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.
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 Ballast Point Sculpin IPA has long been a favorite of hop heads everywhere and for the past couple of years they have been making the Grapefruit Sculpin variation. This 7.00% ABV, 70 IBU American IPA features a base of the Sculpin IPA with a hefty addition of grapefruit. Increasing the citrus notes on an already citrus laden IPA can only lead to good things, right?
Mixing different styles of beer can often lead to a great marriage of the best features of each style. My current favorite “hybrid” style is the wheat-IPA, the intersection of IPA and Hefeweizen. Browsing around a beer store in Maine I stumbled upon a beer of this style that I had to try, the Weiss Principal from Peak Organic Brewing company based in Portland, ME.
Recently my beer adventures have been dominated by large bourbon barrel aged beers and big Double IPAs. After bombarding my palate with that stuff it is nice to sit back and sip on a good ole’ IPA. Still looking for something new, I decided to give the Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing a shot. This IPA concentrates on the Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops. These hops clock the beer in at 78 IBUs and 6.25% ABV. This information is listed on the bottle for your convenience.