Virginia Craft Brew

12 Beers of Christmas: Blue Mountain Lights Out (Day 3)

Twelve Beers of Christmas continues with a local Virginia brew!   Blue Mountain Lights Out Producer: Blue Mountain Brewery; Arrington, VA Beer Name: Lights Out Style: Old Ale Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Dark brown, small foamy tan head, cloudy Aroma: Dark fruit, fig, raisin, plum, sweet, light roastiness Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a cloudy brown with a small, foamy, tan head. The aroma includes notes of dark fruits and is sweet with some light roastiness. I get possibly a little fig, raisin, and maybe some plum aromas but it’s mostly understated. There is some dark fruit in the taste, but it’s pretty light-bodied overall, with strong bitterness in the middle. The fruit blends in a weird way with the hops. The taste is pretty accurate for the style, although I’m not a huge fan of old ales in general. What is confusing me about this …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #7-9

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #7-9 in the countdown! #9: Saucony Creek Maple Mistress Producer: Saucony Creek Brewing Company; Kutztown, PA Beer Name: Maple Mistress Price Range: $5 / draught (10 oz) ABV: 9.5% Appearance: Clear, robust amber Aroma: Pumpkin, maple, cinnamon Virginia Pour House Review: I decided to get a bonus pumpkin beer while at The Deli in State College and ordered this amazingly-named beer after the wife took a shot on it. The aroma on this beer is incredible. Rich notes of pumpkin and maple syrup stand out with a hint of cinnamon underneath. The beer is a clear, bold amber color with almost no head. The taste features strong notes of maple syrup in the beginning and middle with big pumpkin and spice in the finish. It has a great mouthfeel, coating the palate with sweet maple and pleasing pumpkin pie flavor. This is probably one of …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #11 & #10

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #11 and #10 in the countdown! #11: Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale Producer: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.; Easton, PA Beer Name: Imperial Pumpkin Ale Price Range: $3.49/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 8% Appearance: Dark amber, hazy, no head Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, clove Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a dark amber with no head. It is cloudy almost to the point of being opaque. The aroma is rich with pumpkin and spice, including notes of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and a hint of clove. The taste is full of big pumpkin fruit and a nice blend of pumpkin spice. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg pop through but also bolder flavors like clove give this beer a bite toward the finish. It has a big malt backbone but remains pretty smooth throughout. There’s a very slight boozy character to this beer but I think it is toned …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #17 & #16

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #17 and #16 in the countdown! #17: Troeg’s Master of Pumpkins Producer: Troeg’s Brewing Company; Hershey, PA Beer Name: Master of Pumpkins Price Range: $7.00/draught (10 oz) ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Copper-colored and clear Aroma: Faint pumpkin and spice Virginia Pour House Review: I got to taste this beer at one of my favorite beer joints at Penn State, The Deli. This is one that I had been trying to track down for a little while. It was brewed with local Pennsylvania gourd pumpkins harvested this year. The beer pours a clear copper color with a small white foamy head. There is a very faint aroma of pumpkin and spice, with no specific spices standing out. The taste is strong with pumpkin fruit with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in the middle. The middle is reminiscent of pumpkin pie and the beer finishes dry. I …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #19 & #18

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #19 and #18 in the countdown!   #19: Devil’s Backbone Pumpkin Hunter Producer: Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co; Roseland, VA Beer Name: Pumpkin Hunter Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 5.1% Appearance: Clear amber, very little head Aroma: Lots of pumpkin meat, hints of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a perfectly clear amber with very little head. The aroma is filled with lots of true pumpkin fruit with hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Like the aroma, the beer has a lot of pumpkin fruit taste with just faint hints of spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. It is medium-bodied, but this complements the style and flavor of this beer perfectly. Normally I like a beer with a heavier body but this is one of the more solid pumpkin beers that I have had this year. There is no …

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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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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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Beer Review: Starr Hill Brewery Snowblind Dopplebock

Producer: Starr Hill Brewery, Crozet, Virginia Beer Name: Snowblind Price Range: $9.99 (Six-Pack) Style: Dopplebock ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Dark brown, almost black and opaque Aroma: Hints of coffee, molasses, and burnt oak Notes: When I cracked open the bottle, it actually foamed out of the bottle. I quickly poured it into a glass where it shows a small off-white head that quickly dissipated with next to no lacing on the glass. The taste is of burnt malts at the front with hints of molasses and coffee toward the back that linger on the palate. It has a little bite up front but eases toward the finish. It sweetens as it warms and is surprisingly smooth for a 7.4% ABV. Not bad, but not as good as my favorite doppelbock, Troegenator. Review by: Eric Schiavo Producer: Starr Hill Brewery, Crozet, Virginia Beer Name: Snowblind Price Range: $9.99 (Six-Pack) Style: Dopplebock ABV: …

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