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“If we won the lottery, I’m going to open up a brewery,” Blake Edmunds would often tell his wife, Kristin, after one of his longer days in the office. Blake thought about that phrase often and wondered does it take winning the lottery to open a brewery? 

In January of 2020, Blake decided to find out how to turn his homebrew hobby into a career and began reading up on what it would take to pursue his dream. Next thing you know, Blake is in Montrose, Colorado during the summer of 2021 learning from a mentor and industry legend, Tom Hennessey, and his crew on how to successfully open his own 7-barrel brewpub serving craft pizzas and salads. Soon after that, Blake hung up his fifteen-year career in collegiate athletics and minor league baseball, packed up the family in Columbia, SC and moved back to his hometown of Chesapeake, VA to pursue opening Chesapeake’s next brewery.

Studly Brewing got its name from the self-given name that Blake’s childhood friends gave each other, The Studly Club – a rag tag group of guys that attended Hickory High School and played Little League together. All of which are still very close friends till this day and many of whom still live in Chesapeake. Studly Brewing pays homage to those friendships and the bond sports gave them growing up. Along with Blake’s experience working in sports, Studly Brewing will be a tasteful nod to America’s pastime, baseball, and will have many similarities of a minor league team: a family-friendly, light-hearted fun time.

Spot the difference in the two close to identical pics! If you guessed that the one on the right is to-go, you're right! Call in your carry out orders at 757-410-7765
And the winner is...Megan Stroud! Congrats, Megan, and everyone that participated! We'll see you tonight at 6:30pm for trivia!
Pub Trivia Night Wednesday at 6:30pm! Let's see who can come close to our warmup question!
Blondie Peffercorn Blonde Ale can really have an effect on our staff! #beerrelease #thesandlot
TRIVIA NIGHT TONIGHT! Come at 6:30pm and test your knowledge skills for a chance to win Studly bucks!
NEW BEER RELEASE!!! Now batting, Blondie Peffercorn Blonde Ale! Light, crisp, easy 5.1%. Come get it before Squints Palledorous does! Open today 4-9pm. Trivia starts at 6:30pm!
Our Post-Holiday Holiday Staff Party a success! No limbs lost at @tribalaxe
S/O to @otf_greatbridge for hanging out with us tonight! We’ll be by soon to work off some of these beer and pizza carbs!
Welcome home to our new neighbors @untamedchefva Come check out the awesome things Chef Mary is whipping up! #supportlocalbusiness
Enjoy our newest release this weekend, The Great Vanilla Bean-O! Roasty, chocolatey, and brewed with mellow Madagascar vanilla bean. Pairs great with our Figley Field pizza!
We’ve added more tables and chairs to the dining room!! We’re ready for a fun time this weekend! Open 4-9pm
It's our one month anniversary and all we can say is THANK YOU for all of the support! We have enjoyed every second of our time together and look forward to creating more fantastic memories with each and every one of you.

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join the studly brewing team

Our brewery is only as strong as our team. Studly Brewing is committed to providing excellent customer service, a ton of laughs and good times along with great beer and food in an environment suited for all ages. Positions looking to be filled include Managers, Bartenders, Servers, Hosts, Cooks and Dishwashers. If you are interested in joining our inaugural team, email your resume along with what positions interest you to [email protected]

Beer 101

Origin of hops

Hops, one of the main ingredients in beer along with water, grain, and yeast, weren’t commonly used until roughly 1,000 years ago. Records of beer making are said to date back to around 7,000 BC. Other unique ingredients that were used instead of hops during that time included juniper berries, thistle and chamomile flowers, ginger, quinine bark, coriander or orange peel, rosemary, and wormwood. Hops started being used more prevalent because their preservative effects assisted with keeping beer biologically stable pre-refrigeration times. 

Between the 5th and 7th century, the cultivation of hops started in Central Europe. In the 9th century, the first hop gardens were documented in the Hallertau region of Germany. By about 1,500 AD, hops had replaced all other flavorings. Hops are considered the spice of beer and are responsible for beer’s bitter taste, hoppy aromas and its increase in biological stability.


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Here Goes Nothing!

June 4, 2021 was a really tough day. That afternoon, I walked into my boss’ office at the University of South Carolina and told him I’m going to retire from college athletics. It’s still tough for me to write as I start to reminisce on all the blood, sweat, laughs,

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