Breweries

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

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

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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Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous

Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous Quick Pour: Founders ReDANKulous 2015-09-28 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Founders reDANKulous - 94 94 94 Points Founders delivers a deliciously sweet and hoppy red ale that won gold at GABF. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Quick Pour: Lickinghole Creek Nuclear Nugget

Producer: Lickinghole Creek Brewery; Goochland, VA Style: Imperial IPA Price Range: $15 / bottle (25.4 oz) ABV: 10.5% Appearance: Deep golden, foamy white head Aroma: Pine, earthy, honey, citrus Virginia Pour House Review: Lickinghole Creek Brewery in southern Virginia releases a hop bomb every summer called Nuclear Nugget. I picked up a bottle at my local beer shop a couple weeks back and thought it would be perfect to drink this beast on National IPA Day. This thing checks in at a hefty 10.5% and 105 IBU, and is brewed with tons of Centennial and Nugget hops, along with local clover honey to attempt to take the bite off the hops a bit. The beer pours a deep golden color with a healthy, foamy, white head. The aroma is earthy and piney, with a hint of sweetness from the honey. The big earthy notes of the Nugget hops burst forth immediately upon …

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Sierra Nevada: An East Coast Compound with a NorCal Feel

Sierra Nevada officially opened the doors to its North Carolina brewery/restaurant/bar in March of 2015 after a phased approach starting last summer. While I’m not the biggest fan of their beers overall, I still thought I had to visit while I was in the Asheville area. I made the long trek from the cabin outside of Canton through Asheville to Fletcher, about an hour drive. I have to admit that I was under the impression that the brewery was closer to Asheville proper, but it actually lies about 17 miles south of the city, which is about a half hour drive. As we pulled through the gate, I quickly realized why it was located so far from the city. It seems to be by design. After winding through a half mile of forest and over a small stone bridge, we pulled up to the parking lot, which was appointed with …

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Quick Pour: Adroit Theory Don’t Believe the Hype (Ghost 241)

Producer: Adroit Theory Brewing Company; Purcellville, VA Style: IPA/Double IPA Price Range: $12.99 / bottle (12.7 oz) ABV: 10.6% Appearance: Aroma: Virginia Pour House Review: The other Adroit Theory beer I picked up at Crafted is a new one that even the owner of the store hadn’t had a chance to try yet. This is bottle #110 out of 450, so I’m guessing this particular batch is pretty limited. It pours a deep amber with red and orange hues and very little head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of maple syrup and earthy notes. The first sip is heavy and malty, with a big boozy middle and finish. The hop character is pretty well balanced with the malt, but the malt backbone is huge on this beer. It’s almost a cross between an IPA and a barleywine. The beer coats the palate with sweet syrupy notes and …

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Quick Pour: Adroit Theory Angel’s Trumpet (Ghost 164)

Producer: Adroit Theory Brewing Company; Purcellville, VA Style: IPA w/ mangos Price Range: $14.99 / bottle (12.7 oz) ABV: 7.0% Appearance: Pale cloudy straw, small foamy white head Aroma: Grass, straw, hint of mango Virginia Pour House Review: I stopped in at a craft beer store down in Haymarket, VA called Crafted to pick up some beer for my trip to Asheville, NC. The owner told me they had been open for about a year and a half but I just recently found out about them from a neighbor. It’s a cool little store and they had a great selection of hard-to-find beers. While I was there, I picked up a couple beers from Adroit Theory, including Angel’s Trumpet. This is a beer that I have been coveting for a while now so of course I was excited to finally try it. It pours a hazy pale straw color with …

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Ocelot Brewing: A New Go-To in Loudoun County

Note: This post was written on Memorial Day. Since my first visit, I have visited Ocelot almost every weekend. Loudoun County boasts some pretty serious craft breweries, as evidenced by my last post. While that only begins to scratch the surface of what the county has to offer, it’s a good starting point for getting into the local craft beer scene in northern Virginia. After visiting a new brewery in Sterling this weekend, it is safe to say that there is some serious competition for all other Loudoun County breweries. Ocelot Brewing opened its doors for a soft open in April but they had their grand opening this weekend. It is located in a no-frills industrial park off of Old Ox Road/Rt 606 in Sterling, but don’t let the exterior fool you. The interior is inviting with what looks like a bar and tables made from repurposed wood and a southern …

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Quick Pour: Stone/Ecliptic/Wicked Weed Points Unknown IPA

Stone’s latest entry in their collaboration series includes contributions from Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, Oregon and Wicked Weed in Asheville, North Carolina. It is not clear by the description what each brewer contributed to this beer, but it is highly complex. This is a blend of two beers: a hoppy double IPA and a Belgian tripel. The tripel was transferred into barrels that originally housed red wine and were subsequently used to age tequila. After four months, the tripel was blended with the freshly-brewed IPA at one-fourth tripel to three-fourths IPA. It is definitely unlike anything I have ever heard of. Onto the review! Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA; Ecliptic Brewing; Portland, OR;  Wicked Weed; Asheville, NC Style: Double IPA/Belgian Tripel/Barrel-Aged Beer Price Range: $10-12 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 9.5% Appearance: Clear, deep golden, small white head Aroma: Grass, straw, spice, coriander, grapefruit, orange, wheat Virginia Pour House …

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Beer Review: Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout

SUNDAY MORNING STOUT Producer: Weyerbacher Brewing Company; Easton, PA Style: Imperial Stout Price Range: $3-4 / bottle ( oz) ABV: 11.3% Appearance: Pitch black with a small coffee-colored head Aroma: Mostly coffee and roast, with a hint of bourbon Virginia Pour House Review: Weyerbacher hails from just about an hour away from where I grew up in PA. Their beers are mostly hit or miss for me, as mentioned in my review of their Maple Mistress Pumpkin Ale. So, how does Sunday Morning Stout stack up? It pours a pitch black color with a small foamy coffee-colored head. The aroma is mostly coffee with some roasted malts underneath and just the slightest hint of bourbon. The first taste bursts with rich bourbon, mixed perfectly with dark-roasted coffee and bitter black roasted barley notes. This beer is also viscous, leaving a coating behind in the finish. Subsequent sips are just as …

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