BR: Northern Lights IPA, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

  4 years ago     1321 Views     1 Comment  

Kind of going off our usual script for the beer review tonight. I tend to look for the newer or different kinds of beers out there to really get down and rate, but since it is a special occasion, I'm going to go review one that's been out for a little while. Most of y'all who know me know that I'm a fan of a little band called Phish. And it just so happened that they have bowled through the Mid-Atlantic this week, stopping in Portsmouth for a two night stretch. One solid that all three of the venues in…

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BR: Single Hop Saison, Triple Crossing Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1143 Views     2 Comments  

After a birthday weekend sampling a lot of great beers, we are going to jump back and review some of the beers we tried at NBE the previous week. And I'm going to start off with one of the pleasant surprises of the day from Triple Crossing Brewery. If I begin to start sounding like a broken record, I'm sorry, but I do like saisons, especially this time of the year. While I was hoping for a lot more from some of the other breweries, the best one this Saturday was the Single Hop Saison, and while hard to find…

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Event: Capital Ale House National Beer Expo (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1023 Views     1 Comment  

For me, it was an early birthday present. A day sampling some of the best brews from around the state and country. And while it was as perfect of a day outside in the Commonwealth that you could expect in July, it was even better in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. It was the crowning jewel in the entire week's expo and it left some solid lasting impressions. Here are the best of the National Beer Expo. Event: Capital Ale House National Beer Expo Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA Date: July 19, 2014, 1pm-6pm Cost: $40/50 in advance, $50/60 at the…

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Capital Ale House National Beer Expo Primer

  4 years ago     1145 Views     2 Comments  

As we hit the middle of the summer, it's time to get back out on the festival scene. Luckily, the Capital Ale House National Beer Expo is this week and I have plenty of husband/birthday points saved up. While the actual event kicks off on Tuesday, July 15th (you can see the full schedule here), I am going to look at the main event, which takes place on Saturday, July 19th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. So what are we looking forward to? Well, there is a full list of Breweries and Beers here, but with 150+ beers, you…

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BR: Bridge Builder Blonde, Parkway Brewing Co. (Salem, VA)

  4 years ago     1514 Views     1 Comment  

My first foyer into something other Natty Light in college was at a great Corner Bar called Micheal's Bistro. There, we would try beer that a vast majority of other places we frequented wouldn't have. This was my first dive into the Belgians. Duvel. Chimay. While the extent of our tastings were mostly Dubbels and Tripels (and which were few and far between due to lack of money), I had not really tried any 18As until this past year. The lightest of the Belgian family is the Blond (Blonde) Ale and is a brew that a decent number of Virginia Breweries…

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BR: Honey Ginger, Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1426 Views     2 Comments  

Sometimes it takes a particular beer to open you up to try and completely different brew. Case in point, I went on honeymoon in Maine and at one of the breweries we went to, Atlantic Brewing Company, had a Ginger Beer they brewed to compliment food from the Thai place that used to be next to them in Bar Harbor. I though that was a very interesting beer. So when I was out in Richmond a few weeks ago, I tried the Honey Ginger from Ardent Craft Ales. And it was a great choice. Honey Ginger, Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond,…

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BR: Magic Beaver Belgian-Style Pale Ale, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA)

  4 years ago     2085 Views     2 Comments  

Okay, how can you not review a beer with this name? It is a confession of this writer that this one came down the line on a night out a few weeks ago, but this is why you take notes. There seems to be a lot of 'hybrid' beers on the market, as Virginia brewers are trying to create brews that would stand out from the others. And while it is hard to break a whole tap in restaurant or bar, it's a whole lot easier to get a case or two of 22s or 750s available for the more…

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BR: Whiter Shade of Pale, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

  4 years ago     1182 Views     1 Comment  

With the 4th of July weekend now behind us, we continued to comb though the massive list of beer reviews we still needed to get out. Surprising enough this one had slipped through our fingers. And to make matters worse, this was going to be our first review for a beer from a long established Virginia Brewery. Yes, we did talk about one of their other beers in our Mariner's Museum Beer Festival wrap, but not a stand-alone review. Well to get the ball rolling this week, we are going to rectify this by getting into one of the most interesting…

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