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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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Video: “Charles, Your Hangover”

I'm pretty sure I ran into Charles this weekend. That sonofabitch.

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Richmond’s Mekong Restaurant Named Favorite Beer Bar by Craftbeer.com

Congratulations are in order for Richmond, VA's Mekong Restaurant. They have just taken the top spot for America's favorite beer bar as voted by craftbeer.com readers. You can read the full article here. I've been a patron of Mekong several times over the past few years and each time I…

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Video: What’s This? A Beer?

Anybody up for a little musical this morning, and (ugh) Miller Lite references?

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Video: “Bottle Cap Blues”

This one needs no introduction. Enjoy.

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Virginia Breweries Score Major Win

I haven't been following this issue quite closely enough the past couple of months — only noticing news here and there in passing. Well, yesterday marked a large victory for Virginia brewers. Senate Bill 604 has passed the Senate floor. What does this mean for Virginia breweries and you? Essentially,…

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Lava and Contessa Italian Pale Ale Come to U.S. Shores

Vanberg & DeWulf have been on a roll as of late with their portfolio of imports. The two latest items are Iceland's Lava and Italy's Contessa Pale Ale. From the company's press release: Lava Smoked Imperial Stout (9.4% ABV) from Iceland’s only craft brewery, Olvisholt Brugghus’ (Brewery). Lava earns a…

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A Super Bowl Win, BBQ and Beer

The Monday following the New York Giants’ win over the 49ers in the NFC Championship game I walked into my boss’ office and demanded (well, begged) for the day after the Super Bowl off from work. I knew, win or lose, that I would be up late — either celebrating…

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WTOPNews Beer of the Week #3 and #4

Over the past couple of weeks (as with this stretch of time every year), I became a bit of a slacker. I completely missed posting the last two episodes of WTOPNews "Beer of the Week" segments with Churchkey's beer director, Greg Engert. Below are reviews of Port City's Tidings as…

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Favorite Beers of 2011

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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Barley Blog 2011 Year in Review

The past 12 months have absolutely flown by. This year-end post completely snuck up on me, but I think I've got everything covered — nerdy site statistics and more. So without further adieu, let's get into the 2011 year in review. At the time of this post, there were 278…

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WTOP Beer of the Week #2

This week, WTOP and Churchkey's beer director Greg Engert discuss Troeg's Mad Elf seasonal release.

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