Tag Archive: beer

Cruise Control, Crooked Run Brewing (Sterling, VA)

  2 months ago     499 Views     Comments Off on Cruise Control, Crooked Run Brewing (Sterling, VA)  

It's not sexy. It's not popular. It's not what's now. As we shift out of a fall season that has shown utter disdain for seasonal beers the likes I haven't since I started opining, this should be the time to start getting into stouts. Most of our faithful readers know that this is where a lot of brewers across The Commonwealth shine on the national stage. Don't worry, we'll get to all those. But I didn't want to get too far into the season without talking about this beer. I usually start all my pilsner reviews the same way: complaining…

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Are There Too Many ‘International Beer Days’?

  3 months ago     386 Views     Comments Off on Are There Too Many ‘International Beer Days’?  

Happy International Beer and Pizza Day! Huh? What's that? You....you didn't know? Well you need to change all your plans today to make sure you celebrate it, or you aren't truly a fan of pizza and/or beer!!!! (r/gatekeeping) Every day here in America, one of your friends post on #social #media so they can start trending or that guy you don't like at your office sends out a company wide FWD: FWD: FWD: email so that you will let them know the location of the Wednesday happy hour. They're just making sure that you know that today is "International Whatever…

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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Beer Conference #BBC18

  5 months ago     364 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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Tapestry, Commonwealth Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA)

  6 months ago     408 Views     Comments Off on Tapestry, Commonwealth Brewing Company (Virginia Beach, VA)  

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

  6 months ago     498 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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Biere de Miel, Fine Creek Brewing Company (Powhatan, VA)

  7 months ago     472 Views     Comments Off on Biere de Miel, Fine Creek Brewing Company (Powhatan, VA)  

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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Sir Vesa, Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

  8 months ago     462 Views     Comments Off on Sir Vesa, Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)  

We have been given a stay of execution on the summer swelter and humidity, and Virginia looks like it will actually have a bit of Spring this year. What I miss about this season is all the beer styles that flourish in the April-June time frame. One of those that has cropped up in The Commonwealth over the past couple years has been the Mexican Lager. Whether this started out as a dare or just a quest to 'craft' a better beer is a mystery, but what we do know is that there are plenty of offerings this year. Thankfully,…

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James Bean Vanilla Oatmeal Porter, James River Brewery (Scottsville, VA)

  11 months ago     706 Views     Comments Off on James Bean Vanilla Oatmeal Porter, James River Brewery (Scottsville, VA)  

While the days are starting to get longer, the weather outside is still bleak. Snowfall after snowfall, it is breaking my spirit of adventure for time being. With that being said, my local watering holes have been filling in an important gap by bringing the good beer to me, rather than searching it out. One in particular started as just a 'drop off'. One can to see if you would like to order more. It has come to a point at one of my stops that the owner does not drink and usually puts it aside so I can have…

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Against the Wall (Contra El Muro), Coelancanth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

  1 year ago     570 Views     Comments Off on Against the Wall (Contra El Muro), Coelancanth Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)  

As we have just taken down all of our decorations and stowed the trees for another year, it's time for me to dig through my tasting notes from various celebrations to see what made the 'nice' list. This one was a no brainier. If you look at the tag, it was bottled the day it came out, given to me the next day, and consumed from Christmas to New Years. I'm sure I have reviewed fresher, but…

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Box of Chocolates, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)

  1 year ago     631 Views     Comments Off on Box of Chocolates, Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA)  

....You never know what you are going to get.... Ugh. The low hanging fruit was just too tempting. I know Starr Hill set us up for that one, but I don't really care. What I do care about is great brews. And now that winter is finally here, it was time to break open their most recent foray into varietals. It seems that most breweries put together 2 types of mixed packs. The first is the one that is most common to everyone: 4-6 different types of beers packaged as a series that shows off the range per season. It…

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