Blacksburg, Virginia, September 28, 2017 Epic times are brewing at this year’s Blacksburg Brew Do, an award-winning craft beer festival held from noon-5pm on Saturday, October 7th at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. The festival includes two cooking and brewing demonstration tents that will engage and entertain festival goers throughout the day.

The Cooking with Beer tent, sponsored by Kroger, will feature local chefs showcasing recipes incorporating the beloved beverage of the day. The schedule of events for the Cooking with Beer tent is as follows:

12:30                   Beer Marinated Flank Steak with Black Rice and

Roasted Beet Salad with a Cranberry Gose Vinaigrette

Chef Chris Martin, Kroger

Chef Beth Richey, First We Nourish

1:30                     Smoked Smack Onions 

Chef Nick Edwards, BBQ Treat

2:30                     Beer Cheese Soup with Andouille Sausage

Chef Chang Lei Yun, Preston’s Restaurant

This year Starr Hill Brewery is sponsoring a crowd favorite, the Brew Tent. Here, local beer experts will lead discussions on beer and share their knowledge and skills on the art of homebrew. The Brew Tent schedule is as follows:

1:00                     Q&A Session with Starr Hill

Philip Drotleff, Brewer, Starr Hill Brewery

2:00                     Homebrew Demonstration: Equipment and Mashing
NRV Brewer’s Guild

3:00                     Homebrew Demonstration: Boiling
NRV Brewer’s Guild

3:30                     Vendor Relationships in Brewing
Thom Bradley, VT Business of Brewing

4:00                     Homebrew Demonstration: Fermentation

NRV Brewer’s Guild

“Each year, we get great feedback from attendees about how much they enjoy the cooking and brewing demonstrations offered at the festival,” said Blacksburg Partnership President Diane Akers. “We are thrilled that Kroger continues to sponsor the cooking area and excited to have Starr Hill Brewery onboard this year as the brew tent sponsor.”

In addition to the two demonstration tents, Blacksburg Brew Do will have a variety of food options from local restaurants and food trucks.

Participating Restaurants:

BBQ Treat

Blacksburg Bagels

Bull and Bones

The Cellar

The Chocolate Spike

Creole That

Hethwood Market

Holiday Inn NRV Mall

Manns Sausage

Nomad Coffee Co.

Till & Grill

Tickets for the 9th annual Blacksburg Brew Do can be purchased here or at both Blacksburg Kroger locations. Advance purchases are recommended, as day of event tickets will sell out quickly.

For complete information about the festival, visit or follow Brew Do on Facebook and twitter at and @bburgbrewdo.

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