News – Starr Hill Brewery http://starrhill.com Brewed in Virginia. Enjoyed on Tour. Since 1999. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:26:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Starr Hill Brewery To Release Box of Chocolates Stout Pack http://starrhill.com/2017/11/08/starr-hill-brewery-release-box-chocolates-stout-pack/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:35:23 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=7364 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – (November 8, 2017) Starr Hill Brewery is thrilled to announce the release of their Box of Chocolates Stout Pack, a new variety pack featuring Peppermint, Chipotle, and Mocha variants of Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout. Following in the footsteps of the popular Four Kings IPA Pack, this special release will be available […]

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – (November 8, 2017) Starr Hill Brewery is thrilled to announce the release of their Box of Chocolates Stout Pack, a new variety pack featuring Peppermint, Chipotle, and Mocha variants of Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout. Following in the footsteps of the popular Four Kings IPA Pack, this special release will be available in limited quantities of 12-pack bottles, as well as on draft, on November 15.

First released in January 2017 as part of the All Access Series, Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout is a rich, imperial stout at 7.8% ABV with massive additions of cocoa bringing forward aromas of dark chocolate, mocha and vanilla. The three variants are infused with all-natural ingredients including organic peppermint leaves, smoke-dried jalapeño peppers, and locally roasted whole coffee beans.

“After the great response we received from our Four Kings IPAs, we thought our Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout would be a great complementary base beer to take this idea in a new direction,” said Starr Hill Brewmaster, Robbie O’Cain. “Box of Chocolates is arriving just in time for the holiday season and will be a perfect pairing for festive desserts and winter gatherings.”

The Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room in Crozet, Virginia will tap Box of Chocolates Stout Pack on Wednesday, November 15. The official release event will feature the first chance for customers to purchase the new variety pack, a custom sampling flight with the four versions, and unique beer-chocolate candy pairings courtesy of local confectionery, C-ville Candy Company.

Box of Chocolates will also feature as part of the Dark Side of the Starr dark beer tap takeover events throughout November and December. Each event will showcase draft selections from Starr Hill’s diverse portfolio of seasonal stouts, porters, brown ales and bocks with themed pairings from desserts to live music to even a Star Wars movie night. Select events will also see the return of Dark Starr Stout, the most award-winning Dry-Irish Stout in the country. To find where Dark Side of the Starr events are happening, visit www.StarrHill.com/Dark-Side.

Box of Chocolates will be available on draft and in 12-pack bottles at exclusive locations across Starr Hill’s distribution footprint starting mid-November. To find where Box of Chocolates and other Starr Hill beers are available, visit www.StarrHill.com/Beer-Finder.

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Born in a Charlottesville music hall in 1999, Starr Hill is an independent, regional craft brewery founded out of a passion for great beer and live music. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 22 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

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Heavy Rotation Series: 2 Tone + Playlist http://starrhill.com/2017/11/07/heavy-rotation-series-2-tone-playlist/ Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:46:39 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=7338 A great playlist is all about what’s new and what’s next. That’s why we created our Heavy Rotation Series: to keep fresh styles of beer coming your way. Up next: 2 Tone Vanilla Porter, a brew in which dark roasted malts unite robust flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate with sweet vanilla bean for waves […]

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A great playlist is all about what’s new and what’s next. That’s why we created our Heavy Rotation Series: to keep fresh styles of beer coming your way.

Up next: 2 Tone Vanilla Porter, a brew in which dark roasted malts unite robust flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate with sweet vanilla bean for waves of rich smoothness.

With each new release in the Heavy Rotation Series, we share a playlist of hand-picked tracks including some of our favorite new jams and some other deep cuts we’re currently jamming out to. This mix charts a history of ska, unifying Jamaican calypso and American jazz influence with R&B and British punk. The playlist features tunes from all three widely recognized waves of ska, with strong rhythm sections and brassy tones to pair perfectly with a smooth pour of 2 Tone.

Cheers and enjoy!

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Storm’s A-Brewin’: Hop’Easter NE-Style IPA http://starrhill.com/2017/11/03/storms-brewin-hopeaster-ne-style-ipa/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:09:55 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=7303 Those of us who brew, serve, and enjoy beer in Virginia know the luxury of endless options, with 2.7 craft breweries per capita. That number doesn’t even include macrobreweries, not to mention the unpicked bounty produced by the Commonwealth’s homebrewers. Each summer Starr Hill Brewery hosts its IPA JamBEERee Homebrew Competition in search of the […]

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Those of us who brew, serve, and enjoy beer in Virginia know the luxury of endless options, with 2.7 craft breweries per capita. That number doesn’t even include macrobreweries, not to mention the unpicked bounty produced by the Commonwealth’s homebrewers.

Each summer Starr Hill Brewery hosts its IPA JamBEERee Homebrew Competition in search of the latest and greatest in IPA recipes and brewing skill. The Competition provides an avenue to taste the freshest and most unique beer recipes, insofar as they are unburdened by sales or ratings. The competition is judged by Starr Hill’s brewing team, some of whom are former or current homebrewers.

Expert homebrewer Rodger Thurlow, Starr Hill brewer Timmy Green, Jamie Fontaine

This year’s Gold Medal winner was Rodger Thurlow’s NE-Style IPA, Hop’Easter. The Competition received over 50 admissions, but Rodger’s recipe for this buzzworthy style took 1st Place. A practiced homebrewer, Thurlow also earned gold at the Blacksburg Brew Do Homebrewing Competition in early October.

Starr Hill brewer Timmy Green, Rodger Thurlow, and Jamie Fontaine

Thurlow and friend Jamie Fontaine ventured from Roanoke to Starr Hill’s Crozet facilities to brew his recipe on the large-scale with help from the brewery’s most tenured brewer, Timmy Green. “We look forward to these special visits with homebrewers; it’s [Starr Hill’s] honor to work with and provide support to such a robust community,” says Green.

The secret to Thurlow’s recipe, and signature of the NE-Style IPAs sweeping craft beer, is massive amounts of dry-hopping before fermentation, which accentuates hop aroma and flavor without adding bitterness. The result is Hop’Easter: a hazy, juicy IPA loaded with tropical fruit aroma like pineapple, mango, and passion fruit.

Those interested in being positively blasted with pure, hop flavor can taste Hop’Easter IPA now on draft in either the Crozet Tap Room or Roanoke Pilot Brewery & Side Stage. Who knows, craft beer drinkers in the Star City may even run into master homebrewer Rodger Thurlow himself.

Should you be so lucky, be sure to ask this brewer on the rise what’s next!

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Halloween Beer & Candy Pairings http://starrhill.com/2017/10/23/halloween-beer-candy-pairings/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:27:57 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=7158 Hoppy Halloween! Nothing’s spookier than Halloween being on a weekday this year. Not to worry, Starr Hill has the *witch* craft brew pairings to get you through this creepy time (and give you license to grab some trick-or-treat loot)! Stop by Starr Hill’s Halloweekend bash to try them all:

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Hoppy Halloween!

Nothing’s spookier than Halloween being on a weekday this year. Not to worry, Starr Hill has the *witch* craft brew pairings to get you through this creepy time (and give you license to grab some trick-or-treat loot)! Stop by Starr Hill’s Halloweekend bash to try them all:

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Ginger Helles

Ginger Helles

Ginger Helles

Ginger Helles

Mild and warm, the spice of ginger makes this helles lager super clean. SweeTarts bold flavor is tamed by the crisp, clean base in this winning pair.

Hibiscus Helles

Hibiscus Helles

Hibiscus Helles

Hibiscus Helles

A crisp, refreshing lager with subtle tang needs the berry-rich, sometimes lemony-tart, taste of Skittles to showcase the hint of hibiscus.

The Love

The Love

The Love

The Love

Bring out the wheat! Inside every Twix bar is that crunchy, cookie center, the perfect match to this unfiltered wheat beer. Twix’s balanced simplicity lets The Love’s spiced finish shine.

Jomo

Jomo

Jomo

Jomo

The peanutty chocolate crunch of Peanut M&Ms and the caramel malts of Jomo Vienna Lager work in tandem, while the noticeable hop bill cuts through the sweet, sugary shell of the candy, refreshing the palate.

Festie

Festie

Festie

Festie

With its smooth and solid malt bill, Festie’s balance provides the perfect premise for the twist ending: unexpectedly salty and savory notes of roasted peanut of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Grateful

Grateful

Grateful

Grateful

Life Savers Gummies deliver soft and delicate squish to this combo, with fruit flavors bringing out Grateful’s tropical hop aroma.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Blended barley notes and well-balanced American hops gives Northern Lights a stability in the face of tart, juicy Sour Patch Kids. The IPA emphasizes bitter flavors, rather than the sour pucker of the candy.

Double Platinum

Double Platinum

Double Platinum

Double Platinum

This Imperial IPA packs such powerful citrus and pine flavor, Nerds stand up to Double Platinum’s intensity with each tart bite.

Reviver

Reviver

Reviver

Reviver

REDRUM, REDRUM! Twizzlers, lost somewhere between fruit snack and chew, finds its companion in Reviver Red IPA — somewhere between Amber Ale and IPA. The firm, maltiness of Reviver provides a solid base for this match, while citrus notes accent the sweet strawberry of Twizzlers.

Resinate

Resinate

Resinate

Resinate

Resinous complexity distinguishes Resinate Imperial Red IPA from the rest. Starbursts’ sweetness contrast its bitter and toasty qualities.

Snow Blind

Snow Blind

Snow Blind

Snow Blind

Nougat, caramel, peanuts, and milk chocolate make Snickers a jam-packed candy bar. This full-bodied winter lager stands up to this busy candy, boasting massive caramel aroma that brings out Snickers’ filling.

2 Tone

2 Tone

2 Tone

2 Tone

The subtle richness of York Peppermint Pattie’s creamy white center pierces this brew’s dark roasted malts and espresso flavors like a streak of white in Bride of Frankenstein’s hair. York’s cool mint heightens 2 Tone’s vanilla bean sweetness.

Little Red RooStarr

Little Red RooStarr

Little Red RooStarr

Little Red RooStarr

This full-bodied milk stout boasts an intense roasted aroma, a perfect combination with the silky milk chocolate and nougat found in Milky Way.

Double Bass Chipotle

Double Bass Chipotle

Double Bass Chipotle

Double Bass Chipotle

Counterbalance the exceptionally sweet Swedish Fish with the heat of chipotle pepper. The roast of dark chocolate malts and mocha aromas add some edge to this combination.

Debut Imperial Stout

Debut Imperial Stout

Debut Imperial Stout

Debut Imperial Stout

For a deep, complex beer like the Debut Imperial Stout, you need some texture and crunch to stand up to those dark malts. Enter 100 Grand. Its caramel filling complements this Debut brew’s bittersweet chocolate characteristics for a decadent pairing.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – (October 19, 2017) Starr Hill Brewery is excited to announce Beers With Benefits, a new fundraising initiative with a mission to raise awareness and funds for non-profit organizations in their home state of Virginia. Starting January 2018, Starr Hill will partner with a different local charitable group every three months and donate $0.25 for every case of beer sold in Virginia of their top three flagship brands: Northern Lights IPA, Grateful Pale Ale, and The Love Wheat Beer.

“We have been honored to have the support of the local Virginia community since Starr Hill began brewing our first batches in Charlottesville over 18 years ago,” says Duke Fox, Vice President of Sales. “Beers With Benefits is a really unique opportunity for us to give back in a significant way throughout the year to organizations that do so much for the Commonwealth.”

Donations will be based on $0.25 per case equivalents of beer each quarter, including both packaged and draft beer sold across all of Starr Hill’s markets throughout Virginia. Based on 2017 sales of the featured brands, Beers With Benefits is estimated to raise over $25,000 in donations to local charities in 2018. The brewery is now accepting applications for potential partners from Virginia-based non-profits at www.StarrHill.com/Beers-With-Benefits.

Beers With Benefits was born out of the success of Starr Hill Brewery’s Crozet-based Tap Room’s Cheers for Charity program. Since 2015, one dollar for every pint sold at this location has been donated to a different local non-profit organization based in Central Virginia. Previous Cheers for Charity partners include Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Mended Little Hearts, SPCA and many others.

To find where Northern Lights IPA, Grateful Pale Ale, The Love Wheat Beer and other Starr Hill beers are available in your area, visit www.StarrHill.com/Beer-Finder.

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Born in a Charlottesville music hall in 1999, Starr Hill is an independent, regional craft brewery founded out of a passion for great beer and live music. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 22 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions.

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Drumroll for the Starr City… http://starrhill.com/2017/09/14/drumroll-for-the-starr-city/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:29:54 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=6879 So close you can taste it! If you’ve had your eye on the Pilot Brewery and Side Stage’s Instagram story, you might have caught some sneak peaks of the massive installations, murals, and advances in preparation of our Grand Opening in the Starr City. We are down to the wire — with artist Jaimie Phillips […]

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So close you can taste it!

If you’ve had your eye on the Pilot Brewery and Side Stage’s Instagram story, you might have caught some sneak peaks of the massive installations, murals, and advances in preparation of our Grand Opening in the Starr City. We are down to the wire — with artist Jaimie Phillips adding finishing touches to the local landscape, the hanging of lights, and bartenders gathered admiring the brightly colored taps like candy for grown-ups — but the finale is in sight.

The Starr City's landscape

A drumroll to the Grand Opening, Friday will welcome throngs of local media, the Roanoke City Councilors, and members of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, in a ribbon cutting and beer sampling to usher in a weekend of firsts and celebration. Later that evening, the Pilot Brewery & Side Stage will host a dinner for the Roanoke Graduate Student Association in its first private event.

On Saturday, Team Starr Hill will be joined by friends, family, and fans in a Grand Opening festivity at the Pilot Brewery & Side Stage. Local musicians Corey Hunley, Seph Custer, and Barefoot West will christen the Side Stage in its first performances. Come by to play some games on the patio, enjoy local eats courtesy of Fast Burger food truck, and sample some of Starr Hill’s latest and greatest on 23 taps!

On draft, fans and friends of the independent craft brewery can expect to taste and enjoy the familiarity of its core brands: Northern Lights IPA, The Love Wheat Beer, Grateful Pale Ale, Jomo Vienna Lager, and Double Platinum Imperial IPA. Roanokans will be thrilled for the chance to taste limited release brews never before poured in the area, such as Chipotle Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout, or rare tapping Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale that will be a draft-only selection for a limited time.

What's On Tap?

The Pilot Brewery’s Bridges neighbors will be joining the merriment, with Starbucks serving $1 ice coffees with proceeds to go to The Making Foundation, and Moe’s providing free chips and salsa. Local radio station The Alt Project will broadcast the cheers to all those who cannot attend.

Join us at noon this Saturday, September 16 as we open the doors to the #StarrCity. Click here for the details on the Grand Opening!

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Recipe: Last Leaf Pancakes http://starrhill.com/2017/09/05/recipe-last-leaf-pancakes/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:01:06 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=6826 The best part of waking up is beer. On a crisp fall morning, our Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale is the perfect breakfast beer for both drinking and cooking. We whipped up our favorite batch of Chocolate Chip Maple Brown Pancakes, and it gave us the warm and fuzzies. You’re going to want these pancakes […]

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The best part of waking up is beer.

On a crisp fall morning, our Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale is the perfect breakfast beer for both drinking and cooking. We whipped up our favorite batch of Chocolate Chip Maple Brown Pancakes, and it gave us the warm and fuzzies. You’re going to want these pancakes around this time of year, every year, like you want pumpkin spice on everything and to rewatch Good Will Hunting in your jammies. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS (makes 8-10)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or pancake mix)
  • 1 egg + 1 additional yolk
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 bottle (12oz.) of Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale
  • Butter or cooking spray
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • Chocolate chips for topping (optional)

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DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder, whisk to combine. In a small bowl, add the egg, the additional yolk, vanilla and the oil. Whisk until well combined. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the egg mixture and ½ cup of beer to the center and whisk to combine.

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Heat a skillet or griddle until hot. Brush with melted butter or spray with butter flavored cooking spray. Pour about ¼ cup of the batter onto the hot griddle. Once bubbles appear in the middle of the pancakes and the edges start to look dry, flip the pancakes and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 5 minutes total (2.5 minutes per side).

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Take your syrup to the next level by cooking ¾ cup of syrup and ½ cup of Last Leaf in a pot on the stove over high heat for about 10 minutes, until thickened and reduced to a caramel-y syrup. A perfect pairing with your pancakes and your pint. Cheers!

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Heavy Rotation Series: Festie + Back-to-School Playlist http://starrhill.com/2017/08/31/heavy-rotation-series-festie-back-school-playlist/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:22:40 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=6511 A great playlist is all about what’s new and what’s next. That’s why we created our Heavy Rotation Series: to keep fresh styles of beer coming your way. Up next: Festie Oktoberfest Lager, a rich and malty tribute to the great German lager. Its name invokes the German tradition of Oktoberfest, while also paying homage […]

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A great playlist is all about what’s new and what’s next. That’s why we created our Heavy Rotation Series: to keep fresh styles of beer coming your way.

Up next: Festie Oktoberfest Lager, a rich and malty tribute to the great German lager. Its name invokes the German tradition of Oktoberfest, while also paying homage to the end of the summer music festival season.

With each new release in the Heavy Rotation Series, we share a playlist of hand-picked tracks, a compilation of some of our favorite new jams and some other deep cuts we’ve seen on our festival circuit. This mix is a sprawling playlist featuring tunes that combines flavors of folk, funk, jam band, and rock to pair perfectly with a bottle of Festie. Bump these tunes on the last leg of your festival tour as you ease into cooler months and cozy fall feels.

Cheers and enjoy!

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LOCKN’ 2017 Recap http://starrhill.com/2017/08/30/lockn-2017-recap/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:34:17 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=6762 LOCKN’ ROCKSTARR FOR A WEEKEND 2017 Cheers to the fantastic festival family we made this weekend! The Starr Hill Team had a blast hanging with friends and fans making memories, drinking beers, and gettin’ down to all the live music our bodies could handle! Until next year, let’s relive some of the best moments of […]

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LOCKN’ ROCKSTARR FOR A WEEKEND 2017

Cheers to the fantastic festival family we made this weekend! The Starr Hill Team had a blast hanging with friends and fans making memories, drinking beers, and gettin’ down to all the live music our bodies could handle!

Until next year, let’s relive some of the best moments of the festival with the sights of LOCKN’:

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Local Touches in the Starr City http://starrhill.com/2017/08/24/excitement-builds-starr-city/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:29:26 +0000 http://starrhill.com/?p=6702 Updates from the #StarrCity Construction is rolling along at our Starr Hill Roanoke Pilot Brewery & Side Stage! Since our July update, major steps have been taken in the Pilot Brewery’s build. The bar has taken shape, and the gorgeous red padauk wood for its front has arrived and is awaiting assembly offsite. The keg […]

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Updates from the #StarrCity

Construction is rolling along at our Starr Hill Roanoke Pilot Brewery & Side Stage!

Since our July update, major steps have been taken in the Pilot Brewery’s build. The bar has taken shape, and the gorgeous red padauk wood for its front has arrived and is awaiting assembly offsite. The keg cooler has been built and will be adorned with the same Subway tile that embellishes the back bar.

Where Starr City's draft system was born

“The back bar will feature 23 taps, the majority of which will eventually be filled with beers brewed just a few feet away,” reports Allie Hochman, Manager of Retail Operations.

She stands with Pete Barry, Manager of Operations Maintenance, in Starr Hill’s Crozet facility’s offices drawing along a measuring tape held against a white board. This is where the draft system is born, a plan fueled by dry erase ink and local cold brew. These plans are due for installation within the next couple of weeks.

Once the final piece of drywall is up, the fun part starts!

“We’re so excited to start designing and filling the space! We’re going to carry over inspiration from our Crozet brewery, featuring old screen print concert posters and working with a Virginia muralist,” says Hochman.

Jaimie Phillips is a Roanoke native, known for her murals throughout Roanoke and Hampton Roads, Virginia. Phillips will add color and lush imagery to the wall of the Side Stage, which has just finished construction.

Among these uniquely Roanoke touches is an actual rail that Barry receives word has just arrived in the Starr City. This rail is over a hundred years old and will be repurposed as a footrail for the bar. This is one of many touches that incorporate Roanoke’s rich railtown history.

Fans and friends of Starr Hill Brewery will be thrilled to know that the Starr City opens its doors on Saturday, September 16th. Click here for more information on the Grand Opening.

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