At this First Friday Forum, a knowledgeable panel will be discussing the RVA craft beverage scene and the impacts it could have on your business.
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Vince Riggi, Co-Founder of Belle Isle

In early 2013, Vince Riggi, Alex Wotring, and Brian Marks started Belle Isle Craft Spirits. Inspired by resourceful Civil War soldiers, Belle Isle Premium Moonshine is hand-made in small batches using 100% organic corn and purified water from the James River.



Courtney Mailey, Founder and Owner of Blue Bee Cider

After working in economic development for 12 years, Courtney knew she wanted a career change to pursue the agriculture industry. It was the ubiquitous connotation of happiness and wholesomeness of apples that drew her specifically to cider making.



Chris Ray, Co-Founder of Center of the Universe Brewing

COTU was started in 2009 by home brewing brothers, Chris Ray and Phil. This hobby of home brewing turned business, is now the passion of the brothers. They believe in their community and pride themselves in creating a neighborhood feeling.


Photo Credit: Belle Isle

Photo Credit: Belle Isle

Brandon Peck, Bartender at The Roosevelt

It’s pretty to clear to see that Brandon Peck loves what he does. He has a true passion for educating his bar patrons on food pairings, dry versus dirty martini, and even the backstory and art of the drink.