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.
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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.
One night earlier this week Shane, Nick and myself were having a conversation regarding writing some articles for the website. During the talk, Shane noticed someone submitted a suggestion of Tröegs The Mad Elf years ago and we had never written one. For some reason, I still had one in my fridge and decided to finally add this one to our reviews.
It’s been a few years since I did a post of My Top 10 New Beers for a particular year. The idea and challenge to make this list is to pick your ten favorite new beers to you that you had in a calendar year. I did an article with this concept back in 2011, and decided it would be a good idea to revisit this. Without further ado, here are my ten favorite new beers that I tasted in 2014.