About a month ago I was up in Northern Virginia visiting my good friend Thomas from Rarity in Form (from what I can remember that was the weekend I was up there seeing Polica and Youth Lagoon), and we had to make our usual stop at Westover Market. This place is always stocked with an amazing beer selection. Long story short, this was the weekend I was able to pick up Dogfish Head’s Saison du BUFF.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Saison du BUFF, it is a collaboration between Sam from Dogfish Head, Bill from Victory, and Greg from Stone. They formed the BUFF alliance in 2003, or Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor, and finally were able to brew in 2010. The frist brew took place in California at Stone’s brewery, and then brewed at Victory’s and Dogfish Head’s. However, each brewery brewed their own version of the Saison recipe so you get something different from each brewery.
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Ever since I started drinking craft beer on a regular basis, Dogfish Head became one of my go-to choices. I can probably thank Dogfish Head for being the brewery that expanded my palate early on with their year round releases. Long story short, Dogfish Head has always held a special place in my heart. Sunday I was up in the Northern Virginia area to see a concert Sunday night, so a few friends and I decided to go to the Dogfish Head Alehouse before heading into the city.
I was more excited about the beer selection here than anything else, but I heard their food is good too. When I go to restaurants/bars that are similar to another type of establishment, I always order the same item off of the menu to compare the places. The first time I ate at Legend Brewery in Richmond Virginia I ordered their reuben sandwich. The Dogfish Head Alehouse happened to have a reuben on their menu as well, so I ordered one of those to go along with my black and tan.
Although the reuben wasn’t the best I’ve had, the beer more than made up for it. Unfortunately I was only able to have one beer there because we had to head into the city to see Radiohead, but I could definitely get used to having a place like this in the Richmond area. If you ever have a chance to go to a Dogfish Head Alehouse, I highly recommend it people. Their menu looked incredible, and the beers they had to choose from are definitely worth it!
Monday started off American Craft Beer week, but I was unfortunately not able to participate due to a late night at work. After I got off yesterday, I was able to head to Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond for a steal-the-glass night with Breckenridge Brewery. They had their 471 Double IPA and Vanilla Porter on draft. I have been wanting to branch out and try porters ever since I had Hardywood Park’s Mocha Belgique, so I started off with the Vanilla Porter which I was pleasantly surprised with. I was expecting the vanilla taste to be overbearing, but I got more chocolate notes in the taste and vanilla in the finish. Not as complicated as Hardywood’s Mocha Belgique, but definitely enjoyable and worth a try. Of course being a hophead I had to end with the 471 which was a great way to finish off the day.
What will tonight bring for ACBW? Time will tell.
Ever since I’ve started drinking craft beer, IPAs have been my go to beers. I can’t decide what my favorite IPA is, but it would have to be between Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute, Bell’s Two Hearted, or Stone’s. However within the past few months, stouts have been growing on me thanks to Bluegrass Brewing’s Jefferson Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout. If you haven’t had that one yet and you’re a fan of stouts, I highly recommend it. Dogfish Head’s Chicory stout is very enjoyable as well, but unfortunately I had a Burton Baton (or 3) before so I’m going to need to try that one again. Continue reading