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

  4 years ago     1365 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     946 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     1582 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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BR: Tavern Ale, Alewerks Brewing Company (Williamsburg, VA)

  4 years ago     1317 Views     1 Comment  

Well it's time to take our new logo out for a spin. While we are upgrading our site and branding ourselves, it is time to get back to what we do: rate some beer. And how this beer escaped our list is beyond me. This beer has been on our list for a while now and it's been a strong go to for our little clan. Our local establishments like to keep the local stuff on tap, and you don't get any more local for us than Alewerks in Williamsburg, Virginia. And their Tavern Ale has a ton of big,…

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BR: Saison, Forge Brew Works – @ForgeBrewWorks (Lorton, VA)

  4 years ago     2810 Views     3 Comments  

A couple of months back I was looking for breweries to stop at and help break up a long slog down I-95 on a Saturday morning.  Idiocy yet sheer brilliance on my part, right?  I spotted Forge Brew Works on the map and saw a young brewery that appeared to be just getting off the ground...alas, Lorton is well above the traffic Hell that is Fredericksburg so our sights were set further South that day.  However, I hadn't forgotten about them when I was told that they'd be bringing a few kegs to a DC United tailgate.  Since Ben and…

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Event: DoG Street Pub Craft Beer Festival (Williamsburg, VA)

  4 years ago     1389 Views     1 Comment  

Ah! I love it when a plan comes together. Originally, I had kinda laid off on this festival with some friends out of town and some catching up with the honey-do list. But a motivational speech on Friday night and a few side deals with the misses, a few of us made the short trek up the road to Williamsburg for the DoG Street Pub Craft Beer Festival. And the trip was worth it. The rain and clouds broke early which made for a great day, and while I had personally had a lot of the beers there, there was a…

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BR: Northern Lights IPA, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

  4 years ago     1255 Views     1 Comment  

Kind of going off our usual script for the beer review tonight. I tend to look for the newer or different kinds of beers out there to really get down and rate, but since it is a special occasion, I'm going to go review one that's been out for a little while. Most of y'all who know me know that I'm a fan of a little band called Phish. And it just so happened that they have bowled through the Mid-Atlantic this week, stopping in Portsmouth for a two night stretch. One solid that all three of the venues in…

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BR: Single Hop Saison, Triple Crossing Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1080 Views     2 Comments  

After a birthday weekend sampling a lot of great beers, we are going to jump back and review some of the beers we tried at NBE the previous week. And I'm going to start off with one of the pleasant surprises of the day from Triple Crossing Brewery. If I begin to start sounding like a broken record, I'm sorry, but I do like saisons, especially this time of the year. While I was hoping for a lot more from some of the other breweries, the best one this Saturday was the Single Hop Saison, and while hard to find…

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Event: Capital Ale House National Beer Expo (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     983 Views     1 Comment  

For me, it was an early birthday present. A day sampling some of the best brews from around the state and country. And while it was as perfect of a day outside in the Commonwealth that you could expect in July, it was even better in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. It was the crowning jewel in the entire week's expo and it left some solid lasting impressions. Here are the best of the National Beer Expo. Event: Capital Ale House National Beer Expo Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA Date: July 19, 2014, 1pm-6pm Cost: $40/50 in advance, $50/60 at the…

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Capital Ale House National Beer Expo Primer

  4 years ago     1095 Views     2 Comments  

As we hit the middle of the summer, it's time to get back out on the festival scene. Luckily, the Capital Ale House National Beer Expo is this week and I have plenty of husband/birthday points saved up. While the actual event kicks off on Tuesday, July 15th (you can see the full schedule here), I am going to look at the main event, which takes place on Saturday, July 19th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. So what are we looking forward to? Well, there is a full list of Breweries and Beers here, but with 150+ beers, you…

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