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2017 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame

  7 months ago     848 Views     Comments Off on 2017 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame  

Hoppy Anniversary to, well, us!  Three years and hundreds of beer tastings, reviews, happy hours, and festivals later, we have always striven towards our goal:  to find the best craft beer Virginia has to offer and let others know about it. And y'all have helped.  We are still getting tens of thousands of visitors to our site every year and more and more regular visits throughout our social media platforms.  This is something that we are very humble about and we thank every single person who reads (and shares) our work.  You know how it works:  first you tell a…

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2016-2017 Beer In Review: Beers of the Year

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I had mentioned in casual conversation the other day to my wife that we've been putting articles together for our 3rd Anniversary of Virginia Brew Review, and she looked at me like "Y'all been doing this for how long?" Yep, it has been that long.  Three years ago this week, three dudes set out to talk about the craft beer scene in the Commonwealth.  And while we continue to all balance real lives from fun lives, we are still able to push forward and begin to celebrate as we always do:  by giving out some hardware (or is it software?)…

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Live From The Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference! #bbc16

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Every year in the middle of our conference, we take a moment out of having a few beers, to have a few beers really quickly. It is called Live Beer Blogging, and it is the speed dating of portion of our show. What you are reading right now was done within the hour we had with 10 different beers. The beers we tried were provided by  J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. at their warehouse in Tampa, Fl. So if you have had these beers, you should know what we are getting ourselves into. If you haven't, here are our initial impressions. Cigar…

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VBR at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference #bbc16

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While we travel around this great Commonwealth a lot covering all of the craft beer in the state, once a year we get to meet up with the same crazy people who do the same thing in other parts of the country. That's right, we are less than a month away from heading to the annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference. Last year, we invaded Asheville, North Carolina and it was like nothing else. Between the food, talks, commodity, and also just a little bit of beer, we had an experience of a lifetime. This year we are seasoned veterans,…

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Virginia’s Strong Showing at The World Beer Cup

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Every year, the Craft Brewer's Conference is the destination for every one involved in the beer industry, from brewers, to distributors, to writers that are more prestigious than we are (*sniff*).  But every 2 years, craft brewers from around the world submit their best quaffs to hope for one of the coveted World Beer Cup medals. It is an award that is harder to obtain than the GABF medals, and one of true distinction. This year, Virginia had a solid showing from some of it's older breweries, and always a few surprises as well. Here is a run down of…

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2016 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame

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So we now conclude Virginia Brew Review's 2nd Anniversary party with the big hardware. A late night conversation now 2 years ago this week turned into a homegrown website with one mission: to find the best craft beer Virginia had to offer and let others know about it. In just 2 years, tens of thousands have viewed our site and many of them are regular followers of us on various social mediums. This is not lost on us and we thank each and every one of you for your comments and support. But before we can close out the year, we have to…

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2015-16 Beer in Review: Beers of the Year

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This week marks the 2nd Anniversary of Virginia Brew Review and we're marking the occasion once more with our yearly awards. New to the site or forgot how we did this last year? Well, we get the stockholders of VBR together, chant the sacred word to Bacchus, and then we give out some hardware. First off, we are going to announce our VBR Beers of the Year list. We looked at all the beers we (remembered) trying this past year and found the 10 most worthy for the title. It could be year round or seasonals, just started or old standards. Anything that…

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Brew Smarts: What’s a ‘Firkin’?

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If you purvey the craft beer scene, you've seen them laying around...literally. Those mini kegs just tilted on their sides with a couple of blankets and ice packs thrown on top of them. You hear a sound that sounds like a water line break and a crowd cheering right after as if some sadistic people have a beef with the local water works authority. Then a grizzled anti-Thor holds up a wooden hammer proclaiming good times for everyone. The first time I saw that, I immediately went back…

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VBR at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference #BBC15

  2 years ago     760 Views     Comments Off on VBR at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference #BBC15  

We'd like to take a little time out from our regularly scheduled program to talk about what we have coming up. We love to write about Virginia and we love to write about beer. The process is fun and exciting, but we always strive to be better. And there are two ways we can achieve that. First is that we can try beer outside of Virginia. We are humble enough to understand what the beer culture is throughout the entire United States and the world. It gives us perspective on the levels of quality and trends in beer styles and…

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2015 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame

  2 years ago     744 Views     1 Comment  

Happy Anniversary to Virginia Brew Review. A late night conversation 1 year ago this week turned into a homegrown website with one mission: to find the best craft beer Virginia had to offer and let others know about it. It never was (and never will be) our intention to criticize, lambast, or tear down the efforts of others, and the reviews/features we bring you are those we honestly believe are worth your attention.  We are now a community around 700 strong that shares the same vision and we thank each and every one of you for your comments and support.…

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