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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Beer Conference #BBC18

  3 months ago     231 Views     Comments Off on Yes, Virginia, There Is a Beer Conference #BBC18  

As I are engineer, my limited vocabulary will not genuinely convey how excited I am for this time of year. As this will be my 4th Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, I am always psyched to experience new beers and old friends. What makes it that much more exhilarating is that is on our home turf! This week, we not only have the honor to travel to Loudoun County in Northern Virginia for The Conference, but it is one where we get to show off what amazing progress this state has made in just a short amount of time. I…

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Vapid, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

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We've joked about mules waiting in line for Aslin beers before.  We've also marveled at the rarity of finding not just one, or even two kegs, but an entire tap takeover from Aslin.  It's all for good reason - over July 4th weekend I was lucky enough to visit both Tree House and Trillium while visiting a friend near Boston.  While in line at Tree House, my amusement in watching people wheel out whole dolleys of beer was interrupted by a gal in front of me asking if I were actually from Virginia (I had a UVa hat on).  I…

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Twin Cannons, Tin Cannon Brewing Co. (Gainesville, VA)

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If you had to take the name of your brewery and find a cool pun to describe your flagship Double IPA, Tin Cannon absolutely nailed it.  Twin Cannons could refer to so much - a double blast of hops, florals, bitterness, fruit, malts, or just a double tap to the ole noggin when the warmth of the alcohol finally sets in.  It was one of my favorite discoveries at a beer festival a few years ago, but just a sheer loathing of trying to slog out I-66 to Gainesville kept my snobbish self away for a while.  That's what 20…

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Stairway, Ocelot Brewing Co. (Dulles, VA)

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"Stairway is so 🔥🔥🔥 right now." So read the 4-pack table at Ocelot's third anniversary party a few months ago.  When you signed in and grabbed your beer and to-go tickets, they told you that once you were ready to check out, you could go pick an available 4-pack and waltz out.  I saw a few options and went up to snag one, only to encounter a finger wag. "Not so fast.  Ticket?" said one staff member.  I handed it over. "Here you go," said the other, pushing across some Stairway. "You mean we can't pick anything else?" I inquired.…

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Tapestry, Commonwealth Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA)

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It's not like I can't write about what I want, but I will use my birthday today as an excuse to get back into one of my most favorite beer styles. It is a full-time, day job with benefits to keep me from composing every article about Belgian-style sour ale. Several VBR members have been known to clear out cellars at local watering holes that offer this ruby goodness. But the one issue we face is that it is still extremely hard to find in the state. Yes you can find sours and fruit beer, it is rampant through Northern…

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Road Trip Report: Outer Banks, NC

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Why, you ask, would we bother writing about beers in North Carolina, much less on the barrier islands that are prone to having whole stretches swept into the ocean at the faintest whiff of a hurricane?  Because we know a lot of you go there, and there's no use pretending you don't.  It's a shorter drive than many of our daily commutes when you think about it, plus if you've grown up anywhere south or east of RVA over the past few decades (which is something like half the Commonwealth), you've probably witnessed all the growth from Corolla on down…

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Double Decker, Fair Winds Brewing Co. (Lorton, VA)

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Those beer mariners over at Fair Winds have been steaming along for some time now with all their nautical puns.  They may have just tacked through their third lap, but they've been firing well across the bow since the beginning.  If you haven't paid attention to us, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, or the Great American Beer Festival, what will it take to get you on board with these guys?  They barged onto the scene with one of the largest production facilities in the Commonwealth, and now have strong berths not just in NoVA but also RVA and the 757.…

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Minute Man IPA, Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA)

  4 months ago     384 Views     Comments Off on Minute Man IPA, Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA)  

What's the best thing about being part of an independent website? You get to write about what you want. I could ramble on about the effect of dust mites on interior wooden structures or 16th century Polish rulers, but we tend to stick to beer. And that extends to beer reviews and what we choose to write about. With no oversight, it means that we don't have to review the newest thing out there or are paid to write about bad beer. While we tend towards writing about what is new on the scene or hard to find brews, this…

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Paranoid Aledroid, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

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I can't help but stare at the name of this beer and think of all the movies and articles out there warning us of the possibilities of artificial intelligence.  For reasons only tangentially related to one of Triple Crossing's finest, here's an impromptu countdown of some of the best cinema involving "paranoid androids:" Star Wars Battlestar Galactica The Matrix Alien Terminator 2:  Judgement Day Blade Runner 2049 Ex Machina Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I, Robot Alien: Covenant* This isn't even counting other similar movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron that mostly follow a common theme:  robots are smarter than…

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Biere de Miel, Fine Creek Brewing Company (Powhatan, VA)

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The line between good and great is a hazy one. In this industry, the combination of several factors could impact your overall decision on one thing. For example, you might love a particular brewery, but then you are handed a new beer, and while it is noticeably not up to quality, you give it a good review. You could also love one of their beers, and think that the cuisine at a brewpub is the best thing you have had, even though you see them opening up aluminum cans and sticking it in the microwave. We want great, but will…

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