Event Recap: Green Flash's Annual Treasure Chest Fest
Photos by David Uhrin
Rare brews were poured and local eats were served—what more could you want at an October festival? On Sunday it all went down at the 2nd Annual Treasure Chest Fest held in Virginia Beach across from the future plot of San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Company off of General Booth Boulevard. Green Flash has been keeping beer lovers like me on the edge of our seats since the big announcement back in 2013, but the wait is almost over! They’re set to open next year.
Breast cancer survivor and Green Flash Co-Founder Lisa Hinkley established Treasure Chest in 2011 to benefit breast cancer charities. For Virginia Beach, all the proceeds of this event supported our local breast cancer charity, Tidewater Komen for the Cure. In accordance with the event, Green Flash releases a limited release ‘Treasure Chest’ brew, and this year’s was a pink IPA made with 100% Mosaic hops, grapefruit juice, prickly pear and hibiscus flowers.
Attending Treasure Chest Fest was like opening an early Christmas gift—it was a chance to preview all the beer that Green Flash has to offer, most of which are not available in our local stores. Along with Green Flash, Virginia breweries were of course represented: Pleasure House, Smartmouth, Big Ugly, Reaver Beach, Hardywood, Home Republic, O’Connor, Young Veterans and Parkway.
These were my beer highlights:
Green Flash’s Silva Stout with Mostra Coffee had a strong, chocolatey aroma with an espresso bite complete with caramel and bourbon notes.
I’m a sucker for mouth-puckering sours, and GF’s Flanders Drive was no different. Aged in bourbon barrels, this Flanders red ale had a nice balance of sweet to punchiness that made me go back for a second pour.
The more bitter GF Oculus Sauvage was a citrusy Belgian-style IPA aged in red wine barrels. Hoppy and sour, it was like a more apple-esque, golden-hued sour compared to the red Flanders Drive.
GF’s Black Tiger was a double stout black ale brewed with serrano peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. A lighter stout, this brew was smoky with a lingering spiciness.
Hardywood’s Farmhouse Pumpkin was a light ale with a strong pumpkin presence offering brown sugar, spice and everything nice when it comes to pumpkin beer preferences for this gal.
GF’s Ristretto Baltic Imperial Porter was made with espresso offering toasty aromas and bold flavors of dark roasted espresso. Incredibly smoky and heavy for a porter, this brew teetered the fine line of a full-bodied stout.
In between beer samples, I weaved through the food booths. Tubby’s Tavern had their pork and veal hot dogs. The Birch was stocked with fine cheeses and pretzels. Eat American Bistro had mouth-watering mussels served in a tomato-y broth. Lynnhaven Pub served up heaps of their famous brisket, and I may have gone back for seconds and (thirds) of Karnage Asada’s kimchi fried rice.
Treasure Chest was just a tease for what’s to come once Green Flash opens, but for now I’ll be dreaming of those delicious stouts and sours. See you at their taproom in 2016!
Green Flash Brewing Company will be located on the corner of General Booth Boulevard and Corporate Landing. Visit their website to view live footage of the construction site or check out their Facebook page for the latest updates.
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