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Brew Ridge Trail Collaboration Brew

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Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Lynchburg, VA - Six area breweries are coming together to make a special collaboration craft beer.

Monday they kicked off the process that will take roughly six weeks to complete. The master brewers are usually battling each other for business, but they say it is just a friendly competition between them. This collaboration is all about learning and fun.

"It's a nice way for them to all share ideas and information," said Mary Wolf, co-owner of Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Wolf is fairly new when it comes to the art of brewing Craft Beer. She left retirement to chase a dream of operating a brewery with her son.

"He just started getting me more and more interested and I really began to see what a great industry it is and how exciting it is," said Wolf.

The industry has put Nelson County on the map in the world of craft brewing over the past several years.

But the fame didn't come because of just one or two breweries. According to Wolf's son, Daniel, it took events such as the Collaboration Brew to develop what is known as the 151 Trail.

"If we work together and develop the 151 trail appropriately, then we'll have something comparable to the Napa Valley right here in Nelson County," said Daniel.

Six breweries are working together, each contributing their own special touch. They have two goals. One is to produce a unique craft beer that will be available all over Central Virginia on draft. The name of the beer is The Brew Ridge Trail Collaboration Black Tripel.

"We just want to get a cool beer, a different beer out there, and have everyone around here know that we all pitched in together," said Taylor Smack, who is with the Blue Mountain Brewery.

The other goal is to get more people to visit their breweries and hopefully stay for a while.

"We all are trying to bring more people down the road to visit Nelson County and to visit the breweries on 151," said Mary Wolf.

The Craft Beer will be available in central Virginia in mid-September, but if you want a taste, you better hurry - they're only brewing 1,000 gallons.

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