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Stoner Point Smoked Beer, Old 690 Brewing Company (Purcellville, VA)

  2 years ago     1581 Views     1 Comment  

So in celebration of our anniversary last weekend, we headed out to Purcellville, VA to check out a few breweries that we had not been to before. After a long, winding, back-roads, Deliverance-like trip we ended at Old 690 brewery, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Right off the bat we saw the food truck and the dog Frisbee competition and said 'this was going to be fun'. Inside, we were warmly greeted and before we could speak our order, the gentlemen asked if we all wanted flights. How right he was. To pick 1 beer for a review was hard as…

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Cabernet Barrel-Aged Reynard Black Saison, Mad Fox Brewing (Falls Church, VA)

  2 years ago     621 Views     1 Comment  

After a fun weekend with the rest of the Virginia Brew Review crew in DC, it is time to look back on the fruits of our labor. The first beer I am going to look at asks an interesting question: When does a beer stop being the beer it was intended to be? We alluded to this question in our 'Grid Lock' review, but really started to ponder when I tried another beer from this Falls Church establishment. That's not to say that the end product is poor or that their was no quality in the workmanship, it's just that…

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Hoplar Imperial IPA, Hardywood (Richmond, VA)

  2 years ago     873 Views     Comments Off on Hoplar Imperial IPA, Hardywood (Richmond, VA)  

As we keep trekking into our anniversary weekend, I wanted to break out another big, bold, and beautiful beer.  Since we're mainly based in the NOVA and 757 areas, it can be hard to pull off a mass tasting of some of the RVA specialties; as you hopefully noted in the Hops of Fame, we still think quite highly of some of our brethren in Central VA.  In keeping with our enshrinement of the GBS, we've been especially keen on Hardywood's Reserve Series as the kind of beer that helps the Old Dominion compete on some of the biggest stages.…

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Mango Habanero Brown Ale, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA)

  2 years ago     891 Views     1 Comment  

Proud to celebrate Virginia Brew Review's first anniversary, but even more proud to continue writing about some most excellent craft beer from the Old Dominion.  I've had a few limited run bombers hanging out in my fridge for this occasion, and for our big day I'm focusing on big flavor.  First up is a spicy specialty from one of my favorite Estate Series... Mango Habanero Brown Ale, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA) - @LCCB_FarmBrews Spiced English Brown Ale, ABV 8.5%, IBU 38 Presentation:  Bomber pour into a tulip glass. Appearance:  Deep brown with garnet inflections wherever some light filters through.…

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2015 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame

  2 years ago     743 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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2014-15 Beer in Review: Beers of the Year

  2 years ago     752 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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Falcon Smash, Triple Crossing Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  2 years ago     1198 Views     1 Comment  

As we head towards our 1 year anniversary of Virginia Brew Review, I've been doing some reminiscing. One big thing I saw in this website was the ability to get out of your 'beer comfort zone' and try different style. While that has not been a problem, I noticed an affinity to other styles of beer that I really either didn't like, or did not know if something was good or not. One area that I believe I have made large strides in has been in the IPA department. Sometimes it take a pilgrimage, and mine was to Russian River…

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Gridlock, Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, Va) w/ DuClaw Brewing Co. (Bowie, MD)

  2 years ago     1217 Views     1 Comment  

Just as fast as the IPA hit the craft beer scene, variations were soon to follow as brewers and breweries tried to standout from one another. One of those varieties has become the IPL or India Pale Lager. As you might imagine the key difference between the two is the 'great divide': ale vs. lager. On top of that, it takes more time, capacity, and money to produce, so it is not seen often in the craft beer market. Well these two Northerners got together and put together a solid beer for a crisp spring afternoon.   Gridlock, Mad Fox…

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Kristin’s Passion, Old Ox Brewery (Ashburn, VA)

  2 years ago     1214 Views     1 Comment  

National Beer Day, huh?  Let's be honest, do we really need an excuse to drink (good) beer?  I prefer my excuse to be that after a quarter of the year, I really am sticking with my New Beer Resolutions!  As part of my promises, I vowed to get out to the fledgling Ashburn, VA scene (which includes Lost Rhino in addition to Old Ox), and made my second such excursion this past weekend.  In my first visit to Old Ox I mentioned a phenomenal beer as part of their "One Off Wednesdays" which, after tentatively being titled "Mexican Hot Chocolate" had…

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Dry Irish Stout (ODIS), O’Connor Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

  2 years ago     3707 Views     1 Comment  

If you haven't been on the Interwebs recently, today is the official unofficial National Beer Day. April 7th marks the anniversary of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, thus ending Prohibition. Ironically, the day was first thought up by a Richmonder at his computer in 2009, but that doesn't stop all the social media outlets from going crazy and raising a glass. Well in honor of that day, I am taking a look at one of the more interesting beers I've had since coming back to The Commonwealth. I'm sure you are saying…

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