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.
The Bruery – one of the first breweries I admired when I starting drinking craft beer, a year or two after they first opened in 2008. California – the one place on the west coast I have wanted to visit the most since before I can remember. After years of saying “I’ll get there eventually,” I made it happen. My girlfriend and I visited the golden coast this past August & September 2014 and naturally, visited The Bruery too.
When Port City Brewing Company first opened in Alexandria Virgina I paid them a visit and profiled them in this post. Now, nine months later, the brewery is continuing to grow at an astounding rate. This week Port City released their Tidings Ale, a strong Belgian blonde ale, which is made with local Maryland wildflower honey and Virginia wheat, and is spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger and grains of paradise.
Port City Brewing Company is on a mission to bring brewing back to Alexandria, Virginia. After a long construction project they finally started brewing on January 15th 2011 and the wait was on for the first taste of the area’s newest beer. The kegs began shipping this week, and they opened their tasting room to guests this past weekend. I went to check it out, taste some beer, get a growler filled, and take a tour on Sunday.
Beer festivals are a great opportunity to sample new beers, meet brewers, and talk with other beer geeks. But it is easy to become overwhelmed by even a medium-sized beer festival with all of the choices, crowds, and free swag. Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your next festival.