Author Archives for Alex Hannagan

We Went There: Old 690 Brewing Co. (Hillsboro, VA)

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What does a dreary Saturday + VBR crew reunion + a set of New Beer Resolutions equal?  An excuse to visit some new breweries!  After spending some quality time with the Ashburn scene the last few months, we decided to trek out to the Leesburg/Purcellville area for a couple of stops.  Given the presence of a libertarian/anarchist in our midst, our first stop was, of course, to a farm brewery which had to challenge local zoning regulations just to stay in business.  That's right, when Old 690 opened in August 2014, they were slapped with a citation which put them…

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Meridian Kolsch, Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn, VA)

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One of the joys of having a kegerator of delicious, cold, fresh Virginia craft beer is that as the beer ages and mellows out a bit, the flavor profile evolves from the 1st to the 10th, 20th, even 40th beer.  Well, unless you're hosting an intergalactic kegger, and then I imagine they'll all taste pretty similar (and you'll be tapped out inside of an hour).  The first two kegs I went through didn't see this sort of change, but the current round (which also includes the most excellent Forge Saison/Farmhouse Ale) has definitely pulled off a few parlor tricks on…

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