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A Visit to Powers Farm & Brewery

Yesterday, the wife and kid took off for the afternoon, leaving me to my own devices on a warm Father's Day. After an excellent lunch with my own father, I headed off to Powers Farm & Brewery, a small, local establishment just East of downtown Warrenton, VA that opened June…

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Visiting the Farm Brewery at Broad Run

This past weekend, the wife and I finally found some time to stop by one of the area's newest breweries, The Farm Brewery at Broad Run. Situated on 52 acres just west of Haymarket, VA, Broad Run has long been a farm and garden center providing a varied selection of…

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2016 Great American Beer Festival: Maryland and Virginia Winners

The winners' ceremony of the 2016 Great American Beer Festival has just wrapped up. And with a total of 15 medals, Maryland (1) and Virginia (14) had a solid showing overall, but Washington D.C. unfortunately got blanked this year. Looking at the results, it's not much of a surprise —…

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Pen Druid Brewing

This past Friday, I decided to take a mental health day from the day job and pay a visit to Pen Druid Brewing in beautiful, quiet Sperryville, VA right next door to Wasmund's and Copper Fox Distillery. It's a quick 20-25 minute drive from Barley Blog HQ and with the…

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2014 Great American Beer Festival: Maryland, D.C. and Virginia Winners

Well, this past weekend's GABF awards ceremony was a bit of a mixed bag for the DelMarVa brewers. Virginia saw our medal list drop by half as compared to the year prior, but both Maryland and D.C. both added to their medal count. The surprising thing — or maybe not…

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Heritage Brewing, Manassas, VA

Sean preparing a barrel as I arrived. This past Saturday I had the opportunity to visit with two-thirds of Heritage Brewing, a new microbrewery just outside of historic downtown Manassas, VA. The company (which also happens to be two-thirds veteran owned) isn’t quite ready for full time brewing at the…

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Beer Review

Moa Imperial Stout

This isn’t going to be a full review of Moa’s Imperial Stout — a 10.2% ABV brew aged in pinot noir barrels. […]

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DelMarVa’s Southern Cafe and Taphouse

Every so often (just about once a month) a good buddy of mine and I like to get together at Lost Rhino Brewing for lunch and a pint or two. It's close to where we both work, they've got excellent beer and usually have great food — bring back the…

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2012 Million Dollar Desert Island Question

Back in December of 2006, on the same day that I officially launched this site six years ago, I published a post entitled "The Million Dollar Desert Island Question." It essentially asked, if stranded on a near-deserted island, what three beers would you need to keep you happy until oblivion…

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Barley Blog 2012 Year in Review

It's that time of year again when I indulge my own narcissistic interests and review the past 12 months of site activity at The Barley Blog. So without further nonsense, let's get into it. At the time of this post, there were 298 total articles publish this year with an…

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Favorite Beers of 2012

Along with the freshly posted Year In Review, it's also time to note those brews which stood out over the past twelve months. In no particular order (chronological in terms of post date perhaps) here are a few of my favorite beers. Please note that some of them were sent…

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Chuck Cowdery “My Dad’s Repeal Day Story”

I normally link to Chuck Cowdery's blog for excellent bourbony insite or news. This time around he's got a great story, as told by his father, regarding Repeal Day, or rather the announcement that 3.2% beer was not intoxicating and therefore could be sold. It's a short story and well…

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