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Virginia Breweries Medal at Great American Beer Festival

The winners list for this years Great American Beer Festival has just been announced. You can check all the winners out here. But more importantly Virginia breweries had a great showing this year: Starr Hill Brewery Jomo Lager: Gold for Vienna-Style Lager Blue Mountain Brewery Summer Lovin’: Gold for English-Style…

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No More “The”

There's been one major issue with this site as we slowly approach it's fifth birthday this upcoming December. The problem has been there from the very moment I registered the domain name. And it's confused people that I've shared the website URL with over the years. "The"... That damned "the"…

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Session #55: Label, Coaster and Cap Art

Running The Barley Blog is a hobby — a tasty, tasty hobby. The full time job has me fully immersed in Web design and development. As much as I enjoy coding around Internet Explorer's faults, it's the design aspect of my job where my heart lies. So, it's fairly understandable…

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Beer Photo: Hop Harvest

Reuters Pictures I love finding photos like this on the Interwebs. Above, we've got a great shot of a few hard working gentlemen loading up hop vines for stripping in Zgornje Grusovlje, Slovenia — it's the beginning of harvest season in the region. Any guess as to what hop variety…

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Too Many Beer Glasses?

So, I'm a sucker for beer glassware. I don't go out of my way to hunt down a rare or specific piece, but if I happen to see something from a brewery that I don't own, more than likely it's coming home. As was the case with a couple of…

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Beer Cooler Set-up

A couple of weeks ago, before the real heat of a Virginia Summer had fully kicked in, I noticed that the temperature in the basement storeroom (where I house 150 or so bottles of beer) was higher than it should have been. Typically, in the hottest months the room averages…

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Great Divide Brewing Pulls Out of Parts of Virginia

In a report from BeerNews.org, it appears as though Colorado-based Great Divide Brewing will be pulling out of central and southern Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. The brewery is siting rapid growth and "exponentially increasing orders" as causes for their decision to cease distribution to these areas and a…

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The Barley Blog Goes Mobile

I'm addicted to web traffic stats. There isn't a moment when I don't have real time reports running on any of the sites that I maintain. One of the interesting items that I've been noticing — and really a telling tale of how people are starting to access the Web…

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The Famous “Pliny The Elder”

Apparently, The Famous is a band that likes to make the rounds are various beer events and festivals and now... blogs. To honor one of their favorite brews — Russian River's Pliny the Elder — the band has released the following catchy little video. Hat tip to Jay Brooks

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Beer Madness 2011

The Washington Post's fifth annual Beer Madness tournament is back and bigger than ever. Expanding to 64 beers this time around the event should prove to be interesting.

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The Session #49: Regular Beer

Had you asked me what my go to beer — you know, that beer that's always in the fridge as your standard, daily drinker — was a few years back, I'd have answered with something smart-assed like, "Sam Adams is my Miller Lite." Now, that's not to put down the…

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Cork & Fork in Gainesville, VA

There's a small wine shop just down the road from my home that I usually frequent for my craft beer purchases. The owner is a great guy and they usually carry a nice, albeit small, selection of tasty brews. Lately, however, that selection has become a bit stagnate. I'm not…

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