Hops & Shells

Hops & Shells

For the beer and oyster lover, our Hops and Shells pairs 4 different Sweetwater beers with 4 different Rappahannock Oysters for an unforgettable dining experience. Learn more about each pair below:

Barcats & Sweetwater 420

SALINITY: Varies (multiple locations)
LOCATION: Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
DESCRIPTION: Barcats are grown by a co-op of former “wild” harvesters and small-time watermen from all across the Chesapeake Bay. These watermen are bound by a commitment to quality, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Flavor can vary from sweet to salt.
BEER PAIRING: A tasty West Coast-style Pale Ale with big hops. First brewed on April 20, 1997, this pale ale finishes with a nice clean, crisp taste.
ABV: 5.7%      IBU: 39   

Rappahannock River Oysters & Georgia Brown

SALINITY: 14-18 ppt.
DESCRIPTION: Deep cupped and mineral rich with an understated saltiness that lets the oyster’s natural flavor come through. Rappahannocks® offer up a sweet, buttery, full-bodied taste with a refreshingly clean, crisp finish. It’s the very same oyster their family started growing in 1899. (Sweet)
BEER PAIRING: An American Brown Ale, deep copper-colored, mild malt. Designed to be a session beer, it has a smooth finish without a huge hop character.
ABV: 5.8%      IBU: 30  

Rochambeau & Blue

SALINITY: 22-26 ppt.
LOCATION: Yorktown, VA
DESCRIPTION: Drawn from the York River in the Chesapeake Bay’s median salt range, Rochambeaus are the quintessential Bay oyster: sweet and mildly briny with a clean, crisp finish. Named after the French general who came to the aid of the patriots at the Battle of Yorktown, these oysters are truly revolutionary! (Mild salt)
BEER PAIRING: A unique, lighter style Wheat Ale enhanced with a hint of fresh blueberry.
ABV: 4.6%      IBU: 10 

Olde Salts & Goin’ Coastal IPA

SALINITY: 30-34 ppt.
LOCATION: Chincoteague, VA
DESCRIPTION: The truest taste of the ocean, our Olde Salts bring together a bold, sea-side brininess with a smooth, clean follow-through. Grown in the “Black Narrows” of Chincoteague Bay, our Olde Salts are more than classics, they’re legendary. (Heavy salt)
BEER PAIRING: The bright aromas of the five citrus hop additions are accentuated by the tropical fruit of the pineapple – and just like those three day weekends, its finish is quick.
ABV: 6.1%      IBU: 50 

Talk about matches made in heaven! Stop by The Shack any time during Oyster Fest to try yours today.