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OktoberForest Fest

A row of four beer cans with label illustrations celebrating Virginia landscapes in the Allegheny Highlands, Eastern Shore, Clinch Valley and Virginia Pinelands.
OktoberForest in VA Celebrating the lands and waters on which all life—and beer—depends. © Jessica Battista for TNC


Event Overview

It started as a crazy idea—can we brew beer with longleaf pine?—and has become a celebration of all that Virginia’s lands and waters have to offer. Experience OktoberForest Fest!

Join The Nature Conservancy September 30th at Black Narrows Brewing from 2:00 - 7:00 pm to sample the 2023 Virginia Collection of beers, a collaboration between TNC and four Virginia brewers crafted with wild ingredients carefully collected from four iconic Virginia landscapes.

Eleven guest brewers will be pouring beers that represent their geography and community. And for a taste of the sea, enjoy an oyster roast hosted by MotherShuckers Aquafarms.

Admission to the festival is free. Don’t miss it!

Participating brewers

  • Benchtop Brewing
  • Black Narrows Brewing
  • Bluejacket
  • Crooked Run Fermentation
  • Elation
  • Fine Creek Brewing
  • Garden Grove
  • Heliotrope
  • Landmade
  • Lost Generation
  • Right Proper Brewing
  • Sojourn
  • Tabol Brewing
  • Ocelot
  • Väsen Brewing Company

Watch: A Taste of Virginia

Carefully collected by hand, 4 wild ingredients offer an expression of Virginia’s lands and waters.

OktoberForest: Taste Virginia (8:10) Discover how a crazy idea led to an exciting collaboration between TNC and four Virginia brewers to celebrate the commonwealth’s iconic landscapes.