Tuesday Ten // Virginia Craft Beers to Enjoy This Month

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August is Virginia Craft Beer Month! With 82 craft breweries across the state (and counting!), Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers, for sure!

In honor of Craft Beer Month in the Commonwealth, here are ten of my favorite Virginia Craft Beers to enjoy this month. Check them out after the jump!

1. Hardywood Virginia Blackberry (Richmond, VA)

A Belgian wheat beer brewed with a touch of rye and a massive addition (over 1,000 lbs. per 40-barrel batch) of plump, ripe blackberries grown by Agriberry in Hanover County, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry offers an assertive fruit character while remaining extremely refreshing. Ruby hued with the bright aroma of fresh bramble berries, this beer’s pleasantly gentle body leads to a rather dry, rounded fruit finish, making it irresistible on a hot summer day.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

2. Wild Wolf Blond Hunny (Nellysford, VA)

An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing this beer is straw Yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers. If the yeast has settled, swirl before you pour.

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

3. Strangeways’ Wild Wallonian Dawn Honey Saison Ale (Richmond, VA)

Strap in for a brisk experience—for it is a profoundly refreshing journey on which you have embarked. Propelled by pale malt and honey, Wallonian Dawn extends a cordial invitation to elegant amusement with a touch of the tart cultivated by the addition of Brettanomyces. Allow yourself to marvel in an exhibition of subtlety and entertain your will to unhinge the status quo. And should you find yourself carried away in the spectacle, Wallonian Dawn will remind you to keep things light and refreshing.

Strangeways Brewing

4. Starr Hill Soul Shine (Charlottesville, VA)

Soul Shine is a Belgian-style Pale Ale with an American twist. It is generously hopped with a blend of American hops to give it a distinct aroma of citrus & tropical fruit. This light-bodied beer has a crisp palate & moderate bitterness, with a spicy finish of fruity esters from our Belgian yeast strain.

Starr Hill Brewery

5. Blue Mountain Brewery Rockfish Wheat (Afton, VA)

An authentic Bavarian-style “Kristall Weizen” filtered wheat beer. The unique flavor created by the yeast has made this ale a summer favorite in the beer world.
Available April-September.

Blue Mountain Brewery

6. Lost Rhino Final Glide (Ashburn, VA)

A Bavarian-style hefeweizen brewed with malted german wheat. The ferrulic rest in the brew schedule gives the authentic German hefe strain the potential to create these nice banana and clove phenols you’ll recognize. True to style, served in our signature hefeweizen glass, a great beer for those warm summer days.

Lost Rhino

7. Three Brothers Atramentous (Harrisonburg, VA)

Atramentous (at·ra·men·tous) adjective: as black as ink.

Atramentous is as dark in name as it is in color, but its jet-black hue is hardly enough to conceal the myriad of flavors, some brighter than you might imagine but all as bold as you could ever hope. Bourbon-barrel aging adds that always-welcome hint of smoky wood to the dark, malty base of Belgian stout, but this beer refuses to stop there. A refermentation of wild brett yeasts and lacto bestows an earthy tartness that ultimately yields one surprisingly complex and remarkably satisfying brew.

Tasting Notes: roasty malt, chocolate and sour dark cherries

Three Brothers

8. Smartmouth Sommer Fling (Norfolk, VA)

Sommer Fling (the beer formerly known as Über) is as easy and satisfying as a summer love. Clove and bubblegum dominate the aroma of this traditional German-style hefeweizen, which boasts a hint of banana on the tongue. It pours cloudy with the pale golden tone of a setting sun. This effervescent brew, full of no-strings-attached deliciousness, will linger until the carefree summer turns to autumn.

Smartmouth Brewing

9. COTU Monkeys Uncle (Ashland, VA)

Monkey’s Uncle is COTU’s take on a classic beer style from Belgium – the Tripel.  Pilsner malt is the primary building block, providing a light crisp body and straw color.

Center of the Universe

10. Ardent Honey Ginger (Richmond, VA)

Our Honey Ginger is a deep gold-colored ale. The medium- to high-carbonation level enhances the fresh ginger in the aroma. The malt backbone supports the sweetness of the locally-sourced honey and the spiciness of the ginger. A strong, yet refreshing and deceptively smooth summer ale.

Adrent Craft Brewery

What are your favorite Virginia craft beers? Happy Craft Beer Month!

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