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11.22: Champion to Open Brasserie Saison, First Downtown Mall Brewery-Restaurant

Brasserie Saison

Charlottesville’s historic downtown mall will soon have its first combination brewery and restaurant. The venture, called Brasserie Saison, is a partnership between Hunter Smith, owner of Champion Brewing, a 15,000-barrel craft brewery headquartered in Charlottesville, and Wilson Richey, whose parent company, Ten Course Hospitality, has brought such culinary successes as Revolutionary Soup, The Whiskey Jar, The Pie Chest, The Alley Light, and The Bebedero to the downtown area.

The restaurant will be at 111 E. Main Street, the space most recently occupied by Jean Theory, two doors down from event space Old Metropolitan Hall. Brasserie Saison will serve as the catering partner to Old Metropolitan Hall, with an underground kitchen and passageway connecting the two locations.

Tyler Teass (executive sous chef at Rose’s Luxury in D.C.) has joined as head chef and has taken our Brasserie concept and added a modern approach to the menu that combines the ‘old world’ style of Benelux Brasserie food with the bounty of Charlottesville area farms. The menu will be simultaneously light and decadent, focusing on strong, consistent flavors that will hold up to Hunter’s well-celebrated beers. While local farms will constantly be featured on the menu, we will be drawing inspiration from all over the world for menu items and techniques. The vegetable-heavy menu will be designed as dishes that can be shared or enjoyed individually, but meats will be featured as large shared family-style platters for the table. Desserts will be fun yet interesting, combining American favorites with more savory flavors. Put simply, the food will be fun, exciting, and comforting,” said Richey.

Benelux Brasserie food is inspired by traditional European beer cultures including regional Dutch and Belgian with occasional German, Austrian, Polish, Alsatian, Czech, and British influences. “The premise is that these old guard beer cultures have cultivated great beer foods and environments that are tasty and interesting and are not yet represented in our area,” said Richey.

Brasserie will offer classic small batch Saison, Farmhouse, and Bier du Garde style beers. Beers will be brewed by Champion using seasonal ingredients and will be inspired by the same countries that inspire the menu, leaning more heavily on Belgian and French influence. “Multiple styles of saison will be stable beers, including a wild and funky traditional saison as house beer, a fruity French-style saison, and some easy-drinking wheat beers,” said Smith.

“In addition to these beers, the draft list will have the stalwarts of Champion Brewery’s lineup so that we can provide a style for every palette and frame of mind. We will also feature local ciders and keep a guest tap for our friends in the community and beyond whose beers we love. We will also have a bottle selection of beers from the countries that inspire our food. Beyond beer, we will have a full bar with inspired modern cocktails and a small wine selection,” said Smith.

Leah Peeks, bar and event manager at the Whiskey Jar and events coordinator and beverage director for Ten Course Hospitality will drive the bar program and be the point of contact for all catering and events at Brasserie Saison.

Brasserie Saison will have 45 seats inside and 30 on the patio. Hours for lunch will be 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week. The restaurant will be open all day with limited menus midday and late night on the weekends.

 

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May 17 6:24PM

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This is SUCH exciting news! Yay!

Awesome!

Personally, I am tired of poorly behaved children invading what should be adult spaces.

May 17 6:15PM

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Champagne Problems DDH Brut-style DIPA double dry-hopped w/ Huell Melon, Hallertau Blanc, and Citra hops releases today at the Charlottesville taproom! RVA next week and distribution soon.

 

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May 14 3:36PM

We’re excited to be launching distribution in Kentucky today with Dauntless Distributing! Keep your eyes peeled for our beers in your favorite retail stores and bars/restaurants! ... See moreSee less

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May 7 5:44PM

'Tuesday Trivia at Champion' officially debuts in the C-ville taproom tonight at 8:00 PM! The game consists of 4 rounds of 10 questions, plus a puzzle. The top team overall wins a Champion gift card!

Get to the taproom at 7:30 and get those trivia muscles warmed up; we'll be showing 'Jeopardy' with the sound on.

No charge to play, just make sure you compete honestly and keep your phones down the whole time, and good luck!
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Tuesday Trivia at Champion officially debuts in the C-ville taproom tonight at 8:00 PM! The game consists of 4 rounds of 10 questions, plus a puzzle. The top team overall wins a Champion gift card! 

Get to the taproom at 7:30 and get those trivia muscles warmed up; well be showing Jeopardy with the sound on. 

No charge to play, just make sure you compete honestly and keep your phones down the whole time, and good luck!

 

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Emma Peworchik Eh?

Amanda, Micah, this format should look familiar.

you sons of bitches

May 3 7:34PM

Now on tap: Jitter Juice!

To help with Tucker Yoder final push to raise $10,000 for his Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry fundraiser, we brewed this hazy coffee IPA featuring mosaic hops and Grit Coffee Ethiopian coffee. $1 from each pint will be donated to the No Kid Hungry initiative to help end child hunger in America. Come get buzzed for a good cause!
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Now on tap: Jitter Juice! 

To help with Tucker Yoder final push to raise $10,000 for his Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry fundraiser, we brewed this hazy coffee IPA featuring mosaic hops and Grit Coffee Ethiopian coffee. $1 from each pint will be donated to the No Kid Hungry initiative to help end child hunger in America. Come get buzzed for a good cause!

 

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I love me since Ethiopian beans in an ipa

Good coffee taste in this one.

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