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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 »

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Oktoberfest @ J. Gilbert’s

Oktoberfest @ J. Gilbert’s

Last night, I had the opportunity to be the beer expert at J. Gilbert’s version of Oktoberfest. J. Gilbert’s is a steakhouse located in McLean, Virginia, and puts on various alcohol and food pairings each month. With Oktoberfest starting this weekend, the theme was set. I had never been the emcee of a beer tasting–I’ve more just partaken and occasionally only salivated at the menus–so this was a unique chance to test my knowledge of Germany’s … Read entire article »

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Tuesday Night: Oktoberfest @ J. Gilberts Tysons Corner, Moderated by Us!

Tuesday Night: Oktoberfest @ J. Gilberts Tysons Corner, Moderated by Us!

We at The Beer Circle have a special announcement to make: we will provide our beer expertise to J. Gilbert’s in Tysons Corner, VA for their Oktoberfest beer and food pairing. The event will feature J. Gilbert’s take on traditional Oktoberfest appetizers with a collection of German Oktoberfest beers. It is taking place on Tuesday, 17 Sept at 6:30pm and costs $40 per person (+ tax & gratuity). View Larger Map We look forward to seeing you … Read entire article »

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2012 Winter Stout Fest

2012 Winter Stout Fest

What’s in a date? If the date was this past Saturday, December 15th, it would mean that it was time for my 3rd Winter Stout Fest. After the success of last year’s Winter Stout Fest, I decided to hold it at my house again. There was such a buzz this year that there was talk on Google+ about chartering a 787 to bring people to Virginia. Saturday’s Lineup included: Alaskan 2008 Smoked Porter Brooklyn Black Ops 2011 Cigar City … Read entire article »

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Low Key Beer Tasting event – How To

Low Key Beer Tasting event – How To

Last weekend after running a 5k, a group of running beer drinkers (or is it beer drinking runners?) and I got together to help make more room in my beer fridge. I wanted to use this as an opportunity to introduce different breweries and styles that I have experienceded in my extensive drinking research. We didn’t take notes but did share our thoughts. Beers (in order of appearance): Sixpoint Resin Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2012 Tröegs Scratch … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cigar City Brewing Co., Cisco Brewers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery, Tastings, Tröegs Brewing Co.

The Beer Circle Tasting Part 1

The Beer Circle Tasting Part 1

Last weekend Garrett and I descended upon State College for Penn State’s annual Blue White Weekend. Figuring there was no better thing to do than guzzle down some big beers with each other and some good friends, we convened with Paige in Bellefonte for an evening of hockey, reminiscing, and drunken banter. Because of varying timeframes, the evening started off with Garrett’s offerings of Rogue John John Ale brewed with Juniper Berries and aged in Spruce Gin Barrels and John … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cantillon, Gin, Herbed/Spice Beer, Lambic, Rogue Ales, Tastings

Z-Bar Meet the Brewer: Stone Brewing Company

Z-Bar Meet the Brewer: Stone Brewing Company

The Z-Bar (also known as the Deli) is a bar in State College, PA that is currently running a series called “Meet the Brewer” on Wednesday nights. Each night highlights a different brewery, and you get a sampler of selected beers paired with a plate of tapas. I recently went to the “Stone Brewing Company” rendition, my first experience in this series. We got 4oz of 5 different beers: Levitation, the Smoked Porter, 11.11.11., the … Read entire article »

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Bell’s Hopslam Vertical, Nugget Nectar Vertical, and The Criticism

Bell’s Hopslam Vertical, Nugget Nectar Vertical, and The Criticism

Last year, my buddy Adam told me his plan to lay down a bottle each of Bell’s Hopslam and Troegs Nugget Nectar to analyze the effects that a year will have on each beer. At the time, I thought it was a little silly to not drink them fresh, but I saw the opportunity to learn a little bit more about these beers. Recently, he decided to bring the bottles over to my house since … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Bell's Brewery, Imperial Amber Ale, Imperial IPA, Tastings, Tröegs Brewing Co., Vertical

2011 Winter Stout Fest

2011 Winter Stout Fest

Back in the fall of 2010 I had the idea to get some friends and fellow Stout fiends together to share and enjoy the wide gamut of flavors and aromas that stouts have to offer. The 2010 Stout Fest was held at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Jason, their beer buyer, was the host for the event and set up the beer menu, which also included an Old Ale and Barleywine. Jason talked about each of … Read entire article »

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Beer Dinner: Bell’s Brewery at RFD Washington

Beer Dinner: Bell’s Brewery at RFD Washington

On the evening of January 10th, RFD in Washington offered up a dinner my friends and I could not refuse: a 5 course dinner paired with Bell’s Brewery beers including Black Note. We thought the $60 price tag seemed a bit steep up front, but we went for it anyway. RFD stands for Regional Food and Drink and is located a block away from the Verizon Center, near Washington DC’s Chinatown. It’s the “sister bar” of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bell's Brewery, Blend, Fruit, Imperial IPA, Imperial Stout, IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Rye, Tastings