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Livery Stable's beer-based Moscow mule unites a German radler with Bombay Sapphire and lemon juice. Photo: Ryan Wheeler

Hip to your hops: Those in the know ask for a beer cocktail

High-proof liquor is usually the main ingredient in a mixed drink, but the lesser-known category of beer cocktails bends the traditional definition. It’s a little-known fact that many of Charlottesville’s bartenders regularly mix up beer cocktails. These are often made for themselves or friends who are in the know, but rarely appear on a formal […]

Part of manager Chris Kyle’s plan to improve C’Ville-ian Brewing Company includes not only new beer and new staff, but also live music and events. Photo by Ryan Jones

Against the grain: C’Ville-ian Brewing’s mea culpa

“Out of 56 places in Charlottesville to get beer, we’re rated number 56,” says Chris Kyle, the new manager of C’Ville-ian Brewing Company. “Dead last in all categories.” That’s a strange thing for a business to admit, but the folks at C’Ville-ian have started a process of redemption akin to a 12-step recovery process. They […]

UVA Baseball's Justin Novak brings his A-game to the Charlottesville Tom Sox. Photo: Amy Jackson

Tom Sox players hope to move up to the majors

Justin Novak’s fingers were bleeding. A Band-Aid flapped uselessly from one of the cuts that had been pummeled for nine innings by balls thrown and hit hard to third base. The white knickerbocker-style pants of his UVA uniform were streaked with dirt. The stadium was almost empty and the lights were shutting off. He walked […]

Drug Treatment Court coordinator Susan Morrow works often with Albemarle Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Baird. She says the program is a lot like boot camp. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Graduation day: Albemarle will continue drug court

“I’m tired of being addicted to crack cocaine,” announced a heavy-set man in his early 60s from the front of the courtroom. “I’m free. I can pay my bills on time. I can truly be with my wife.” The Charlottesville/Albemarle Drug Treatment Court celebrated the graduation of two participants on March 31 from the program […]

Betsy Gilbertson loved dancing, and a friend describes her as “magical.” Gilbertson died of a heroin overdose March 14.
Photo Brian Wimer

Heroin overdose: Friends and family grieve 25-year-old’s death

“She was found with a belt around her arm and a syringe in her hand,” says Anne Elise Hudson of her daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Gilbertson. “It was pretty instantaneous. She shot up, her heart stopped. Someone found her within minutes, maybe seconds.” CPR could not save her, and on March 14, the Charlottesville resident died […]