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Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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Bitter Brew – Book Review

Bitter Brew – Book Review

  Occasionally  we at The Beer Circle put down our beers and pursue other activities but often those, too, are centered around beer. I have just read “Bitter Brew” by William Knoedelseder. It is billed as a book about “the rise and fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer.”  There are already many reviews that deal with the book in its entirety but I will concentrate more on the items in the book that deal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anheuser-Busch, Books

2013 Winter Stout Fest

2013 Winter Stout Fest

My fourth annual Winter Stout Fest was held on December 7th (yes, I am a little late with this write up). As you will see below it was a beer tasting that will live in infamy, though in this case “infamy” is a good thing. Wanting to take a step up from last year I contacted Adroit Theory Brewing Company in my home town, Purcellville, VA, about hosting the event. While construction won’t be completed for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tastings

Best Beers of 2013

Best Beers of 2013

We here at The Beer Circle like to think that we drink a lot of good beer. With that in mind, we decided to vote internally on what our favorite new beers of 2013 were. The criteria was simple: you had to have the beer to vote on it and the beer had to make its debut in 2013. The list ended up being, predictably, focused on Pennsylvania. Voodoo Pappy van Winkle Black Magick Probably the most sought … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Facts, Bullfrog Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ale, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Voodoo Brewery

Marina Market – Online Store Review

Marina Market – Online Store Review

Marina Market, located in Poulsgo, Washington, opened in 1988 with a goal to bring Dutch, Scandinavian, and other European foods to the Western Puget Sound. I stumbled across this company on a list of online beer stores and decided to check them out. What immediately caught my attention was Berserker from Midnight Sun. I had been looking for that beer a number of years but never had any luck. Checking their inventory against my “To … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coronado Brewing Company, Gigantic Brewing, Hair of the Dog, Marina Market, Midnight Sun Brewing, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Sound Brewery

CraftShack – Online Store Review

CraftShack – Online Store Review

CraftShack is the online-branding of Windy City Liquor of El Cajon, California. They have a large and varied selection as my order shows. I picked up Almanac’s Heirloom Pumpkin, Evil Dead Red and Decadence 2013 from AleSmith, Deschutes‘ Chasin Freshies, Dieu du Ciel!‘s La’Herbe, Gigantic‘s Hellion, Hoppin Frog‘s Frog Hops, Lost Coast‘s The Wedge, New Belgium‘s Trip Segal Ranch, Prairie‘s Funky Galaxy, Robinsons’ The Trooper, and Woodchuck‘s Dry Hop   CraftShack   … Read entire article »

Filed under: AleSmith Brewing Company, CraftShack, Deschutes Brewery, Dieu du Ciel, Gigantic Brewing, Hoppin' Frog Brewery, Lost Coast, New Belgium Brewing Co., Prairie Artisan Ales, Robinsons Brewery

The Grand Colombian Beer Experience

The Grand Colombian Beer Experience

Recently, I spent two weeks in Bogota, Colombia, and took the opportunity to sample the local beer culture. A single mega-brewer controls the vast majority of the beer market, but there are come encouraging signs that point to a hopeful future for the lovers of good beer. If your Spanish is lacking, as is mine, the two most important words to know when ordering a beer at a restaurant is “Cerveza Nacionales,” or “national beer.” … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3 Cordilleras, Apostol, Bogota Beer Company, Cerveceria Bavaria, Colombia, South America

Mud Hound Brewing Company — Leesburg, VA

Mud Hound Brewing Company — Leesburg, VA

We promised to keep you posted as Mud Hound Brewing Company evolved and luckily there is a lot to update you on! Mud Hound is up and running, brewing beer at MacDowell Brew Kitchen in Leesburg, VA. Bob and Russ both paid the location a visit earlier this month and although their paths didn’t end up crossing, they both had the same takeaway: Mud Hound is here to stay. The occasion was a May special release … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Mud Hound Brewing Co.

LetsPour – Online Store Review

LetsPour  is a Seattle-based retailer the offers wine and beer for sale online. Simple, you think, but Lets Pour goes about it differently.  For beers, they ship out of California, Florida, and Washington. You can order any number of bottles but to take advantage of free shipping from a location you must purchase at least 6 bottles or cans from the location. If you don’t, shipping is automatically added to the order. This isn’t as confusing as it seems because each beer has the location that it is shipped from and you can even sort on location. My purchase is good example of what LetsPour offers. The Oak-Aged Bretta from Logsdon was what drew me in so I looked around to fill my order with Gigantic‘s The Time Traveller, Howe Sound‘s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gigantic Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, Lets Pour, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Midnight Sun Brewing, Reuben's Brews, Sound Brewery

Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant – Beer Lovers’ Heaven

Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant – Beer Lovers’ Heaven

A few weeks ago I visited Hardwood Craft Brewing for the release of their Barrel Aged IPA, Hoplar. My wife and I really enjoyed hanging out there but we didn’t stay long because many different people recommended that I absolutely needed to visit Mekong, a Vietnamese restaurant, in Richmond. Their website name is “Mekong is for Beer Lovers,” which was a great indication of what I was in store for when I stopped by. First, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blue Mountain Brewery, Mekong, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hardywood Craft Brewing – Richmond, VA

Hardywood Craft Brewing – Richmond, VA

Back in January, Russ did a review of two Hardywood Craft Brewing releases, Gingerbread Stout and Bourbon-barrel Aged Gingerbread Stout. Recently I headed down for the release of Hoplar, an IPA conditioned on Virginia Poplar wood. This post will deal more with the experience at the brewery rather than a review of Hoplar itself. The weather was perfect for the release. It was sunny and in the mid-50s. Festivities were to kick off at 1PM and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer Release, Breweries, Hardywood Park