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Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Recap: Barrel Room Collection Release at Voodoo Brewery

Last weekend, Greg, Russ and Kenton made the trip to beautiful northwestern PA to see the brand new Voodoo Brewpub and hopefully buy some delicious barrel aged beers. This weekend was no normal weekend, it was the long awaited Barrel Room Collection release. For our faithful readers, you’ll remember our attempt to liveblog the event, but we figured it warranted a full writeup as well. A lot of people speculated as to when everyone would start to line … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Breweries, Buffalo Trace, Imperial Stout, Laird's Apple, Pappy Van Winkle, Tripel, Voodoo Brewery

Strong Ales on Saturday Afternoon: Rustico’s Novemberfest

Strong Ales on Saturday Afternoon: Rustico’s Novemberfest

Oktoberfests are so last month. On Saturday, November 11th, Rustico put on a show down in Alexandria, Virginia, hosting their second annual Novemberfest in the back parking lot. “It’s sorta like Oktoberfest, but way Novemberier,” the free mug states. Novemberfest’s planners apparently shared my ideas on improving Snallygaster (as both festivals were put on by bars owned by the same group) and gave everyone in attendance a mug and ten tickets for the $15 price of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Festival, Catoctin Creek Peach, DC Brau Brewing Co., Saison, Stillwater Artisanal Ales

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

As part of their inaugural Barrel Aged Beauties event last Wednesday Churchkey in DC had a number of DC Brau Brewing Company’s offerings aged in various barrels graciously provided by Catoctin Creek from just up north in Loudon County. I’ve only ever had a few beers from the District’s first packaging brewery since 1956, but was excited to see how well their beers would hold up in barrels from a local distillery. It boiled down … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Catoctin Creek Pear, Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, DC Brau Brewing Co., Oatmeal Stout, Porter

My Brew Day at Pizza Boy Brewing

My Brew Day at Pizza Boy Brewing

My fiancée and I are regular customers at Al’s of Hampden and when I told Al that I was engaged, he said that I needed to brew a beer for the wedding at the brewery in the basement of his pizza shop, Pizza Boy Brewing. We had several discussions back and forth on what type of beer I wanted to brew, and finally I settled on a Belgian Tripel aged in Apple Brandy Barrels with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Brandy, Brew It Yourself, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Tripel

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Earlier this month, I reviewed Firestone Walker’s 14th Anniversary Ale, which featured a big proportion of stouts compared to their latest anniversary ale. The official blend ratio according to Firestone Walker is: -76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA -Beers included: Helldorado, DDBA, Sticky Monkey, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Good Foot, Bravo, and Double Jack Add in aging within bourbon, brandy, and wine barrels and this seems like a recipe for success. Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Imperial Stout, Wine

Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale

Each year, Firestone Walker releases an anniversary beer that celebrates both their brewing techniques as well as their wine and barrel-aging programs. Their 14th Anniversary Ale marries six different beers that are each aged in varying types of barrels, ranging from wine to brandy to bourbon. Here’s what Firestone Walker has to say about this beer and the specific proportions: The Goal: To create complexity centering on oak, in a multitude of forms, by brewing high … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Wine