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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 6: Monocacy Brewtus

On the 6th day, I got the first local beer of this year’s 12 beers. On the 6th day, I got the first local beer of this year's 12 beers. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 6: Monocacy Brewtus 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 6: Monocacy Brewtus 2015-12-14 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Monocacy Brewing Brewtus - 93 93 93 Points Monocacy Brewing out of Frederick, Maryland delivers a beautifully complex stout on the day #6. User Rating: Be the first one !

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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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12 Beers of Christmas: Flying Dog Double Dog (Day 10)

Back-to-back Maryland beers, as Flying Dog’s flagship double IPA makes the list! Flying Dog Double Dog Producer: Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick, MD Beer Name: Double Dog Style: Double IPA Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 11.5% Appearance: Bright amber, nice foamy white head Aroma: Malty and earthy with some pine notes Virginia Pour House Review: Ah, Flying Dog. Despite their hit-or-miss potential, they remain one of my favorite local breweries, hailing from Frederick, Maryland. Their flagship beers are usually pretty spot on, and there is a special place in my heart for their Bloodlines Blood Orange IPA. Double Dog is a massive double IPA, checking in at a whopping 11.5% ABV. It pours a clear, bright amber with a nice white head that retains a bit upon sitting. The aroma is malty, with earthy undertones and some pine notes, but is not very strong overall. The taste, however, is. There is …

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12 Beers of Christmas: Evolution Rise Up Stout (Day 9)

The 9th day of Beermas features a local Maryland stout brewed with coffee. Evolution Rise Up Stout Producer: Evolution Brewing Company; Salisbury, MD Beer Name: Rise Up Stout Style: Stout Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.7% Appearance: Solid black, small tan head Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, bitter, cocoa Virginia Pour House Review: Evolution Brewing Company is a small brewery out of Salisbury, Maryland. Their beers have generally been hit or miss for me, but this one is pretty highly reviewed on Beer Advocate and I am a fan of coffee stouts, so here goes. The beer pours a solid, opaque black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is strong with bitter malts, chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. The taste is slightly bitter but smooth overall, with hints of cocoa and light-roast coffee. The coffee is most prevalent in the finish and lingers for a bit on the palate. …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #13 & #12

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #13 and #12 in the countdown! #13: Southern Tier Warlock Producer: Southern Tier Brewing Company; Lakewood, New York Beer Name: Warlock Price Range: $7.99/bottle (22 oz) ABV: 8.6% Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, partly cloudy Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, roasted malts Virginia Pour House Review: The beer is a dark brown, nearly black but isn’t completely cloudy. The beer pours with very little head and it is not retained upon sitting. The aroma is rich with pumpkin and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a bit of cocoa and roasted malt in the nose. The taste has a nice blend of pumpkin and bitter notes from the dark roasted malts. There’s a hint of cocoa in the middle and some light hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is a chocolatey pumpkin delight. There is a great blend of unique flavors …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #15 & #14

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #15 and #14 in the countdown! #15: Ithaca Country Pumpkin Producer: Ithaca Brewing Company; Ithaca, NY Beer Name: Country Pumpkin Price Range: $2.49/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6.3% Appearance: Dark amber, almost orange, not entirely clear Aroma: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours mostly clear and it’s a deep amber color, almost orange. A small head forms but dissipates quickly upon sitting. The aroma is strong with pumpkin spice and hints of cinnamon. The spice doesn’t dominate the taste, but instead complements a nice pumpkin flavor. There is not much carbonation to this beer and as a result is very smooth on the palate. I definitely like pumpkin beers that taste of pumpkin and not just pumpkin spice, so this is a good one in my book. Very drinkable for over 6% ABV.   #14: Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin …

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