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Tailgate Throwdown: No, You Won’t Be Bock (VaTech vs. UVa, 11/28/15)

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There's nothing bittersweet about the end of a miserable football season.  What little hope we'd had was dashed by the end of September, and talk of new coaches inexorably led not to cries of, "wait 'til next year!" but rather murmurs of, "so when does basketball season start?"  Such has been the life of a UVa football fan for the last decade, with two overachieving teams sandwiched by a run of mediocrity rivaled only by the infuriating incompetence with which these teams have been led.  Don't get me wrong, the last few years have at least been marked by a…

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Friday Night Flights: Black Ox Friday, Old Ox Brewery (Ashburn, VA)

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I don't particularly like Black Friday.  You wake up most likely still a little full and bloated from the pure gluttony of the previous day (or in some cases, don't even bother going to sleep any longer).  You stand miserably in line along with dozens (if not hundreds) of other similarly disgruntled souls, sometimes freezing, all for supposedly good deals on knockoff TVs, year old brands, and movies/games/purses or whatever else that you most likely wouldn't have bought if not for the lemming-like fervor that is the holiday consumer season.  If that all sounds fairly Scrooge-like, then you weren't stuck…

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Debut #5: Maple Brown Ale, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

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There is a lot for the Virginia Brew Review Crew to be thankful for this year. We had a very successful website conversion to our new format. We are rapidly growing our other media markets like Twitter and Instagram. But more importantly, we get to meet a lot of different people, from the beer professionals, to the distributors, to the everyday people like us that just love Virginia Beer. For that, we thank you all. In trying to decide what beer to review going into the holiday season, this one kinda fell into our laps. I had heard about this…

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Cocoborealis, Chaos Mountain Brewing (Callaway, VA)

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Improvisation is the spice of life.  Well, a lot of things are, but for the sake of this intro, it most definitely is. The winter beer festivals are few and far between these days, so when one comes up, I quickly glance over to my calendar to see how to work it into my schedule. But alas, as sports seasons start up and overlap with each other, weekends are usually booked solid. This was the case in point last weekend as Richmond combined the Brunswick Stew Festival with the Stout Festival for a 'Brunswick Stew & Stout Festival' (some ad…

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Hop Gothic, South Street Brewery (Charlottesville, VA)

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A funny thing happened on the way to the Colosseum...or a Friday night dinner. After arriving in Charlottesville for Halloween weekend, we decided to hit up the restaurant a little early to grab a pre-meal beer. What we walked into was a South Street Brewery Tap Takeover. Now I have a very, very long history with South Street dating back to my collegiate days, as it was one of the few bastions in the Downtown area that I actually frequented in my later years. It was also one of 2 downtown craft breweries at the time and was a great…

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Friday Night Flights: Saisons and Cask Ales at bluejacket (Washington, DC)

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What happens when you have a Friday off, with a buddy in town from abroad who has spent most of the last 2+ years in areas of the world with little more than the local equivalent of moonshine and "lagers?"  You drink good beer, naturally.  You also give them good food.  The combination of the two, in the current microbrewery environment, either pushes one towards gastropubs who brew on site, or a pub with an extensive list of craft beer on draught.  My friend Sully has been so desperate to find (good) beer in places like Asia and Latin America…

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