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BR: Whiter Shade of Pale, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

  4 years ago     1036 Views     1 Comment  

With the 4th of July weekend now behind us, we continued to comb though the massive list of beer reviews we still needed to get out. Surprising enough this one had slipped through our fingers. And to make matters worse, this was going to be our first review for a beer from a long established Virginia Brewery. Yes, we did talk about one of their other beers in our Mariner's Museum Beer Festival wrap, but not a stand-alone review. Well to get the ball rolling this week, we are going to rectify this by getting into one of the most interesting…

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BR: Martian Spring Biere de Mars, Strangeways Brewing – @StrangewaysRVA (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     912 Views     2 Comments  

What a long, strange trip it has been. After finally getting hitched 16 days ago and up to the great green north that was Maine, I have made my back to the computer with a log full of great beer. And while I debated on where to start with my reviews, I find it most appropriate to start in the city that started the journey. It wasn't the first time through RVA that I had this beer, but this past weekend's escapade out downtown that I came across this beer. I hadn't made it to Strangeways yet, and every time…

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BR: Striped Bass Pale Ale, Devils Backbone Brewing Company – @dbbrewingco (Lexington, VA)

  4 years ago     1140 Views     2 Comments  

Ok, so it's been a while.  It never helps to have final exams and weddings pin you down for a few weeks, if for no other reason than it's simply not conducive to discovering new microbrews.  I had actually sampled this little beauty just after Memorial Day, but when forced to decide between a heart-wrenching tale of hops and barley and a mindless financial analysis of a wind turbine farm, well...  In any event, I was so impressed that I picked up an entire six pack of this beer, which is quite rare unless it makes it into my rotation…

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BW: Blue Lab Brewing Company – @BlueLabBrewing (Lexington, VA)

  4 years ago     59595 Views     3 Comments  

After a long Friday night of cigars, bourbon, and politics I decided a pit stop was a necessity during a long car ride back from Roanoke. Having no knowledge of the craft beer scene in the small towns off 81 North I searched google for "Lexington Breweries" and stumbled upon Blue Lab Brewing Company. Located a couple blocks off Main Street and across the street from a horse carriage shop I was concerned while standing outside that I was about to walk into someone's living room (see the photo below and you will understand). However, once we walked in my friends…

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BR: Hoptimization, Three Brothers Brewing Company (Harrisonburg, VA)

  4 years ago     1553 Views     1 Comment  

One of the perks of helping a friend select Virginia craft beer to stock a bar for an upcoming party is of course the excuse this “chore” provides to try new brews. First up on this latest tasting tour is Hoptimization, a West Coast IPA from Three Brothers Brewing over in the Shenandoah Valley. Most of my previous experiences with Harrisonburg involved weekend roadtrips from UVA,  apartments fondly known as “Trashby,” and drinking whatever was in the nearest keg…so this has to be a step up….right? Hoptimization, Three Brothers Brewing (Harrisonburg, VA) West Coast IPA, ABV: 7.1% Presentation: Bottle pour into a…

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BR: Blonde Hunny Ale, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA)

  4 years ago     2809 Views     1 Comment  

Continuing on our Summer Beer Tour, I took a trip down to our local beer dispensaries to see what was new in stock. Getting out of your comfort zone is an important part of trying beers, and right off the bat, I thought this beer would be one that would test my limits. Labelled as a Summer Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, and honey would be an interesting mix, but it was more than decent mix of all three. Blonde Hunny Ale, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA) Belgian Pale Ale, ABV: 6.8% Presentation: Can into pint glass. Appearance: Amber-honey color with little head,…

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BW: Strangeways Brewing – @StrangewaysRVA (Richmond, VA)

  4 years ago     1239 Views     2 Comments  

"Exquisitely Peculiar." Words the guys and gals over at Strangeways Brewing use to describe their beer and their brewery. This place definitely has a vibe and a style all its own but I felt right at home when the first song I heard was "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd and the first beer I had was a delicious 10.24% Eisbock. Strangeways is a little off the beaten path from where you would expect to find an up and coming brewery here in Richmond, but somewhere between noticing the boar head on the wall rocking a fez cap and…

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WH: The Wreck (Hatteras, NC)

  4 years ago     972 Views     Comments Off on WH: The Wreck (Hatteras, NC)  

Now I know you're asking what the heck we're doing reviewing a bar down in Cape Hatteras, aka the bottom of OBX.  But since I'd never been down to that part of OBX and yet had heard from other DMV folks that there was a bar worth checking out, either there's a lot of sunstroke going around or there's something to that tip, as there's really not a whole lot going on in Hatteras Village proper.  The Wreck is small and not easily visible being on the back corner of a marina shopette, but once inside I realized I was…

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BR: Ways and Means, Port City Brewing Company – @PortCityBrew (Alexandria, VA)

  4 years ago     1790 Views     2 Comments  

As a denizen of the National Capital Region - or, as the locals often call it, "the DMV" - it's impossible to resist a beer named after a political committee. Ways and Means arrived on the scene for the first time in April to some acclaim. Even the House Ways and Means Committee wanted a taste and got to try it in a special tasting. This Session IPA is brewed with rye and has a peppery finish. You'll find yourself comparing it to other IPAs and not quite matching it to anything you've had before. I first tasted it when…

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BR: Dam Lager, Sunken City Brewing Company – @SunkenCityBeer (Hardy, VA)

  4 years ago     1702 Views     1 Comment  

Once you get past that point in your life where you're "satisfied" when the keg is full of PBR rather than Natty, Beast, or Keystone, one of the best things you can do is find another microbrewery that's full of promise.  Luckily for us Virginians, craft beer (and wine, if you're also into that) is becoming all the rage.  I've been trying to "drink local" for several years now, and honestly while I can proudly say that every single bottle of wine we purchase is from Virginia, that's been harder with beer.  There simply isn't the distribution from even one…

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