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Crystall Brett, Three Notch’d and Devils Backbone Brewing Cos.

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Say what you want about Devils Backbone for cashing out, selling out, or buying in, but their 2017 Adventure Pack, featuring collaborations with five major Virginia breweries, was genius.  RVA aside, you almost could not have picked a better representation of some of the better brewers throughout the Commonwealth.  True to form, many of the collaborations are fairly specific to each brewery's style - Mad Fox, which goes heavy on English/Irish styles, did a Dry Irish Stout, for instance.  This was not one I would have expected.  When I think of Three Notch'd, it starts with Hydraulion, Ghost of the…

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Grateful Pale Ale Remastered, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

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The first question some of y'all are asking is 'who are these gentlemen in the picture to the left?' Well, the man standing in the front is named Ron McKernan, and while you might not recognize him or his compatriot from first glance, you should all know the story we are about to tell (and yes I tie it into the beer). What you are looking at are the founding members of....the Grateful Dead. The man in the background in none other than a young Jerry Garcia, but you can not tell the tale of the band without the other…

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Recap: 2017 NoVA Summer Brewfest

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To say that my wife put on her happy face while accompanying me to a beer festival our first weekend back home would be a bold-faced lie.  But she came with the kids, who were fairly happy and well-behaved.  Between that, good weather, good beer, and a good food lineup, what more could you want?  The NoVA Brewfest, long sponsored by Mad Fox, is an event we've missed for one reason or another the past few years.  There have been basement floods and cross-country drives, but this year I was determined to make it.  With the family in tow and…

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EBK [open your eyes edition] (Ghost 560), Adroit Theory Brewing Company (Purcellville, VA)

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I'm exhausted. I've been on this street a thousand times. It's never looked so strange... The faces: so cold! In the distance, a child is crying. Fatherless...a bastard child, perhaps. My back aches, my heart aches, but my beer... my beer tastes amazing! Thank the gods I opened a bottle and poured some EBK [open your eyes] from Adroit Theory! The first production run of Adroit Theory's EBK line of New England-style IPAs, EBK [open your eyes] NE triple IPA possesses a smooth flavor and powerful punch, making it an extremely worthy entry into VA's growing NE IPA market. EBK…

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Shower Beer, Champion Brewing Co. (Charlottesville, VA)

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I missed the East Coast.  The trees, the gentle breezes, the ocean...  Zeus Almighty, did I miss the ocean!  After a year of dodging tornadoes and running headlong into literally quadirectional winds, that first quaff of salt-laden air erased months of longing.  Just in time for summer, I've had to bide my time and not load up on every Virginia beer in sight because there's unfinished business.  See, a year ago as I hit Kansas, I put the finishing touches on a plethora of reviews that you may have read in the time since.  It was also Virginia Craft Beer…

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Oak Aged Kings Mountain, Heritage Brewing Co. (Manassas, VA)

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If you're ever going to take beer with you on a long trip (as in, a few months or longer), you want to make sure the beer will taste just as fresh, if not better, than the day it was bottled.  Hoppy or wheaty beers won't make it more than a month or three, and malty brews are doable but still lose a bit of their edge.  Big stouts and some sours, and especially bottle-conditioned varieties are a better bet.  This is the second-to-last of the beers I brought with me last June for my year studying in Kansas.  Nine…

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