Old Ox is yet another brewery to enter the market in the Washington D.C. / Northern Virginia area. Their 30-barrel system turns out some great beers, and they started canning pretty early on. One of their flagship beers is the Golden Ox, a Belgian Pale Ale brewed with Chinook, Columbus, and Saaz hops.
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Have you ever been out and about, load up your Maps app, and just do a search for “brewery”? That is what I did while wine tasting with my family over the weekend. Little did I know we were 10 minutes away from Old Bust Head Brewing in Fauquier County, one of the newer Virgina breweries. After some mild convincing we arrived at the brewery, did some tasting, and I left with a six pack of the Graffiti House West Coast IPA.
The Washington D.C. area has seen an explosive growth of new breweries over the past few years. The first round of breweries is now well established (Port City, DC Brau, 3 Stars) and now the second and third round of breweries are starting to open and gain their footing. Caboose Brewing Co, in Vienna, Virginia is one of the latest breweries to open in the area and tap into the DC Beer scene. I have been monitoring their progress during my weekend bike rides on the nearby W&OD trail, as soon as I heard they were open I had to pay a visit.
Brasserie Cantillon, the Belgian brewery that stole the hearts of many beer lovers, is one of my favorite breweries in existence. Unfortunately, procuring bottles “off the shelf” from them has become incredibly difficult in the past five years, at least in the US. They’re readily available for on-site consumption at multiple Philadelphia area bars, but enjoying a bottle in the comfort of your own home, whenever you want, is a real treat.
It’s Spring again! As usual, that means more seasonal beers are starting to hit the shelves. Victory Brewing Company released a great Spring seasonal this year called Kirsch Gose. It’s brewed using the traditional German process for an unfiltered wheat beer with the addition of coriander, salt and cherries.