
  • Thurs | December 8 (4-9pm): Locally infamous Alex Arbaugh playing from 6-9 pm. Jam out to your favorite tunes. Enjoy our small batch beer release that the BRAFB employees helped brew! For every pint sold of that small batch beer, we will again, donate $1 to BRAFB.
  • Fri | December 9 (4-10pm): Ugly Sweater Christmas Benefit. Orme Storm will be here jamming out and you could win a prize for having the UGLIEST CHRISTMAS SWEATER in the Tasting Room (start planning that ugly sweater now)! There will door prizes and Stable Craft Beers will be flowing. Our Go Green Go Local food menu is designed to keep you happy with lots of farm fresh selections. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening all the while giving back to area families.
  • The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank provides food to families across 8 cities and 25 counties, supplying 210 food pantries and 114,000 residents in our local community. Support local. Help our community. Come out. Have fun. Feel good about volunteering YOUR evening December 9th to help support such a great cause.

    Support local. Help our community. Come out. Have fun. Feel good about volunteering YOUR evening, December 9th, to help support such a great cause. We look forward to seeing you here!


    Join Stable Craft Brewing for Our First Ever OktoberFest

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    With less than a week away, Stable Craft is busy preparing for our first ever OktoberFest celebration. We will have lots of delicious German fare and special German beers on tap. Saturday we pleased to announce the Low ‘n’ Brows will be playing. They are an authentic German Oompah band out of Fredericksburg, Va.

    Check Out the fun-filled line-up for OktoberFest Week.

    Wednesday
    Steal the Stein | 7-10pm
    Stein w/ minimum beverage purchases of $5

    Thursday
    Blues w/ Kevin Chisnell + Bert Carlson | 7-10pm
    Small Batch Beer Release: German Altbier

    Friday
    Hoist the Stein | 5-6pm
    Live Music w/ Gary Broyles | 7-9pm
    Nightlight Volleyball 7-9pm
    Campfire S’mores | 8-9pm

    Saturday
    Small Batch Beer Release:
    Oktoberfest Ale & Dunkel
    Oktoberfest Games | 1-3pm
    Horses in the Barn | 3-5pm
    Low’n’Brows: Oompah Band | 4-7pm

    Sunday
    German Style Beer Brunch | 12-3pm
    Farm Brewery Tours | 12-4pm

    Come out and join the fun, we look forward to seeing you.


    Stable Craft Brewing Co. marks formal grand opening

    stable craft brewing coHermitage Hill Farm & Stables marked its 10th year in operation with the grand opening on Thursday of Stable Craft Brewing Co., a destination brewery that over the course of the next year will create 20 jobs in Augusta County.

    Owner Craig Nargi began work four years ago on the plans to add the brewery, which includes a tasting room, catering business and farm store. Stable Craft Brewing Co. will operate on the premises with Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables, which opened in 2006 and includes, in addition to the working horse farm, a thriving agritourism business that brings weddings and conference events on grounds 30 weekends a year.

    “The addition of the new reception space and the brewery tasting room embraces agriculture, the equestrian world and the nuances of a resort,” said Nargi, who brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience in resorts and hotels, including leadership roles in high-profile resort kitchens including Keswick, Wintergreen and Kiawah Island Resort, to the project.

    Those on hand for the grand opening event at Stable Craft Brewing Co. on a rainy springtime afternoon included Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, State Del. Steve Landes, the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee in the Virginia General Assembly, Mary Rae Carter, a special assistant in rural development in the office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Augusta County Board of Supervisors Chair Carolyn Bragg.

    Bragg played up the homegrown theme, talking up the importance of small business as the foundation of the local economy.

    “At the end of the day, it is these companies, and the hard-working citizens of Augusta County, that enable us to have a strong local economy,” Bragg said. “On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I extend my sincere gratitude to Craig and Nikki for their continued business presence in our community. First you opened Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables, a premier event venue on a pristine rural landscape, and now we have Stable Craft, a true farm brewery honoring the agricultural background of Augusta County.”

    Goodlatte also highlighted the growing small business element to the story of Stable Craft Brewing Co.

    “As we recognize National Small Business Week, it is the kind of folks like Craig and Nikki that put the time, effort, money and risk into taking the small business they already have to a new level by creating this great brewery,” Goodlatte said.

    “I believe this is just one more extension of the agritourism theme that you have here,” Goodlatte said. “It fits right into the rest of your model for economic growth, and I commend you for being willing to take that risk and grow our economy and create jobs right here in the community.”

    Stable Craft Brewing Co. will produce craft beer literally from the ground up, with a hop yard that will begin with the planting of 760 hops, growing to more than 1,500 over the next year, with a head brewer on staff to oversee the production of 16 beers that will showcase Nargi’s long and successful track record exploring flavors.

    Food will be also available through Hermitage Hill’s onsite catering operation.

    “As opposed to being a hospitality business with a farm thrown in, we have always seen ourselves as a working farm first and foremost,” Nargi said. “The brewery and farm store will allow us to share the farm experience on an even larger scale while providing local beer aficionados with a unique addition to the craft brewery landscape here.”

    Carter, who has worked in the rural development arena under the two most recent Virginia governors, first Republican Bob McDonnell, continuing in the administration of Democrat Terry McAuliffe, said Stable Craft Brewing is “the epitome of Virginia-grown, homegrown.”

    “You are certainly the new Virginia economy. Growing businesses like this is very important,” Carter said.

    Landes noted the growth of the craft beer industry in the past five years, with an estimated economic impact of more than $1 billion and more than 8,900 jobs created in the sector. The last count has more than 140 working craft breweries in operation in the Commonwealth, “and this facility will add Augusta County to the list of places that people come to visit,” Landes said.

    “From my standpoint, this business follows what we’re trying to do in Virginia to bring businesses into the Commonwealth and grow the existing businesses that we have, but more importantly to bring people to the area to share in good beer and have a good time in the area as they’re doing it,” Landes said.

    Story and video by Chris Graham