Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, Oregon to open his own brewery after several years of apprenticing with other master brewers. In September 1999 he opened his brewery, “Star Hill,” in a historic storefront on Main Street that was once home to the state of Virginia’s first craft brewing operation. Named after the local neighborhood, the brewery shared its historic building with the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall. Nineteen prestigious awards later, Mark’s brews continue to be a hit at beer and music festivals nationwide. Now, Star Hill’s house and seasonal brews are now enjoyed in restaurants and music clubs throughout the Mid Atlantic and Southeast. Mark is proud of the awards his microbrews have earned, and the experts agree that he is among the best craft brewers in the country. But at the end of the day, what still matters most to Mark and his team of brewers at Starr Hill is giving people the gift of great beer.