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King Street Kolsch, Bull Island Brewing Co. (Hampton, VA)

  7 months ago     303 Views     Comments Off on King Street Kolsch, Bull Island Brewing Co. (Hampton, VA)  

We are going to slightly deviate from standard operating procedure. One of the things we have learned over the past (almost) 3 years now is not to dive right into a brewery once they first open up. There are a lot of things happening at once and while, the whirlwind is exciting and promising, it is unfair to jump on a first impression, whatever that may be. That especially holds true when it relates to beer. The end game is always having great beer to share with as many people as possible, and that does not happen quickly. There will…

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Porter, Mustang Sally Brewing Co. (Chantilly, VA)

  8 months ago     378 Views     Comments Off on Porter, Mustang Sally Brewing Co. (Chantilly, VA)  

For someone who overwhelmingly prefers beers with some variation on "wheat" or "white" in the title, regardless of language, strangely I've been on something of a Porter and Stout binge lately.  Maybe it's all the cruddy weather we've experienced in NoVA for what has passed as "Spring" 2016, but more likely it's the sudden discovery of a number of superlative entries around the region.  This isn't exactly a new beer for me, but given its backstory it will be for the overwhelming majority of folks who encounter it in these coming months...and encounter it they will.  For me, it was…

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Britchin Brown Ale, Stable Craft Brewing (Waynesboro, VA)

  8 months ago     515 Views     Comments Off on Britchin Brown Ale, Stable Craft Brewing (Waynesboro, VA)  

I have brought up the topic of the evolution of personal beer preferences before.  I'm not talking about seasonal choices, like sitting with feet in the sand having a Berliner Weisse or cozied up to a fire with a full-bodied stout.  It's more about what you order when you are looking to buck trends and go to something you really enjoy drinking all the time.  Almost three years ago when we tried actually opining what we were drinking, I was more a malt forward, less hoppy craft beer person.  That has radically shifted back and forth, with several 'go-tos' at…

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