1. IPA, Ardent Craft Ales
Their IPA is a medium copper-colored ale. They use a standard malt-backboned recipe, but as they rotate their hop varietals, the aroma may range from citrusy and piney to flowery and grassy. The beer is medium-bodied, and although the aroma always dominates the overall character of the beer, the sweetness of the caramel malt balances the hoppy bitterness. An American IPA that privileges hop flavor and aroma over bitterness.
2. Lager, Legend Brewing Company
A step above mass produced lager beer, Legend Lager offers the comfort of easy drinkability while also bringing a depth of flavor.
3. Norfolk Canyon, O’Connor Brewing Co.
Named after the offshore fishing grounds located 60 miles off of the coast of Virginia, Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale is a medium-bodied American Pale Ale, with a solid malt pallet and a pleasant hop finish.
4. Not My Job, Midnight Brewery
The deep mahogany hue of this Southern English Brown Ale is a hint of what’s in store for the drinker. Toffee and chocolate notes greet the nose and then the palate. This medium bodied brew would pair well with roast pork, hearty beef stew, or grilled steaks.
5. Rule G, Smartmouth Beer
Unfiltered and outrageously dry-hopped, this beer has a big hop nose and a dry clean finish that accentuates its citrus and grapefruit undertones. It is a bold beer that can stand up to bold flavors.
6. Phantasmic East Coast IPA, Strangeways Brewing
It’s not just your senses beguiling you. When the Phantasmic appears, prepare yourself for an ethereal blend of notable hints of fruit and pine, reaching out to you from beyond the shadows of rich yeast and hops. Conjure the spirits of barley and wheat malts, and strike a balance between this world with theirs. Commence in the séance of flavor and unlock the secrets of the other side.
7. The Great Return, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Bold, resinous and bursting with bright grapefruit aroma, this IPA is a tribute to the decades of hard work by conservationists to restore the James River as a bounty of vibrant aquatic life, eco-friendly recreational activity, and in our case, fresh brewing water.
8. AleWerks Brewing Company
Ruby red in color with aromas of dark fruit, honey and and crystal malt. Hints of caramel, fruit, plums, and a touch of roast come through in the flavor ending with a semi-sweet, lightly hopped finish.
9. Nut Brown Ale, St George Brewing Co
St. George Nut Brown Ale is a classic English-style Brown Ale with flavors reminiscent of biscuit and caramel that is well balanced by a mild hop character.
10. Smoothbore Stout, Brass Cannon Brewing
A full bodied and full flavored stout, dark enough that light does not pass through a full pint. This beer is designed to be very smooth, such that it is enjoyed even by many who don’t typically like dark beers. To improve body and texture, toasted steel cut oats are used, though not enough to be classed as an oatmeal stout.
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