Tag Archive: rva

Stunt Dubbel, Isley Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

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If you're someone who thinks that pumpkins and yams end with October, clearly you've never been sucked into a Yankee Candle, Bath & Body Works, or any other purveyor of autumnal scents.  This is bigger than a can of gourd slathered into a pie dish, or the sweet potato biscuit recipe my very own mother has refused to share with me even 30 years after I became addicted to them.  It's also bigger than that whole spiced coffee bit dominating even your workplace pantry's Keurig, and the indefensibly questionable notion that pumpkins are fruity enough to go into ice creams…

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Bourbon Barrel Baltic Sunrise, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA)

  2 months ago     251 Views     Comments Off on Bourbon Barrel Baltic Sunrise, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA)  

How do you view beer?  Is it something which augments a dinner or social engagement?  Is it something you love in its own right?  Your answer to that question may impact how you like some of the ultra-big and -heavy beers that exist on the fringes of the Virginia beer scene.  If you enjoy beer just to enjoy beer, the layered complexity and boldness of something that took a year (or more) just to make it to your glass may be lost entirely.  I'm always reminded of this when we have some (non-craft beer type) friends over, and I'm gushing…

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Paranoid Aledroid, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  5 months ago     290 Views     Comments Off on Paranoid Aledroid, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)  

I can't help but stare at the name of this beer and think of all the movies and articles out there warning us of the possibilities of artificial intelligence.  For reasons only tangentially related to one of Triple Crossing's finest, here's an impromptu countdown of some of the best cinema involving "paranoid androids:" Star Wars Battlestar Galactica The Matrix Alien Terminator 2:  Judgement Day Blade Runner 2049 Ex Machina Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I, Robot Alien: Covenant* This isn't even counting other similar movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron that mostly follow a common theme:  robots are smarter than…

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Peanut Butter & Jelly, Isley Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)

  8 months ago     562 Views     Comments Off on Peanut Butter & Jelly, Isley Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)  

I don't get to Richmond much, even though I have family living just above I-295.  With kids in tow it's just a hard day, prone to traffic jams and bad tempers.  We've gotten the whole family unit to Legend and Triple Crossing before (because they have food), but the others are a bit harder.  Scott's Addition is just plain daunting.  So when my wife issued me a pass to go see the Killthrax Tour (Killswitch Engage + Anthrax), it was game on for a Sunday afternoon of beer and heavy metal.  Isley ended up being our last stop.  All I'd…

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Yes, Virginia, We Have Market Saturation

  8 months ago     1269 Views     Comments Off on Yes, Virginia, We Have Market Saturation  

Yup, it's here.  With the news from the last 24 hours that Green Flash is liquidating its Virginia Beach production facility, there's no denying that the Virginia craft beer market has not only reached, but is now screaming past its tipping point.  The same may be true nationally, as Green Flash joins other giants such as Smuttynose that have fallen on hard times.  Peak saturation is here, and just as when the housing bubble burst a little over a decade ago, the signs have been around us for some time.  In reality, the warning signs appeared as early as 2016.…

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

  9 months ago     544 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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BR: RVA IPA, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA) @Hardywood

  4 years ago     1286 Views     1 Comment  

There's so much to be thankful for.  For me, personally, it's finishing grad school, having a little baby due next month, getting a promotion, and feeling settled in a brand new house.  On this particular site, we're thankful for good beer first and foremost.  On this particular day I switched back and forth between beer and wine, but ultimately ended up with something from Hardywood as my sister as was talking about trying to move down to RVA.  Therefore, I thought it only appropriate to talk about the RVA IPA, which is a fairly delightful concoction for which we can…

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