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A Tale of Two Sculpins

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I mentioned in a recent post that I scored some great beer from a friend’s beer shop in PA. Two of those beers are varieties of Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, grapefruit and habanero. Having had both on tap at Ballast Point during my trip to California last summer, I thought I would do something different and review each one, then get crazy and combine them for a grapefruit-habanero blend. Here we go! Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA Producer: Ballast Point Brewing Company; San Diego, CA Style: American IPA Price Range: $3-5 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Bright, clear, golden, with small white head Aroma: Grapefruit, orange, mango Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a perfect clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is mostly grapefruit, but there are other citrus aromas at work here from the west coast hops, including some mango and orange. The first ...

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EVENT: Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival

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Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival April 9-11 | Charlottesville, VA Three days of celebrating the best of Central Virginia Wines Tickets on sale now! CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The 2015 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival presented by Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville will take place April 9-11, celebrating the best of Central Virginia wines over the course of three days. Tickets are on sale now and available at and the Charlottesville’s Visitor Center on the downtown mall. The Monticello Wine Trail Festival is a partnership between the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society, nTelos Wireless Pavilion and the Jefferson Theater. In addition to our presenting sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville other key sponsors and event partners include Bank of the James and Keller & George jewelers. The Monticello Wine Trail is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote and encourage cooperation among the various award-winning Central Virginia wineries, which have helped ...

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Tablas Creek Vineyard; A taste of Rhône in Paso Robles

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Visiting Paso Robles for the first time was nothing short of amazing. The laid back setting, rolling hills, and less crowded viticultural area provides wine enthusiasts with what most people seek when visiting California wine country – peace and quiet, great food, great people, and AMAZING wines. This particular day brought us to a hand full of wineries, all of which showed very different wines. We were able to stop by two Neil Collins wineries, including Tablas Creek Vineyard. English-born Neil Collins was actually a trained Chef, but eventually came to dabble and subsequently focus solely on winemaking and vineyard management. With stints at Adelaida Cellars and Wild Horse, Neil met owners Robert Haas and the Perrin family when Tablas Creek was beginning its journey, and Neil had to be a part of it. Tablas Creek was founded by the Perrin Family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in famous Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, ...

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Beer Review: Lost Abbey Deliverance

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 Lost Abbey Deliverance Producer: Port Brewing Company; San Marcos, CA Beer Name: Deliverance Ale Style: Blended Stout Price Range: $15-25 / bottle (375 ml) ABV: 12.5% Appearance: Pitch black, small white head Aroma: Bourbon, brandy, cocoa, molasses, dark fruit, roasted malt Virginia Pour House Review: This beer from Port Brewing’s Lost Abbey is a blend of bourbon-barrel aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy-barrel aged Angels Share. It packs a punch at 12.5% ABV and the aroma is strong with bourbon and brandy notes. There is also some cocoa, roasted malt, and even a little dark fruit coming through in the aroma for me. The beer pours a pitch black with a small white ring of head that quickly dissipates. The first sip is mostly brandy for me, with some hints of cocoa nibs and roasted barley in the finish. On subsequent sips I get a little bourbon as well, but the brandy ...

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Great Beer Reviews Forthcoming

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Hey all. Just a quick post to let you know that some amazing beer reviews will be forthcoming. I finally stopped in at my buddy’s beer store in West Reading, Pennsylvania to take a look at his wares and I was not disappointed. Here’s a glimpse of the haul that I took home. In case you can’t see any of those, there are a couple of Ballast Point Sculpin varietals (grapefruit and habanero), Old Numbskull from Alesmith, a FiftyFifty Eclipse (Four Roses), Lost Abbey’s 10 Commandments (vintage 2012) and Deliverance, a single-hop experimental IPA from Flying Dog, and a couple of IPA’s from a small brewery in Massachusetts called Night Shift Brewing. This is going to be a good couple of weeks. And if you find yourself in southeastern PA, check out The Barley Mow in West Reading. I know it’s not local to Virginia, but it is an amazing store ...

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