Monthly Archives: August 2015

REVIEW: Potter’s Oak Barrel Reserve

REVIEW: Potter’s Oak Barrel Reserve

Oak Barrel Reserve Potter’s Craft Cider Free Union, VA As far as artisan ciders go this is exceptional. Potter’s makes use of oak barrels from an apple brandy distillery on the outskirts of C-Ville. The result is a crisp, ultra clean – and almost clear – cider with subtle notes of vanilla, pear and pristine

REVIEW: Starr Hill’s revamped Northern Lights IPA

Northern Lights IPA Starr Hill Brewery Crozet, VA Starr Hill is in the process of rebranding and repackaging some of its flagship beers. In addition to all that visual stuff, they’ve also altered the recipes. In the case of Northern Lights IPA, which originally debuted in 2007, a more “hop-forward” approach has been taken by

Blue Bee Cider Falls Far from the Tree in RVA

Words and Photos by Steve Deason Have you ever tasted a smoked cider?   Smoked beers are quite common but it’s unlikely that you have heard of smoked cider.   If you want to be on the “cutting edge” you had better hurry!   The creative (and hardworking) folks at Blue Bee Cider smoked one small batch of

Pen Druid Brewing: Members of Psych-Rock Band Pontiak launch brewery in Sperryville

By Steve Deason   The three Carney brothers have toured for over ten years as the psych-rock band Pontiak.  Van says he and his brothers, Lain and Jennings, thought “wouldn’t it be cool once we have kids and aren’t hitting the road as much, to start a brewery.”    Western, the first baby for the group

Black Hops Farm is unlike any other in Virginia

By Steve Deason First there was a distillery If Jonathan Staples wanted to build a house he would first plant trees.  This quip from a friend of Staples is recognition of his keen interest in the initial source of ingredients and the desire for them to be local.   This way of thinking led Staples to

The Answer Wins Best of Show at 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup

By Jeff Maisey   IPA was the answer on August 22 when the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the fourth annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition at Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows. With 306 Virginia craft beers entered in the competition, The Answer Brewpub’s Larceny, a single

Choosy Beer Lovers Choose the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival

By Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones   Practically every weekend there is a beer festival somewhere in Virginia. Yes, life is good. Back in the day when the craft beer scene was nascent we would go to every beer festival. Of course, there were only about two per year. These days it would be a

Wasserhund is a Brewpub for Dog, Beer and Pizza Lovers

By Diane Catanzaro & Chris Jones   Wasserhund (German pronunciation “Vasser-hoond”) is German for “waterdog”. Wasserhund Brewing Company is a new Virginia Beach brewery, and much more than just a brewery. It is a bone-a-fide BREWPUB! Can I get an amen? (AMEN!) Wasserhund is the brain child of Aaron and Christine Holley, who have Virginia

Lockn’ is for Beer Lovers

Words and Photos by Diane Catanzaro and Chris Jones   Where in Virginia can you lounge on the grass, listen or dance to a line-up of over forty live musical acts and sip freely from a red solo cup filled with your choice of over two dozen craft beers?  In your dreams, right? Most concerts,