Hunter Smith

Hunter Smith is the founder of Champion Brewing Company, opening Fall 2012 in Downtown Charlottesville. He also works for his parents' winery, Afton Mountain Vineyards, in picturesque Nelson County. Smith holds a BS in Marketing and is a proud alumnus of the Siebel Institute and World Brewing Academy. Smith has been a performing singer/songwriter for the better part of ten years, but is enjoying focusing on his role in the food and beverage world, as well as his recent entry into fatherhood. Like his mother before him, Smith was born at Martha Jefferson Hospital and was delighted to return to the cultural hub of Charlottesville in 2009. Interests outside of beer and wine include cooking, business, punk rock, and Boston sports.

How to drink in Top of the Hops like a brewmeister

How to drink in Top of the Hops like a brewmeister

This Saturday, September 22, the 3rd annual Top of the Hops Festival descends upon the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion, and beer lovers like yours truly rejoice! Dozens of fantastic craft beers from all over the world will be available for tasting, and forecasts show temps in the mid-70s and clear skies. All signs point to a fantastic sunny and beer-soaked […]

Why are we already drinking Octoberfest beers?

Why are we already drinking Octoberfest beers?

Ah, Fall: crunching leaves, jeans and hoodies, the melody of Auld Lang Syne playing after a touchdown, and the warming smell of spices in the season’s savory food and drinks. Contrast that with the sweltering, soggy, drawn-out dog days of summer  and you’ve got two pretty different headspaces. This was the source of my shock […]

Soggy craft beer enthusiasts braved the rain at Devil's Backbone this weekend to celebrate the first annual Virginia Craft Brewer's Fest. Photo: Hunter Smith.

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest is a soggy success

Saturday, August 25th, was the inaugural Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, held on the grounds of Devils Backbone Brewing Company in nearby Nelson County. With over 22 participating breweries, Virginia’s craft beer surge has certainly earned itself its own day in the sun. Alas, that was not to be the literal case. After moving back into my remodeled home in […]