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Improved Showing at #GABF by Virginia Breweries

  2 years ago     871 Views     Comments Off on Improved Showing at #GABF by Virginia Breweries  

While The Commonwealth did not set any personal records this year, the 2015 performance by Virginia's breweries was stronger that last year and showed how Virginia is now poised to become THE East Coast destination for award winning beer. Seven Virginia breweries won a total of 9 medals, the 3rd highest count for the Commonwealth at the GABF. The day was highlighted by Port City Brewing Company (Alexandria, VA) 3 medals (2 silver and a bronze) and the award for Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year, marking the 5th time in 6 years a brewery in Virginia has…

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What Should We Expect from Virginia at the GABF?

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I'm a huge nerd. I don't try and hide it. While most people compare me to Landfill from Beerfest and Barney Gumble from The Simpsons, I'm more like Fink and Frink, respectively, just trapped in those other bodies. I cram my head with useless knowledge and trivia to the point where my friends ask me random questions all the time. It came in handy at school on Wednesday Trivia Nights at Mellow Mushroom, but not much else. One thing I do love is stats. I was mercilessly ragged on by my Government-major roommate as they…

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Rockville Red, Midnight Brewery (Goochland, VA)

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  While it is my favorite of all seasons with the abundance of Marzens out there, it is the more logically time of year for the less hoppy, more malty categories to shine as well. As it seems the Commonwealth will allow us to have a few extra days of fall this year, it is the perfect time to get into another big category: Irish Reds. There are a few big differences between the two, most notably that traditional Marzens are lagers and Irish Red Ales are, well, ales. Outside of the traditional color difference, Irish Reds push past just…

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Tailgate Throwdown: Nut Brown Ales, W&M vs. UVa – 9/19/15

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This may not be the best season to be a UVa football fan.  Sure, we've been spoiled by national championships over the last year in Soccer, Tennis, and Baseball (and the overall men's national championship per the Capitol One Cup), but this success has largely come at the expense of the football program.  The supposed strength of the team, its defense, has been [insert porous analogy here].  The offense's reliance on a "power running game" is stuck in 1980 except, you know, when they let our QB improvise and move the pocket a bit.  But this was supposed to be…

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Oktoberfest, St. George Brewing Company (Hampton, VA)

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If you haven't gathered by now, I am a fairly large sports fan, both literally and figuratively. I sometimes compare the process of beer reviews much like the scouting of athletes. You read and hear rumblings of good players from this town, gather information, and maybe head to a AAU or All Star camp to see what is going on. Most of the time the big guns are on display and they impress everyone and draw all the attention. The good scouters and coaches can both look at those and find the diamonds in the rough. The players everyone might…

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Tailgate Throwdown: Stouts for UVa-Notre Dame

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Ah, college football season.  As if alumni needed an excuse to revisit the places typically associated with some of the best (or at least, most fun) years of our lives.  For the VBR crew, we've staked our tents (literally in this week's case) at Camp Wahoo, a mere stone's throw from Scott Stadium.  We're under no delusion that UVa is a team of world beaters, but we have our hopes and our beers to keep us afloat through what have been some trying seasons of late.  With #9 Notre Dame in town, and our 'Hoos looking completely overmatched on the…

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Final Glide Hefeweizen, Lost Rhino Brewing (Ashburn, VA)

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The half-German in me is ecstatic to see American breweries take a stab at the Purity Law of 1516, aka the deliciously named Reinheitsgebot!  This series of German rules were codified in Bavaria, basically limiting the ingredients in German beers to only water, barley, and hops.  As disastrous as this sounds to our privileged palates, the Germans had several hundred years to get this recipe right (cue obligatory Schnitzengiggles and "fourth best bier in all zie Deutschland!" jokes).  And believe me, it shows.  It comes down not to what you can add to your beer, but what you do with…

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13.Five Ofest, Blue Mountain Brewing Company (Afton, VA)

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I'll admit, I have been slacking a little bit on my reviews. But there are several good reasons for that. First, while I have had PLENTY of quality Virginia brews over the last month, most of those were at festivals, and that's not really the time to get 'into' a beer for review. Secondly, we are in a seasonal change. No, I'm not getting into pumpkin beer yet, but it is Marzen/Okotberfest time and I am a sucker for Oktoberfest beer. I usually prepare for the season with some *gasp* German classics to get ready for my favorite 2 months…

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