The winner of “Best in Show” craft beer at the 2023 Virginia Craft Beer Cup awards was Crimson Gaze by Benchtop Brewing. Based in Norfolk with a secondary tasting room in Richmond, the brewery bested more than 100 breweries from the Commonwealth to win the title. Crimson Gaze is a combination of a red ale and an IPA, which the team compromised to call a “hoppy red ale.” Crimson Gaze also won first place in the competition’s Specialty IPA category. The brewery’s awards didn’t stop there—their Brown Bear Honey Pot Batch 4 won first place in the mixed fermentation category and the brewery’s Crispy Whip won second place in the Pale European Bitter/Pilsner contest.

R. L. JOHNSON is our Co-Publisher and Creative Director. Bethke studied at the prestigious ArtCenter College of Design and began her career as a professional photographer in Los AngelesShe moved into graphic design and art direction when she relocated to Charlottesville in 1994. As our company’s co-founder and visionary, she enjoys all aspects of storytelling.

you might like

Virginia Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in Virginia Wine Country. Virginia Wine & Country Life is a semi-annual luxury print magazine with a full digital presence. The Virginia Wine & Country Gold Book is an annual guide to the top award-winning wines, wineries and experiences in Virginia Wine Country. The annual Virginia Wine & Country Wedding Planner is an art book of elegant Virginia weddings. Virginia Wine & Country tells the stories of Virginia wineries, the farm-to-table movement, luxury travel, entertaining, art and the elegant country lifestyle. Ivy Life & Style Media also provides branding, web design and PR services for the wine industry.