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Port City Brewing Co., Lost Rhino, Devil’s Backbone medal at Great American Beer Fest

Breweries from the Commonwealth of Virginia did very well at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. My hometown brewer, Port City Brewing Co. here in Alexandria, took home gold for its Optimal Wit. I really enjoy it in late spring and early fall when there is just a sligtht coolness in the air.

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn won for Rhinofest, a märzen beer. I have not tried that yet and probably blew it for this year. It’s a shame, I was out that way twice in the last month or so.

Outside of Northern Virginia, Lexington’s Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company won in the American-Style Dark Lager and Belgian- and French-Style Ale categories with Old Virginia Dark and Azreal, respectively. Additionally:

I suppose it is my good fortune that my favorite styles of beer, märzen and Vienna style lager, is brewed so well locally/regionally because Port City took the silver for it’s Oktoberfest, though in the Vienna style. Sadly, they were out of it at the brewery yesterday, next year I’ll get a whole case. Or two. Great American Restaurants (Carlye, Coastal Flats, Mike’s American, among others) earned the silver for Octoberfest in the German-Style Märzen category.

Maryland’s one medal also came in German-Style Märzen with Dogtober by Flying Dog (Frederick, Md.) claiming the bronze. It isn’t my favorite, but I love the Ralph Stedman labels.

Though it did not medal, the Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager is also very good and at last check, on tap at the Vienna Inn. That’s also available year round.

Here are all the beers, sorted by medal:

GOLD
Rhinofest Lost Rhino Brewing Co. German-Style Märzen
Old Virginia Dark Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp American-Style Dark Lager
Optimal Wit Port City Brewing Co. Belgian-Style Witbier
Azreal Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost Belgian- and French-Style Ale
SILVER
Gold Leaf Lager Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
Oktoberfest Port City Brewing Co. Vienna-Style Lager
Optimal Wit Great American Restaurants German-Style Märzen
Berliner Metro Weiss Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost German-Style Sour Ale
BRONZE
Rum Barrel Belgian Dubbel Style Ale Three Brothers Brewing Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
COLOSSAL ONE Port City Brewing Co. Aged Beer
COLOSSAL TWO Port City Brewing Co. Smoke Beer
Danzig Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp Baltic-Style Porter
Notch 9 Double IPA Smartmouth Brewing Co. Imperial India Pale Ale
Ale of Fergus Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost English-Style Mild Ale

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6 microbreweries coming to D.C. area in 2011

Beer: Six microbreweries race to openThe Post
I’ve already mentioned that Port City Brewing will be opening in my city, Alexandria, soon. They are going to start with a Belgian-style witbier with pale ale, Indian Pale Ale (IPA) and porter coming later. Port City will joined by 5 other microbreweries in BeltwayLand:

Fort Washington’s Washingtonian’s Brewing Co. will begin selling Monumental Triple, a Belgian style triple with a citrus finish.

DC Brau Brewing wants aspires to be the D.C. brand. Located in Northeast D.C., DC Brau will roll over The Public (pale ale), Citizen (a Belgian-style pale ale) and Corruption IPA.

Chocolate City Beer is planning on an American-style, pre-prohibition Pilsner beer, Extra Special Bitter (ESB) and IPA as well as part of the celebration of the non-Federal neighborhoods and culture of the District.

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. doesn’t have a Web site yet, just a twitter account. Based out in Old Dominion’s Loudon County stomping grounds, they plan to produce “Lost Rhino Pilsner, a peppery golden lager dry-hopped with Hallertauer and Saaz hops. That will be followed by New River Pale Ale (a brand that Old Dominion used to make under contract) and possibly a seasonal Maibock.” Calling Loudon County local is a bit of a stretch, because if they are local, than so is Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Md.

3 Stars Brewing merely has a “Coming Soon” Web site, but hopes to be open in August with an American-style IPA called District IPA.

Also of note, an Alexandria brewery may be returning a century of being closed. Catherine Portner, is planning on resurrecting her great-great grandfather’s Robert Portner Brewing Co. by 2016. She is tweeting at @cport31 with the bio: “Re-launching my family’s pre-Prohibition brewing company. Please join my efforts by sending craft beer industry contacts my way. ”

So, good news if you like pale ales and D.C. flag based imagery. I am curious to sample these beers, even though pale ales are not my favorite, because you have to support your local businesses. Hopefully, we are looking at a renaissance in brewing that so many other cities have seen.

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