Tag Archive: double ipa

Lazy Flocculation, Benchtop Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)

  3 months ago     257 Views     Comments Off on Lazy Flocculation, Benchtop Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)  

There seems to be an emerging pipeline from the Tidewater area up to NoVA these days, but what's most peculiar is that it's direct into the small bottle shops and not the bigger retail stores.  One would think buying power would play a role with the wholesalers and distributors, yet when my feeds alert me I'm only too happy to duck into the store(s) around the corner.  That's especially been the case with Benchtop, who immediately flew onto our radar after their GABF win in 2017 and has impressed us more and more with each successive visit or tasting.  They…

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Vapid, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

  5 months ago     590 Views     Comments Off on Vapid, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)  

We've joked about mules waiting in line for Aslin beers before.  We've also marveled at the rarity of finding not just one, or even two kegs, but an entire tap takeover from Aslin.  It's all for good reason - over July 4th weekend I was lucky enough to visit both Tree House and Trillium while visiting a friend near Boston.  While in line at Tree House, my amusement in watching people wheel out whole dolleys of beer was interrupted by a gal in front of me asking if I were actually from Virginia (I had a UVa hat on).  I…

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Twin Cannons, Tin Cannon Brewing Co. (Gainesville, VA)

  5 months ago     405 Views     Comments Off on Twin Cannons, Tin Cannon Brewing Co. (Gainesville, VA)  

If you had to take the name of your brewery and find a cool pun to describe your flagship Double IPA, Tin Cannon absolutely nailed it.  Twin Cannons could refer to so much - a double blast of hops, florals, bitterness, fruit, malts, or just a double tap to the ole noggin when the warmth of the alcohol finally sets in.  It was one of my favorite discoveries at a beer festival a few years ago, but just a sheer loathing of trying to slog out I-66 to Gainesville kept my snobbish self away for a while.  That's what 20…

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Double Decker, Fair Winds Brewing Co. (Lorton, VA)

  6 months ago     415 Views     Comments Off on Double Decker, Fair Winds Brewing Co. (Lorton, VA)  

Those beer mariners over at Fair Winds have been steaming along for some time now with all their nautical puns.  They may have just tacked through their third lap, but they've been firing well across the bow since the beginning.  If you haven't paid attention to us, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, or the Great American Beer Festival, what will it take to get you on board with these guys?  They barged onto the scene with one of the largest production facilities in the Commonwealth, and now have strong berths not just in NoVA but also RVA and the 757.…

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Rudee Inlet, Pleasure House Brewing (Virginia Beach, VA)

  9 months ago     553 Views     Comments Off on Rudee Inlet, Pleasure House Brewing (Virginia Beach, VA)  

It's National Beer Day!  As if we needed an excuse to drink some delicious, independent craft beer.  Our feature Virginia beer comes from the very tip of the Commonwealth, jutting almost right out into the ocean itself.  No really, there's like one building between these guys and the beach.  When I realized that despite picking up a slew of statewide awards, and being featured in our very own, we've never done a standalone review for Pleasure House Brewing, I felt real shame.  That changes today, one of the great American holidays!  It's National Beer Day!  And it should be every…

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Master of Oranges, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

  1 year ago     1046 Views     Comments Off on Master of Oranges, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)  

Double IPA, chug it all away I'm your source of self-destruction! Livers'll pump with fear, filter darkest fear Bringing on your toxic function! Sediment you'll see Floral's all you need Dedicated to How I'm thrilling you... Start sipping faster Obey your Master Your blood runs faster Master...Master! Master of Oranges, I'm pushing those hops Juicing your tongue, it's pulpy and dank Conditioned by me, the flavor can't stop Just call out my name, I want you to thank Master...Master! Just call out my name, I want you to thank Master...Master! Evenly coats the tongue, never you'll be numb Tropical becoming…

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Big Papi, Commonwealth Brewing Co. (Virginia Beach, VA)

  1 year ago     1176 Views     Comments Off on Big Papi, Commonwealth Brewing Co. (Virginia Beach, VA)  

A reason it's hard to hate on the craft beer scene is that while you get plenty of "beer douches," as I recently heard it put, the overwhelming majority simply love the stuff so much that they're willing to share it even when it's hard to come by.  Including with complete strangers.  This happened to me the other week while visiting spacebar, one of the OG spots for craft beer in NoVA.  On this visit, us VBRers are chatting and one of us knows the bartender, who asks us how we're faring with some new IPAs.  A shade-throwing remark on…

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DEADBOLT, Virginia Beer Co. (Williamsburg, VA)

  1 year ago     1053 Views     Comments Off on DEADBOLT, Virginia Beer Co. (Williamsburg, VA)  

It is a great thing when a plan comes together.  I have probably used that line before, but as I approach 100 beer reviews for Virginia Brew Review, things tend to come around again.  I dig Virginia Craft Beer and I also love my jam bands.  It so happened that this past weekend both came together for a beer release party at Virginia Beer Company.  Many months of planning and setting aside that day took a little bit of effort (as most of our finds and reviews are spur of the moment).  But in the end, it was well worth…

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Crucial Taunt, The Veil Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  2 years ago     1184 Views     Comments Off on Crucial Taunt, The Veil Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)  

  So it's not just a clever name. You hear about new places and you hear some hype from various sources. Another brewery, another knock-your-socks off beer, another clone of SuperCraftBeer from EvenHarderToFindBrewery in Coolsville. And you give in. "Fine. I'm going now. Lay off." Thankfully, your childhood knowledge of the city allows you to find the place with relative ease. You find a super cool interior and trendy clientele (you know the ones that see you walk in the door and a record skips, but make fun of you cause you were around when records and that analogy were…

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Maniacal IPA, Port City Brewing Co. (Alexandria, VA)

  2 years ago     1626 Views     Comments Off on Maniacal IPA, Port City Brewing Co. (Alexandria, VA)  

The beverage managers around NoVA must despair whenever a VBR phone number hits the Caller ID.  We sure do our darnedest to plead, bribe, and cajole our way into some of the more uncommon (if not rare for the general public) releases when it comes to stocking our kegerators.  By no means are we always successful, but we at least like to think an occasional bone or favor gets thrown our way.  In terms of selection, we seem to split up styles so one house (usually mine) has the lower ABV/IBU kegs and the other features all the big IPAs,…

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