Author Archives for Alex Hannagan

Master of Oranges, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

  5 days ago     57 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Double IPA, chug it all away I'm your source of self-destruction! Livers'll pump with fear, filter darkest fear Bringing on your toxic function! Sediment you'll see Floral's all you need Dedicated to How I'm thrilling you... Start sipping faster Obey your Master Your blood runs faster Master...Master! Master of Oranges, I'm pushing those hops Juicing your tongue, it's pulpy and dank Conditioned by me, the flavor can't stop Just call out my name, I want you to thank Master...Master! Just call out my name, I want you to thank Master...Master! Evenly coats the tongue, never you'll be numb Tropical becoming…

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Anastasia’s Chocolate Fantasy, South St. Brewery (Charlottesville, VA)

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On a day when our first snow of 2017 hit, I was reminded of how well Stouts go with cold weather, but not for the reasons you think.  You see, I recently celebrated the birth of my third little girl, and her two older sisters have been on a cartoon binge the past 10 days that would make Cartman proud.  My wife and I were trying to think of movies we haven't bought them, while at the same time in the back of my mind I was wondering what beer would go best with sub-freezing temperatures a Russian would be most…

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Zero Fox Given (Cask), Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)

  3 weeks ago     98 Views     Leave your thoughts  

I've done CO2 and Nitro, but this is my first ever review of a Cask presentation of a beer.  I liked the carbonated version plenty well, and just happened to be at Mad Fox the day after their newest NE IPA made its debut on cask as well.  It's a new beer overall, and if my notes/underwhelming prose don't do it enough justice, then my sincere apologies.  I ignored my family to type everything below into my phone one agonizing tap at a time lest I forget the essence of my first impressions.  My kids wanted fries, ketchup, blowing on…

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First Look: Sinistral Brewing Co. (Manassas, VA)

  3 weeks ago     437 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Before we get into the beer aspect of the newest brewery in NoVA, I want to take a few minutes to get you acquainted with just how close Sinistral came to never opening in the first place.  There's a tenacity, passion, and courage to Blane and Stacey Perry (and their team) which not only brought them into the orbit of other nearby breweries in their time of need, but caused staffs from Heritage and The Farm to show up in the hours before their grand opening to pitch in, calm their nerves, and help kick things off with a bang. …

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BBP (formerly Rapadou Porter), AleWerks Brewing Co. (Williamsburg, VA)

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Spending a year from home meant that I had to ration the beers I brought out here with me - including aging those beers capable of doing so appropriately.  That meant my lightest beers were drank first, then malty stuff, IPAs, Stouts, and finally into the imperial ones.  I've had pretty good luck as only one beer out of more than 15 skunked.  As my year in academia progressed - classes, research, thesis writing, and recently a successful defense - that also meant my stockpile dwindled.  I therefore tried to time certain beers to different events such as Thanksgiving, March…

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Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Hobo Stout (2016), Caboose Brewing Co. (Vienna, VA)

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If Labor Day is the unofficial start of Autumn, then that means it's time for campfires and the occasional big beer.  I kept one in reserve for months just for the occasion, to share with a neighbor who has a thing for big stouts.  This was an original batch beer that represented my first attempt at cellaring.  A good choice, even if I didn't capture notes from the release to be able to do a solid comparison.  As for waiting nearly two months to get the post up?  Well, it seemed a bit premature to start talking campfires and Stouts…

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Friday Night Flights: Crooked Run Brewing (Leesburg, VA)

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One interesting thing about nanobreweries is that no two visits are ever the same.  If you like to explore this can be a great thing, but if you want consistency you may feel turned off.  Thankfully, many nanos decide to keep a flagship beer or two around so that if a reliable pint is what you're after you should be in luck most of the time.  If you've not been to Crooked Run in downtown Leesburg before, you'll easily be drawn into the quaint, cozy space.  The outdoor patio feels like it could be off the back of your own…

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Teddy, Beer Hound Brewery (Culpeper, VA)

  1 month ago     130 Views     Comments Off on Teddy, Beer Hound Brewery (Culpeper, VA)  

Did you miss us?  We all spent more than a week expanding our waistlines and getting our Fitbits to tilt over in Germany and Austria.  We found out it's possible to get beer'd out, but that break proved short-lived (thank Zeus...)  We also left during just about the longest summer on record, and returned with the leaves just beginning to fall.  The cold nights which nipped at us in Europe finally made their presence here, too, which means soon we'll start switching styles to the sorts of big beers that beg for fires, sweaters, and stretchy pants.  Speaking of stretchy…

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Road to Idaho, Hardywood Park Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  2 months ago     216 Views     Comments Off on Road to Idaho, Hardywood Park Brewery (Richmond, VA)  

Sorry, there's no Bing Crosby or Bob Hope here.  They were headed to Morocco, not Idaho.  But since all of VBR will be on the road starting today, I thought it only somewhat proper for our last review prior to #Brauheist2017 to focus on experimentation.  I know what you mean, I was hoping to be done by 2018...ja, that's true, we had big plans for 2018.  And no, no, no, you demented freaks...#Brauheist2017 is nothing that involves the dreaded FLÜGGÅӘNKб€ČHIŒßØLĮÊN (NSFW!!)  There may be a Golden Mile mixed in, for good measure.  Really, we mean flavor and original beer styles.  The…

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Illusion of Safety, Adroit Theory Brewing Co. (Purcellville, VA)

  2 months ago     234 Views     Comments Off on Illusion of Safety, Adroit Theory Brewing Co. (Purcellville, VA)  

It's been the summer of Gose.  I really could not have predicted myself saying that three months ago, much less a year or more.  But something unexpected truly happened when a series of them started popping up in my festival recaps from June on into August.  It was my favorite type of beer this past summer.  Maybe it's the brine or the full on acidic tartness.  But whereas Hefes and Wits were my post-high noon lawnmowing session go-tos before, I've made some space in my fridge recently for something a bit lighter but just as refreshing.  One of those beers…

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