2017 Virginia Brew Review Hops of Fame

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Hoppy Anniversary to, well, us!  Three years and hundreds of beer tastings, reviews, happy hours, and festivals later, we have always striven towards our goal:  to find the best craft beer Virginia has to offer and let others know about it. And y'all have helped.  We are still getting tens of thousands of visitors to our site every year and more and more regular visits throughout our social media platforms.  This is something that we are very humble about and we thank every single person who reads (and shares) our work.  You know how it works:  first you tell a…

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2016-2017 Beer In Review: Beers of the Year

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I had mentioned in casual conversation the other day to my wife that we've been putting articles together for our 3rd Anniversary of Virginia Brew Review, and she looked at me like "Y'all been doing this for how long?" Yep, it has been that long.  Three years ago this week, three dudes set out to talk about the craft beer scene in the Commonwealth.  And while we continue to all balance real lives from fun lives, we are still able to push forward and begin to celebrate as we always do:  by giving out some hardware (or is it software?)…

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White Ale, Alewerks Brewing Co. (Williamsburg, VA)

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It sucks getting old.  The aches, the reduced flexibility, the sudden need to rise at 4am to start the day, and of course, the whole "your best is behind you."  In the words of my forebears, poppycock!  With age comes wisdom, reflection, and a certain kind of tolerance those young whippersnappers only aspire to.  When you come first, others may try to best you but that very attempt is its own sort of flattery.  And now, for something completely related to beer, Alewerks is the veritable graybeard in this scenario, and their mild-mannered Witbier has helped show all those which…

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Oak Aged Wee Heavy, Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)

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The VBR crew has had to learn a lot about safely (and legally) transporting and muling beer this year.  To be clear, we in no way condone "mislabeling" a few packages as "hot sauce," "pickles," or other sorts of liquid-filled glass bottles.  For whatever you do send through the mail, whether it be the Postal Service or one of the other carriers, just make sure you use lots of bubble wrap, mmk?  Regardless of how it got here (and in what deplorable conditions its fellow mates perished), all props to VBR member Ben for getting a bottle of this incredible…

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Devils Backbone: One Year Later

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The news from Devils Backbone on April 12, 2016, that it had accepted an offer from AB-InBev to join their "High End" portfolio of craft beers shocked many of its fans.  Whether you looked at it as a necessary evil or a savvy business move, the event stirred some pretty deep emotions on all sides.  Still, the bottom line back then was that such events were not all that uncommon.  The biggest names in American craft beer are, with few exceptions, increasingly owned in part or majority by one of the big corporations.  Here are a few that go under…

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Pavlov’s Bell-gian Blonde Ale, Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery (Crozet, VA)

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I will admit, I haven't had the pleasure of getting down to Pro Re Nata yet.  They've been on my radar after learning of their participation in Kerri's Cure, but Crozet is its own day trip so those visits tend to happen on UVa sporting weekends.  Luckily, Hamilton was in town for UVa's last home game of the year and his next visit brought gifts of beer, growlers, and swag!  If you've not heard of PRN (Latin for "as needed"), that's understandable as they only opened back in November 2015.  That said, you may want to pay attention as Head…

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