1. Isabel Chocolate Orange Bourbon Porter, Blue Mountain Barrel House, CVille
A sublime porter aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs from Ghana and Spanish orange peel. The deep chocolaty nose gives way to a surprisingly light porter. Pairs beautifully with grilled foods.
2. Washington’s Porter Ale, Alewerks Brewing Company, Williamsburg
Very dark brown/black in color with and aroma of chocolate and malt and flavors of caramel, sweet chocolate and a touch roasted barley.
3. Red Ale, Rock Bottom, DC
Technically a pale ale (which makes it a kissing cousin to an English Bitter or our very own Rock Bottom IPA), our Red Ale is indeed full of robust crystal hop flavor, but with a bold, toasted malt profile that makes it substantially less bitter.
4. Cowcatcher Milk Stout, Smartmouth Brewing Company, Norfolk
This surprisingly sessionable brew is as black as night. With one deep whiff of its thick tan head, you’ll immediately catch the aromas of rich cocoa and dark-roasted coffee beans. Swish it around your palate to savor its full-body and smooth mouthfeel. It boasts a warm pumpernickel-bready flavor and finishes with a touch of bittersweet chocolate.
5. Riptide Altbier, Beach Brewing Company, Va Beach
Riptide Alt is their tribute to traditional German brewing, while retaining a distinctive American spirit. Dominated by pilsner and munich malts, and balanced with additions of noble hops, Riptide is wonderfully sessionable and balanced.
6. Main St. Virginia Ale, Center of the Universe Brewing Company, RVA
Pilsner malt and German Munich and Caramunich malts are the backbone of this beer. The rich toasted and bready flavors imparted by the Munich malts are balanced with a sharp but balanced bitterness imparted by the imported German hops.
7. Eight Point I.P.A., Devils Backbone Brewing Company, CVille
A cornucopia of hop varieties imparts a floral-citrus aroma and a crisp bitterness to this medium-bodied ale. Concocted from Pilsen and a dash of Caramel malts, this burnished-golden brew has a sweet malt backbone for balance.
8. Singel Belgian Abbey-style Blonde Ale, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, RVA
Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel’s tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel’s mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience.
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