#717 Champion’s Face Eater Gose & #718 Port City’s Colossal Five

After weeks of talking about it, Ryan and I finally made it to Brine (Fairfax, Virginia, USA) for their $1 oyster happy hour yesterday afternoon (3/19/2016). Every day from 3:30pm – 7pm you can get $1 Rappahannock oysters, along with drink specials if you are sitting at the bar. Ryan and I split 2 dozen oysters to start which came with cocktail sauce, mignonette sauce, and a halved lemon.

Brine-1 (3/19/2016)

Since I was still hungry after the oysters, I ordered the Migas from their “brunchy items” section of the menu which included Merguez sausage, country bread, fried eggs, and remoulade.

Brine-2 (3/19/2016)

While at Brine, I also tried Champion’s Face Eater Gose from the Champion Brewing Company (Charlottesville, Virginia, USA). I couldn’t find any information about this beer on their website, but Champion’s Face Eater Gose is categorized as a Gose on BeerAdvocate.com, as a Grodziskie/Gose/Lichtenhainer on RateBeer, and as a Gose on UNTAPPD. All three beer websites list the alcohol by volume (ABV) of this beer at 5%.


On the way home from Mosaic, we stopped at Whole Foods Market (Vienna, Virginia, USA) to pick up some beer for the house. Later that night we tried Port City’s newest anniversary beer, Colossal Five, a 7.2% ABV Old Ale from the Port City Brewing Company (Alexandria, Virginia, USA). According to the label, Port City’s Colossal Five exhibits 45 IBUs (International Bitterness Units), an original gravity of 17.5 Plato, and a final gravity of 3.5 Plato.


“For the first time, a Port City anniversary beer will be released in bottles! COLOSSAL V is a rich, full-bodied ale that hews close to the English tradition of old ales, with a dark mahogany color accentuated by ruby highlights. Flavors of toffee and dried fruit are complemented by a subtle hop presence. This beer is specifically crafted for cellaring for months or even years.” – Port City Brewing Company

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