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Orange Creamsic Ale, Home Republic/Pleasure House Brewing (Virginia Beach, VA)

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We have come to the end....of summer. Mother Nature keeps pushing those sweltering days further into September each year, which means we get to enjoy some of the lighter styles of craft beer. But it would seem that one last push of rain this week will send us into fall. But before we head out of the season, we're going to do one more summer beer review. I dig cream ales, but unfortunately, a few other compatriots can't seen past the style to try some. That being said, this is pretty far from your standard cream ale, but that's what…

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Half-Wit, Caboose Brewing Co. (Vienna, VA)

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In the run-up for my (temporary) move to Kansas, a conversation with my wife went something like this: Me:  "We should have a going away BBQ or something." Wife:  "Oh, who should we invite?" Me:  "...everyone?" Wife:  "Won't that be expensive to host?" Me:  "We'll do beer and wine, and make everyone bring something to grill instead of the other way around." Wife:  "I like that!" Me:  "Not sure I have enough in the kegerator, though..." Wife:  "Then go get another keg!" Done.  As luck would have it, VBR member Ben is on one of his "diets" and is using…

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Making IPA Great Again, The Answer Brewpub (Richmond, VA)

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  I am not a very political person. Don't get me wrong, I educate myself on the issues, have thought out decisions, and vote in every election. But I stick to the adage that there are 2 topics you don't delve into whilst having a round of drinks, and politics is one of them. So as you are reading this, please note that this is not, in any way, shape, or form, touting any candidate in the upcoming Presidential Election. I enjoy beer, and when it comes to IPAs, we are very well documented in saying that Richmond has been…

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The Love, Starr Hill Brewing Co. (Crozet, VA)

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Going to UVa in the mid-aughts brought me many lessons on the virtues and perils of alcohol.  For a period of three years, an ugly incident with Natty Light kept me away from beer altogether before a trip to Las Vegas for my 21st brought me my very first taste of craft beer.  A few weeks later, I took my then-girlfriend to what was at the time the Starr Hill Music Hall.  Even though the venue closed a few months later in 2007, it was an informative visit for a few reasons:  1) I really like Trance music (or as…

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