2014-15 Beer in Review: Beers of the Year

  3 years ago     1112 Views     1 Comment  

Tomorrow marks the 1st Anniversary of Virginia Brew Review and we're having a two day celebration of Virginia Beer to mark the occasion. How are we going to party down? Well after our super secret bunker meeting of the stockholders of VBR, we decided that we will start an annual tradition of giving out some hardware. First off, every year 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 to be the best of the year. It could be year…

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Cooking with BEER: Lost Rhino Kolsch and Port City Optimal Wit

  3 years ago     1399 Views     1 Comment  

For Christmas my wife got a lot of fancy attachments for her KitchenAid, as well as one of those automatic breadmakers.  Imagine her surprise, then, when out of the blue one day I say I'm going to bake some bread as well...and don't want any of her gadgets. The inspiration to cook some beer bread was fairly evident in all the odors of yeast, butter, and flour emanating from our kitchen these past few months.  This is also an insanely simple recipe for a versatile kind of bread that's great just to munch on, toast up as croutons, or dip…

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30 “New Beer” Resolutions for my 30th!

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Why does everyone make New Year's resolutions?  Don't they realize that everyone else has resolved to lose all that winter weight and the gyms will be crowded?  Don't they realize that the grass smoothies are sold out because everyone else is on the same cleanse?  Don't they realize that most resolutions just aren't very fun?  They require - ahem - resolve. So this year I'm making some "New Beer" resolutions.  And since I happen to turn 30 today, here are 30 resolutions for my 2015 beer tasting slate: New Breweries, New Beer! For a lot of my brewery runs I've…

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Cooking with BEER: Devils Backbone Eight Point IPA

  4 years ago     1186 Views     1 Comment  

Raise your hands if you consider yourself a good cook! *crickets* Ok, so maybe this isn't the best crowd with which to share recipes.  Maybe you just like to marinate chunks of flesh overnight, then grill it until it's dead a second time.  Or maybe they know you by name at the takeout counter (as well as which dishes you eat which nights of the week, and when you're home from work...)  Or maybe - just maybe - you can't be bothered to try.  If that's you, I'm here to help! I don't think that I'm a chef by any…

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Giving the Gift of Beer!

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What can you do for a friend, relative, or significant other to surprise them after you've watched them spend tireless hours scanning store shelves, trekking into the hinterlands, or cackling maniacally over a frothing pot in search of great beer? Well, you can be my awesome wife, for starters.  Before I get into a rundown of some great beer gift ideas for the last minute shopper, let me tell you just how she surprised the living daylights out of me a few weeks back.  As has been hinted in other posts, we've had a lot going on which is why…

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Tailgate Throwdown: Go Big or Go Home, Miami vs. UVa, 11/22/14 – @CampWahoo

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It was cold.  Like, frak it was cold.  But it was also the last home game of the year, the last tailgate of the year...the last throwdown of the year.  Our beloved 'Hoos desperately needed a win to keep their bowl hopes alive, and we desperately needed to stay warm.  There are some very large beers in this lineup, but on a day when I chose to voluntarily drink some Bell's Winter White Ale at room temperature to stave off hypothermia, they were needed.  We got so swept up in the whole day that I didn't get around to finding…

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Tailgate Throwdown: Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Pumpkin, UNC vs. UVa, 10/25/14 – @CampWahoo

  4 years ago     1244 Views     1 Comment  

The Oldest Rivalry in the South.  One of the hottest trends in seasonals.  The last tailgate before Halloween.  Of all those milestones, only the last one made any sense.  A great thing about the others being true, though, is that a lot of area breweries are putting out pumpkin beers left and right - sometimes more than one from the same brewer!  With it also being Homecomings at UVa, we also had quite a crowd on hand at the tailgate.  I had more suggestions on the pre-gameday Facebook feed than I had slots in my six pack, though, but judging…

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Craft Beer: Hampton Roads Style

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(This post was written for Rose & Womble Reality focusing on breweries in the Hampton Roads Region) Welcome to Hampton Roads. If you have just moved here and are busy unpacking boxes, congratulations! Why not celebrate with a beer? If you are thinking about moving here and are searching for houses, that can be exhausting as well. Why not stop for a beer? You really don’t need a reason to stop and enjoy a beer. The Commonwealth of Virginia and Hampton Roads have been brewing beer dating back to the first colonies in and around Williamsburg, but the local craft…

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Tailgate Throwdown: Krispy Kölschs, Pitt vs. UVa, 10/4/14 – @CampWahoo

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There's little point to having a throwdown if you can't have a beer theme that allows for actual competition.  And tying that theme to a competitor from another state?  Increased difficulty.  When that state is Pennsylvania, and the city is Pittsburgh, whose flagship beer is...Iron City??  Whoa.  Luckily the Keystone State does have one major item going for it - lots of German heritage.  And among the first beers I'd ever had from there (and the first canned craft beer I ever tried) was Lancaster Brewing's Kölsch.  Inspiration having been struck, now we had ourselves an interstate intramural! Tailgate Throwdown: …

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Tailgate Throwdown: Ye Olde Oktoberfests, Kent St. vs. UVa, 9/27/14 – @CampWahoo

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As the leaves take on hues of copper, amber, and yellow, families flock in droves first to see a bunch of trees die, and then onwards to tents full of sudsy glory.  With the harvest comes autumn, and with autumn comes a series of lagers aging for months in anticipation of just this moment.  Now, Oktoberfest-style beers come in a number of varieties, from märzens (aka festbier or Oktoberfestbier) which are malty and more of a coppery goldenrod in hue to Vienna Lagers (sometimes amber lagers) with more toasted caramel profiles befitting their amber hue.  Since by Bavarian law beer…

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