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3-4-5 Pilsner, Spencer Devon Brewing (Fredericksburg, VA)

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Sometimes it is the unexpected twists and turns that make life interesting. Start with horrible Friday traffic on I-95. As my wife and I were heading to DC to meet up with the rest of the VBR staff, we decided to take 301 instead. Feeling hungry after a few hours on the road, we pulled off into Fredericksburg to grab a bite and on our way back to our car, we stumbled upon a brewery we had not heard of. My wife, at the time, thought that I had planned it all out, but I was just as astounded as…

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Ginger Lager, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA)

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One of the great things about us Virginians is that we are creative. From the early inventors like Thomas Jefferson to new innovators at Jefferson Laboratories, we pride ourselves on pushing the envelope of discovery. I know that is a little grandiose for a beer review site, but it makes for a good segway. I myself like for breweries to step out of the box, and here is yet another example we found bomber diving at our local bottle store. Ginger Lager, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA) Spiced Lager, ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 20 Presentation: Bomber pour into tasting glass. Appearance: Very…

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Graffiti House, Old Bust Head Brewing Company (Warrenton, VA)

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Even though we are a relatively young website, we are continually amazed by the growth of craft beer in Virginia. It usually happens when we sit down on Sunday nights and pull out our notes from the past week and go 'I can't believe we haven't reviewed anything from this company before." One of the things we talked about when we first started was that we were going to branch out and look at all the breweries around the state. Well we continue that mission with a brewery we are seeing a lot more these days, and for very good…

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Petty Larceny, The Answer Brewpub (Richmond, VA)

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We wrap up our Memorial Day series with our final stop on our Richmond tour. Sometimes expectation can build so high that it is hard to live up to it. For example, I went out to see Jurassic World last week and there was already such a buzz around it combined with my experiences of seeing Jurassic Park in the theaters umpteen years ago, that after the movie, I thought it was good not great. That happens sometime with me and craft breweries. A lot of times people tell me 'You got to check this one out' or 'Don't miss…

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Hopocalypse Imperial Red Ale, Apocalypse Ale Works (Forest, VA)

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I look for new opportunities. In my business, while heading down the course of what you are good at can make you very successful, branching out and discovering new projects in different field can prove to be very beneficial. I take that approach to the site as well. I could stick to the 'flavor of the month', but it is nice to get away from that sometimes and branch out. Well, I came across this beer a few weekends ago, and in the summer of sessions, this Imperial Red Ale is definitely off the beaten trail. But I am glad…

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Trail Angel Weissbier, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. (Lexington, VA)

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I have finally gotten back into golf. Injuries a few years ago shelved me from enjoying the links, but a few weeks ago was dragged out and loved every minute of it. But while my other compatriots firmly believe that golf is better shared with a few beers, the selection of beer was not up to par (pun intended). Thankfully after the round , I was able to stop by the local food store to pick up some grilling brew and found this gem that will be in our bags the next round. Trail Angel Wiessbier, Devil's Backbone Brewing Co. (Lexington,…

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A Hopwork Orange, Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, VA)

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Beer names have gotten fun. The war between breweries and beer names will rage on forever, sort of like the early race for world wide web domains in the 90s. You don't want to have the most amazing beer in the world and have to call it 'Alpha Penguin New Mexico' cause all the other names have been taken. But the flip side of this is your beer has to back up that name. I would be remiss to say that I have had my eye on this one for a while cause it had an interesting name, but after…

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IPA Batch #13, Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond, VA)

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Every beer has a story. One of the great things about writing about beer is, from time to time, you actually get to hear them. What inspired breweries to start or what ideas they played around with in a certain brew is really fun to know. If there is a better start to a beer and brewery than this beer, I haven't heard it yet. When we toured Richmond Memorial Day weekend we made a stop by Ardent Craft Ales and heard a slight buzz around one of their IPAs. Well the consensus was extremely positive, so after our sample,…

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