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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

Beer and Food Pairing

Beer and Food Pairing

Pairing beer and food together isn’t easy yet it also isn’t magic. I recently attended a Winter Craft Brew and Beer Pairing with some friends and I wasn’t disappointed. The host was faced with a mixed bag of beer fans ranging from those without much knowledge of craft beer to those hard-core craft beer fans that only drink the mass-market beer to earn untappd badges. For a successful event I believe you must follow these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Beer Pairing, DuClaw Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Rogue Ales, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Trappist Rochefort, Weihenstephan

Adroit Theory Brewing B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout

Adroit Theory Brewing Company, a new brewery to the Northern Virginia scene, is set to open its doors to the public in June of 2013 in Purcellville, VA. I have been lucky enough to volunteer as a taste tester as they continue to refine their recipes. I knew it is hard work but someone had to step up and do it. Adroit Theory’s aim is to extend beyond the ordinary into “esoteric beers” that take a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Beer, Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

A few weeks back I made the trip down to Richmond, Virginia to check out Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and their bourbon barrel aged Gingerbread Stout release. It was a bit out of my way, but the thought of a gingerbread stout aged in bourbon barrels carried me through. The line wasn’t all that long when I rolled in, and I had my beers (and glasses) within an hour. After which, I pulled off a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Release, Better From The Barrel?, Hardywood Park, Milk Stout

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 »

Filed under: Tastings

Church Brew Works’ Heini’s Hooch

Church Brew Works’ Heini’s Hooch

At this year’s Great American Beer Fest featured one of Pittsburgh’s most unique (in terms of architecture, at least) breweries, Church Brew Works. While the Church has been a Pittsburgh staple for years, it only recently began its atmospheric rise to prominence and showed that talent this year, winning four medals and Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year honors this year in Colorado. Included in these accolades were bronze medals for Celestial … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, Church Brew Works, Old Ale, Reviews

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

Snallygaster: The Gargantuan Beer Jamboree

Snallygaster: The Gargantuan Beer Jamboree

Last weekend, my drinking buddy Chase and I got our share of DC last weekend when we when to the now infamous Washington National’s NLDS Game 5 collapse and the Snallygaster beer festival. I’ve already talked about beer at Nats Park, and not a lot has changed since (for better or worse). Beer-wise, I was most excited about Churchkey guru Greg Engert’s newest project: Snallygaster. Why the weird name? There’s some history there. As early as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Festival

Cricket Hill Bourbon Barrel Porter

Cricket Hill Bourbon Barrel Porter

Cricket Hill, a New Jersey-based operation, is a self-proclaimed ‘gateway’ brewery. Rather than overload a beer with hops or sweeten it to candied intensity, brewmaster Rick Reed instead opts for recipes that don’t leave bitter or unwelcome flavors on the palate. This ‘classic’ taste derives inspiration from Germany’s Reinheitsgebot – a purity law that states that beer shouldn’t be brewed with anything more than water, hops, and malt (so long, pesky adjuncts!) – which Reed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, Cricket Hill, Porter, Reviews

Goose Island’s King Henry

Goose Island’s King Henry

For those of you who follow Russ, Greg or my own personal social media accounts, you saw that we had a pretty awesome tasting two Saturday’s ago. There were a few beers that we considered duds, but Goose Island’s King Henry was one of the highlights. By the numbers, our third highest rated overall beer, though tied for second with the Bramble Rye Bourbon County Stout (which Russ reviewed) once you eliminated the rating from a … Read entire article »

Filed under: English Barleywine, Goose Island Brewing Co., Pappy Van Winkle