Pumpkin Ale, Alewerks Brewing Company (Williamsburg, VA)

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  Since fall has decided it wants to now show up a week from Halloween, we are going to start getting into something that I am shocked we have never done. We've been at this for 2 1/2 years and +/- 160 beer reviews, and we have never once reviewed a pumpkin beer. With this once nitche fall-transitional beer taking on a whole new persona in the craft beer market, it makes it hard to really fit them in this time of year. Brewers have to get it on the shelf early to beat out the competition, which means that…

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Banner Year for Virginia Breweries at the GABF

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You can slice it up any way, shape, or form, but there is no denying that the Commonwealth of Virginia had an excellent showing at the Great American Beer Festival. Virginia won 14 different medals in 13 categories, 4 Gold, 7 Silver, and 3 Bronze. The 14 total medals ties the all-time medal count from 2013, when Virginia also won 14 medals (4 Gold, 6 Silver, 4 Bronze). A total of 200 beers were entered from the Commonwealth and the 7% win rate is the 3rd highest among all states, only bested by Wyoming and Hawaii, who each entered less than…

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The GABF, Virginia, and YOU!

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  Another Great American Beer Festival is upon us, and it is that time of year where we talk hardware. The awards that are presented this weekend go a long way for both the industry at large and the individual craft breweries. Receiving a medal from the Denver, Colorado event is special and doesn't get thrown around lightly, which is why it stands today as a great measure of success. But what are we to expect from the Virginia contingency? Here is our short breakdown. What is the GABF? If you don't know by now, today starts the Great American…

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