New River America Pale Ale ABV: 5.4% • IBU: 34 • SRM: 9
Beer Description: Three hop additions in the boil and dry-hopped, our American-style Pale Ale offers the refreshing zest of nature through lemony, piney aromas with a touch of sweet tropical fruit.
Malts, Hops & Glassware: Malts: Pilsner, Munich, and Crystal Hops: Amarillo and CTZ Glassware: Nonic
To-Go Options: • Growler Fills
Tasting Notes: Citrusy and balanced with a pleasant bitterness
Brewing New River Pale Ale – 1997
Great American Beer Festival – 2000
Photos courtesy of New River Brewing Company
The Story of New River: Back in 1997, an enthusiastic and talented homebrewer named Kenny Lefkowitz had a dream to start a brewery of his own in Blacksburg, Virginia. He had the drive and the passion but unfortunately, the funds were lacking. So he set out to find a brewery that would brew what would become his pride and joy, New River Pale Ale. Old Dominion Brewing Company in Ashburn, Virginia seemed to be the almost self-evident choice for Kenny, however he still needed to convince Jerry Bailey, President of Old Dominion, to brew his beer.Kenny succeeded, and by November of 1999 the first batch of New River was south-bound to Blacksburg. It would go on to gain an impressive local following and a multitude of awards such as Bronze in the American-Style Pale Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival in 2000.
In the early Spring of 2003, Kenny passed away at the young age of 32 from a massive coronary. Kenny’s friends and family kept his dream alive by promoting his creation outside of Blacksburg. Thanks to their efforts, New River would eventually be sold throughout Virginia and the Triad and Western regions of North Carolina. Later on, Old Dominion would be acquired by AB InBev and moved to Delaware. New River Pale Ale took a hiatus until 2011 when it was picked up by Old Dominion’s successor in the Ashburn area, Lost Rhino Brewing Company and its founders Matt Hagerman and Favio Garcia. Having worked as brewers in Old Dominion, they knew all too well the story of New River Pale Ale and wanted to honor Kenny’s memory by picking up where Old Dominion left off. Lost Rhino still to brews New River to this day and the legacy of Kenny Lefkowitz continues ever onward.
You can check out the New River Brewing Company website here