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December 19, 2014 @ 08:09 AM EDT
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Establishment: Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA

A small but very attractive pub attached to a very good, working brewery. Owned by the brewer, his wife and a very actively involved third partner, this is a very intimate brew pub -- lots of regulars mixed in with the tourists. Awesome views from the front abd side outdoor dining porches; overlooking Afton Mountain. The menu is creative, with excellent sandwiches, soups and cheese/fruit plates. A selection of six excellent, brewery fresh beers were on tap when I visited: Vienna Lager, American Pale Ale, Krystalweizen wheat beer, Kolsch, Belgian Dubbel and an Imperial Porter which was served on nitrogen. Check website for hours as this is a family-run operation.


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Establishment: McSorley's Old Ale House, New York , NY

Beer selection N/A? Yes, because McSorley's serves ONLY their Ale and Porter on tap. No liquor, no wine. They do have Cokes.

People argue whether this is the oldest tavern in New York. McSorley's celebrated their 150th birthday in February, 2004. Who cares if they are or aren't the oldest? They were there before any of us were born!

Here are some tips: You order the 8 oz mugs of "light or dark" ale two at a time. "1 and 1" is one light and one dark, etc. Try the cheese and onion plates and be careful of the mustard in the mug on the table. They make it in the morning and it grows stronger as it sits out all day. Their sandwiches are great and quite large. Their chili is excellent.

Give yourself plenty of time when you visit McSorley's as the place is a museum as well as a tavern. Even the urinals in the men's room have been documented (they are on the web!) as architectural treasures!

Avoid the place after 6 PM ANY night. It is is packed. My favorite time is about 2:30 on a weekday afternoon in the winter time, sitting near the pot-bellied woodstove and keeping company with the McSorley's cats. What a place!


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Establishment: New River Brewing Company, Blacksburg, VA

Though the recipe seems to have been toned down somewhat since the sudden death of young brewer Kenny Lefkowitz in 2001, this 2000 GABF Bronze Medal winner is still a great APA. Earthy grassiness from the Amarillo hops up front, followed strongly by the Centennial, Columbus and Cascades. The maltiness is not lost either, as the sweet Munich and Crystal malts stand out in the background. Not an IPA, but nearly so. Read about the brewer's untimely death at:


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