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Zero Fox Given (Cask), Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)

  3 weeks ago     97 Views     Leave your thoughts  

I've done CO2 and Nitro, but this is my first ever review of a Cask presentation of a beer.  I liked the carbonated version plenty well, and just happened to be at Mad Fox the day after their newest NE IPA made its debut on cask as well.  It's a new beer overall, and if my notes/underwhelming prose don't do it enough justice, then my sincere apologies.  I ignored my family to type everything below into my phone one agonizing tap at a time lest I forget the essence of my first impressions.  My kids wanted fries, ketchup, blowing on…

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First Look: Sinistral Brewing Co. (Manassas, VA)

  3 weeks ago     436 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Before we get into the beer aspect of the newest brewery in NoVA, I want to take a few minutes to get you acquainted with just how close Sinistral came to never opening in the first place.  There's a tenacity, passion, and courage to Blane and Stacey Perry (and their team) which not only brought them into the orbit of other nearby breweries in their time of need, but caused staffs from Heritage and The Farm to show up in the hours before their grand opening to pitch in, calm their nerves, and help kick things off with a bang. …

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Sweater Weather, O’Connor Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)

  3 weeks ago     86 Views     Leave your thoughts  

I have been playing with two intros to this story, so choose your own adventure (no page flip necessary): As it is Thanksgiving week.... (1) I was sent out to purchase the supplies for our first hosted Thursday dinner ever. While we have cooked for ourselves many years ago, this would be the first time other people would come to our establishment and eat. Last year's request to carve the turkey was just a warm up to the massive Turducken breast I was preparing this year. On my run to our local grocery thingy, as I normally do, a walk…

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BBP (formerly Rapadou Porter), AleWerks Brewing Co. (Williamsburg, VA)

  1 month ago     107 Views     Comments Off on BBP (formerly Rapadou Porter), AleWerks Brewing Co. (Williamsburg, VA)  

Spending a year from home meant that I had to ration the beers I brought out here with me - including aging those beers capable of doing so appropriately.  That meant my lightest beers were drank first, then malty stuff, IPAs, Stouts, and finally into the imperial ones.  I've had pretty good luck as only one beer out of more than 15 skunked.  As my year in academia progressed - classes, research, thesis writing, and recently a successful defense - that also meant my stockpile dwindled.  I therefore tried to time certain beers to different events such as Thanksgiving, March…

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