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Road to Idaho, Hardywood Park Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  3 weeks ago     117 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Sorry, there's no Bing Crosby or Bob Hope here.  They were headed to Morocco, not Idaho.  But since all of VBR will be on the road starting today, I thought it only somewhat proper for our last review prior to #Brauheist2017 to focus on experimentation.  I know what you mean, I was hoping to be done by 2018...ja, that's true, we had big plans for 2018.  And no, no, no, you demented freaks...#Brauheist2017 is nothing that involves the dreaded FLÜGGÅӘNKб€ČHIŒßØLĮÊN (NSFW!!)  There may be a Golden Mile mixed in, for good measure.  Really, we mean flavor and original beer styles.  The…

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Illusion of Safety, Adroit Theory Brewing Co. (Purcellville, VA)

  3 weeks ago     156 Views     Leave your thoughts  

It's been the summer of Gose.  I really could not have predicted myself saying that three months ago, much less a year or more.  But something unexpected truly happened when a series of them started popping up in my festival recaps from June on into August.  It was my favorite type of beer this past summer.  Maybe it's the brine or the full on acidic tartness.  But whereas Hefes and Wits were my post-high noon lawnmowing session go-tos before, I've made some space in my fridge recently for something a bit lighter but just as refreshing.  One of those beers…

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Songlines, Right Proper Brewing Co. (Washington, DC)

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If a brewery is going to be successful, it will have a little bit of something for everyone.  As such, some strategies carry more inherent risk than others - going all IPAs, Belgians, sours, and so on.  The point is that if your preferred style matches that of the Head Brewer, you're probably going to keep coming back.  If the brewer bets everything on one particular trend, and it doesn't draw volume, then they will be in trouble, quick.  For such reasons I thought that breweries betting on sours was a big mistake.  That Saison trend worked out, right?  And…

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