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Beer Review: Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale (2016)

Producer: Hardywood Brewing
Region: Richmond, VA
Style: English Barleywine Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrel
Price: $15
IBU: 55
ABV: 6.6%

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 3

Our third day in Portland featured lots of walking, but the thing with Portland is that everything is really walkable. We walked from our hotel in downtown pioneer district all the way to Mississippi district and we still only walked about 3 miles, never in dangerous areas. So we learned that you can walk from downtown to Mississippi district, but you will be walking for a long time if you do. We eventually made it to what turned out to be one of my favorite places in Portland, Ecliptic Brewing. Ecliptic Brewing Company 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227 Well, it’s certainly out there but I suspect that is how they like it. Ecliptic featured some of the best beer I had in Portland, including their Hypernova triple IPA and their Orbiter IPA. Their Orange Giant barleywine and Oort Imperial Stout also hit the spot, as well as a massive 1/2-pound …

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 2

Day 2 of my Portland trip featured more of the same from day #1… great food and great beer. After an amazing breakfast featuring a chorizo burrito and French toast with huckleberry jam at Tasty n Alder, and great coffee at Barista, we headed over the bridge into East Portland to see what this area had to offer. The first place we hit was Burnside Brewery. Burnside Brewery 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 So we started off the day here and I thought it would be a great idea to get a taster tray of all their beer. Turns out, that might not have been the best idea. Their taster tray consisted of 18-4 oz taster (in case you’re keeping track at home, that’s 4.5-12 oz beers). Here’s what that looked like: Right. I had some work to do. I sipped each of these very slowly, but some …

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 1

I know it’s been a while since I wrote anything, and there’s a ton to tell about Virginia craft beer. But for now, I’m in Portland with the wife for spring break so I only thought it appropriate to write about my experiences at the many, many amazing breweries out in the Pacific Northwest. My first day featured visits to Voodoo Doughnut, Deschutes, Fat Head’s, 10 Barrel, and Rogue Public House. Voodoo Doughnut 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 OK, so this place is probably touristy as hell, but it was amazing. It’s a tiny little doughnut shop that accepts cash only but the doughnuts are incredible. I got the pot hole, which was a bar doughnut with chocolate icing topped with Oreo crumbles and stuffed with cream. It was delicious and I could barely finish the whole thing by myself. I paired it with a nice Stumptown coffee …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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