Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Cold Mountain Winter Ale From Spencer: From Spencer: I still get excited every year when the Cold Mountain Winter Ale is released.  The ever-changing Winter ale usually has notes of vanilla, spice, hazelnut and a sweet biscuit flavor that finishes with a slight hoppy balance.  People always talk from year to year about how last year was better than this year, but for me it always gets the winter season rolling…… City Beverage has been selling Highland beers since the mid-90s. Oscar Wong, the founder of the brewery really knows what it takes to brew good beer.  He also knows
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Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Lefthand Brewery Milk Stout

Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Lefthand Brewery Milk Stout From Spencer: It all started back in 1990 with a home brewing kit for a Christmas present. After brewing a few batches Dick Doore then moved back to Colorado and ran into his old college roommate Eric Wallace and the two decided to open a brewery. In 1993 they opened the brewery under the name, Indian Peaks Brewing Company but later found out someone was already using that name for a beer so they decide to change the name to Left Hand Brewing Company. They named the brewery after Chief
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Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Bold Rock Cider

Spencer tells how Bold Rock got its start: “John Washburn & Brian Shanks started bottling Bold Rock Cider in 2012.  John Washburn purchased some land in Nelson County, Virginia in 1985 and could not really decide on what to do with it until he noticed how the wine and craft beer was taking off in the Rockfish Valley. So, he decided to give the cider business a try. He only needed someone to help produce the cider for him and that’s when he called Brian Shanks and asked him to meet with him about helping produce a craft cider.  They
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Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Devils Backbone

Devils Backbone was founded by Steve and Heidi Crandall in 2008.  They were on a skiing trip in Italy and tasted a beer from Germany called Weihenstephan, the rest is history… When they opened the brewpub in a new community called “The Village of Glen Ferry” people were soon asking for the beer and bottles so they decided to break ground on an outpost facility in Lexington, VA. Their forecast for this new brewery was to brew about 10,000 barrels in the next 10 years, the first 3 years they brewed almost 45,000 barrels (1 barrel = 31.5 gallons).  This
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