Author Archives for Hamilton Riley

Grizzly Wizard House Mixed Culture Tart Grisette, Fine Creek Brewing Co. (Powhatan, Va.)

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Somehow, US Customs let us all back into the States, and while one of us is still fighting off the Bubonic Plague we picked up in Salzburg, we are ready to get back to what we love to do: eating processed food and drinking craft beer. Luckily, we had one mostly done before we left, and that's what y'all are getting today. We now join this beer review already in progress. ...and while searching for great Virginia beer is an ebb-and-flow process, sometimes on occasion, you just get it handed to you. The later was the case with this one.…

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Bad Donkey, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA)

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Now that I am fully recovered from the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, and have successfully settled into my new home in the Hampton Roads area, I am ready to get back into the swing of things. And while the move has been difficult and never ending, the quest to find great Commonwealth brews got a little easier. I have found a bottle shop close to my house that has a great selection from all over the country, but has no qualms about putting on beers from Virginia. With that being said, a lot of my reviews will be coming…

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Live Beer Blogging from #BBC17

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While every year at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, there are a ton of fun events. The highlight from our writing stand point is the Live Beer Blogging. 10 beers (samples) in 60 minutes and we pick a winner. What you are reading right now is as close to 'live' as possible: raw and unedited. We are definitely not worthy to have all these great beers, but only one can be the champion. Here was the field and the winner at the bottom: D14 Brewery & Pub, Milwaukee, Wisconsin B: Barrel Aged Pomegranate Sour R: Chard barrel smooths out…

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VBR invades Milwaukee for #BBC17

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This is one of my favorite articles every year. Don't get me wrong, I love all my kids equally, but when I get to put fingers to keyboard for this one, I genuinely get excited. Why? Because it means that the annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference is right around the corner. And as we are only a mere week away from the festivities, I am already getting pumped. This year, we travel to Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for "the good land." It also marks our 3rd appearance at the conference, which started back in 2010. VBR has been to…

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Grateful Pale Ale Remastered, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

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The first question some of y'all are asking is 'who are these gentlemen in the picture to the left?' Well, the man standing in the front is named Ron McKernan, and while you might not recognize him or his compatriot from first glance, you should all know the story we are about to tell (and yes I tie it into the beer). What you are looking at are the founding members of....the Grateful Dead. The man in the background in none other than a young Jerry Garcia, but you can not tell the tale of the band without the other…

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DEADBOLT, Virginia Beer Co. (Williamsburg, VA)

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It is a great thing when a plan comes together.  I have probably used that line before, but as I approach 100 beer reviews for Virginia Brew Review, things tend to come around again.  I dig Virginia Craft Beer and I also love my jam bands.  It so happened that this past weekend both came together for a beer release party at Virginia Beer Company.  Many months of planning and setting aside that day took a little bit of effort (as most of our finds and reviews are spur of the moment).  But in the end, it was well worth…

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Maps are Here!!

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One of the TOP SECRET things we have been working on going into our 4th year was to have a place where all of our content is accessible in a very user friendly way.  We have also for the longest time wanted to do a map and a directory of Virginia Craft Beer establishments for people to look up places to go (and what to drink when they get there!)  Well, we figured out a way to do both at once! We're proud to introduce our Beta version of Maps.  If you look at our front page now, we have an…

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2017 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame

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Hoppy Anniversary to, well, us!  Three years and hundreds of beer tastings, reviews, happy hours, and festivals 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…

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2016-2017 Beer In Review: Beers of the Year

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I had mentioned in casual conversation the other day to my wife that we've been putting articles together for our 3rd Anniversary of Virginia Brew Review, and she looked at me like "Y'all been doing this for how long?" Yep, it has been that long.  Three years ago this week, three dudes set out to talk about the craft beer scene in the Commonwealth.  And while we continue to all balance real lives from fun lives, we are still able to push forward and begin to celebrate as we always do:  by giving out some hardware (or is it software?)…

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Cali Swag

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One of the perks of writing for this web site is that it allows me to get out and explore as much of The Commonwealth and their amazing breweries as possible. While the consensus is that the overall number of breweries is starting to flatten out after many years of exponential growth, the quality and different style of beer are still on the rise. This can be seen through the beer lists and awards in various style categories in the last 3 years. And while Virginia is one of 2 or 3 states on the East Coast making a name for…

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