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Tailgate Throwdown: California Common Lagers, UCLA vs. UVa, 8/30/14 – @CampWahoo

  4 years ago     1031 Views     1 Comment  

Heading into this college football season, we decided to be cheeky and have a theme on top of a theme for our UVa tailgate.  Why UVa?  Because we all graduated from there, and we're absolute sadists when it comes to sports.  For a number of years we've been frequenting Camp Wahoo (@CampWahoo), a stone's throw from UVa's stadium with a good mixture of locals and alumni.  The first idea was to have tastings of a variety of Virginia beers, review the new ones, and maybe pick a winner.  Been there, patented that cliché...boring.  The fresh idea was to not only…

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Gold Leaf Lager, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. (Lexington, VA)

  4 years ago     1604 Views     1 Comment  

"Hello, beautiful."  In Hollywood's version of teen America, that may suffice as a pick-up line between an acne-riddled, awkward turtle of a freshman and his unfathomably hot senior prom queen crush.  And if you believe the right commercial, that's enough to not only get the kiss of a lifetime but also to get punched in the face.  In this world, though, both men and women can only say that to one lady, and that's Lady Lager.  I met this particular lady back during Mad Fox's Brewers Bash for DC Beer Week, and let's just say her flirting left me wanting…

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BR: Creator Hoppelbock, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA)

  4 years ago     967 Views     2 Comments  

We now arrive at our 3rd and final beer on our 'Richmond Roundup' tailgate, and while much discussion occurred concerning the geographic location of Goochland County in relation to Richmond, the beer we selected garnered much less debate. I don't think it is much of a secret that we have enjoyed a lot of beer from Lickinghole Creek, which makes it easier when deciding on Virginia Craft beer, but we are now at the point where we are holding them to higher standards. Soapbox moment. I have found in my travels doing these reviews, and before that tasting beer in general,…

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BR: Delightfully Immoral Grisette, Strangeways Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1112 Views     1 Comment  

Strap in, we are about to get into another Strangeways review. This was the second beer from our 'Richmond Roundup' tailgate, which provided a very interesting break from the daily festivities. If this is your first foray into Strangeways, or you haven't been paying attention, shame on you. I envision what goes on there is one of those mad scientists from those 1950s movies with white hair standing over boiling wort cackling at the top of his lungs. It probably is a little more subdued than that, but not by much. This go around, take a little known variety of…

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Event: DC Beer Week Brewer’s Bash, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Falls Church, VA

  4 years ago     899 Views     1 Comment  

Why do we need an excuse to drink craft beer?  Will our better halves frown upon our idiocy?  Do we stumble into interventions?  Why is a glass of wine a day a good thing, but a pint of beer an invitation to receive a Thigh Master for Christmas?  Well...it turns out that the better the excuse, the better the product.  Enter:  DC Beer Week, an "excuse" for dozens of brewers to descend upon the Nation's Capitol and ply their wares upon a suspecting population.  Granted, if you live in VA or MD getting into the district can be a bit…

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BR: Cream Ale, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1096 Views     1 Comment  

Being from The Commonwealth, it is hard to escape history. It's all around us. All of the Virginia Brew Review Crew either lives and/or are from the most historic areas of Virginia: from Williamsburg, Yorktown, or Richmond. Shoot, even our new mascot, who has yet to be named, wears a tricorn hat. We are proud of our history here in Virginia, and it's also great to review beer that has historical impact. Take for example our first beer from our 'Richmond Roundup' tailgate, the Cream Ale from Hardywood Park. In 1935, Virginia made history by becoming the first city in…

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BW: Three Notch’d Brewing Co. (Charlottesville, VA)

  4 years ago     1106 Views     1 Comment  

"Leave Your Mark" It is amazing how you drive by places over, and over, and over again, but never realize the vast potential of something. For a better part of a decade, I lived in Charlottesville in one capacity or another: weekend sports traveler with my family, to student, to weekly visitor, and now to sports traveler with my new family. I had always zigged and zagged by the corner of Preston, Grady, and 10th Street, partly because it wasn't vastly populated with anything that I particularly needed, and partly because it is such a cluster of disaster that just…

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BR: Angry Scot, Brass Cannon Brewing Co. (Williamsburg, VA)

  4 years ago     1314 Views     2 Comments  

This weekend marks the beginning of the end...of summer at least. But before we head on our Labor Day excursions, we have time for one more review. And it is fitting that we use this one on a beer style we haven't gotten to yet, from a brewery we haven't reviewed yet either. Some styles of beer you don't see a lot in the United States and even more so in the Commonwealth as well. One of those is the Scottish Strong Ales, commonly called Wee Heavy. The new 17C designation by the BJCP talks about a very malty, very caramel,…

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BR: COLOSSAL TWO, Port City Brewing Company – @PortCityBrewing (Alexandria, VA)

  4 years ago     896 Views     1 Comment  

There are certain times when a man wants to stand astride a mountaintop and declare all his worth.  It may be the birth of a child, his first taste of misogyny, the day a woman agrees to be his bride...or the moment he realizes he gets to build his Man Cave.  Well into college, I always had a lair of some kind with an entertainment setup, ghetto black lights every which way, and what one visitor once called a "slutty" room full of posters of half naked women (hey, I was 19, so sue me).  At some point we all…

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BR: Red Nun, O’Connor Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)

  4 years ago     1543 Views     1 Comment  

We have had a unseasonably mild summer for Virginia standards this year. Sure we pushed 100 several times, but August is usually your 90/90 month with temperature and humidity, and we have seen not a lick of it. And as we are now a few short days away from the end of summer, it's time to start refining our palates into some fall beer. Stop. I know what you are thinking. He's about to set up a pumpkin beer review. Nay, I will not. There will be plenty of time for that later. Instead I look at this time as…

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