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Mad Fox Brewing Company – Falls Church, VA

Mad Fox Brewing Company – Falls Church, VA

Mad Fox Brewing Company of Falls Church, Virginia is a common meeting spot for various The Beer Circle writers, but I noticed we hadn’t given it a full review to this point. Luckily, Mad Fox has started offering tours on the first Saturday of each month, which I finally had time to take advantage of this weekend. As always, parking for this brewery is great in an area where parking is miserable. You just can’t find … Read entire article »

Filed under: American IPA, Beer, Breweries, Mad Fox Brewing Co.

Beer-mosa

Beer-mosa

Welcome to the next step in Beer Mixology. Previously, I’ve experiment with Beer Floats and Beer Nog to various degrees of success. Today I’ll be discussing my experience with Beer-mosas: a mixture of orange juice and a decent IPA. Ingredients A 50-50 mix of  Alpine Beer Company‘s Pure Hoppiness and your favorite orange juice Appearance The original beer poured a deep copper with a 2-finger thick white head that lasted a long time. Feeling a little like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alpine Beer Company, Beer Pairing

Maine Beer Company’s Lunch

Maine Beer Company’s Lunch

Maine Beer Company is defined in many ways by minimalism; their website, labels, and brewing facilities all reflect that mantra.  While many breweries may have some sort of long winded mission statement, Maine’s is simple: Do the Right Thing. At Maine Beer Company, doing the right thing means taking care of the environment and its creatures. They’re proud members of 1% for the Planet, which means that they donate a minimum of 1% of their sales … Read entire article »

Filed under: American IPA, Beer, Maine Beer Co.

“Floating” an IPA

“Floating” an IPA

Here in northern Virginia it hit 104 degrees on Saturday, so I was looking for something to cool me down. I put some thought into it and was reminded of Russ’ post from The Beer Circle’s Eastern PA Brewery Tour about Tröegs “Floated” Java Head Stout. When we were at the brewery, I was tempted to try Nugget Nectar floated but I figured that being able to drive with a clear head was more important so … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Float, IPA, Sixpoint Brewery

New Glarus Brewing Company’s Hop Hearty IPA

New Glarus Brewing Company’s Hop Hearty IPA

Many moons ago, my dad was in the Navy on the USS Forrest Sherman. He’s been the chaplain of their alumni association since its founding, which means he roadtrips out to the East coast every year for the reunion. For the past few years it’s been in Ocean City, Maryland, but next year it changes locations to Bath, Maine. Beer roadtrip, anyone?! One of the nice things about these trips is that he stops in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, IPA, New Glarus Brewing Co.

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

I’m known for my, well, “inexpensive” tastes in beer.  One of the greatest rewards in my craft beer quest is finding those special brews that offer taste competitive with the big and rare beers, for a fraction of the price.  In the interest of furthering this pursuit, an interesting idea popped into my head while browsing the aisles of Total Wine & More Chantilly. As I passed a Stone Brewing Company display, I noticed sixers of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Imperial IPA, IPA, Stone Brewing Co.

Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA

Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA

I kind of feel like this beer might attack me. I can’t really tell if the Hopadillo is friend or foe, because he kind of looks like a dinosaur to me; a stegosaurus, to be exact. I’m more of a apatosaurus person, my brother is a stegosaurus person. He always used to attack my My Little Ponies with his stegosaurus toy, so I automatically process this stegosaurus-looking Hopadillo as a bit threatening. Hopadillo IPA is brewing in … Read entire article »

Filed under: IPA, Karbach Brewing Co.

Oskar Blues Brewing’s Deviant Dale’s IPA

Oskar Blues Brewing’s Deviant Dale’s IPA

Almost everyone (at least that I know) is familiar with Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale; it is claimed as the first microbrew to be canned, as opposed to bottled/kegged/casked/squirreled. You get my point. This made it ideal for many places where glass isn’t allowed, like beaches, hiking, and music venues; this is reflected by the motto “Pack it in, Pack it out,” printed on their cans, referencing leaving as little impact on the nature you explore … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, IPA, Oskar Blues Brewing

Budget: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo (Bottle Redemption)

Budget: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo (Bottle Redemption)

In a recent post, I took it upon myself to review Sierra Nevada Brewing Company‘s canned version of one of my long-time go-to brews, their Torpedo “Extra” IPA.  Hoppy and bold, this one had never let me down in the past.  I was excited about the prospect of it coming in a can, hoping that this more efficient method of packaging would result in a cheaper per-ounce price.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. There’s a price you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Apres Vous in Wilmington, Vermont

Apres Vous in Wilmington, Vermont

At the beginning of March, Garrett, Russ, and a group of friends took a weekend trip up to Mount Snow in Vermont to do a little skiing and get away from the seemingly-winterless Northern Virginia area. After doing some research and realizing that we would not be close to Hill Farmstead or The Alchemist, we decided to just drink whatever local brewery we could get our hands on and still call it a win. Needing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bars, IPA, Long Trail Brewing Co.