Beer Reviews

Bourbon Barrel Baltic Sunrise, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA)

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How do you view beer?  Is it something which augments a dinner or social engagement?  Is it something you love in its own right?  Your answer to that question may impact how you like some of the ultra-big and -heavy beers that exist on the fringes of the Virginia beer scene.  If you enjoy beer just to enjoy beer, the layered complexity and boldness of something that took a year (or more) just to make it to your glass may be lost entirely.  I'm always reminded of this when we have some (non-craft beer type) friends over, and I'm gushing…

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New@Life, Oozlefinch Craft Brewery + Old Ox Brewery

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There we are, sitting at spacebar on a seemingly random Thursday night.  The menu has almost completely changed over from the previous week, and their usually innocuous tap list posting to social media looked the same as usual.  Well, almost the same.  Two Oozlefinch beers on draught?  In NoVA?!  This required a visit.  To our half-surprise, we ran into the owner of Oozlefinch, Russel Tinsley, as he made table rounds to talk about the two offerings.  There was a fruited Berliner Weisse, but the more intriguing beer was a collaboration with Old Ox Brewery (one of our local faves) that…

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Lost Weekend, Bluejacket Brewing (Washington, DC)

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Wha... why are we talking about a beer that's not from Virginia?  Apart from the fact that we've covered Bluejacket before, or that there's some serious cross-pollination between DC and VA breweries, we happened to notice a picture of the Bluejacket taproom on the twitters recently.  You see, the Brewers Association released a study similar to a question we've asked before, on whether or not breweries with taprooms draw better sales (the answer as always...it depends).  Well, what was important was that they used a picture of Bluejacket on social media as part of the study's release.  We recognized it…

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Vapid, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

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We've joked about mules waiting in line for Aslin beers before.  We've also marveled at the rarity of finding not just one, or even two kegs, but an entire tap takeover from Aslin.  It's all for good reason - over July 4th weekend I was lucky enough to visit both Tree House and Trillium while visiting a friend near Boston.  While in line at Tree House, my amusement in watching people wheel out whole dolleys of beer was interrupted by a gal in front of me asking if I were actually from Virginia (I had a UVa hat on).  I…

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Twin Cannons, Tin Cannon Brewing Co. (Gainesville, VA)

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If you had to take the name of your brewery and find a cool pun to describe your flagship Double IPA, Tin Cannon absolutely nailed it.  Twin Cannons could refer to so much - a double blast of hops, florals, bitterness, fruit, malts, or just a double tap to the ole noggin when the warmth of the alcohol finally sets in.  It was one of my favorite discoveries at a beer festival a few years ago, but just a sheer loathing of trying to slog out I-66 to Gainesville kept my snobbish self away for a while.  That's what 20…

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Stairway, Ocelot Brewing Co. (Dulles, VA)

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"Stairway is so 🔥🔥🔥 right now." So read the 4-pack table at Ocelot's third anniversary party a few months ago.  When you signed in and grabbed your beer and to-go tickets, they told you that once you were ready to check out, you could go pick an available 4-pack and waltz out.  I saw a few options and went up to snag one, only to encounter a finger wag. "Not so fast.  Ticket?" said one staff member.  I handed it over. "Here you go," said the other, pushing across some Stairway. "You mean we can't pick anything else?" I inquired.…

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Tapestry, Commonwealth Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA)

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It's not like I can't write about what I want, but I will use my birthday today as an excuse to get back into one of my most favorite beer styles. It is a full-time, day job with benefits to keep me from composing every article about Belgian-style sour ale. Several VBR members have been known to clear out cellars at local watering holes that offer this ruby goodness. But the one issue we face is that it is still extremely hard to find in the state. Yes you can find sours and fruit beer, it is rampant through Northern…

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Double Decker, Fair Winds Brewing Co. (Lorton, VA)

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Those beer mariners over at Fair Winds have been steaming along for some time now with all their nautical puns.  They may have just tacked through their third lap, but they've been firing well across the bow since the beginning.  If you haven't paid attention to us, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, or the Great American Beer Festival, what will it take to get you on board with these guys?  They barged onto the scene with one of the largest production facilities in the Commonwealth, and now have strong berths not just in NoVA but also RVA and the 757.…

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Minute Man IPA, Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA)

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What's the best thing about being part of an independent website? You get to write about what you want. I could ramble on about the effect of dust mites on interior wooden structures or 16th century Polish rulers, but we tend to stick to beer. And that extends to beer reviews and what we choose to write about. With no oversight, it means that we don't have to review the newest thing out there or are paid to write about bad beer. While we tend towards writing about what is new on the scene or hard to find brews, this…

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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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