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How to Elevate the “Biggest Small Beer Ever” Campaign

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Remember American Craft Beer Week?  I mean, did you see that massive Twitter campaign, the Facebook posts, all the beer and food porn on Instagram? Well, for someone who at least makes an attempt to dredge a few feeds and find some trends, I almost missed it.  For our topic of choice in this post, were it not for a fortuitous glance at precisely the right hour, I would have missed out on the chance to try the "Biggest Small Beer Ever" altogether.  As much as we rail against the macro conglomerates, including whether you think all their acquisitions is…

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Wagons East!

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You give an inch, they take a mile. As someone who is extremely pro-small business and pro-craft beer, the current expansion of the 'homegrown' Virginia Craft Beer industry has been both exciting and exponential. With such a small staff here at Virginia Brew Review, it is hard to not only get out to breweries that have been here for a while, but to all of the newer breweries that have popped up recently. For example, Virginia Brewing Company just opened their doors about 2 months ago and 3 more are planned for the Middle Peninsula area very soon. On the…

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Recap: Mad Fox Spring Bock Festival (2016)

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Damn the thunderstorms, craft beer ahead!  An ominous orange and yellow swath of radar crept over first the Appalachian and then the Blue Ridge Mountains on Saturday afternoon, barreling down the slopes to spoil the first truly Spring-like day after a record-breaking string of rain.  The organizers would not be cowed, nor would the beergoers.  The brewers and their reps mingled among each other and in the crowd.  The band brought the funk.  Most importantly, the beer was pretty stellar.  This was the 2016 Mad Fox Spring Bock Festival, an improved iteration still with room to grow. 2016 Spring Bock…

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Virginia’s Strong Showing at The World Beer Cup

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Every year, the Craft Brewer's Conference is the destination for every one involved in the beer industry, from brewers, to distributors, to writers that are more prestigious than we are (*sniff*).  But every 2 years, craft brewers from around the world submit their best quaffs to hope for one of the coveted World Beer Cup medals. It is an award that is harder to obtain than the GABF medals, and one of true distinction. This year, Virginia had a solid showing from some of it's older breweries, and always a few surprises as well. Here is a run down of…

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Friday Night Flights: Mustang Sally Brewing Co. (Chantilly, VA)

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As we're kicking off our third year here at Virginia Brew Review, we typically have a policy of ALLTHEBEER! on our first visit to a new brewery or brewpub.  We tend to make these visits on Fridays for some reason, hence Friday Night Flights.  Think of this as a first impression with some raw tasting notes for good measure.  With such a wealth of options if you're a NoVA craft beer aficionado, it felt almost delirious in seeing not one, but two breweries open on the same weekend in April out in Central Fairfax County.  Many moons ago that suburban…

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Salad Days American Saison, Pale Fire Brewing Co. (Harrisonburg, Va)

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As we begin Year 3, we figured we'd play it a little safe. It is not often you get a GABF winner in front of you the day after you finish up your year end review, but that was the exact situation I found myself in recently at a birthday party for a friend. See, I've had this beer on several occasions, but never in a sit-down tasting situations. A brief moment typing notes on my phone and some familiar eye rolls from my compatriots, I was able to truly enjoy this great saison from Harrisonburg. And as we have…

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Recap: 2016 Spring Beer Festival (Shirlington, VA)

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The setting for the Spring Beer Festival, hosted by the venerable Capitol City Brewing Co., could easily have been marred by lingering rain and plummeting temperatures, but Bacchus himself appeared to intervene for a few hours.  Revelers were provided instead with a temperate haze stretching into the early evening.  And revelers there were aplenty, peaking mid-afternoon but never overwhelming the setting.  Boasting a wide selection of regional brewers (and even some wine and cigars), the Spring Beer Festival gave the people what they wanted:  good beer, surprisingly good food, and half an entire neighborhood all to themselves. Spring Beer Fest…

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