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BR: Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)

  4 years ago     985 Views     Comments Off on BR: Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)  

Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, there are a few things that really remind you of the area. At the top of that list are weekend crab boils with friends and family. And if you didn't bring the Costco-size container of Old Bay, you best turn around and go home. When I heard that McCormick and Flying Dog Brewery were teaming up for a spiced beer, I was very skeptical. But after fellow VBR editor Ben smuggled some down last weekend from Maryland, I found it brought back memories of those days on the docks. Dead Rise Old Bay Summer…

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BR: Catty Wompus, Devils Backbone Brewing Company – @dbbrewingco (Lexington, VA)

  4 years ago     1688 Views     1 Comment  

After my first post I was told there was a theme to my top-rated beers.  So I prefer wits and hefeweizens, and happen to have a German heritage.  So sue me.  But we're on this site because we love beer, plain and simple, and at the end of the day all I care about is whether or not that first sip puts a smile on my face.  I personally think most IPAs are lazy because all you can taste are the hops, but good IPAs make good beers, just as with any other genre.  The one thing the best IPAs…

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BR: Enlightened Despot Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (Goochland, VA)

  4 years ago     1514 Views     1 Comment  

For me, this beer is like taking two of your favorite things in life and combining them into one phenomenal experience. To give you an example, this beer is like watching UVA's basketball team beat Duke to win an ACC Championship....yep this beer is that damn good. The guys at Lickinghole Creek have taken an already delicious brew, a Russian Imperial Stout, and aged it for 100 days in Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Family Reserve Bourbon barrels. For those of you who are not bourbon drinkers, it really falls into two categories...Pappy Van Winkle & everything else so needless…

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BR: Dry Stout, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA)

  4 years ago     1176 Views     Comments Off on BR: Dry Stout, Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, VA)  

Everyone knows nothing goes together better than a huge Italian meal and a dry stout, right? Okay, maybe not. But I got my first chance to try Wild Wolf's Dry Stout while waiting for dinner at Bella's in Charlottesville over the weekend. Considering the amount of pasta I eventually consumed it is a good thing the old adage "meal in a glass" often used to describe stouts does not apply to this brew. The relatively lighter taste and body of this stout give it a degree of drinkability that should keep it on your list of beers to try in the…

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BR: Chasers Pilsner, Lost Rhino Brewing Company – @LostRhino (Ashburn, VA)

  4 years ago     1235 Views     1 Comment  

As the craft brew scene continues to explode, it's one of the best times to be a beer lover.  Gone are the days where every restaurant, bar, and tailgate featured little more than a choice between your "favorite" of the light macros (if we're keeping score, Coors Light, please!)  Around the DC metro area, the good watering holes embraced the idea of adding additional taps to feature rotating micro brews, and as capacity has increased, many of the favorite local brews have evolved into mainstays.  Which is how we found ourselves at Dogwood Tavern's rooftop bar in Falls Church this…

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Event: Mad Fox Brewing Company 2014 Spring Bock Festival – @MadFoxBrewing (Falls Church, VA)

  4 years ago     940 Views     1 Comment  

What better way to spend a sunny Spring Saturday than amidst hundreds of other beer lovers, with fresh kegs and the smell of brats on an open grill?  Sure, you can go cut the grass, lay down mulch, or clean out the attic, but I promise that the trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond can wait until a rainy Tuesday night.  If Benjamin Franklin was right, and beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, then the modern beer festival is a religious tradition unlike any other.  If your better half tries to hand you…

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BR: Night Vision American Stout, Young Veterans Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA)

  4 years ago     1186 Views     1 Comment  

Every local brewery has a story, but few places have a story as good as this one. Started by two US Army Veterans who served in Iraq, Young Veterans Brewing Company has sprouted a strong following deep in Hampton Roads. Luckily, they have a good relationship with a few restaurant owners up on the Peninsula, and I have enjoyed 2 of their latest batch. The one we are looking at today is their American Stout Night Vision (yep, they all have names that cool) and we thought it had a nice flavor for it, and worthy enough for a full…

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Virginia Craft Beer In A Can

  4 years ago     812 Views     1 Comment  

It used to be a taboo subject to talk about beer in anything but kegs or bottles. The beer elitists would look down your nose at you for even considering putting beer in cans, just like wine snobs would frown upon neoprene corks or twist tops. But if you look at your local market these days and more and more breweries have offer their product in cans. It's a smart move as cans can go places that bottles can't like some beaches and parks and are easier to transport than bottles. If you look around The Commonwealth, you will find…

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Event: Mariners’ Museum Craft Beer Festival (Newport News, VA)

  4 years ago     1379 Views     2 Comments  

It's like the Opening Day of Baseball or the start of a Concert Series. The first outdoor craft beer festival of the year came to us on the first weekend of May and you couldn't have asked for a better day. I took in the Mariners' Museum Craft Beer Festival and it had the perfect balance of food, entertainment, breweries (both new and established), and the setting was pure Chesapeake Bay history goodness. But we were there with one main objective and the beer did not disappoint. Event: Mariners' Museum Craft Beer Festival Location: Mariners' Museum, Newport News, VA Date:…

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WH: spacebar – @spacebarva (Falls Church, VA)

  4 years ago     1222 Views     1 Comment  

From the owners of Galaxy Hut (Arlington/Clarendon, VA), spacebar is Falls Church's only dedicated, full-time bar.  That's right, 21+ only, so this is not a family establishment.  It meets every classification of a "dive" or watering hole:  dark, crowded, and overflowing in locals and booze.  Since its opening in June 2012, spacebar has secretly paved the way for much more commercial ventures such as World of Beer (which opened 2 months later) over in Arlington.  But this is a no frills establishment, and it does not pretend to be anything other than a place to drink beer.  The one TV…

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