June 28, 2011

NOVA Brew Fest

A beautiful day, beautiful people, and lots of delicious beer.  Not a bad way to spend a weekend.


The Northern Virginia Brew Fest was held this past Saturday and Sunday in Leesburg, VA, about an hour west of Washington, DC.  Roughly 50 breweries were in attendance, plus arts & crafts vendors and some local bands.  I went up to volunteer, but had plenty of time to sample brews before, during, and after the event.



Here are my tasting notes from Sunday:
  • The Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery (NC) - Milk Stout - smooth, sweet and delicious
  • Heavy Seas (MD) - Holy Sheet - A 9% Belgian Ale with a fruity, citrus aroma that did well to cover up the higher alcohol content.  It was highly carbonated with a light mouthfeel.  A touch of piney hop bitterness lingered at the back end.  Overall, very good.
  • Appalachian Brewing Co (VA) - Organic Brown Ale - didn't pick up on anything taste-wise to convince me that going organic makes a better beer, but it was a still good brew
  • Legend Brewing Co (VA) - Brown Ale - tried and true.  One of my favorite brown ales.  Check out my earlier review of this one.
  • Mad Fox Brewing Co (VA) - Saison - cloudy peach color almost like a hefeweizen, floral & citrus aroma, hoppy finish, well-carbonated
  • Ballast Point Brewing Co (CA) - Porter - very smooth & chocolatey
Sweet Hofbrau truck:


I was pouring samples for Evolution Brewing out of Delaware.  By the time my shift started, all they had left was their Lot No. 3 Indian Pale Ale, which was excellent - just what an IPA should be in my opinion.  Plenty of hops, without it kicking you in the mouth.  This was my tap:


The fest was a blast - cheers to the people that put it together.  Keep an eye out for the fall version of the Nova Brew Fest in October.

Looking for a beer tasting event near you?  The Events Calendar on BeerAdvocate.com is a good resource.

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