Biplanes and brews? It’s back this year and here’s what’s it’s all about

Biplanes and Brews. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Military Aviation Museum)
Biplanes and Brews. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Military Aviation Museum)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Biplanes and Brews Airshow is back for its second year at the Military Aviation Museum here.

Historic biplanes will soar overhead while live vintage musical performances play, according to event organizers.

The event will be on Oct. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“What we’ve done is take our flying collection of World War I aircraft and paired it with local beer tastings. It’s been a great success” said Jarod Hoogland, museum director at the Military Aviation Museum.

Two flying segments are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The museum is also offering rides in its two open cockpit biplanes.

“It’s not your typical beer fest where you have 300 beers. But you have great local brews” Hoogland said.

Along with the live music there will also be outdoor games such as corn hole and badminton – “everything you’d expect to enjoy on a nice sunny day.”

“We tried to focus on local Virginia beers, so we got some of your favorites,” Hoogland said.

Pleasure House brewed a special beer for the airshow last year and they’re bringing it back again this year.

A selection of 20 craft beers will be on tap from the following Virginia breweries:

  • Smartmouth Brewing
  • Parkway Brewing Company
  • Reason Beer
  • Stone Brewing
  • New Realm Brewing
  • Pleasure House Brewing
  • Reaver Beach Brewing Co.
  • Potter’s Craft Cider

You can buy your tickets for the event here.

Tickets are also available at the Military Aviation Museum or you can buy them via phone at 757-721-7767. Hoogland suggests attendees buy their tickets in advance to avoid the $5 fee at the door.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.