Evolution is a newly distributed brewery to the Richmond area. I’ve never heard of this brewery or their beers so I was excited for the chance to try a few of their beers that will be coming to this area. -Exile Red Ale 5.9%ABV and 24 IBU’s From the brewery “Inspired by the pale ales of England, this beer is light amber in color, assertively hopped but well balanced. Fruity and aromatic, generously dry hopped with Casacades and East Kent Goldings.” Pouring this beer into a glass you can tell right away it’s a red ale. It pours very dark red and slightly ruby. Right away the nose brings you a ton of caramel malt with biscuit and some toast as well. From the taste it’s medium bodied with more caramel malt in front with hops playing a supporting role and contributing balance. It’s an easy drinking red ale that definitely focuses more on the malt. -Lot No. 3 IPA 6.8%ABV and 65 IBU’s From the brewery “This American style IPA is aggressively hopped at a rate of over 2 lbs. per barrel. Big notes of citrus and pine complement a reserved but firm malt backbone. 65 IBUs.” An American East Coast IPA with aromas of pine with some underlying citrus. In the body the malt and hop profiles play nicely that end in a nice dry finish. The bitterness lingers but dissipates rather quickly.
As fall is quickly approaching we here at Growlers To Go are excited for more than the leaves changing.Pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest!
Frankly speaking i’m very particular about each style. On one hand pumpkin beers can be overly pumpkin spice, or meaty pumpkin flavor. It takes a skilled brewer to strike a balance between spice, malt presence, and a supporting hop profile. A lot of breweries started rolling out their pumpkin beers as early as August. I guess they wanted to meet the demand before there was one, or the materials were readily available, or who knows. Now that the seasons are finally turning it’s a lot easier for me to reach for one of these spiced/vegetable beers. My personal favorites so far have been Ballast Point’s “Pumpkin Down” , and local Virginia brewery Starr Hill’s “Boxcarr Porter.”
Oktoberfests or Marzens are a very unique group of beers with a very storied history. Marzen is German for “March.” As the translation suggests, this style was originally brewed in the cooler month of March before Spring and meant to age till the Autumn season. It so happened to coincide with the royal wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony. It turned out to be such a fun and wild party that they continued the tradition. Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend of September and ends the first Sunday of October. Traditional Marzen/Oktoberfest beers are lager styles that typically display a smooth, but rich malt character. American craft breweries will sometimes stick with tradition and brew a very similar and drinkable beer to their German ancestors. Or go outside the lines and brew hop forward, imperial, spiced, etc. Oktoberfest styles.
Whichever style you prefer, you have to pick them up now before they disappear and the winter seasonal beers start coming in. We have a wide variety of both styles both on tap and in bottles!
Ahoy! Growlers To Go enthusiast,
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I will also say i’m happy you’re here reading this blog! This is a very exciting time for for the Virginia Craft Beer community. As you may or may not be aware our first store on the Boulevard in Scott’s Addition opened in December 2014, our next location Short Pump, was primed and ready for an eager opening in September 2015. The craft beer community has been nothing but ecstatic since we have opened our doors at both locations, we have filled many growlers for many happy customers and we want to keep it that way. So i’ll say thank you for your support of us and the wonderful Virginia craft breweries as well as our humble Richmond brewers.
This blog will be a great launch point for us to reach our dedicated fans. We will post about new beers, beer education, beer and food pairings, event coverage in and around the Richmond area (including the state of Virginia) and much much more! In other words we have lots of ideas and things planned for this little section of the internet. We hope you subscribe so you can stay up to date on all of the wonderful things planned to be here.
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