#722 Ninkasi’s Vanilla Oatis & #723 New Belgium’s La Folie

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Name: Ninkasi’s Vanilla Oatis
Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 7%
Location Purchased: Norm’s Beer & Wine (Vienna, Virginia, USA)
Date Sampled: 3/26/2016

“Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout is characterized by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor, and a rich vanilla complexity imparted by whole vanilla beans. It is bigger than a traditional stout with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.” – Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Name: New Belgium’s La Folie
Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Style: Sour Brown Ale
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 7%
Location Purchased: Norm’s Beer & Wine (Vienna, Virginia, USA)
Date Sampled: 3/26/2016

“La Folie, French for “the folly,” is a beer steeped in New Belgium brewing tradition. This wood-aged, sour brown spends one to three years in big, oak barrels, known as foeders. And when the beer finally hits the glass, La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. Pouring a deep mahogany, the mouthfeel will get you puckering while the smooth finish will get you smiling. Not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head. Find out why it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.” – New Belgium Brewing Company

Information about beer found at:
www.ninkasibrewing.com/delicious/beers/flagship-series/vanilla-oatis.html?ageVerified=defaultValue
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14400/51269/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/ninkasi-oatis-oatmeal-stout–vanilla/88495/
www.untappd.com/b/ninkasi-brewing-company-vanilla-oatis-stout/16270
www.newbelgium.com/beer/la-folie
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/1917/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/new-belgium-la-folie/10513/
www.untappd.com/b/new-belgium-brewing-company-la-folie-lips-of-faith-2016/1398239

#721 Mad Fox’s Kellerbier Kölsch

Food
– Malty Soft Pretzel Twist with sea salt, mustard, and beer-cheese fondue

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– Epic Burger Wednesday’s “Cad-Burger Egg” (mozzarella and golden velvet cheese stuffed burger, sautéed onions, celery slaw, and chocolate covered bacon

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Beer

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Name: Mad Fox’s Kellerbier Kölsch
Brewery: Mad Fox Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Falls Church, Virginia, USA
Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier (BeerAdvocate); Kölsch (RateBeer); Kölsch (UNTAPPD)
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 4.4%
Location Purchased: Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, Virginia, USA)
Date Sampled: 3/23/2016

“An unfiltered German style golden ale that pours a delicate white foam head. A light sulfur character in the aroma is evident with delicate fruit flavors that hint of lemon followed by a light malt sweetness. This crisp ale then finishes with a restrained hop dryness. Our interpretation is made with traditional imported German malt and Hersbrucker hops.” – Mad Fox Brewing Company

Information about beer found at:
www.madfoxbrewing.com/drinks
www.madfoxbrewing.com/content/kellerbier-kölsch
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/23201/77952/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/mad-fox-keller-kolsch/158127/
www.untappd.com/b/mad-fox-brewing-company-kellerbier-kolsch/99096

#720 Left Hand’s Bittersweet

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Name: Left Hand’s Bittersweet
Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company
Brewery Location: Longmont, Colorado, USA
Style: Imperial Coffee Milk Stout
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 8.9%
Location Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Vienna, Virginia, USA)
Date Sampled: 3/21/2016

“The coffee’s dark cherry flavors and spicy undertones weave into the rich milky sweet stout like a chocolate-covered espresso bean melting on your tongue. Bitter then sweet. Sweet then bitter. It’s bittersweet.” – Left Hand Brewing Company

Information about beer found at:
www.lefthandbrewing.com/beers/bittersweet/
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/418/182398/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/left-hand-bittersweet-imperial-coffee-milk-stout/371788/
www.untappd.com/b/left-hand-brewing-company-bittersweet-imperial-coffee-milk-stout/1282441

#719 Lickinghole Creek’s Chai Tea Virginia Black Bear

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Name: Lickinghole Creek’s Chai Tea Virginia Black Bear
Brewery: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Brewery Location: Goochland, Virginia, USA
Style: Russian Imperial Stout + Chai Tea
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 9.3%
Location Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Vienna, Virginia, USA)
Date Sampled: 3/20/2016

“Chai Tea Virginia Black Bear features the dark chocolate and distinctive hop flavor of Virginia Black Bear melded together with the delicious spiciness of Indian Chai Tea. 10 specialty grains comprise the backbone of the beer and the Indian Tea provides the soul. Tasting notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove and vanilla create a uniquely innovative Russian Imperial Stout. Abundance is upon us. Pray for more.” – Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Information about beer found at:
www.lickingholecreek.com/chai-tea-virginia-black-bear-release-122615
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/32855/208834/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/lickinghole-creek-chai-tea-virginia-black-bear/387759/
www.untappd.com/b/lickinghole-creek-craft-brewery-chai-tea-virginia-black-bear/1361197

#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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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“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

Information about beer found at:
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/30405/96736/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/champion-face-eater-gose/197571/
www.untappd.com/b/champion-brewing-company-face-eater-gose/292984
www.portcitybrewing.com/events/colossal-v-bottle-release-saturday/
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24791/213780/