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Kentucky Christmas Morning, Hardywood Park Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  3 weeks ago     70 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Oh come, let us adore them... Oh come, let us adore them... Oh come,  let us adore them...  Hardywood Park! Kentucky Christmas Morning, Hardywood Park Brewery (Richmond, VA) Barrel Aged Coffee & Gingerbread Stout, 10.6% ABV, 55 IBU Presentation:  Bomber pour into Crystal Tulip.  Yeah, we went extra high class for this one. Appearance:  The head pours rusty before oxidation leaves it more tan - it's creamy but no lattice results.  The beer base is a deep black without any coffee inflections. Taste:  The nose is incredibly complex and, honestly, the best part of this beer.  Remember - smell is…

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Dutchess, Caboose Brewing Co. (Vienna, VA)

  3 weeks ago     112 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Last night I informed fellow VBR crewmember Ben that I'd scored a rather large reservation at Caboose.  We got into a version of the "5 Whys" game that would make a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt rather proud, but the gist was, "why bother to make a huge reservation at a place like that?"  Two reasons:  Craft Beer in the Commonwealth is a thing.  Popular places get crowded, especially ones that also have a food service that causes folks to stick around and hog space for a long while.  I grew up and went to middle and high school…

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Great Scotch, Center of the Universe Brewing Co. (Ashland, VA)

  4 weeks ago     127 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Though I'm in the midst of something of a Stout Renaissance for this winter season, the homebrewing club I recently joined has a number of folks who, like me, are huge fans of Scotch Ales/Wee Heavys.  (Wee Heavies?  Skip it...)  We've had a running debate about which are our favorites here in the Commonwealth.  I had previously nominated a few different barrel aged Scotch Ales here and there from NoVA, because it turns out that's something our local breweries up here seem to do quite well.  After a bottle shop run a few weeks ago, I had a neighbor over…

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Master of Oranges, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

  1 month ago     121 Views     Comments Off on Master of Oranges, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)  

Double IPA, chug it all away I'm your source of self-destruction! Livers'll pump with fear, filter darkest fear Bringing on your toxic function! Sediment you'll see Floral's all you need Dedicated to How I'm thrilling you... Start sipping faster Obey your Master Your blood runs faster Master...Master! Master of Oranges, I'm pushing those hops Juicing your tongue, it's pulpy and dank Conditioned by me, the flavor can't stop Just call out my name, I want you to thank Master...Master! Just call out my name, I want you to thank Master...Master! Evenly coats the tongue, never you'll be numb Tropical becoming…

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Box of Chocolates, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

  1 month ago     123 Views     Comments Off on Box of Chocolates, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)  

....You never know what you are going to get.... Ugh. The low hanging fruit was just too tempting. I know Starr Hill set us up for that one, but I don't really care. What I do care about is great brews. And now that winter is finally here, it was time to break open their most recent foray into varietals. It seems that most breweries put together 2 types of mixed packs. The first is the one that is most common to everyone: 4-6 different types of beers packaged as a series that shows off the range per season. It…

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Anastasia’s Chocolate Fantasy, South St. Brewery (Charlottesville, VA)

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On a day when our first snow of 2017 hit, I was reminded of how well Stouts go with cold weather, but not for the reasons you think.  You see, I recently celebrated the birth of my third little girl, and her two older sisters have been on a cartoon binge the past 10 days that would make Cartman proud.  My wife and I were trying to think of movies we haven't bought them, while at the same time in the back of my mind I was wondering what beer would go best with sub-freezing temperatures a Russian would be most…

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