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Scurvy Dog, The Bold Mariner Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

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  It's too late. There is just no way. I should not be sitting here the day before Halloween and putting out this review. But it's good. Like really good. And if people can't hunt for it now, it will be next Spring/Summer before it pops back up. Well, if the past year has any precedent of reviewing beers 'out of season' (*ahem* Summer Stouts *cough*), then 1....ONE...saison review close to November is acceptable. I'll give y'all the line again about 'in the winter full of malty browns and stout, this is a great change of pace beer', but I'd…

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Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Hobo Stout (2016), Caboose Brewing Co. (Vienna, VA)

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If Labor Day is the unofficial start of Autumn, then that means it's time for campfires and the occasional big beer.  I kept one in reserve for months just for the occasion, to share with a neighbor who has a thing for big stouts.  This was an original batch beer that represented my first attempt at cellaring.  A good choice, even if I didn't capture notes from the release to be able to do a solid comparison.  As for waiting nearly two months to get the post up?  Well, it seemed a bit premature to start talking campfires and Stouts…

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Friday Night Flights: Crooked Run Brewing (Leesburg, VA)

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One interesting thing about nanobreweries is that no two visits are ever the same.  If you like to explore this can be a great thing, but if you want consistency you may feel turned off.  Thankfully, many nanos decide to keep a flagship beer or two around so that if a reliable pint is what you're after you should be in luck most of the time.  If you've not been to Crooked Run in downtown Leesburg before, you'll easily be drawn into the quaint, cozy space.  The outdoor patio feels like it could be off the back of your own…

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Teddy, Beer Hound Brewery (Culpeper, VA)

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Did you miss us?  We all spent more than a week expanding our waistlines and getting our Fitbits to tilt over in Germany and Austria.  We found out it's possible to get beer'd out, but that break proved short-lived (thank Zeus...)  We also left during just about the longest summer on record, and returned with the leaves just beginning to fall.  The cold nights which nipped at us in Europe finally made their presence here, too, which means soon we'll start switching styles to the sorts of big beers that beg for fires, sweaters, and stretchy pants.  Speaking of stretchy…

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Grizzly Wizard House Mixed Culture Tart Grisette, Fine Creek Brewing Co. (Powhatan, Va.)

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Somehow, US Customs let us all back into the States, and while one of us is still fighting off the Bubonic Plague we picked up in Salzburg, we are ready to get back to what we love to do: eating processed food and drinking craft beer. Luckily, we had one mostly done before we left, and that's what y'all are getting today. We now join this beer review already in progress. ...and while searching for great Virginia beer is an ebb-and-flow process, sometimes on occasion, you just get it handed to you. The later was the case with this one.…

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