Richmond brewers, governor toast commemorative beer

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With beer glass and bottle in hand, Gov. Terry McAuliffe toasted an area brewery’s latest concoction.

Stone Brewing, in collaboration with Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood Park Craft breweries, this week kicked off the launch of “Give Me Stout or Give Me Death,” a commemorative brew that will land on store shelves and bar taps across the region and Virginia.

At 9.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the stout is mixed with hops, raspberries and blackberries grown on Virginia farms.

The first batch – about 400 barrels – was shipped out last week, said Stone spokesperson Juliellen Sarver. The beer will only be available in 22-ounce bottles for a limited time, and will be on tap at Stone’s tasting room in Fulton and at a number of restaurants and bars across the region.

The beer’s name is a play on Patrick Henry’s fiery speech at Richmond’s St. John’s Church that’s been credited for sending Virginia troops into the American Revolutionary War.

During a tour of Stone Brewing’s facility last summer, McAuliffe learned about the process of brewing craft ales–helping mix the malts into the brew that would become the potent dark stout released this week.

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