Tag Archive: NE 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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Lost Weekend, Bluejacket Brewing (Washington, DC)

  4 months ago     470 Views     Comments Off on Lost Weekend, Bluejacket Brewing (Washington, DC)  

Wha... why are we talking about a beer that's not from Virginia?  Apart from the fact that we've covered Bluejacket before, or that there's some serious cross-pollination between DC and VA breweries, we happened to notice a picture of the Bluejacket taproom on the twitters recently.  You see, the Brewers Association released a study similar to a question we've asked before, on whether or not breweries with taprooms draw better sales (the answer as always...it depends).  Well, what was important was that they used a picture of Bluejacket on social media as part of the study's release.  We recognized it…

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Partly Cloudy, Solace Brewing Co. (Sterling, VA)

  7 months ago     518 Views     Comments Off on Partly Cloudy, Solace Brewing Co. (Sterling, VA)  

We're entering a Second Summer of Hazy Beer.  Beer purists everywhere groan at the loss of clarity, all the insane adjuncts, and the complete abandonment of many fining techniques.  Screw 'em, this stuff is too good to care.  We in our fine Commonwealth are so blessed to have so many of our breweries at the leading edge of the craze that has grown into a phenomenon.  Personally, I hope filtering dies out in brewing because the beer tastes better without it.  If the day comes that we don't need separate categories for filtered vs. unfiltered entrants of the same general…

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Proven Theory, Benchtop Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)

  10 months ago     643 Views     Comments Off on Proven Theory, Benchtop Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)  

Usually my business trips take me to the Midwest.  For once (and maybe the only time), a trip kept me in the Commonwealth and I was able to meander around the 757 of all places.  One of my evening visits took me to Benchtop, which was fresh off its GABF Gold Medal win for its Mermaid's Scorn Oyster Gose.  Yes, I tried that, too.  What caught my attention most of all was their NE-ish IPA, and the cheeky name attached to it.  A Proven Theory for what, exactly?  That yours is the best?  That this is a superior style?  Endless…

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Citra Triangles, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  11 months ago     620 Views     Comments Off on Citra Triangles, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)  

"Drink now or don't bother."  Cloudy beer sure is a demanding passion.  We troll social media, call in "sick" on Thursdays or Fridays, and practice the worst forms of road rage to get our parking spots and places in line.  This was the result of one such adventure. Citra Triangles, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA) New England IPA, 6% ABV, 0 IBU Presentation:  Can pour into tulip. Appearance:  Pulpy, cloudy orange juice that catches a lot of golden hues in the right light.  Webs of lattice follow the beer down the glass fairly generally (but without a ring pattern).…

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Zero Fox Given (Cask), Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)

  1 year ago     722 Views     Comments Off on Zero Fox Given (Cask), Mad Fox Brewing Co. (Falls Church, VA)  

I've done CO2 and Nitro, but this is my first ever review of a Cask presentation of a beer.  I liked the carbonated version plenty well, and just happened to be at Mad Fox the day after their newest NE IPA made its debut on cask as well.  It's a new beer overall, and if my notes/underwhelming prose don't do it enough justice, then my sincere apologies.  I ignored my family to type everything below into my phone one agonizing tap at a time lest I forget the essence of my first impressions.  My kids wanted fries, ketchup, blowing on…

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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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Sensitivity Training, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

  1 year ago     912 Views     Comments Off on Sensitivity Training, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)  

I have to give it to fellow writer Ben.  He held onto a whole lot of beer that released this Spring so I could try it when I got back from Kansas.  With the whole NE IPA explosion that made Aslin an obvious candidate to have on hand, but they're a lot like other well known canning operations such as The Veil - they sell out so fast you're either in line to get it, or you're out of luck.  It's an intriguing plight for nano- and smaller microbreweries.  Do you keg the stuff and have a packed house, or…

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EBK [open your eyes edition] (Ghost 560), Adroit Theory Brewing Company (Purcellville, VA)

  1 year ago     1051 Views     Comments Off on EBK [open your eyes edition] (Ghost 560), Adroit Theory Brewing Company (Purcellville, VA)  

I'm exhausted. I've been on this street a thousand times. It's never looked so strange... The faces: so cold! In the distance, a child is crying. Fatherless...a bastard child, perhaps. My back aches, my heart aches, but my beer... my beer tastes amazing! Thank the gods I opened a bottle and poured some EBK [open your eyes] from Adroit Theory! The first production run of Adroit Theory's EBK line of New England-style IPAs, EBK [open your eyes] NE triple IPA possesses a smooth flavor and powerful punch, making it an extremely worthy entry into VA's growing NE IPA market. EBK…

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