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Paranoid Aledroid, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

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I can't help but stare at the name of this beer and think of all the movies and articles out there warning us of the possibilities of artificial intelligence.  For reasons only tangentially related to one of Triple Crossing's finest, here's an impromptu countdown of some of the best cinema involving "paranoid androids:" Star Wars Battlestar Galactica The Matrix Alien Terminator 2:  Judgement Day Blade Runner 2049 Ex Machina Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I, Robot Alien: Covenant* This isn't even counting other similar movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron that mostly follow a common theme:  robots are smarter than…

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Biere de Miel, Fine Creek Brewing Company (Powhatan, VA)

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The line between good and great is a hazy one. In this industry, the combination of several factors could impact your overall decision on one thing. For example, you might love a particular brewery, but then you are handed a new beer, and while it is noticeably not up to quality, you give it a good review. You could also love one of their beers, and think that the cuisine at a brewpub is the best thing you have had, even though you see them opening up aluminum cans and sticking it in the microwave. We want great, but will…

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Charm Milk Stout, Crooked Run Brewing (Sterling, VA)

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I didn't really intend to stay, but some homebrewers I'd been chatting with at another brewery waved me in.  It was late enough in the evening that the 2nd band was getting ready to play a few licks.  The menu board read "returning favorite."  I was ready to head home, but the belligerent #judgy side of me said, "yeah, we'll see about that."  It was a stout, so I saved it for last as always.  The other beers lay largely unfinished, sacrifices to the Untappd Gawds and a full and happy tummy.  Then the first wisps hit my nostrils, and…

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Partly Cloudy, Solace Brewing Co. (Sterling, VA)

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We're entering a Second Summer of Hazy Beer.  Beer purists everywhere groan at the loss of clarity, all the insane adjuncts, and the complete abandonment of many fining techniques.  Screw 'em, this stuff is too good to care.  We in our fine Commonwealth are so blessed to have so many of our breweries at the leading edge of the craze that has grown into a phenomenon.  Personally, I hope filtering dies out in brewing because the beer tastes better without it.  If the day comes that we don't need separate categories for filtered vs. unfiltered entrants of the same general…

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Sir Vesa, Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

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We have been given a stay of execution on the summer swelter and humidity, and Virginia looks like it will actually have a bit of Spring this year. What I miss about this season is all the beer styles that flourish in the April-June time frame. One of those that has cropped up in The Commonwealth over the past couple years has been the Mexican Lager. Whether this started out as a dare or just a quest to 'craft' a better beer is a mystery, but what we do know is that there are plenty of offerings this year. Thankfully,…

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Mutt IPA, Beer Hound Brewery (Culpeper, VA)

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What's in a mutt, anyways?  They make great companions as dogs, and are genetically superior to a lot of purebreds who have long been overly in demand.  The same isn't always true for beer, though.  In many instances we're beholden to the trappings of certain styles or recipe trends because they've been proven to be in some way superior.  And let's be real - cayenne and dark chocolate go just as great together in the real world as they do in beer!  Just because you're seeking a pedigree, though, doesn't mean that's what you get out of a batch of…

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2018 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame

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Hoppy Anniversary to, well, us!  Four years, hundreds of beer tastings/reviews, and 1 big Oktoberfest later, we have always striven towards our goal:  to find the best craft beer Virginia has to offer and let others know about it. And y'all have helped.  We are still getting tens of thousands of visitors to our site every year and more and more regular visits throughout our social media platforms.  This is something that we are very humble about and we thank every single person who reads (and shares) our work.  You know how it works:  first you tell a friend, then…

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2017-2018 Beer In Review: Beers of the Year

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Somehow, someway, we put another candle on the cake today. Today 4 years ago, we got together on a Google chat and agreed to do something that would change our lives forever.  Now.....eh, it's just the same. Yep, it has been that long.  It's been so long that most of this intro is just cut from last year's celebration, which was cut from the year's before.  With age come experience, and none of us want to experience another anniversary party. Why should we?  This is way longer than I thought we would be around when we started this and the…

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Rudee Inlet, Pleasure House Brewing (Virginia Beach, VA)

  2 months ago     188 Views     Comments Off on Rudee Inlet, Pleasure House Brewing (Virginia Beach, VA)  

It's National Beer Day!  As if we needed an excuse to drink some delicious, independent craft beer.  Our feature Virginia beer comes from the very tip of the Commonwealth, jutting almost right out into the ocean itself.  No really, there's like one building between these guys and the beach.  When I realized that despite picking up a slew of statewide awards, and being featured in our very own, we've never done a standalone review for Pleasure House Brewing, I felt real shame.  That changes today, one of the great American holidays!  It's National Beer Day!  And it should be every…

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Peanut Butter & Jelly, Isley Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

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I don't get to Richmond much, even though I have family living just above I-295.  With kids in tow it's just a hard day, prone to traffic jams and bad tempers.  We've gotten the whole family unit to Legend and Triple Crossing before (because they have food), but the others are a bit harder.  Scott's Addition is just plain daunting.  So when my wife issued me a pass to go see the Killthrax Tour (Killswitch Engage + Anthrax), it was game on for a Sunday afternoon of beer and heavy metal.  Isley ended up being our last stop.  All I'd…

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