Urban Legend Series
In Stuart, VA a state park has accredited the Legend of supernatural creatures lingering in the forests. Fairy Stone State Park was named for the cross shaped crystals found in the region — these are suggested to be created by tiny beings and are known to the public as fairy crosses. Some say they are derived from their tears while others say the fairies work diligently on their stones, eagerly awaiting a passerby to find one. The area’s surroundings are serene and relaxing, and sometimes if you let your thoughts drift away from you, you can hear the giggles of the tiny creatures.
Fairy Crosses Saison is refreshingly simple, light in body and dry in the finish. Spicy and earthy yeast tones are accompanied by a subtle raspberry tartness.
Woman in Black - Eisbock
According to a March 1902 article in The Roanoke Times, a ‘Woman in Black’ was terrorizing the men of Roanoke. No one knew who she was, where she came from, or why she was there, but she was known to be strikingly beautiful with ‘dancing eyes.’ She would unexpectedly appear and vanish, as if materializing from the shadows and when she spoke, icy needles of fear pierced the hearts of listeners. There have been reports that after she left Roanoke, she went to Bluefield and was later deemed a ghost in Nebraska. The acclaimed legend theorizes that she is the ghost of a scorned woman, returning from the hereafter to sway husbands from their wives.
Woman in Black- Post fermentation, this strong lager is further concentrated by freezing a portion of the liquid off- removing water and leaving a more potent and remarkably smooth "sipping" beer. Expect a deep copper color, rich malt, and fruity esters with an edgy warmth. Best consumed as an aperitif, fireside beer, or pair with bold game dishes or rich desserts. Share it with a Woman in Black, if you can find her.
"The Norfolk Experiment"
A World War two rumored experiment was the teleportation and small-scale time travel (with the ship sent a few seconds in the past) of the USS Eldridge from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to Norfolk, Virginia, on October 28, 1943. The bizarre story used Albert Einstein’s unified field theory to make a ship disappear. He also claimed the ship and crew were teleported from Philadelphia to reappear in Norfolk and other ports making the destroyer escort invisible to enemy devices. The U.S. Navy maintains that no such experiment was ever conducted.
Norfolk Experiment- A viscous, jet black Imperial Stout with intense flavors of coffee, dried fruit, dark chocolate, roast malt and warming alcohol. Sharp hops mingle with robust and intense malt.
Ghost Rider Black Rye IPA
The construction of the Pocahontas Parkway just outside Richmond, Va placed a toll plaza directly over the site of an ancient American Indian burial ground that dates the civilization back to as far as 3500 B.C. The sound of drums and distant chants, and the sight of riders on horseback in full traditional dress have been witnessed by parkway users before the riders have vanished into thin air. Toll plaza workers have even heard the approach of horse hooves pass through the tolls without any person or animal in sight. Our Ghost Rider Black Rye IPA uses a combination of rye and dark malts to produce a slightly spicy roasted malt sweetness followed by a noticeable hop bitterness that lingers for a moment and then vanishes like a rider disappearing into the night.
The train and the mystery surrounding the collapse of the tunnel in 1925 have been the sources of numerous urban legends in Richmond. One of the most common misconceptions is the rumor that the train was carrying passengers — many of whom are still buried in their untimely grave below Jefferson Park. We know from historical records and reporting at the time that this was not the case. The train was being used to widen the tunnel. Workers were standing on flatbed cars to reach the tunnel ceiling and cart out the resulting debris. In fact, many survivors of the cave-in crawled udner these flatbed cars to safety but those who did not survive are buried there to this day.
Legend Locomotive 231 is a double amber Lager
Fermented on a California Common yeast at warmer, ale-like temperatures, this strong lager's profile could have been a train wreck if it were not for careful planning. We blend rich malt varieties with crisp, sharp hops for a deft balance. Fruity yeast esters are present up front and lead the way into a warming malt body. The finish is crisp and dry. 7% alc. by vol.
The West Point Light is a supernatural phenomenon that appears as a mysterious light on the railroad tracks at the Cohoke Crossing, just outside the town of West Point, Va. It is believed that the ghost light may have two legendary sources, with the first being a brake man from the 1800's, who was decapitated while working on the train in a mysterious accident. Legend has it that the second ghostly source originates from a group of Confederate soldiers who were traveling across the Cohoke Crossing when their train disappeared. Historians believe that a raid from the Union army could have killed the soldiers, and then burned the train. Either story is eerie to say the least, but the multiple firsthand sightings being reported and featured in local news broadcasts, the Legend of the ghost light becomes even more eerie.
The Legend brewers are proud to announce our latest small batch Urban Legend: West Point Light IPA. This exclusive small-batch India Pale Ale features a subdued malt backbone that allows its fresh hop flavor to dominate your palate, while packing an 8.3% ABV punch. This IPA was conceived with a starting gravity of 16.7 degrees Plato and was brewed with Millennium, Motueka, Willamette hops. We then dry-hopped it with a Moteuka and Citra hop blend that contributes to a floral, citrus, and tropical fruit flavor profile. This beer should be consumed as fresh as possible in order to launch your olfactory senses into a full-throttled hop experience!
This Habanero Oatmeal Stout is inspired by the Urban Legend surrounding the notorious Richmond Theatre fire. One day after Christmas in 1811, seventy two men and women died when the building for unknown reasons erupted into flames. The last play ever seen on that stage was one called the Bleeding Nun, a play about an evil spirit epitomizing the sin of erotic desires who haunts the castle of Lindeberg cursing its inhabitants. The disaster sparked reactions that the tragic fire was divine judgement for the play's focus on evil themes, or even-God forbid the presence of that evil spirit itself. Expect a dark roast malt body with a fiery finish. 6.66% ABV
Gorilla Train Coffee Stout
In 1952, a Ringling Brother's and Barnum and Bailey circus train derailed outside Evington, Va. Thirty-five gorillas escaped the wreckage
and ran loose for three decades climbing on houses, peeking in windows, and harassing family pets. Every attempt to recapture and detain
a single escapee failed and only one photograph was ever successfully developed. Eventually vanishing into the woods of central Virginia
and into urban legend, these unlikely neighbors are the source for the Gorilla Train Coffee Stout. Brewed with locally roasted coffee, this malt-forward
ale bears strong roasted malt flavors and hints of dark chocolate and might just have you doing some monkeying around on your own.
Strong Arm Ale
While preparing for a night attack, Confederate Lieutenant General Stonewall Jackson was hit three time by friendly crossfire. A musket round to his hand, elbow and shoulder necessitated the amputation of Jackson’s left arm. Emotionally distraught, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, famously declared, “You have lost your left arm, but I have lost my right.” Legend has it, Jackson’s arm never made it to the Confederate burial site. Reverent Beverly Lacy, Jackson’s comrade in war, took the swaddled arm to Jackson’s plantation, Ellwood, and buried it in the family cemetery.
Strong Arm Ale is a sweet and full-bodied brew. Through a long kettle boil, the head caramelizes the wort and produces a deep copper color. A touch of smoked malt adds a faint flavor of earthy smoke. A delicate bitterness gives way to the caramel and roasted malt flavors, which provokes a deceptively smooth mouthfeel.
HooVale, A Spiced Holiday Ale
The Urban Legend argues Charlottesville was the inspiration for Dr. Suess’ children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This timeless tale references the “Whos down in Whoville,” whom UVA affiliates interpret as the “Hoos down in Hooville.” Those who embrace the legend believe Dr. Suess applied to the University of Virginia, but when he was not accepted, he decided to live in a house way up on the hill to look down on the University. This reflects the story of the Grinch that lives atop a mountain above Hooville, looking down on the town with anger and disgust. To illustrate this tale, Legend collaborated with Starr Hill from Charlottesville, VA, to create the HooVale: a Spiced Holiday Ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla beans.
R.I.P. Ale (a Red IPA)
The R.I.P. Ale sheds light on the urban legend of the NoVA Bunny Man. Incidents identified a man dressed in a bunny suit who terrorized and intimidated Northern Virginia residents. He bludgeoned possessions with an axe and induced fear in the community with his savage behavior. The R.I.P. Ale is a Red IPA made in collaboration with Lost Rhino Brewing Company. Specialty malts evoke a soft, drinkable profile, while Amarillo and Chinook hops add a tropical aroma and piney bitterness. This brew comes in at 7.0% alc by vol. It is available on draft and in 22oz bottles.
Crim Dell Abbey Dubbel
This collaborative beer is a tribute to one of Williamburg's best kept secrets: the Crim Dell Bridge. Located on the campus of the College of William & Mary, it is one of the most storied and romantic places in the area. Legend has it, if two lovers kiss at the crest of this beautiful bridge, they are fated to be together forever. However, if the relationship sours at any point thereafter, the lady must throw her ex-lover from the bridge. It is also rumored that if an unfortunate soul passes over the bridge alone, he or she will be destined for eternal loneliness.
Enjoy this Belgian-style Dubbel with your favorite person or pair it with a nice washed-rind cheese.
Teach's Oyster Stout
Due to the wild success of last year’s Urban Legend Seriesand because we’re itching to brew more eclectic styles of beerLegend is reintroducing the Urban Legend Series in 2014 with four new brews. For each beer in this series, our brewmaster John Wampler is collaborating with renowned beer experts who have been integral figures in molding the craft beer industry into what it is today. Each collaborator will chose an Urban Legend from his territory and a beer style to complement his story.
Our first release is an Oyster Stout in collaboration with Andy Rathmann, Brewmaster from St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, Virginia. With a wide range of experiences, the inspiration to create award winning brews, and even the location of his practice, Rathmann is an ideal partner to kick-off the 2014 Urban Legend Series. His story from the Hampton Roads area is based on the terror and demise of Edward Teach, who is known as his epithet “Blackbeard.”
Guardian Dog Dopplebock
Richmond, Virginia has many well-known and many times told urban legends. One of the most popular is of a black dog that is said to guard a child's grave. Some believe the iron statue of the black dog resided in front of a Richmond Shop many many years ago. During her short life, the little girl would pet and talk to the dog as she passed on her way to school. When she died of scarlet fever, the statue was given to her family in order to avoid being melted down for the war effort, and placed by her grave in Hollywood Cemetery. The dog has a personality of his own and has been reportedly discovered looking in various directions. He is said to come to life if he feels the need to protect his young mistress
Legend Guardian Dog Dopplebock makes use of Vienna and dark Munich malts as the base, also incorporating Cara-Munich, Aromatic, and Chocolate malts for a hefty, toasty beer in flavor and aroma. Hops are used only for a counter to the malt sweetness. No aroma hops are added. Expect a deep mahogany color, a rich malty aroma, and a complex flavor that truly celebrates malted barley in its various forms. Look for plenty of biscuity and bready flavors, accented by caramelized sweetness, finishing smooth and mellow with hints of chocolate. ABV: 7%
Legend Richmond Vampire Red
The urban legend began soon after a collapse of the C&O Railroad Tunnel beneath the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. The cave-in buried several men and a train on October 2, 1925. The legend tells of a blood covered creature with jagged teeth and skin hanging from its muscular body that emerged from the cave-in and raced toward the James River. Pursued by a group of men, the creature took refuge in Hollywood Cemetery, where it disappeared in a mausoleum built into a hillside bearing the name W.W. Pool. The men and their train, including the steam engine remain entombed in the now sealed tunnel to this day and the "Richmond Vampire" reportedly haunts the tombs of Hollywood Cemtery as well as the streets of the city.
Legend Richmond Vampire Red Ale pours A deep crimson color with a sweet, robust toasted malt character balanced by the bold aromas/flavors of west coast hops. Although this is a strong beer at 8% alc. by vol., it is a balanced one as malt and hop flavors work in harmony...caramel sweetness backs up to pungent piney and citrusy hops. A clean ale yeast strain provides light fruity esters to add depth to the equation.
Legend Lost City Saison
During World War II, frightened Richmonders were sure that Hitler would bomb them due to their proximity to the capital. The alternative theory is that it was a Cold War fear. It’s hard to say. Seriously, there used to be a major air force base here and it appeared to be a threat.
So a LOT of money was appropriated and a second, fake Richmond was built outside of the city. In the event of an air raid, power to the real Richmond would be cut and lights would go on in the fake city. Apparently from the air it looked similar enough to the Richmond of 70 years ago that from the sky you couldn't tell the difference!! Well, Richmond never got bombed by Hitler or the Soviets.... so the question remained: what became of this ghost town?
Solving the mystery will require a great deal of thought. To help stimulate the thought process we created Legend Lost City Saison. Pouring a vibrant pale orange, this traditional French/Belgian farmhouse ale is sturdy yet sessionable at 6.5% alc. by vol. Yeast derived fruity and spicy (citrus, pepper) aromas are layered on a soft malt canvas. Moderate levels of herbal, spicy noble hops add complexity. The finish is tart, dry and quenching.
Available in 22oz Bottles, ½ Bbls and 1/6 Bbls
On Monday, April 22nd