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Persistent Perseverance at Sinistral Brewing Co.

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Blane Perry is not the kind of guy to admit defeat easily, if ever.  He brings the same passion and intensity to both the operating and brewing sides of Sinistral.  Recently, a local award-winning homebrewer asserted that he tasted the off-flavor diacetyl in Sinistral's Fish Taco Lager, and Blane was having none of it.  Enlisting the help of a nearby brewery, he had Fish Taco chemically tested to be able to proudly report back that there were in fact no chance of such buttery or caramel corn flavors.  At the same time, when his peers reported back that "something different…

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

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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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Five Virginia Beers You Need to Try

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Fresh off a good showing from Virginia breweries large and small - to include the independent brewers at Gordon Biersch and Sweetwater Tavern in NoVA! - at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, let's think a little bit differently on the state of craft beer in the Commonwealth.  Sure, as we pointed out back in March, some places have fallen on hard times, but we're happy to see turn key facilities reopened by a Tucked Away, or an Ornery find a new home.  With so much change, could you really say you'd heard of all the Virginia breweries which brought…

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

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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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New@Life, Oozlefinch Craft Brewery + Old Ox Brewery

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There we are, sitting at spacebar on a seemingly random Thursday night.  The menu has almost completely changed over from the previous week, and their usually innocuous tap list posting to social media looked the same as usual.  Well, almost the same.  Two Oozlefinch beers on draught?  In NoVA?!  This required a visit.  To our half-surprise, we ran into the owner of Oozlefinch, Russel Tinsley, as he made table rounds to talk about the two offerings.  There was a fruited Berliner Weisse, but the more intriguing beer was a collaboration with Old Ox Brewery (one of our local faves) that…

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Lost Weekend, Bluejacket Brewing (Washington, DC)

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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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Live Beer Blogging from Lost Rhino!

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We're joining you from the penultimate event of the 2018 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, which has been hosted right here in Loudoun County!  For the Live Beer Blogging event, we're holed up at Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn for a "speed flight," allowing us to taste 10 samples from throughout the Commonwealth.  The event will kick-off around 4:30 and go for an hour.  Our line-up for this evening includes beers from: AleWerks Ardent Blue Mountain Legend Lost Rhino Old Bust Head Port City Reason Starr Hill Vanish We don't know yet what they'll be serving, but check back over…

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Vapid, Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)

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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)

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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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