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BR: Hydraulion Red, Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA)

  3 years ago     980 Views     3 Comments  

While we are wrapping up our Tailgate Throwdown: Men are from Marzen (not really the name) from last weekend, I've decided to put together a few reviews about some of the more recent brews we have had on the side. This was another one that had slipped through our cracks, but managed to pull out just in time before the winter really sets in. We mentioned about a month ago that this was the time of year for reds. Irish Red Ales to be exact. And while we are slowly getting into fall (finally...in October) it is the perfect time…

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BR: Oktoberfest, Legend Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  3 years ago     1150 Views     1 Comment  

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. That's exactly what I did this past week as the little lady and I headed out to California for a wedding of 2 of our friends who live half a block from us. One of the highlights of the trip (besides all that lovey dovey stuff) was a large group of friends traveling to both Russian River and Lagunitas Brewing and sampling some/all of their beer. But while the Pliny and Pils were flowing, something missing from that afternoon. A marzen. I…

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BR: Festie, Starr Hill Brewing Company – @StarrHill (Crozet, VA)

  3 years ago     772 Views     2 Comments  

Fall typically means the end of Summer, which is pretty much a drag.  But Fall also hints at the arrival of the harvest, and with harvests come festivals.  The precise style which defines the Autumn "-fest" craze is open to debate - amber lager, märzen, Vienna lager, or other hybrids flood the scene from mid-Summer into the equinox.  If you're following the true Oktoberfest calendar, however, you'll relegate the flood to something more akin to a post-equinox, pre-Columbus Day binge.  So with the first day of Fall lurking at the end of the weekend, let's take a look at what…

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Tailgate Throwdown: Richmond Roundup, UR vs. UVa, 9/6/14 – @CampWahoo

  3 years ago     593 Views     1 Comment  

For our second attempt at the Tailgate Throwdown, we had a much easier opponent to plan for - Richmond!  Given the number of breweries in and around the state capitol, we decided to open the competition to any and all comers from the Richmond metro area (ultimately allowing nearby Short Pump in following a very heated debate).  A tad unfocused?  Sure.  But it's a tailgate, so them's the rules! Tailgate Throwdown:  Richmond Roundup Game:  University of Richmond vs. UVa, September 6, 2014 Featured Beers:  Legend Lager, Hardywood Cream Ale, Hardywood Singel, Hardywood Capital Trail Pale Ale, Strangeways Delightfully Immoral Grisette,…

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BR: Derecho Common, Port City Brewing Company – @PortCityBrewing (Alexandria, VA)

  3 years ago     806 Views     2 Comments  

The unholy Derecho which slammed Northern Virginia in 2012 was simply that:  unholy.  The intensity and sheer violence of the storm caught everyone by surprise.  This wasn't just a derecho, it was The Derecho.  At the time, Ben lived a few miles West of me, and as he described the train-in-a-tunnel, divebombing fighter plane wind whipping through his apartment complex our power went out, too.  What followed was a huddle away from the windows experience, the sound of trees being broken apart and lightning striking echoing up and down the street.  We were lucky, but many of our neighbors had…

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Tailgate Throwdown: California Common Lagers, UCLA vs. UVa, 8/30/14 – @CampWahoo

  3 years ago     722 Views     1 Comment  

Heading into this college football season, we decided to be cheeky and have a theme on top of a theme for our UVa tailgate.  Why UVa?  Because we all graduated from there, and we're absolute sadists when it comes to sports.  For a number of years we've been frequenting Camp Wahoo (@CampWahoo), a stone's throw from UVa's stadium with a good mixture of locals and alumni.  The first idea was to have tastings of a variety of Virginia beers, review the new ones, and maybe pick a winner.  Been there, patented that cliché...boring.  The fresh idea was to not only…

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Gold Leaf Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. (Lexington, VA)

  3 years ago     1219 Views     1 Comment  

"Hello, beautiful."  In Hollywood's version of teen America, that may suffice as a pick-up line between an acne-riddled, awkward turtle of a freshman and his unfathomably hot senior prom queen crush.  And if you believe the right commercial, that's enough to not only get the kiss of a lifetime but also to get punched in the face.  In this world, though, both men and women can only say that to one lady, and that's Lady Lager.  I met this particular lady back during Mad Fox's Brewers Bash for DC Beer Week, and let's just say her flirting left me wanting…

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BR: Creator Hoppelbock, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA)

  3 years ago     735 Views     2 Comments  

We now arrive at our 3rd and final beer on our 'Richmond Roundup' tailgate, and while much discussion occurred concerning the geographic location of Goochland County in relation to Richmond, the beer we selected garnered much less debate. I don't think it is much of a secret that we have enjoyed a lot of beer from Lickinghole Creek, which makes it easier when deciding on Virginia Craft beer, but we are now at the point where we are holding them to higher standards. Soapbox moment. I have found in my travels doing these reviews, and before that tasting beer in general,…

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BR: Delightfully Immoral Grisette, Strangeways Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  3 years ago     834 Views     1 Comment  

Strap in, we are about to get into another Strangeways review. This was the second beer from our 'Richmond Roundup' tailgate, which provided a very interesting break from the daily festivities. If this is your first foray into Strangeways, or you haven't been paying attention, shame on you. I envision what goes on there is one of those mad scientists from those 1950s movies with white hair standing over boiling wort cackling at the top of his lungs. It probably is a little more subdued than that, but not by much. This go around, take a little known variety of…

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Event: DC Beer Week Brewer’s Bash, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Falls Church, VA

  3 years ago     633 Views     1 Comment  

Why do we need an excuse to drink craft beer?  Will our better halves frown upon our idiocy?  Do we stumble into interventions?  Why is a glass of wine a day a good thing, but a pint of beer an invitation to receive a Thigh Master for Christmas?  Well...it turns out that the better the excuse, the better the product.  Enter:  DC Beer Week, an "excuse" for dozens of brewers to descend upon the Nation's Capitol and ply their wares upon a suspecting population.  Granted, if you live in VA or MD getting into the district can be a bit…

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