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Rudy Heinatz, Fulfilling a Dream With Marker Nine

Rudy Heinatz, Fulfilling a Dream With Marker Nine

Driving across the big bridge rolling onto the Outer Banks islands of North Carolina. Smelling the salty sea air while crawling through Sarah Creek along the Chesapeake Bay. Watching a young lad smile and listening to him squeal as he jumps off the top of a boat (which had to be at least 15 feet up) and into the crystal clear turquoise waters of Grace Bay off of the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Meet Mike Silberhorn - ahem, Dick McKee - Creative Awesomeness of Marker Nine

Meet Mike Silberhorn - ahem, Dick McKee - Creative Awesomeness of Marker Nine

If you ask Mike Silberhorn (ahem…that’s Dick McKee to those of you who know him best), he’ll tell you straight: the perfect day starts with easing through Sarah’s Creek on his boat with his feet kicked up, Natty Light in hand (wrapped in a Marker Nine coozie, of course) and wife and three kiddos by his side.

And that’s exactly what Marker Nine is all about…family, laid back, coastal living.

Although born in Radford, VA, Mike was raised in Gloucester, VA, birthplace of Marker Nine the company and the Channel Marker Nine that inspired it all.

His Dad – Dr....


The Deadrise. Part art. Part engineering. All Awesome.

The Deadrise. Part art. Part engineering. All Awesome.

Story By Ethan Sabo, Guest Blogger

Photos By Kelly Marderosian, Consociate Media

The bright sun peeks through a cloudy sky on a warm spring day. The salty, marsh scent of the Chesapeake Bay fills the air. And then, cutting through the water, a short distance from the Marker Nine channel marker in Sarah Creek off of the York River, a faint image appears. Smoothly cutting through the waves, it becomes clear. It’s a Deadrise

It's no secret Marker Nine loves the water - especially the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, which inspired Marker...


Ten years later, Alewerks Brewing Company focuses on the future

Ten years later, Alewerks Brewing Company focuses on the future

AleWerks Beer Williamsburg Virginia

Ten years ago Chuck Haines, a lover of fine beer, set out on a mission: to open a craft brewery in Williamsburg. That might not seem so farfetched in today’s market of kitschy craft beer. But at the time, opening a startup brewery in an industrial park wasn’t an obvious winner of an idea.

That was 2006. Today, Alewerks Brewing Company (formerly known as Williamsburg Alewerks) has taken over several buildings within Ewell Industrial Park off Mooretown Road in York County. Once a newcomer in the fledgling industry for Virginia, Alwerks is now...


Thirst no more: Great craft beer is at your doorstep thanks to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft Beer Virginia

Tucked into nondescript brick buildings in a gritty, industrial neighborhood between Richmond’s The Diamond and Fan neighborhoods is a Virginia company that does everything right. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, in just four years, has become — in our minds — Virginia’s signature craft brewery, defined not only by the tasty, “I’ll have another, bartender” quality of its craft beers but also by its business model.

Hardywood Park is that rare combination of entrepreneurial business that produces top caliber products —...