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December 5, 2006

Williamsburg Inn names new beverage manager

Colonial Williamsburg announces the arrival of an experienced beverage professional to oversee the beverage program for the Williamsburg Inn. Charles Birr comes to the Inn from the AAA five-diamond Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., and before that, The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wis., also a five-diamond property.

Birr is responsible for all beverage service in the Regency Room, the Restoration Bar and the Terrace Room. The Regency Room has earned Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence, and offers moderately to luxury-priced wines. The Restoration Bar is a full-service bar, serving beer, wine and cocktails, including a mint julep in a special glass, a drink associated with the Southern hospitality for which the Inn is famous. Birr oversees afternoon tea, served Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in the Terrace Room and also conducts a comprehensive beverage training program for the staff.

“Charles Birr’s experience gives us the opportunity to offer our guests a selection of beverages that will be just the right complement to fine dining or a relaxing interlude before or after an exceptional dining experience,” said John Hallowell, president of Colonial Williamsburg’s hospitality group. “We are pleased to add him to our talented culinary and beverage team.”

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates more than 1,000 guest rooms, ten restaurants and 55,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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Barbara Brown
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