BR: Martian Spring Biere de Mars, Strangeways Brewing – @StrangewaysRVA (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1060 Views     2 Comments  

What a long, strange trip it has been. After finally getting hitched 16 days ago and up to the great green north that was Maine, I have made my back to the computer with a log full of great beer. And while I debated on where to start with my reviews, I find it most appropriate to start in the city that started the journey. It wasn't the first time through RVA that I had this beer, but this past weekend's escapade out downtown that I came across this beer. I hadn't made it to Strangeways yet, and every time…

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BR: Striped Bass Pale Ale, Devils Backbone Brewing Company – @dbbrewingco (Lexington, VA)

  4 years ago     1232 Views     2 Comments  

Ok, so it's been a while.  It never helps to have final exams and weddings pin you down for a few weeks, if for no other reason than it's simply not conducive to discovering new microbrews.  I had actually sampled this little beauty just after Memorial Day, but when forced to decide between a heart-wrenching tale of hops and barley and a mindless financial analysis of a wind turbine farm, well...  In any event, I was so impressed that I picked up an entire six pack of this beer, which is quite rare unless it makes it into my rotation…

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BW: Blue Lab Brewing Company – @BlueLabBrewing (Lexington, VA)

  4 years ago     64018 Views     3 Comments  

After a long Friday night of cigars, bourbon, and politics I decided a pit stop was a necessity during a long car ride back from Roanoke. Having no knowledge of the craft beer scene in the small towns off 81 North I searched google for "Lexington Breweries" and stumbled upon Blue Lab Brewing Company. Located a couple blocks off Main Street and across the street from a horse carriage shop I was concerned while standing outside that I was about to walk into someone's living room (see the photo below and you will understand). However, once we walked in my friends…

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BR: Hoptimization, Three Brothers Brewing Company (Harrisonburg, VA)

  4 years ago     1700 Views     1 Comment  

One of the perks of helping a friend select Virginia craft beer to stock a bar for an upcoming party is of course the excuse this “chore” provides to try new brews. First up on this latest tasting tour is Hoptimization, a West Coast IPA from Three Brothers Brewing over in the Shenandoah Valley. Most of my previous experiences with Harrisonburg involved weekend roadtrips from UVA,  apartments fondly known as “Trashby,” and drinking whatever was in the nearest keg…so this has to be a step up….right? Hoptimization, Three Brothers Brewing (Harrisonburg, VA) West Coast IPA, ABV: 7.1% Presentation: Bottle pour into a…

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BR: Blonde Hunny Ale, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA)

  4 years ago     3015 Views     1 Comment  

Continuing on our Summer Beer Tour, I took a trip down to our local beer dispensaries to see what was new in stock. Getting out of your comfort zone is an important part of trying beers, and right off the bat, I thought this beer would be one that would test my limits. Labelled as a Summer Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, and honey would be an interesting mix, but it was more than decent mix of all three. Blonde Hunny Ale, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA) Belgian Pale Ale, ABV: 6.8% Presentation: Can into pint glass. Appearance: Amber-honey color with little head,…

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