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  1. I tried a Rite-Aid six-pack of Flying Dog Brewery's "Bloodline Blood Orange Ale,"; and given my personal distaste for American IPAs, I find the blood orange undertones to be a welcome undercurrent to the noticeable hops in this ale. This is absolutely nothing like a "pumpkin ale" - its finish is primarily sour, with just enough hint of blood orange flavor to keep it from creeping into Baby Gueuze territory. I didn't think I'd like (or, should I say, "not dislike") this beer to the extent which I do - it's okay, and if you find yourself in a drug store, you can do a lot worse. The nose is my favorite aspect, and if you're drinking it from a bottle, one snoot full is all you'll need if you don't mind using a single nostril.
  2. My next few VBT postings might make some of you pretty mad. I received a mysterious package in the mail, full of West Coast beers, rarely see on the East Coast. The first box was full of fresh IPAs, that taste best the fresher they are so I dove right in and began with the Fresh Squeezed IPA. Although I deserve absolutely no credit for this, I'll go ahead and pat myself on the back for choosing wisely. This might be the best pure IPA I've ever had. It doesn't have the honeyed sweetness of HopSlam or the IPA bite of something like Cigar City Jai Alai, just a crisp smoothness about it that I really enjoyed. The hops recipe is Citra and Mosaic, which for me gave a very clean citrus flavor. Not the usual grapefruit bitterness that American IPAs sometime have, but a really fresh orange, tangerine kind of taste. Sure it had some bitterness, but a very pleasant amount. It also has a relatively low ABV at 6.4% that kept the taste from being too extreme. If this was available in six packs in Richmond, I could see it replacing Oberon as my summer bottle I should add the caveat that I was having BonChon for dinner, so my taste chemistry might've been compromised. But if eating spciy Korean fried chicken can do this to an IPA, I'll grab a box every time. Finally a question for everyone. Why isn't there an enterprising store in DC that opens up a pipeline for beers not distributed on the Eest Coast? I know some bars will drive to Ohio for Dark Lord day and then sell some pours, or drive to Dexter to load up on Jolly Pumpkin. But for the every day beers that just don't get out here, I have to imagine with the way we beer geeks are these days, someone could work something out and make some money. I know that Bourbon got into some trouble for selling Hill Farmstead (I think?) from their growlers, but couldn't some agreement be reached for willing West Coast breweries? Just need someone to drive a refrigerated truck back and forth across the country a few times a month .
  3. Had a bottle of this last night and it's really tasty. A bit different than most other IPAs with a more grassy and pines notes along with the normal flavors of citrus. WF in Fair Lakes has a very good stock of large format bottles.
  4. I found a four pack of this at Ace Beverage last week and figured what the heck - I've had good experiences with Green Flash, I like rye beers, and IPAs are nice in the summertime. I had to ration myself because I wanted to drink them all right away. I'm going to buy more so I can give better tasting notes, but man - this was a good beer.
  5. Okay, take two...we're going to roll with Lagunitas Sucks. A little wikipedia sourced history of Lagunitas Brewing: "The brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma, California when they quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location. Since the mid-2000s, Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010." And the back story about this particular brew. Lagunitas had some construction going on at their brewing facility, and couldn't produce their usual seasonal winter brew Brown Shugga. So instead they brewed the self deprecating Lagunitas Sucks. I guess it would be considered a Double IPA, but beer classifications are an inexact science. This should be around 10.99 for the six pack and available most everywhere that sells craft beer.
  6. Another request from the field, and an excellent pairing to last week's Single-Wide I.P.A., we have Founders All Day IPA. The All Day IPA is named because it is a session beer clocking in at a low 4.7%. Right now it's only available in bottles, but Founders is supposed to be be releasing cans later this summer. I had this a few weeks ago, and remember thinking it's pretty good for a cookout beer. Founders has been one of my favorite breweries since the first bottle of their breakfast stout oh so many years ago. This is their newest "fully available" beer, and, as of May, has become their top seller. Although I do love their beers, I didn't know much about the brewery aside from them being Michigan-based. Here's some history on their name from a MLive.com: The brewery's official corporate name is actually Canal Street Brewing Co., an homage to the area in Grand Rapids where several breweries were located in the 1800s. The brewery's original location was on Monroe Avenue, formerly known as Canal Street. "We were playing off of this whole throwback thing," said co-founder Mike Stevens. Early beer bottle labels featured a historic black-and-white photo of four local brewers sitting on a large wooden beer barrel. The word "Founders" appeared above the photo. "It literally stood for the founders, meaning the some of the original brewers of the beer movement in Grand Rapids," Stevens said. "Then everyone started calling us Founders because that's what was on the beer label." A customer offered to design a better label in exchange for some free beer and came up with the logo known today. Looks like six pack bottles are widely available (reported sightings at Harris Teeter in Arlington), and should be about $10. Special bonus if you attend Founders Fest this weekend, Don will waive your membership fees for 2014. Enjoy, Eric
  7. I've enjoyed the past few beers under 6% ABV, so I thought I'd find another to throw out there, and Single-Wide I.P.A. it is. Boulevard was founded in 1988 as a local brewery for Kansas City but has grown to be the 10th largest craft brewer in the country (and yes, we can argue about the definition of a craft brewery, 160,000 barrels sounds like a lot to me). Boulevard Brewing is new to the Richmond area, and perhaps to Virginia altogether. The local Whole Foods had a roll out similar to the one New Belgium had in Arlington when it became available. From the website: "Boulevard Single-Wide I.P.A. is our take on a style that originated in 18th century Great Britain. This American version"”inspired by our Smokestack Series Double-Wide I.P.A."”boasts a heady combination of six varieties of hops, some of which were employed for dry-hopping." It's at 5.7% ABV and claims to have a mix of six different hops listed on the website. It comes in 6 packs of bottles for about $9, and both the VA and MD Total Wines show it as in stock. Boulevard recommends to pair it with spicy or cajun foods. Happy Drinking, Eric
  8. Saw this on Serious Eats. I can't say I've ever given it much thought, but it seems like they've made some interesting discoveries. Summary: [emphasis added]
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