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.
Even though we’ve had a warm week (and it’s still technically summer), it is September and there are still pumpkin beers to be had. My next pumpkin beer of the season is Fat Jack from Samuel Adams. This is an 8.5% ABV pumpkin ale boasting plenty of malt and spices. The label says “Double Pumpkin” which I assume means it should have a bit more oomph to it.
When a friend offered me a six-pack of beer from his hometown in exchange for a disused computer part, I immediately took him up on the offer. Into my possession came a mixed six-pack from Rivertowne Brewing, a new brewery just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I sampled a few of the offerings that night, but saved a few others for later reviews.
The Bruery just keeps churning out new beers. Some hitting the mark, some not, but always interesting. The next one on my “gotta try” list from them is the Smoking Wood, a Smoked Imperial Rye Porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. The malt is beachwood and cherrywood smoked, and the 2012 variety that I have clocks in at 13% ABV.
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