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Big Papi, Commonwealth Brewing Co. (Virginia Beach, VA)

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A reason it's hard to hate on the craft beer scene is that while you get plenty of "beer douches," as I recently heard it put, the overwhelming majority simply love the stuff so much that they're willing to share it even when it's hard to come by.  Including with complete strangers.  This happened to me the other week while visiting spacebar, one of the OG spots for craft beer in NoVA.  On this visit, us VBRers are chatting and one of us knows the bartender, who asks us how we're faring with some new IPAs.  A shade-throwing remark on…

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Bad Donkey, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA)

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Now that I am fully recovered from the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, and have successfully settled into my new home in the Hampton Roads area, I am ready to get back into the swing of things. And while the move has been difficult and never ending, the quest to find great Commonwealth brews got a little easier. I have found a bottle shop close to my house that has a great selection from all over the country, but has no qualms about putting on beers from Virginia. With that being said, a lot of my reviews will be coming…

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We Went There: Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse (Delaplane, VA)

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A little over a year ago I was out at Barrel Oak Winery picking up the wine barrel that we had "bought" through our membership in their Barrel Cru club.  Some sidebar conversation led to the revelation that just as the experience-based locale had expanded its vineyards with patios, pizza, and even sangria over the prior few years, a long-gestating project by owner Brian Roeder to open their own on-premise brewery and taproom was nearing fruition.  While it would take until almost Thanksgiving of 2016 to have the grand opening, Brian's explanation that Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, or BOFT, was…

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2017 DC Beer Week: Aslin Tap Takeover at Mad Fox Taproom (Washington, DC)

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Let's be honest, after the beer-infused bacchanalia that was the 2017 VA Craft Brewers Fest, our attention wasn't necessarily on DC Beer Week (DCBW).  The good folks at DC Beer really do a good job of both scheduling and integrating a ton of different regional and national brewers into a slew of events around the area, though, and in the past we've attended everything from Brewers Bashes to Scavenger Hunts to random takeovers that somehow coincided with the general festivities.  Even though it's "DC" Beer Week, what's clear is that they really mean "DMV" Beer Week - DMV to us…

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2017 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest Awards (Broken Lizard Edition)

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The most recent version of the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest (VCBF) moved from its previous confines at Devils Backbone Basecamp to Ix Art Park in downtown Charlottesville, also the site for gracious host Three Notch'd Brewing's new taproom/crazy basement out of a grindhouse flick.  It was a tightly knit affair, with vendors and special booths spread throughout a winding series of lots.  You could listen to guest speakers talk about the brewing culture and industry, jam out to country and bluegrass, or try (and fail miserably) to make your way to each of the 100 or so brewers in park. …

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COLOSSAL SIX, Port City Brewing Co. (Alexandria, VA)

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Hello, darkness, my old friend I've come to drink with you again Because your anniversary reigning Left its fruits while I was training And the yearning that you planted in my brain Still remains Within your COLOSSAL SIX In restless dreams I drank alone Snifters filled by Russian clones 'Neath the halo of my cold stash I flipped the bottle cap off into the trash When my nose was crushed by The flash of buttered toffee Charred and oaky So spoke your COLOSSAL SIX And in fluorescent light I saw Ten hundred people, maybe more People drinking without speaking People…

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Live Beer Blogging from #BBC17

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While every year at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, there are a ton of fun events. The highlight from our writing stand point is the Live Beer Blogging. 10 beers (samples) in 60 minutes and we pick a winner. What you are reading right now is as close to 'live' as possible: raw and unedited. We are definitely not worthy to have all these great beers, but only one can be the champion. Here was the field and the winner at the bottom: D14 Brewery & Pub, Milwaukee, Wisconsin B: Barrel Aged Pomegranate Sour R: Chard barrel smooths out…

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Round & Round, Ocelot Brewing Co. (Sterling, VA)

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Hoppy IPA Day!  There's only one way to celebrate such an occasion, and that is through the extravagance of some of the Lord of NoVA IPAtion, Ocelot.  These guys have been pushing the boundaries of West Coast, Belgian, and other sub-styles for more than two years now.  Sure, you might a different kind of experimentation elsewhere in the state, but for big hoppy flavors, you could do little better than to sneak out past the gates at Dulles and swing by a brewery so well hidden, you probably wouldn't know something good was there but for the cars sprawled all…

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