Vanish Farmwoods Brewing in Loudoun, VA

Jonathan Staples loves craft beer. He started Black Hops Farm in 2014 with the intent of providing local hops to Virginia’s fast-growing craft beer industry.

Hops have a very short shelf life and need to be either used or processed within days of being picked, and there was no place to process hops locally (the closest being in Ohio) which meant they had to ship their fresh hops to Ohio where they could be processed, then shipped back to the farm to be sold.

Realizing the need, they purchased a hop processer and began to not only process and preserve the hops grown on their farm, but making this service available to other growers in the region as well.

However, it wasn’t long before Jonathan made the leap from growing and processing hops to using hops to brew his own beer. Thus, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery was born.

They grow hops and other ingredients right there on the farm then brew their beer using those fresh ingredients, creating a ‘field-to-fermentation’ process that can be tasted in the products of their labors.

The campus is huge, and very family friendly.  There are the extensive hop yards, multiple bars, live music in the tap room, a large outdoor seating area that includes a spacious covered area, a kid’s play place, a beautiful view, and what is arguably the most important thing of all, some fantastic handcrafted beer. If you dont know which beers to get, I recommend the 12 beer ‘mega flight’.

In addition to good friends, good food also pairs well with craft beer, so Vanish also serves BBQ that is smoked on site and available Saturdays and Sundays, the Burger Time food truck is there Friday through Sunday, and wood-fired pizzas are available Thursday through Sunday.

You have to check this place out. Good food good beer and good friends equals a great time. And that is what you’ll find at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery.

Cheers!

Trillium Brewing in Boston

On a recent trip to Boston, I  stopped by Trillium Brewing on Congress St. I was a little surprised to find that they don’t have a tasting room at their brewery. While you can get growler fills, they can’t pour pints or offer tastings.

However, they do have a beer garden in the park at the corner of High St and Atlantic Ave, just a few blocks away from the brewery.  They even hand out maps to help you find it. 

It’s about a 15 minute to walk to the beer garden from the brewery, and the rout takes you past the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, where replicas of the two ships are anchored whose cargo of tea was dumped into the harbor to protest the tax. If you’re coming from Quincy Market, or the Aquarium, it’s about a 10 minute walk.

The beer garden is partly shaded, with lots of picnic tables and barrels, and a large outdoor bar with 15 beers on tap and room for lots more. There were also 3 food trucks located just across the street.

I had the Permutation Series #45 Double IPA.  It had a cloudy golden brown color and a thin off white head, a citrus and tropical fruit aroma, and a sweet malt flavor with passionfruit, papaya, and a hint of grapefruit. There was not much hop bitterness, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

The Keytar Bear Double IPA had a hazy golden-bronze color and a light off-white head that dissipated quickly and smells of vanilla, orange, and a bit of honey. The aroma reminded me a bit of a creamsicle. The flavor was a little sweet and tasted of orange, marshmallow, and citrus, with some hop bitterness.

The beer was good, and the beer garden was great.  I look forward to trying more of their beers the next time I’m in Boston.

100 American Craft Beers Every Beer-Lover Should Drink (via pastemagazine.com)

There are some things in life that people simply have to experience first hand. Riding a roller coaster. Catching a wild brook trout. Running a mile for time. Dating someone out of your league…this is what life is all about. If you’re a baseball fan, you have to see a game at Wrigley Field. If you eat food, you have to try the spicy fried chicken at Gus’s Fried Chicken in Memphis. You just have to. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced that chicken.

Likewise, if you’re a beer drinker, there are certain beers you have to drink. At least once.

Our master list of the 100 most important craft beers in the country is right here. We hope you’re thirsty.

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Great American Beer Festival Is Back — Tickets Go On Sale Aug. 1 (via denver.eater.com)

The 37-year tradition returns to Denver in September

Tickets go on sale next month for the 37th annual Great American Beer Festival, returning to Denver September 20-22. The three-day festival’s general admission costs $85 and includes access to more than 4,000 beer samples, educational seminars, and entertainment. Last year, tickets sold out in just over four hours.

GABF brings 800 breweries from around the country together under one roof at the Colorado Convention Center.

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