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Good Luck Cellars; Revisiting a Northern Neck Gem

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This past year, my in-laws purchased a new home on the middle peninsula of Virginia, and it’s location is a mere 20 minute car ride across the Rappahannock to Good Luck Cellars. After exploring Irvington a bit, we decided to take a short drive to Good Luck Cellars as it has been a couple years since my last visit. Located in nearby Kilmarnock, Virginia, Paul and Katie Krop’s Good Luck Cellars is a venture that started from backyard wine making to finding the perfect parcel to grow a business. Sand and gravel based vineyards allow this couple to cultivate great wines with Virginia flare that really shows off the terroir of the area. With outstanding white offerings and a couple red surprises, …

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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

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Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 12: Bell’s Expedition Stout

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And on the 12th day, one of my all-time favorite stouts. And on the 12th day, one of my all-time favorite stouts. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 12: Bell’s Expedition Stout 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 12: Bell’s Expedition Stout 2015-12-23 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Bell's Expedition Stout - 98 98 98 Points Bell's Expedition Stout is a perfect balance of big, dark malts, subtle hoppiness, and smooth milky mouthfeel. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling

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With just one day left, Boulevard’s staple IPA makes an appearance. With just one day left, Boulevard's staple IPA makes an appearance. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling 2015-12-23 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Boulevard The Calling - 87 87 87 Points Boulevard's big, bitter, resiny IPA is surprisingly light-bodied and drinkable User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA

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On the 10th day, an IPA from one of my favorite San Diego breweries. On the 10th day, an IPA from one of my favorite San Diego breweries. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA 2015-12-20 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review AleSmith IPA - 93 93 93 Points AleSmith's IPA is a juicy, piney, resinous treat. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 9: Avery Old Jubilation

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Day 9’s beer is a spiced ale from Avery in Boulder, Colorado. Day 9's beer is a spiced ale from Avery in Boulder, Colorado. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 9: Avery Old Jubilation 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 9: Avery Old Jubilation 2015-12-19 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Avery Old Jubilation - 88 88 88 Points Avery's Jubilation is a nice warming winter spiced ale that would be perfect for a fireside chat. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 8: Starr Hill Shakedown

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The first Virginia beer of 12 days makes its way to my glass on the eighth day. The first Virginia beer of 12 days makes its way to my glass on the eighth day. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 8: Starr Hill Shakedown 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 8: Starr Hill Shakedown 2015-12-16 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Starr Hill Shakedown - 90 90 90 Points Starr Hill's Shakedown is full of fruity, chocolatey goodness User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 7: Evil Genius Stacy’s Mom

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Day 7 of 12 Beers is a juicy citra IPA from New England, complete with pop culture references. Day 7 of 12 Beers is a juicy citra IPA from New England, complete with pop culture references. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 7: Evil Genius Stacy’s Mom 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 7: Evil Genius Stacy’s Mom 2015-12-15 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Evil Genius Stacy's Mom - 92 92 92 Points Evil Genius' Stacy's Mom has got it goin' on with juicy citrus hop flavor. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 6: Monocacy Brewtus

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On the 6th day, I got the first local beer of this year’s 12 beers. On the 6th day, I got the first local beer of this year's 12 beers. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 6: Monocacy Brewtus 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 6: Monocacy Brewtus 2015-12-14 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Monocacy Brewing Brewtus - 93 93 93 Points Monocacy Brewing out of Frederick, Maryland delivers a beautifully complex stout on the day #6. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 5: Lancaster Winter Warmer Ale

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Day #5 brings a Pennsylvania beer, another one that I haven’t had. Day #5 brings a Pennsylvania beer, another one that I haven't had. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 5: Lancaster Winter Warmer Ale 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 5: Lancaster Winter Warmer Ale 2015-12-13 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Lancaster Winter Warmer - 85 85 85 Points Lancaster's winter warmer provides a festive pop to 12 days. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 4: Long Trail Sick Day

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On the fourth day, I once again got a beer I have never tasted before. This can’t possibly last all 12 days, right? On the fourth day, I once again got a beer I have never tasted before. This can't possibly last all 12 days, right? 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 4: Long Trail Sick Day 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 4: Long Trail Sick Day 2015-12-12 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Long Trail Sick Day - 75 75 75 Points Long Trail's Sick Day brown ale is just average for me. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 3: Ninkasi Dawn of the Red

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On the third day, I got another fresh new beer from the Pacific northwest. On the third day, I got another fresh new beer from the Pacific northwest. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 3: Ninkasi Dawn of the Red 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 3: Ninkasi Dawn of the Red 2015-12-11 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Ninkasi Dawn of the Red - 91 91 91 Points Ninkasi's Dawn of the Red packs a surprisingly bitter punch, but I like it. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 2: Ithaca Embrr

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Day #2 brings another beer that is new to my taste buds. It’s a rye porter from Ithaca called Embrr. Day #2 brings another beer that is new to my taste buds. It's a rye porter from Ithaca called Embrr. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 2: Ithaca Embrr 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 2: Ithaca Embrr 2015-12-10 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Ithaca Embrr - 86 86 86 Points A solid robust porter from Ithaca that delivers a solid punch of roasted malts and rye spice. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: No-Li Rise & Grind Stout

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Apologies for the long absence. Long work hours and some personal issues have kept me away, but I am making my return for 12 Beers of Christmas 2015. Once again, my awesome wife has bought be 12 surprise beers to give me over the course of 12 days. So, without further ado… 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1. Apologies for the long absence. Long work hours and some personal issues have kept me away, but I am making my return for 12 Beers of Christmas 2015. Once again, my awesome wife has bought be 12 surprise beers to give me over the course of 12 days. So, without further ado... 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: …

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