Author Archives for Alex Hannagan

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

  1 month ago     134 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)

  1 month ago     170 Views     Comments Off on Peanut Butter & Jelly, Isley Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)  

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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Yes, Virginia, We Have Market Saturation

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Yup, it's here.  With the news from the last 24 hours that Green Flash is liquidating its Virginia Beach production facility, there's no denying that the Virginia craft beer market has not only reached, but is now screaming past its tipping point.  The same may be true nationally, as Green Flash joins other giants such as Smuttynose that have fallen on hard times.  Peak saturation is here, and just as when the housing bubble burst a little over a decade ago, the signs have been around us for some time.  In reality, the warning signs appeared as early as 2016.…

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Biggie S’mores, Three Notch’d Brewing Co. (Charlottesville, VA)

  2 months ago     191 Views     Comments Off on Biggie S’mores, Three Notch’d Brewing Co. (Charlottesville, VA)  

After living out of the Commonwealth for a year, upon our return we immediately set about on an extended vacation...again leaving Virginia behind for a bit.  When we finally got back it was a whirlwind of family visits, new jobs, baby doctor stuff (we'd just found out we were due with our third right before getting back), and there seemed no time for "adventures" as our kids call it.  And especially not for beer stuff.  But then we had an idea!  An amazing, terrible idea!  What if we combined summer beer festivals, which are all outdoors-y and have lots of…

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Proven Theory, Benchtop Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)

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Usually my business trips take me to the Midwest.  For once (and maybe the only time), a trip kept me in the Commonwealth and I was able to meander around the 757 of all places.  One of my evening visits took me to Benchtop, which was fresh off its GABF Gold Medal win for its Mermaid's Scorn Oyster Gose.  Yes, I tried that, too.  What caught my attention most of all was their NE-ish IPA, and the cheeky name attached to it.  A Proven Theory for what, exactly?  That yours is the best?  That this is a superior style?  Endless…

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Friday Night Flights: Ornery Beer Co. (Woodbridge, VA)

  3 months ago     229 Views     Comments Off on Friday Night Flights: Ornery Beer Co. (Woodbridge, VA)  

Asking a Northern Virginian (NoVAn?  NoVite?) where the boundaries of the region lie is basically a test of one's place and tenure of residence.  A brown-sandled bro in Arlington might snobbishly delineate it as the Beltway, but then each successive neighborhood out probably looks one or two major North- or West-running roads further down I-66 as a similar barrier.  Just outside the Beltway in Vienna or Fairfax?  Route 50.  Chantilly or Manassas?  Route 234.  Leesburg?  The Greenway.  And so on it goes with the pretense that as long as you make the nigh insufferable commute down that Hades-forsaken corridor to…

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Citra Triangles, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  3 months ago     246 Views     Comments Off on Citra Triangles, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)  

"Drink now or don't bother."  Cloudy beer sure is a demanding passion.  We troll social media, call in "sick" on Thursdays or Fridays, and practice the worst forms of road rage to get our parking spots and places in line.  This was the result of one such adventure. Citra Triangles, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA) New England IPA, 6% ABV, 0 IBU Presentation:  Can pour into tulip. Appearance:  Pulpy, cloudy orange juice that catches a lot of golden hues in the right light.  Webs of lattice follow the beer down the glass fairly generally (but without a ring pattern).…

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Monk’s BBQ (Purcellville, VA)

  3 months ago     264 Views     Comments Off on Monk’s BBQ (Purcellville, VA)  

We get out to Purcellville, near the borders with West Virginia and Maryland, quite frequently.  Whether that's to snag beers from a blossoming brewery scene that features Adroit Theory, Old 690, Corcoran, and others, or for some wine club memberships in one of the best places for terroir on the East Coast, that town has a lot to offer for fans of great libations.  Just a few blocks off the W&OD Trail you can also find some superlative BBQ.  And since this is a site all about Virginia beer, you know they're going to have a great tap list, too. …

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Radegast, BadWolf Brewing Co. (Manassas, VA)

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"Be careful, both of you.  The enemy has many spies - birds, beasts!" "Radagast is, of course, a worthy wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue; and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends." -Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring Oh, hearts of geekdom.  Yes, yes, we know that "Radegast" refers to a Czech style of beer as well as the Slavic god of hospitality.  But you can't look at this bottle's label without nerding out over some very Tookish flowery script!  BadWolf also likes to…

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