Full-Time Friends FAQ
The Virginia Beer Co.’s Full-Time Friends:
More Than a Mug Club
— November 2020 Update —
Question: Will there be a 2021 Full-Time Friends Social Club?
Answer: Yes! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
2021 Social Club Registration is now closed!
2022 Social Club Registration will open on 11/26/2021.
— 2020 Membership Details —
Interested in becoming a part of the Virginia Beer Co.’s 2020 Full-Time Friends Social Club? Join us:
Where are the benefits of becoming one of Virginia Beer Co.’s Full-Time Friends?
Membership into an exclusive group of beer lovers who get:
behind-the-scenes access to the brewery,
beer release previews,
Social Club swag,
…and a full year of specials on beers & cheers!
A full list of 2020 FTF Social Club benefits can also be reviewed below:
Where do I purchase a Full-Time Friends membership?
Memberships are also available for sale in the Taproom. 2020 FTF sign-ups will begin on November 29th, 2019 at 11 am! 2020 FTF sign-ups end on December 31st, 2019.
When do the benefits begin and end?
Purchasing a Full-Time Friends membership entitles you to benefits beginning on the first day the Brewery opens in 2020 (January 2nd @ 4 pm) – lasting for a full year, through December 31, 2020.
Who can receive these benefits?
The benefits are for you, the member, but not eligible to be used by anyone else.
Social Club Members will receive a “Plus 1” for all VIP events!
Can I use my FTF glass at the brewery?
An exclusive Full-Time Friends glass will be given to each member early in 2020. That is for you to better enjoy beers & cheers at home!
We’ll also have 20 oz. Full-Time Friends nonic pints available for you to use at the brewery so you can show off your status while enjoying your oversized pours, much to the awe of those around you.
Why are beers poured in 13 oz. or 20 oz. glasses excluded from the up-sizing benefit?
Safe, responsible consumption is extremely important to us! Beers above 8% ABV are best enjoyed in servings up to 13 oz. And beers already served in 20 oz. glasses are already up-sized! But don’t worry: as a member of VBC’s Full-Time Friends Social Club, you’ll get 10% off any high gravity pints and OG 20 oz. servings EVERY day!
We have 16 taps and most of our beers are under 8% ABV, so you’ll have plenty of options for the bump to 20 oz. pours EVERY day!
Can I buy an additional Full-Time Friends glass?
Yes (while supplies last)! Additional Full-Time Friends glassware will be available for purchase beginning at the first FTF event.
When will I receive all of my slick new FTF swag?
The majority of these exclusive items will be available at our first VIP sneak peek event in early 2020.
FTF swag that is delayed due to the manufacturer or that requires sizing will become available during the first half of the year.
What kind of shirt is included in the Exclusive FTF Button-Down Shirt Up-Size package?
This will be a high-end, long-sleeve, button-down shirt similar in quality to the shirt that Charter Members received in 2018, but of a different style. This shirt will be of AT LEAST a $50 value and will feature the VBC logo, FTF logo, and a personalized monogram of your choice.
For those interested in adding the exclusive FTF button-down to their membership, please select the second (Up-Size) option in the dropdown at checkout.
If you select the Up-Size option, you will receive a follow-up email during the first week of January regarding next steps to personalize your bonus swag!
What other FTF swag will be offered?
In addition to exclusive glassware, a personalized bottle opener, and the Up-Size high-end shirt option, we will be designing additional types of apparel (hats, t-shirts, etc.) that will only be made available to Full-Time Friends throughout the year!
How will I be alerted to the 2020 FTF kick-off and additional news/notes/events?
We will be in touch through a number of mediums – in the Taproom, in a FTF-only Facebook group, and via email – with personal updates and details on upcoming exclusive FTF events throughout the year!
A preferred email will be asked for when you purchase your 2020 membership. Email will be the primary method of communication for FTF updates throughout the year.
How do I unlock my benefits when I get to the brewery?
When the year starts, simply come in and say “Hi!” to the team; then let them know which benefit you’re interested in utilizing (e.g., up-size pint, discount on to-go beer, new brew sneak peak)! As we get to know you even better, you won’t have any problems receiving each and every one of the FTF member benefits. But don’t be shy about asking for them – we want to get to know our Full-Time Friends even better!
You will also receive a FTF bottle opener that can be flashed to new team members if you – like us – sometimes want to make a grand entrance.
Can I buy membership as a gift?
Yes! In the Member Info form at checkout, please fill in the lucky recipient’s information and choose “Yes” in the Is This Membership Being Purchased As A Gift? dropdown so we know not to spill the beans.
Then get ready to be thanked. A lot.
Is FTF refundable and/or transferable?
Once membership is purchased, it is yours and yours alone for the (amazing) year ahead. And your lucky “Plus 1” will get to join the merriment during the quarterly VIP experiences planned throughout the year.
In certain circumstances out of the control of the FTF in question, please alert the Taproom team and we’ll do our best to ensure that FTF benefits can be enjoyed by the most appropriate party.
Can you mail my FTF swag to me if I don’t live locally?
Absolutely! If you have concerns about not making it in to grab your goods, just let us know and we’ll be in touch with shipping options.
How does membership renewal work?
The annual renewal period will begin in late November each year and will continue through the 1st of January, or until memberships are sold out. Current members will receive a heads up about renewals before announcements go live to the general public on Black Friday. Current members are also eligible for a “thank you” renewal discount!
Who should I contact if I have a question?
Hit us up in the Taproom, or send any questions to: