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2014 Pumpkin and Oktoberfest Beer has Arrived!

For some people, this is a long-awaited season in the craft beer world. And its finally hit for 2014! We have new Pumpkin Ales and Oktoberfests arriving each week. We’ve ordered in the traditional favorites like Virginia’s Alewerks Pumpkin and Blue Mountain Spooky, Regional beers like Heavy Seas oak-aged Pumpkin ales from Maryland, Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale from Missouri and Bell’s Octoberfest from Michigan, and Southern Tier’s Pumking and Brooklyn’s Oktoberfest out of New York. We will also research new beers popping up for the first time this year and order those in too! Its hard to know what will arrive and when, so feel free to email us or call (we’re faster on those than Facebook) and we’re happy to answer any questions we can for you.



Bell’s Octoberfest

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Crafted as a flavorful session beer, Bell’s Octoberfest Beer is perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn. As with Bell’s Lager Beer, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. Unlike its cousin, Octoberfest trades in the assertive hop presence for a focus on a light caramel malt note, lending body without too much sweetness.

Alcohol by Volume:  5.5%
Original Gravity:  1.056
Shelf Life:  6 months
Dates Available:  Late summer seasonal



Alewerks Pumpkin Ale

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Spiced Ale

This amber colored ale is loaded with Pumpkin pie aroma and flavor. It actually does taste like Pumpkin pie! At 7.3% ABV, it will keep you warm on a cool

Autumn eve.

Pale, Crystal, Munich and Biscuit malts. American Fuggle hops. Pumpkin, spice, brown sugar.



A quick touch on Ales vs. Lagers

Technically Speaking….

  • Ales- the yeast ferments at the top, so ales are referred to as “top fermenting.” Ales also ferment at warmer temperatures.
  • Lagers- the yeast ferments at the bottom, so lagers are referred to as “bottom fermenting” and have less yeast derived flavors. Lagers typically have a more clear expression of the grain and hops.




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Wine and Chocolate Pairing | August 15. 2014

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Puppie McCloskey, of International Wine Cellars

will pour wine samples and pair with Baylee’s Best Chocolates!


The Wine Lineup-

  • Serrus Viura – A dry white wine from Spain. Has the oomph to stand up the chocolate and make your taste buds happy! 
  • Albardiales Tempranillo – from La Mancha. Fresh, intense blackberry flavor just waiting to grab a chocolate accompaniment. 
  • Pocas Tawny Port- Its simply a classic port-chocolate match up you must try!


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About Baylee’s Best Chocolates

Baylee’s is Roanoke’s own Chocolatier! We make our chocolates, confections and custom molded bars right here in our shop at West Village of Roanoke, Virginia. To make our confections, along with the finest European chocolate, I use real fruit, fresh figs and nuts, quality flavorings and the best vanilla and cream. The result is chocolates with thin shells and creamy fillings. You can taste the difference!


Tickets available for Horse and Hound Festival!

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The Horse and Hound Wine Festival invites you to participate in

the 10th Annual event on

July 12, 2014 | 11am-6pm



Parade of Horses

Lure Coursing

Muskrat Races

Kiddie Korral

Daredevil Dogs and Divas

and more!


Tickets now available at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar!

$15 for Tasters

$12 General Admission

$3 for Children and Dog Tickets

Meet The Winemaker: Michael Shaps

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Michael has been making wine in central Virginia since 1995.  He previously worked with two highly regarded central Virginia wineries – Jefferson Vineyards, and King Family Vineyards.  He currently works as a consultant to wineries in several states and has been involved in the startup of more  than ten wineries.  He was the winner of the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition in 2004 and has been mentioned in numerous wine publications such as Saveur, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate, Washingtonian, and The Washington Post.  Michael is also a partner in Maison Shaps & Roucher-Sarrazin in Meursault, France. Michael oversees all Virginia Wineworks operations and works with partner Philip Stafford on strategic planning for the winery. He holds a BPA (Brevet Professionnel Agricole) in Enology and Viticulture from Lycée Viticole de Beaune, France.  In addition, he has a B.S. in Business  Administration with a  concentration in Marketing from Skidmore College.


Michael Shaps wines are produced in small lots from leased vineyards that are grown under the supervision of Michael Shaps and Philip Stafford. Michael has established a reputation for high quality that ranks on an 
international scale with some of the best wines in the world.  For the past ten vintages Michael has created wines with careful attention to the details of fine wine production.  The wines are produced in a traditional old-world style.  The whites focus on varietal intensity and the retention of natural acidity.  The reds are highly extracted and crafted to be age worthy and require cellaring.
 Michael strongly believes in choosing grape varieties that represent the potential of Virginia viticulture.  Michael’s wines prove that Virginia can produce wines that compete head to head with some of the finest wines from the best regions in the wine world.
In addition to wining the prestigious Governor’s Cup wine competition, Michael Shaps wines have earned gold medals in several competitions and have been written up in publications such as Saveur, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Washingtonian, The Washington Post and many others.


Virginia Wineworks wines have been created to meet the need for value-oriented wines.  We realized the most ideal and cost effective packaging are the bag in boxes.  These  have long been used in Italy and France with great success.  We are the first Virginia Winery to produce These wines are made from 100% Virginia grapes.  We work with quality grape growers throughout the state to find the best possible fruit to make fun, approachable wines.  We work to create wines that maintain high standards of quality at reasonable prices.

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Please join us on Friday, April 18 (5-7p) for a special tasting and

Meet The Winemaker with Michael Shaps!

St. Patricks Day SALE!!!

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Mix and Match any 12oz bottles and receive 10% off 4pks and 6pks!

Sale valid March 14-15, 2014