Has Virginia found Equilibrium at the GABF?

  4 months ago     643 Views     Comments Off on Has Virginia found Equilibrium at the GABF?  

Two years ago, I was extremely excited to recap what was the most amazing Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony I've ever seen. To say that Virginia crushed it would be putting it mildly. The old guard dominated. The new players showed up and out. The surprises, well, surprised us. The overall medal count was tied for the most ever in Virginia history and showed that they were a power east of the Mississippi. But as the dust settled at last years GABF, a lot of people were left scratching their heads. Four medals were the lowest total count that…

View More

Live Beer Blogging from Lost Rhino!

  5 months ago     366 Views     Comments Off on Live Beer Blogging from Lost Rhino!  

We're joining you from the penultimate event of the 2018 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, which has been hosted right here in Loudoun County!  For the Live Beer Blogging event, we're holed up at Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn for a "speed flight," allowing us to taste 10 samples from throughout the Commonwealth.  The event will kick-off around 4:30 and go for an hour.  Our line-up for this evening includes beers from: AleWerks Ardent Blue Mountain Legend Lost Rhino Old Bust Head Port City Reason Starr Hill Vanish We don't know yet what they'll be serving, but check back over…

View More

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Beer Conference #BBC18

  5 months ago     365 Views     Comments Off on Yes, Virginia, There Is a Beer Conference #BBC18  

As I are engineer, my limited vocabulary will not genuinely convey how excited I am for this time of year. As this will be my 4th Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, I am always psyched to experience new beers and old friends. What makes it that much more exhilarating is that is on our home turf! This week, we not only have the honor to travel to Loudoun County in Northern Virginia for The Conference, but it is one where we get to show off what amazing progress this state has made in just a short amount of time. I…

View More

2017 DC Beer Week: Aslin Tap Takeover at Mad Fox Taproom (Washington, DC)

  1 year ago     901 Views     Comments Off on 2017 DC Beer Week: Aslin Tap Takeover at Mad Fox Taproom (Washington, DC)  

Let's be honest, after the beer-infused bacchanalia that was the 2017 VA Craft Brewers Fest, our attention wasn't necessarily on DC Beer Week (DCBW).  The good folks at DC Beer really do a good job of both scheduling and integrating a ton of different regional and national brewers into a slew of events around the area, though, and in the past we've attended everything from Brewers Bashes to Scavenger Hunts to random takeovers that somehow coincided with the general festivities.  Even though it's "DC" Beer Week, what's clear is that they really mean "DMV" Beer Week - DMV to us…

View More

2017 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest Awards (Broken Lizard Edition)

  1 year ago     835 Views     Comments Off on 2017 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest Awards (Broken Lizard Edition)  

The most recent version of the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest (VCBF) moved from its previous confines at Devils Backbone Basecamp to Ix Art Park in downtown Charlottesville, also the site for gracious host Three Notch'd Brewing's new taproom/crazy basement out of a grindhouse flick.  It was a tightly knit affair, with vendors and special booths spread throughout a winding series of lots.  You could listen to guest speakers talk about the brewing culture and industry, jam out to country and bluegrass, or try (and fail miserably) to make your way to each of the 100 or so brewers in park. …

View More

Live Beer Blogging from #BBC17

  1 year ago     563 Views     Comments Off on Live Beer Blogging from #BBC17  

While every year at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, there are a ton of fun events. The highlight from our writing stand point is the Live Beer Blogging. 10 beers (samples) in 60 minutes and we pick a winner. What you are reading right now is as close to 'live' as possible: raw and unedited. We are definitely not worthy to have all these great beers, but only one can be the champion. Here was the field and the winner at the bottom: D14 Brewery & Pub, Milwaukee, Wisconsin B: Barrel Aged Pomegranate Sour R: Chard barrel smooths out…

View More

VBR invades Milwaukee for #BBC17

  1 year ago     751 Views     1 Comment  

This is one of my favorite articles every year. Don't get me wrong, I love all my kids equally, but when I get to put fingers to keyboard for this one, I genuinely get excited. Why? Because it means that the annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference is right around the corner. And as we are only a mere week away from the festivities, I am already getting pumped. This year, we travel to Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for "the good land." It also marks our 3rd appearance at the conference, which started back in 2010. VBR has been to…

View More

Recap: 2017 NoVA Summer Brewfest

  1 year ago     880 Views     Comments Off on Recap: 2017 NoVA Summer Brewfest  

To say that my wife put on her happy face while accompanying me to a beer festival our first weekend back home would be a bold-faced lie.  But she came with the kids, who were fairly happy and well-behaved.  Between that, good weather, good beer, and a good food lineup, what more could you want?  The NoVA Brewfest, long sponsored by Mad Fox, is an event we've missed for one reason or another the past few years.  There have been basement floods and cross-country drives, but this year I was determined to make it.  With the family in tow and…

View More

Banner Year for Virginia Breweries at the GABF

  2 years ago     908 Views     Comments Off on Banner Year for Virginia Breweries at the GABF  

You can slice it up any way, shape, or form, but there is no denying that the Commonwealth of Virginia had an excellent showing at the Great American Beer Festival. Virginia won 14 different medals in 13 categories, 4 Gold, 7 Silver, and 3 Bronze. The 14 total medals ties the all-time medal count from 2013, when Virginia also won 14 medals (4 Gold, 6 Silver, 4 Bronze). A total of 200 beers were entered from the Commonwealth and the 7% win rate is the 3rd highest among all states, only bested by Wyoming and Hawaii, who each entered less than…

View More

The GABF, Virginia, and YOU!

  2 years ago     799 Views     Comments Off on The GABF, Virginia, and YOU!  

  Another Great American Beer Festival is upon us, and it is that time of year where we talk hardware. The awards that are presented this weekend go a long way for both the industry at large and the individual craft breweries. Receiving a medal from the Denver, Colorado event is special and doesn't get thrown around lightly, which is why it stands today as a great measure of success. But what are we to expect from the Virginia contingency? Here is our short breakdown. What is the GABF? If you don't know by now, today starts the Great American…

View More