Virginia Craft Brewers Guild

2024 Collaboration Beer Project

We are excited to kick off this year’s Collaboration Beer Project.  The group has decided on a Blonde Ale recipe.  All Guild members are encouraged to take a look at the recipe and begin planning! The goal of the Collaboration is for beers to feature local ingredients so use as much Virginia-grown products as possible.  Beers will be featured on a new beer trail, promoted through the VTC, which will drive thousands of consumers to your tasting rooms and online shopping carts. Collaboration beers to be completed by August for presentation during Craft Beer Month. 

There will also be a fundraising opportunity this year.  For one week in August, proceeds from the sale of the Blonde Ale will be a fundraiser for the VCBG – Collaboration participants can select the week or day to fundraise that works best for them! Fundraising is not required to participate in the collaboration and each participant selects the percentage of proceeds to donate.

Brewer Information

  • The aim is to use as much Virginia-grown products as possible.
  • Any adjuncts must be Virginia-grown – fruits, vegetables, spices, etc.
  • Information on places to source your ingredients and supplies is under development.

Sourcing Information

  • LABELS

    Blue Label Packaging Company will be donating the labels for this project. They will offer three different labels 3.625”x8 (12oz), 5”x8” (16oz), and 6”x10” (32oz Crowler). The only cost the brewery will incur is shipping.  When you call or email, let your representative know that this is for the Virginia Craft Brewers Collaboration Project, and they will apply the discount.

    Any questions can be directed to info@bluelabelpackaging.com or you can call 866-506-2583.  

  • YEAST

    White Labs is offering a 25% discount on any guild member’s yeast order for the VCBG Collaboration Blonde Ale. This equates to about ~$110+ in savings per 10bbl. To redeem this offer, please reach out to your account manager, Jacob Hoover, at jhoover@whitelabs.com or 858-267-7691 to schedule your order. 

  • HOPS

    Hopsteiner is delighted to provide the hops for this year’s 2024 Collaborative Blonde Ale.  In addition to the legacy hop varieties, they are offering a couple of different options to include new generation varieties.

    The recipe presented calls for Magnum for bittering and Willamette for finish. While these are both tried and true varieties, there is an opportunity to switch to more modern hops which focus on both a smooth clean bitterness and a fresh, delicate aroma. A suggestion would be to use the modern alternative hops, but keep the finish hops the same and simply adjust the bittering hops as necessary to hit your target IBUs. For bittering, they offer the alternate choice of Helios, a super clean, super high alpha variety. For finish hops, they offer Contessa, a lovely, soft American style “Noble” variety.  More information about both these hops, click here.

    To request hops for this year’s collaboration beer, please fill out this form and return to Steve Bradt (sbradt@hopsteiner.com).

Label Artwork

A new label will be designed for this year’s Collaboration Beer.  New label art will be sent to all registered breweries.

Click the button above to register for the collaboration beer and receive sourcing information, as well as the final label art for the collaboration. Breweries who want to participate must register by May 31st.

Note: If your brewery has the capacity, and would like to collaborate with smaller breweries on a joint collaboration brew, please indicate this on your registration form.  Likewise, if you are a smaller brewery who would like to join the fun and partner with someone, please indicate that on your registration form.