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Reserve Society: Am I Getting My Money’s Worth?

Reserve Society: Am I Getting My Money’s Worth?

“Reserve Society” is the trending word in beer communities across the Unites States as we’ve entered 2014. From California to Washington D.C. and everywhere in between, breweries are charging an entrance fee for guaranteed access to their rarest beers, events, and even some swag. This approach circumvents the need to host beer releases at the brewery, which sometimes can get out of hand, and cuts down on the amount of people that travel to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Beer Release, Breweries, Cigar City Brewing Co., Reserve Society, The Bruery, Three Stars Brewing Co., Upland Brewing Co.

Happy Valley Brewing Company’s Bitter Cold Start

Happy Valley Brewing Company’s Bitter Cold Start

State College has a new face in town, officially named Happy Valley Brewing Company (HVBC). It opened in December of 2013, becoming only the second brewery in State College (next to Otto’s Pub). Central Pennsylvania is begging for some new, top notch craft breweries, so HVBC has a big opportunity to succeed. It’s execution, however, has been flawed. The brewery didn’t open with the highest of expectations, as it launched without any house-brewed offerings. It’s curious that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Happy Valley Brewing Co.

DC Breweries Tour Recap

DC Breweries Tour Recap

This past Saturday, despite a continuous deluge of wintry mix in the Washington area, a car full of good friends drove across our nation’s capital to see five different breweries: DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, Right Proper, and Bluejacket. A testament to the success of craft beer right now, the longest drive between breweries was 15 minutes. The fun breweries paired with almost everyone being a bit sleepy and hungover made for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Breweries, Chocolate City, DC Brau Brewing Co., Right Proper Brewing Co.

Bluejacket: Changing the Face of Breweries in DC

Bluejacket: Changing the Face of Breweries in DC

The beer scene of our Nation’s capital is burgeoning, and we’re all along for the ride. With Bluejacket set to open next week as the fifth brewery within the District since 2011, this ride is about to get a facelift. When Christian Heurich Brewing Company shuttered the doors in 1956, DC spent roughly 55 years without a brewery to call its own. Luckily for us, 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, and DC Brau have opened … Read entire article »

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Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

Bullfrog Brewery — Williamsport, PA

For Paige, living in State College means that she has easy access to Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA.  She went to their last beer release for OUD 15 and made the 70 mile trek back last Friday for their newest bottle release, Et Tu Brute. Et Tu Brute is a “malt beverage aged in oak barrels with cherries”, which in our book translates to “delicious.” Weather wise this release was a welcome change from OUD … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Breweries, Bullfrog Brewery

Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Cantillon, for me, was one of the great beer Meccas that the world has to offer. Brewing traditional lambics since 1900, the brewery puts out some of the best sour beers on the market. All of Cantillon’s beers are spontaneously fermented, meaning they are open to the air for the brewery’s natural terroir to impart more than 100 years of developed wild yeasts to create its unique flavors. The brewery is the only one left … Read entire article »

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Beer’d Brewing Company — Stonington, CT

Beer’d Brewing Company — Stonington, CT

Last weekend, I made the trip North to visit a family member who recently took a job in Connecticut. With a free day to see the sights and a growler in tow, we decided to check out Beer’d Brewing Company, which I had stumbled across after a few quick internet searches. We figured we’d kill some time at one of the newest craft breweries in town before getting dinner at famed Mystic Pizza. It wasn’t difficult … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer'd Brewing Co., Breweries

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 »

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Al’s of Hampden: A New Location! – Enola, PA

Al’s of Hampden: A New Location! – Enola, PA

The Trip: This past Saturday, The Beer Circle writers Garrett, Kenton, and Paige were fortunate enough to be able to make a rendezvous at one of their favorite beer establishments in the Central Pennsylvania region. The location of which they speak, however, is not the same Al’s of Hampden which they’ve visited on a previous beer tour, this was something new – something the beer community has been much abuzz about for some time now. We’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Pizza Boy 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