Persistent Perseverance at Sinistral Brewing Co.

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Blane Perry is not the kind of guy to admit defeat easily, if ever.  He brings the same passion and intensity to both the operating and brewing sides of Sinistral.  Recently, a local award-winning homebrewer asserted that he tasted the off-flavor diacetyl in Sinistral's Fish Taco Lager, and Blane was having none of it.  Enlisting the help of a nearby brewery, he had Fish Taco chemically tested to be able to proudly report back that there were in fact no chance of such buttery or caramel corn flavors.  At the same time, when his peers reported back that "something different…

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Road Trip Report: Outer Banks, NC

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Why, you ask, would we bother writing about beers in North Carolina, much less on the barrier islands that are prone to having whole stretches swept into the ocean at the faintest whiff of a hurricane?  Because we know a lot of you go there, and there's no use pretending you don't.  It's a shorter drive than many of our daily commutes when you think about it, plus if you've grown up anywhere south or east of RVA over the past few decades (which is something like half the Commonwealth), you've probably witnessed all the growth from Corolla on down…

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

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

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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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We Went There: Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse (Delaplane, VA)

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A little over a year ago I was out at Barrel Oak Winery picking up the wine barrel that we had "bought" through our membership in their Barrel Cru club.  Some sidebar conversation led to the revelation that just as the experience-based locale had expanded its vineyards with patios, pizza, and even sangria over the prior few years, a long-gestating project by owner Brian Roeder to open their own on-premise brewery and taproom was nearing fruition.  While it would take until almost Thanksgiving of 2016 to have the grand opening, Brian's explanation that Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, or BOFT, was…

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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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Devils Backbone: One Year Later

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The news from Devils Backbone on April 12, 2016, that it had accepted an offer from AB-InBev to join their "High End" portfolio of craft beers shocked many of its fans.  Whether you looked at it as a necessary evil or a savvy business move, the event stirred some pretty deep emotions on all sides.  Still, the bottom line back then was that such events were not all that uncommon.  The biggest names in American craft beer are, with few exceptions, increasingly owned in part or majority by one of the big corporations.  Here are a few that go under…

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First Look: Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse (Delaplane, VA)

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My wife and I have been frequenting Barrel Oak Winery for six or so years now, even joining their Barrel Cru winery club and stashing away bottles for (increasingly) special occasions.  First bursting onto the scene in 2007, BOW has grown about four-fold since and expanded both its facilities and offerings to include food, kids’ areas, and even a companion winery at the John Marshall estate.  It was with little surprise, then, when on a recent tasting visit the staff explained that the new bar area being added on was actually for beer.  The addition of craft beer to Barrel…

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Friday Night Flights: Mustang Sally Brewing Co. (Chantilly, VA)

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As we're kicking off our third year here at Virginia Brew Review, we typically have a policy of ALLTHEBEER! on our first visit to a new brewery or brewpub.  We tend to make these visits on Fridays for some reason, hence Friday Night Flights.  Think of this as a first impression with some raw tasting notes for good measure.  With such a wealth of options if you're a NoVA craft beer aficionado, it felt almost delirious in seeing not one, but two breweries open on the same weekend in April out in Central Fairfax County.  Many moons ago that suburban…

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Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery (Crozet, Va)

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"As Needed" I travel a lot around the state for various reasons. Sports. Work. Sports. Friends. More Sports. And sometimes I like to enjoy a stop by a brewery to casually check up on some of the newer beers and things going on with them. I did that even before we started this website 2 years ago. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Traveling between two well known breweries, I passed a new sight. I had heard the rumblings of this brewery from my time in Northern Virginia, as the assistant brewer was heading this…

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