1. Ginger Lager, Wild Wolf Brewing Company
2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, Virginia 22958
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This unique beer is extremely refreshing on its own, but pairs very well with all types of food from spicy to heavy. They add oodles of fresh and dried ginger, along with lemons, limes and spice. Crisp and effervescent, this beer will cleanse your palate and refresh you on even the hottest of summer days.
2. Rum Barrel Aged Belgian Dubbel, Three Brothers Brewing
800 North Main St., Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
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Their Abbey-style Belgian Dubbel was the perfect candidate for their first endeavor in rum barrel-aging. The wood barrels themselves accentuate the complex blend of malty sweet and subdued spice, while the rum notes add a candied sugar presence to the already prevalent banana fruitiness. One of their richest beers and a Bronze Medal Winner at the 2013 GABF!
3. Troopers Alley IPA, Wolf Hills Brewing
350 Park Street, Abingdon, Virginia 24210
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In 1777, some former lands of Dr. Thomas Walker were laid out into lots along Main and Water streets. On Main Street, numerous hotels and small lodges were established to house the itinerant men who traveled along the Great Road. Hidden down the hill in between Main and Water was a small sidestreet named Troopers Alley. Stepping out the back doors from those Main Street hotels into the Alley, men could find dens of “evil fame,” gambling, and strong ale. Like those establishments, the intense hop bill of this American-style IPA will tempt you with citrus aroma and bitterness. A discrete malt bill of 2-row Pale Malt forms the backbone and a blend of Crystal/Caramel 40 is added for slight sweetness and color to draw you in to the varied hop experience. Simcoe and Columbus hops added throughout the boil provide an alluring bitterness. An enticing blend of Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, and Centennial balances the bitterness with a fragrant aroma and pleasing finish.
4. Seek Truth Barrel-Aged Tripel, Crooked Run Brewing
205 Harrison Street, Leesburg, Virginia 20175
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Shining and effervescent, this Belgian tripel is aged in a chardonnay barrel.
5. Wildfire Rauchbier, Barnhouse Brewery
13840 Barnhouse Place, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
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This smoked Marzen is smooth and easy drinking that provides a distinctive smoked flavor combined with a rich maltiness from the Munich malt. Clean German lager yeast make this what many call a great “entry level” smoked beer for those new to the smoked (rausch) beer experience.
6. Revolution American Amber Ale, Heritage Brewing
9436 Center Point Lane, Manassas, Virginia 20110
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All it takes is a small spark to start a fire. All it took was one idea to start a Revolution. It was the idea of a free democracy that started the Revolution in the British Colonies we now call America. Brewed with the spark of a free nation in mind, Revolution is the beer to make everyone a believer. A malty amber ale brewed with organic oranges, Revolution gives notes of caramel and rye toast with a smooth, lingering finish. An all season favorite, this brew is sure to make you a member of the Revolution.
7. Wildcat IPA, Old Bust Head Brewing Company
7134 Lineweaver Rd., Vint Hill, VA 20186
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Breaking away from the recent trend of super-hopped IPAs, Wildcat is brewed to provide the aroma and taste hop-heads crave, without overwhelming your pallet. Brewed with four different hops, and five different malts, this IPA is complex, while still remaining approachable. Magnum, Cascade, Liberty, and Saaz hops lend their IPA a citrus aroma, with a touch of noble hop distinction and herbal complexity, and a smooth, clean bitterness. The use of five different malts in the grain bill provides Wildcat with the complex flavors of malty sweetness, bread, and caramel that they use to round out their brew. Just like the settlers of Wildcat Mountain who inspired its name, Wildcat IPA blazes its own path into history.
8. Irish Red Ale, Blue Lab Brewing Co.
123 S Randolph St, Lexington, VA 24450
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Centered on malt character, the Blue Lab Red Ale is brewed with a blend of Pale Ale and Maris Otter base malts combined with just the right amount of crystal malts and roasted barley to achieve the intense red color. A light hop profile comes from British hop varieties and gives it a sweet-dry finish.
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