Virginia Craft Brew

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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Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series)

Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series) Quick Pour: Lost Rhino Cerise Acide (Genius Loci Series) 2015-10-04 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Lost Rhino Cerise Acide - 92 92 92 Points Lost Rhino's Genius Loci series delivers another solid sour, this one with tons of cherries. 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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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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Quick Pour: Lost Rhino My Imaginary Girlfriend (MIG)

Producer: Lost Rhino; Ashburn, VA Style: India Pale Ale Price Range: $8-10 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 6.1% Appearance: Cloudy straw color, small foamy white head Aroma: Grass, straw, orange, grapefruit, mango Virginia Pour House Review: Lost Rhino recently released this year’s batch of My Imaginary Girlfriend, or MIG for short. The beer pours a cloudy straw color with a small foamy white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma contains hints of citrus in the form of orange, grapefruit, and maybe mango. There is also an earthiness with some grass and straw coming through. The citrus notes pop out right at the beginning of the first sip but there is an earthy middle and finish, with a lingering bitterness. I love this beer because it presents a perfect balance of hops with a strong malt backbone while remaining pretty light at 6.1%. Lost Rhino makes some great seasonal IPA’s and …

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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 Pours: A Trio of Local IPA’s

GRAFFITI HOUSE  Producer: Old Bust Head; Vint Hill, VA  Style: IPA  Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz)  ABV: 7.5%  Appearance: Deep amber, clear, with small white head  Aroma: Malty, faint earthy notes  Virginia Pour House Review: The first IPA is from a small brewery near Gainesville  called Old Bust Head. This is brewed in a West Coast IPA style so it promises to be very  hoppy with citrus and pine notes. The beer pours a deep, clear amber with a small white  head. The aroma is faint, but there is some malt and earthy notes. The first sip is big and  bright, with a nice citrus up front and earthy tones the middle. The beer finishes super bitter  with a lingering pine bitterness. For a base IPA, this beer has a lot of flavor and really good  bitterness. It is reminiscent of a West Coast IPA with subtle citrus and big …

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Beer Review: Alewerks Bitter Valentine

Producer: Alewerks Brewing Company; Williamsburg, VA Style: Double IPA Price Range: $10 / bottle ( oz) ABV: 8.3% Appearance: Rich orange amber, small white head Aroma: Citrus, pine, grass, hints of orange, mango, pineapple Virginia Pour House Review: Alewerks releases this big double IPA every year around Valentine’s Day. This year I found it a little later than normal, but judging by the appearance and aroma I don’t think anything will be lost here. The beer pours a deep rich amber, almost orange, with a thin white head. I get big citrus and floral notes in the aroma, with hints of orange, mango, and pineapple, but also an earthiness and some pine. The first sip is super bitter, but there is a lot of flavor here. Lots of citrus bursts through first, but also some floral notes and an earthy finish. The big citrus notes dominate the flavor, with some …

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Happy New Year from Asheville, NC!

New Year’s Eve. It is a holiday that I normally spend going out with a bunch of friends to a fancy, semi-formal event. This year, though, I am spending the holiday at the cabin in the mountains outside Asheville, NC that my in-laws recently purchased. After an 8-hour road trip and a slightly scary trek 4,000 feet up the mountain, we arrived. And we caught the last minute or so of sunset. Of course, since it was a special occasion, I enjoyed New Year’s with a few rare and vintage beers with the family. We started on Tuesday night, when my sister-in-law and her husband (who just so happens to be a close friend) stopped in on the way down to NC. The first beer we cracked was a local one from Hardywood, and a variant of one I have already had this winter season. Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Gingerbread Stout …

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