Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #21 & #20

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #21 and #20 in the countdown! #21: Cisco Pumple Drumkin Producer: Cisco Brewers; Nantucket, MA Beer Name: Pumple Drumkin Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6% Appearance: Pale amber, hazy, small foamy off-white head Aroma: Pumpkin, faint spice, cinnamon, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a pale, hazy amber with a small foamy off-white head.The aroma is faint with pumpkin and spice, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through. The taste is light with bitterness from the pumpkin and spice in the middle. It finishes smooth with some faint lingering bitterness on the palate. It is medium-bodied, enough to hold up the flavor, but not overly heavy. It is slightly effervescent but has a nice mouthfeel, coating the palate. This beer is solid, but I wanted a little more out of it. It has a nice malt backbone and a good …

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Dogfish Dash 2014

Dashing for beer!

I was recently in Rehoboth Beach, DE for my annual late September “beach” vacation. The last weekend in September every year is the Dogfish Dash, Dogfish Head’s 5k/10k race. This year was my fourth in a row of running the race and the event has been growing amongst my group of friends every year. The first year it was just a few of us, but this year we had enough people to rent two houses between about 15 of us. We came in on Saturday morning and after spending some time in Rehoboth watching college football, we decided to head to Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats for dinner. Who else is sitting at the table next to us than the man himself, brewery owner Sam Calagione. We weren’t going to bother him during his dinner with family, but my brother-in-law simply gave him a quick “thank you” as he walked …

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Adroit Theory Brewing Company; The latest brew craze in Purcellville, Virginia

I enjoyed a nice weekend with the in-laws over Memorial Day as we went to DC’s Summerfest Beer Festival, visited Lost Rhino, and checked out a new brewery tucked all the way out in Purcellville, VA. The brewery is called Adroit Theory Brewing Company. Anyone that is familiar with the location of Corcoran Brewery will know exactly where this place is, since it’s basically right down the street. We pulled into a fairly industrial-looking parking lot and followed the tiny signs until we saw this: This instantly brought me back to my trip to San Diego last May when I visited a brewery called Mike Hess Brewing Co., which was run basically out of a storage garage. This place was slightly bigger, but not by much. Adroit Theory started out by contract-brewing through a company called Beltway Brewing Company in the Sterling area. Basically, you pay them, and they help …

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