‘More than a beer for Virginia Tech’: Fightin’ Hokies Lager now available in stores

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — More than half a decade of research and hard work at Virginia Tech has paid off in the form of a new beer for Hokies.

Virginia Tech alumni, fans, and friends can now buy the “Fightin’ Hokies Lager” at Hardywood brewery locations, as well as stores and restaurants across the Commonwealth.

“It’s more than a beer for Virginia Tech,” Virginia Tech said in a statement on Tuesday, April 27. “Now on the market, Fightin’ Hokies Lager represents years of inspiration, dedication, research, and a sustainable partnership with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.”

In addition, the university says the lager will be available in cans and draft later this summer and in the early fall. If you want to find a spot that sells this school spirit in liquid form, click here.

“At 5% alcohol by volume, Fightin’ Hokies Lager is clean, crisp, and refreshing with pleasant aromatics of fresh baked bread, a subtle underlying floral herbal note from the noble hops, and a touch of malt sweetness in the finish,” Virginia Tech stated. “Overall, an extremely refreshing, light bodied lager. The beer pairs beautifully with mild cheeses, pizza, and pub food. And of course, Hokie celebrations.”

According to Virginia Tech, work on the beer started six years ago with trips to Munich, Germany, in a student exchange collaboration.

Three faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Food Sciences and Technology collaborated to develop the recipe for Fightin’ Hokies Lager. From left, Herbert Bruce, Brian Wiersema, and Sean O’Keefe hold stubby bottles of the Fightin’ Hokies Lager. (Photo: Courtesy Zeke Barlow, Virginia Tech)

“We were inspired to bring the Helles beer style home to share with the Hokie nation,” said Brian Wiersema, who oversees the pilot processing plant for the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech. “Fightin’ Hokies Lager is a highly drinkable, clean, and balanced beer that with each sip makes you want to come back for another. The beer is meant to be enjoyed with friends on any occasion.”

The university says three Virginia Tech faculty members — Wiersema; Herbert Bruce, assistant professor of practice for undergraduate education and master brewer; and Sean O’Keefe, professor of food science and technology — joined forces with Hardywood in Richmond to finalize their recipe, as well as package and distribute the beer.

Right now, school officials say the Virginia Tech team is crafting plans to sell the Fightin’ Hokies Lager at the Cassell Coliseum and Lane Stadium this fall.

In addition, Virginia Tech alumni who register for the Reunion Weekend on June 8-11 will have the opportunity to test out Fightin’ Hokies Lager, join Hokies all over the world for virtual happy hours, engage with an online panel exploring 100 Years of Women at Virginia Tech, and watch a virtual performance by comedian Paula Poundstone, according to Tuesday’s statement.

You can even purchase licensed Fightin’ Hokies Lager merchandise at hokiegear.com and other participating retailers.

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