YORK-The Virginia Beer Company and Casa Pearl have collaborated on a new beer release called The Pearl Next Door.
Part of the intent of the partnership is to promote the rebranding of the area of Merrimac Trail and Second Street where Williamsburg, James City County, and York County meet as The Edge District. Both the brewery and the restaurant are located within the district.
“The Virginia Beer Company has never brewed an oyster stout before, and since Casa Pearl focuses on tacos, oysters, and seafood, we figured this was a perfect occasion to release a new style for us and tie in one of the types of food that Casa Pearl is so well known for,” said Robby Willey, co-founder and managing member of The Virginia Beer Company.
Casa Pearl provided freshly cleaned oyster shells for the recipe of the beer, which was released on Feb. 25. The Pearl Next Door, which features part of Casa Pearl’s logo, will be sold at both the brewery and the restaurant.
“We’d love to host Casa Pearl for future pop-ups at the brewery, and they’re kind enough to feature many of our beers on their menu at the restaurant,” Willey said. “We’ve already floated the idea of not just brewing The Pearl Next Door again, but maybe brewing a ‘double’ in the future to add more oyster shells and make it a bigger beer to celebrate future milestones for our businesses.”