Tag Archive: Norfolk

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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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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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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Scurvy Dog, The Bold Mariner Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

  1 year ago     745 Views     Comments Off on Scurvy Dog, The Bold Mariner Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)  

  It's too late. There is just no way. I should not be sitting here the day before Halloween and putting out this review. But it's good. Like really good. And if people can't hunt for it now, it will be next Spring/Summer before it pops back up. Well, if the past year has any precedent of reviewing beers 'out of season' (*ahem* Summer Stouts *cough*), then 1....ONE...saison review close to November is acceptable. I'll give y'all the line again about 'in the winter full of malty browns and stout, this is a great change of pace beer', but I'd…

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Winter Pecan Porter, O’Connor Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

  3 years ago     1301 Views     Comments Off on Winter Pecan Porter, O’Connor Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)  

Happy New Year from the southern most contingency of Virginia Brew Review.  I know we are about a week and a half into the year and I'm just getting around to review #1, but I spent the last couple of weeks reviewing some of the things we did and didn't do in 2015. The hardest thing as a still young site and with few personnel is to try to paint a complete picture of the Virginia Craft Beer scene. It is easy to us to sit back and review the breweries and beers that are close to us, but getting…

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Dry Irish Stout (ODIS), O’Connor Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)

  3 years ago     4931 Views     1 Comment  

If you haven't been on the Interwebs recently, today is the official unofficial National Beer Day. April 7th marks the anniversary of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, thus ending Prohibition. Ironically, the day was first thought up by a Richmonder at his computer in 2009, but that doesn't stop all the social media outlets from going crazy and raising a glass. Well in honor of that day, I am taking a look at one of the more interesting beers I've had since coming back to The Commonwealth. I'm sure you are saying…

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