Keeping Up with the RVA Craft Beer Scene

Tickle the Tastebuds - Beers & Breweries

Hardywood Capital Trail Pale AleFollow writer Annie Tobey's regular local beer & craft beverage features on, the Virginia capital city's premier entertainment web site. Articles include:

Craft Beer & Fair Fare: State Fair Pairing Guide

Seven Hills BrewPub Coming to Shockoe: Beer & a Nod to Richmond History

Apple Juice with a Bite: Virginia Cider Week

Celebrate World Sake Day in Richmond

New Business Capitalizes on Craft Beer's Popularity: RVA Yeast Labs

Don't Wait to Enjoy Belle Isle Craft Spirits

Beer vs. Wine Throwdown: A Fight to the Finish at TJ's

Girl Power: How Women Are Shaping the Richmond Beer Scene

Celebrating Hard-Earned Success at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

The Growth of Virginia Hops

How Do Richmond Beer Names Stack Up?

And many more! For a more complete listing, search "Annie Tobey" on Other spirited writing has appeared in Beer Advocate, All About Beer, The Roanoker, Blue Ridge Country, Richmond Magazine, and other local and regional publications.


Embracing Virginia’s Winter

Where in the World - Virginia Breezin'

Crabtree Falls frozen in winterWhen the leaves have all fallen, leaving the sharp silhouettes of trees against the sky, it’s time for snow, right? Time for winter sports, playtime in the fluffy stuff, sleigh rides, and blankets of sparkling white crystals? Perhaps, but not in Virginia. 

Though we have all four seasons here in the Commonwealth, snow can be slow to arrive and quick to leave. How can we embrace the Virginia chill, come what may? By going where the experience will be unforgettable, whatever the weather! Read the article at


He Said History & Wine, She Said Beer & Outdoors

Where in the World - The American West

Two Travelers’ Views of Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg TXIf you’ve never heard of Fredericksburg, Texas, don’t apologize. Until very recently, neither had Steve Cook or Annie Tobey. But since they both had the opportunity to go, they’ll tell you about it in their own words: He Said, She Said.


Yes Virginia, there is another Fredericksburg. This one’s in Texas. And it’s named for Prince Frederick of Prussia, not the Prince of Wales (as in the case of “our” Fredericksburg). 

Picture this: You’re riding through the Hill Country, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio. Your drive has been through peach and pecan orchards, past vineyards and lavender farms. It’s a beautiful rural, scenic drive, and then, suddenly, you come upon this quaint little city. Turn on to Main Street (it’s been dubbed the widest street in Texas – and you know that everything in Texas is BIG, Annie interjects) and you’ve arrived at what they call the “Magic Mile”: art galleries, boutiques, and jewelry and fashion stores, plus cozy little restaurants, coffee shops, and wine bars – and a brewpub, too. In what you might mistake for a sleepy little Texas town, you’ll discover that they don’t roll the sidewalks up when the sun goes down. Late into the night, the sounds of music waft through town as various eateries offer live entertainment out on the patio. Read this article at


Your "Door" to a Cool Summer Trip

Where in the World - Midwest United States

Door County kayakingThe quaint little peninsula is a watercolor of sparkling blue waters bordering towering bluffs, gentle green hills, and tiny towns. Its quiet beauty belies the savagery behind its name. Door County, jutting out from eastern Wisconsin, contains a string of little villages, with Lake Michigan to the east and Green Bay to the west. 

Though a rural retreat, Door County is well equipped to welcome tourists. Though tourism is its largest industry, there are no shades of tacky shops with mass-produced T-shirts and short-lived souvenirs. Instead, you’ll find refreshing outdoor activities, fine art and craft galleries, and symphony and theatre. 

I embraced a recent visit to this charming peninsula as a retreat from the busy city and an escape from the heat. Read this article at


Frank Lloyd Wright by Bike

Treats for the Mind - Museums & Exhibitions

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture this summer by bicycle

Pedal Oak ParkExperience the creativity of a master architect while enjoying a stimulating bike ride. On the guided bicycle tour, you’ll tour Chicago-area Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, where the legendary architect worked the first 20 years of his career and developed his signature Prairie style.

The Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour stops at 22 Wright-designed structures in the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District in Oak Park, Illinois, which boasts the highest concentration of Wright-designed structures in the world. The bicycle tour begins June 6 and runs through Sept. 28.

The two-hour, fact-filled bicycle tour starts at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June 6 to Sept. 28, and begins and ends at Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park, Ill. Guests may bring their own bicycles. If a bike is needed, Greenline Wheels will provide one at no additional cost. 

Admission to the Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour is $30 for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and $35 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at; at the Home and Studio Museum Shop, 951 Chicago Ave.; or at Greenline Wheels. Or call 312.994.4000, ext. 9.

If the weather isn’t suitable, you could settle for the Wright Around Chicago guided bus tour, offered June 4 through Aug. 27. The bus tour features the best of Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill., starting inside The Rookery Light Court, which Wright remodeled in 1905, and moving to Wright’s masterpiece, Frederick C. Robie House. After a scenic drive along Chicago’s spectacular Lake Shore Drive, the bus will head to Oak Park for tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Unity Temple, plus a stroll past Wright-designed homes in Oak Park’s historic district.

The bus tour starts at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. every Wednesday, June 4 to Aug. 27 at The Rookery Building, 209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, 60604. Gourmet box lunch at the Robie House included.

Admission to the Wright Around Chicago guided bus tour is $125 for Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and $150 for non-members. For information and tickets, visit or call 312.994.4000, ext. 9. The tours are provided in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that provides public tours and educational programs at major Wright-designed structures, including his Home and Studio (1889/1898), in Oak Park, Ill.; The Rookery Light Court (1905-07) in the Chicago Loop; Unity Temple (1905-08) in Oak Park; the Frederick C. Robie House (1908-10) in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood; and Emil Bach House (1915) in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. For more information, visit

Photo: The Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour will stop at the Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902) in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District. Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: Matt Soria

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