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Partly Cloudy, Solace Brewing Co. (Sterling, VA)

  6 months ago     408 Views     Comments Off on Partly Cloudy, Solace Brewing Co. (Sterling, VA)  

We're entering a Second Summer of Hazy Beer.  Beer purists everywhere groan at the loss of clarity, all the insane adjuncts, and the complete abandonment of many fining techniques.  Screw 'em, this stuff is too good to care.  We in our fine Commonwealth are so blessed to have so many of our breweries at the leading edge of the craze that has grown into a phenomenon.  Personally, I hope filtering dies out in brewing because the beer tastes better without it.  If the day comes that we don't need separate categories for filtered vs. unfiltered entrants of the same general…

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Sir Vesa, Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

  6 months ago     367 Views     Comments Off on Sir Vesa, Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)  

We have been given a stay of execution on the summer swelter and humidity, and Virginia looks like it will actually have a bit of Spring this year. What I miss about this season is all the beer styles that flourish in the April-June time frame. One of those that has cropped up in The Commonwealth over the past couple years has been the Mexican Lager. Whether this started out as a dare or just a quest to 'craft' a better beer is a mystery, but what we do know is that there are plenty of offerings this year. Thankfully,…

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Mutt IPA, Beer Hound Brewery (Culpeper, VA)

  6 months ago     249 Views     Comments Off on Mutt IPA, Beer Hound Brewery (Culpeper, VA)  

What's in a mutt, anyways?  They make great companions as dogs, and are genetically superior to a lot of purebreds who have long been overly in demand.  The same isn't always true for beer, though.  In many instances we're beholden to the trappings of certain styles or recipe trends because they've been proven to be in some way superior.  And let's be real - cayenne and dark chocolate go just as great together in the real world as they do in beer!  Just because you're seeking a pedigree, though, doesn't mean that's what you get out of a batch of…

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