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Busy Holidays for Hops@Home!

Posted: December 27, 2010 in Breweries, Winter Brews

Well the holidays were very busy for us here at Hops@Home and I do apologize for the lack of blogging.   But I have some great writing material now which I will share over the next few post of the delicious beers I got to enjoy, over the past few weeks.  Lest start with a great event I went to last week.  Me and a buddy hit up Blue Mountain Brewery for their Holiday Tuesday tasting.  While at work that day their Facebook page told me they were out of a few beers so I stopped in at at Beer Run before I headed out to pick them up, I am sure glad I did, they were awesome.  Anyhow as a result of them being out of a few crafts that they didn’t make they advertised it as a beer potluck (bring your own favorite holiday beer to share).  This made for a very interesting tasting evening.   Anyhow the event was packed probably 50 or so people and we had a blast, I highly suggest getting out there any Tuesday for a tasting event.  Anyhow here a few highlights from the night. These are in no particular order, and I apologize for the bad pictures IPhone in bad light.

Wassail, Full Sail Brewing Company, Oregon.  This beer is the beer that brings beer lovers together for the holidays! Brewed with four types of malt, and fresh West Coast hops, it has  great roasty malt Aroma’s, as well as as warm and toasty malt flavor up front, that blends nicely to a dry hoppy finish.  This is a beer I enjoyed not being much of a hop head, and the hop heads in the room also enjoyed not being much of Maltsters.    At 56 IBU’s I am really surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.   ABV 7%




Scal Dis Noel, Brasserie Dubuisson Freres Sprl.  Be Careful with this little firecracker.  This Belgium Strong Dark Ale, pours from the bottle a dark red wine color, with a thick foamy Brown Head on it.  The Smell of Brown sugar and Carmel, makes you think this is going me to a sweet and malty brew.  I could smell some hints of alcohol in this one but not overpowering in the least.   The flavor of this beer is what threw me, very fruity up front, almost apricot, or dates.  with strong hints of Liquor in the middle, followed by an even fruitier finish, of melons, or berries perhaps.  As my palate grows i am finding less and less of an interest in fruity beers.   But if you enjoy a sweeter beer, this ones for you,  Just watch out, its a 12% ABV, so it will make you as merry (and rosy cheeked) as the Big guy up north.

Moving on,

Winter Welcome Ale, Samuel Smith Brewing UK.  This Beer pours a great copper color that shows that its going to be a nice winter warmer,  Even the tasting glass we got a nice thick head that lasted throughout the 2 oz taste , and left nice finger lacings on the glass when it was all over.  Great aromas of Mama’s home cooked biscuits on the initial pour with a very light hint of dry hoppiness  at the end.  The flavor doesn’t differ much other than with the biscuits up front you get a nice Carmel or honey flavor that adds perfectly.  The finish is a nice light spicy hop finish that leaves you mouth dry and your palate clean ready for whatever is next.  This is an outstanding beer.   And at only 6% ABV you can enjoy more than just one.

I  would like to thank Blue Mountain Brewery for these great tastings they put on every week, and would encourage all of our readers to get out there for one.  If you can’t make a Tuesday at least get out and try some of their fantastic beers, they are great people making great beer.



Home Brew, Why Not?

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Breweries

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long, I have been doing lots of reading on Home brewing and studying of what works from local breweries and home brewers and what doesn’t. Also been trying to make some contacts and working on some other projects, and getting really excited about going home. Anyhow that’s enough excuses for one post. I really want today’s post to be a discussion among myself and you the readers. I want to talk about home brewing. Who does it? And those of you that do, what do you love about it or hate about it. I know most and maybe all of you don’t brew at home, I would like to know why? Most of you I am guessing read this blog because you share the same love of beer that I have and you love the different flavors, styles and experiences beer has to offer. So why not try your own creative hand and brew your own? There is nothing quite like the taste of your own brew, the anticipation of getting to taste something you put your own heart into weeks beforehand is an experience I think everyone should have. Plus it’s amazing how truly simple the brewing process can be, or how complicated it can get if you want to get into technical brews, either way they taste awesome. So please talk with me, or talk amongst yourselves, but I want to know, Why not home brew?


! Today is the birthday of a great (one of my favorite) breweries; Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA. If you have never been, you need to get out there; it’s a short scenic 20 minute drive from Charlottesville. They have some awesome beer and their food is excellent as well, I would suggest the brick oven Pizza. If it’s not too cold get a seat out the deck where you can enjoy your delicious beer with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The neat thing about BMB is that they grow their own hops, you can see their hop garden from the deck or if your inside just look out over the deck and the garden is right there, I don’t know of a lot of breweries who do that. Jess and I have been out there many times, as it is on the way to her parents so convincing her to stop is not difficult. I have sampled all of their beers as you will see from the pictures in this post, my favorites include, the Rockfish wheat, which a great filtered Kristall Weizen, very wheaty and delicious. Another favorite I have is the Blue Mountain Classic Lager, pretty simple lager, they did it right kept it simple and kept it delicious. A family favorite is the Full Nelson IPA, stuffed with home grown hop flavors; a strong malty background makes this a good strong ale, that’s very bitter. Jess and my Dad love it, I am not big on IPA’s but this one is pretty good. Anyhow I hope you can make it out there and help them celebrate this great day, I read that tee’s and hoodies are also $5 off today.

Happy Birthday Blue Mountain Brewery


These Pictures, were taken in Summer of 2009 cant wait to get back out there