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Beer Review: Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve

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 Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve Producer: Sly Fox Beer; Royersford, PA Beer Name: Black Raspberry Reserve Style: Fruit Beer Price Range: $12-14 / bottle (750 ml) ABV: 8% Appearance: Deep raspberry red, small foamy off-white head Aroma: Raspberry Virginia Pour House Review: Sly Fox is a small brewery from near my hometown in Pennsylvania. I reviewed their holiday ale as part of the 12 Beers of Christmas. I have always been 50/50 on Sly Fox, as their beers are hit or miss for me. This one claims to be an “Unforgettable Fruit Ale”. Let’s see if it lives up to that claim. The beer pours a deep red raspberry color with a small pinkish-white head. The aroma is all raspberry, nothing more and nothing less. There is raspberry throughout the taste, but it’s very subtle, not overpowering at all despite the strong raspberry aroma. There isn’t much else to the ...

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Muse Vineyards’ 2009 Clio Awarded 2015 Virginia Wine Governor’s Cup

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~Woodstock-based Muse’s Bordeaux-styled Red Blend Scores Best Amongst Almost 400 Entries from 94 Wineries~ Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) 2015 Governor’s Cup to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-style blended red wine.  The Governor’s Cup was awarded at the VWA’s Governor’s Cup Gala held at the John Marshall Hotel.  This is the first Governor’s Cup for Muse Vineyard, based in the Town of Woodstock in Shenandoah County. Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to present this year’s award to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio.  Robert Muse and his wife, Sally Cowal, embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Virginia winemakers: a vision for excellence, a relish for hard work in the vineyard, and an aptitude for risk and experimentation.  Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Robert and Sally’s efforts and I congratulate them for winning the 2015 ...

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Lovingston Winery; A Virginia Pinotage, again, Pinotage (AmericanWineryGuide)

Lovingston Winery 2014

The HISTORY “After browsing through the last couple editions of Wine Enthusiast, I came across multiple Virginia wineries posting 87+ point rated wines. I also noticed an unfamiliar name with several wines that ranged from 89 to 91 points, including a Pinotage. A Pinotage? In Virginia? In the United States, there are maybe 60 acres of Pinotage grown total, and 2 of those 60 just so happened to be planted at Lovingston Winery in Lovingston, Virginia (just south of Charlottesville). After reading about their wines, I made it a point to visit this winery on my next trip, and this past weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. After grabbing a quick bite to eat in downtown Charlottesville, we made the trek down Route 29 and onto state road 653. Just about a mile up the road, on our left, was the vineyard entrance to Lovingston Winery. Up ...

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Beer Review: Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

    Deschutes Black Butte XXVI Producer: Deschutes Brewery; Bend, Oregon Beer Name: Black Butte XXVI Style: Imperial Porter Price Range: $15-17 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 10.8% Appearance: Aroma: Virginia Pour House Review: This beer from Deschutes promises to be a highly complex one with a description that reads: “Ale brewed with pomegranate molasses with 50% aged in bourbon barrels blended with ale with cocoa nibs and cranberry added.” Whoa, that’s a lot of different things going on at once. Let’s break this down. It’s brewed with pomegranate molasses, which is apparently just a fancy way to say pomegranate juice. It comes from pomegranate juice boiled down into a thicker, syrupy substance. The beer itself is 50% aged in bourbon barrels and 50% brewed with cocoa nibs, which I’m assuming is a fresh batch. Finally, there is cranberry added, which I’m guessing was added post-brew in the fermentation phase, ...

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Beer Review: Victory Old Horizontal (2013)

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I was in Wegmans last week and noticed that they had Victory Old Horizontal, one of my favorite seasonal barleywines. Only when I got home and looked at the label did I realize that I actually had bought was a 2013 Old Horizontal, 15 months in the bottle already. I love this beer fresh, but have never had an aged version, so here goes!  Victory Old Horizontal (2013) Producer: Victory Brewing Company; Downingtown, PA Beer Name: Old Horizontal Style: Barleywine Price Range: $12 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 11% Appearance: Dark amber, clear, foamy off-white head Aroma: Very malty, dark fruit, sweet Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a dark amber but is perfectly clear with a healthy off-white head. The aroma is all malt, with dark fruit notes like fig standing out. The aroma has a sweetness to it as well. The first taste is malty with dark fruits ...

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