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Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Farmhouse and Rum Pumpkin

Better From The Barrel: Hardywood Farmhouse and Rum Pumpkin

On the heels of the outstanding news that Hardywood will begin distributing some of its stock to Arlington in November 2013, I decided to find out if their most recent Barrel Collection release was actually better from the barrel. It all starts with Farmhouse Pumpkin, part of Hardywood’s Reserve Series. This pumpkin ale, farmhouse ale hybrid doesn’t fit nicely into one style, but piqued my interest as a different take on the pumpkin style that currently … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cruzan Dark, Hardywood Park, Saison

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

Bluejacket Brewing Company Feature

Bluejacket Brewing Company Feature

Bluejacket Brewing Company is still making its pre-opening rounds across the District of Columbia, and Wednesday night at Churchkey was a big one. There were five beers on-tap: three new releases (including their first ever signature beer), and two delicious repeats. Their head brewer, Megan, is still crossing the nation to brew her beers at other breweries until she can get her operation up and running, and she has some interesting things up her sleeves. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Berliner Weissbier, Bluejacket, Quad, Saison, Scotch Ale

Dogfish Head Noble Rot

Dogfish Head Noble Rot

It has often been the feeling that there are those who are entrenched within the wine community and those who drink beer almost exclusively, but without much overlap between. It could be the prejudice that beer is not sophisticated enough (when was the last time you went to an upscale restaurant with any semblance of a beer list?) or that wine is too pretentious (although the recent trend in ‘beer tastings’ gives that concept a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Dogfish Head, Saison