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On the Road Again – Weihenstephaner Braupakt by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Hefeweizen

OK, first thing, I know that the name of this brew is really long and cumbersome. And the name is not is not completely right either. So lets try to solve both of these problem before getting into this really excellent Hefeweizen.

First, this beer is made by for Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan). Yes, I know, why so many syllables?  Well, it is German and you get a great beer but it comes at a cost.  Second, it is also the product of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, who provided the hops and the brewing water, so it is not a pure European product.  As of 2016, it is the seventh-largest brewing company in the United States.[2] It is a hybrid and this hybrid is an excellent example of what can be done with 500 years of brewing is with mixed with a little Yankee ingenuity.

The Weihenstephaner Braupukt, by Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan Weihenstephan, Freising, Bavaria, Germany (no street address) and Sierra Nevada Craft Brewery Company (1075 East 20th Street, Chico, CA 95928 Voice: (530) 893-3520 is a delicious and complex beer. It is an ABV 6% and a dark gold color. The aroma is an apricot and banana smell, but the taste is where this Hefeweizen really leaves the American versions (and a few of the German) ones in the dust. The smooth apricot and banana flavors mix well and get stronger rather weakening.  This moves this beer up into the German reaches rather than down in the American doldrums. And it does it holding the US line on price. I wish I had ordered a larger amount – it was really good!

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei + Sierra Nevada Brewery Hefeweizen

This marks the one of the few times that a German and American brewery have really put aside the competition and worked on a hybrid that has worked. I know there have been collaborations before, but this has a special emphasis on success that the others have not had. It is nice to see.


Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan





Sierra Nevada Craft Brewery Company

1075 East 20th Street,

Chico, CA 95928

Voice: (530) 893-3520



The Art of Science and the Old Ox Brewing Company

OK, I admit it, I am a scientific enthusiast, or at least those are the guys and gals I root for in the movies. (Hey, I blew up plenty of stuff in my study of Political Science!) So, when someone advertises marrying up science and beer, you know I will be there.

This was the situation on Tuesday night.  After dropping off my sons at the Dulles Airport, Old Ox Brewing Company  was hosting The Science on Tap which is partnership between Loudoun County Library and the brewery. The presentation that evening was by Peter Wilcyznski who provide an overview of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) to include updates in Planetary Science, Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth Science and NASA’s reimbursable program mission areas. He is a Program Executive in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.

Old Ox Brewing Company

The presentation was well received by the crowd of mostly scientists, engineers, science enthusiasts and science teachers. NASA has 46 program and project areas that they are either responsible for or they are the main source of the research.

Before the presentation got underway, I decided to grab a beer from Old Ox’s tasting room. I tried a Festivale Cherry Saison which has a ABV of 5.5% and 7 IBU. The beer had a pleasant cherry smell and it tasted of having a sour cherry base with a nice saison flavoring. It was a nice combination of the two.

Think I will go with the Festivale Cherry Saison…
…mmm that is good beer! ABV: 5.5% and 7 IBU.

The presentation ended, we had a few questions, and then we broke up. The room emptied pretty slowly so I made a quick exit and headed for the door.  It was a really a nice presentation that overcame the fact that my boys were gone and the house had the empty feeling upon my return.

You could at least see the tasting bar
The audience is waiting.


Old Ox Brewing Company

44652 Guilford Drive, Unit 114
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 729-8375

Tues – Thurs: 4pm – 9pm
Friday: 2:30pm – 10pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm

The Corridor

Craft Beer Makes Its Entrance into the Mainstream

Lately, I have been taking the train (or driving) down and back up on a section of I-95 that I have been referring to as “The Corridor.” From Washington, DC down to Richmond, VA and finally down to Fayetteville, NC, it is pretty much a straight shot. As you can imagine, there are some pretty boring sections and there are parts that make you sit up and say “hmm.” Remind me to tell you that part about three big Confederate flags sometime…

So, one Monday morning, I got out my electronic beer map and decided to see what breweries had been developed along with the interstate. Surprise! Outside of the section from Washington to Richmond, there was not much developed at all. (Raleigh, NC will be covered separately because I do go that way on occasion) So, with that in mind, I am going to lay out all of the breweries along the Corridor and give a brief glimpse of those that I have been able to visit on my journeys. Some are pretty interesting, and some I have a hard time qualify as breweries.

The Oracle of Beer!

Where she likes to be when she not on the front lines!

“That boysenberry tastes like it is a kid’s drink!” “Whips! That is what they should use because they are not using cutting blades!” “Happy wenches!” This is just some of the referring comments I work with at All That’s, courtesy of one person and one person only – my girlfriend Candy Scott. So, in true to form fashion, Candy has earned herself an honored place in All That’s lore – she is getting a name.

So, Candy Scott, you shall be officially annointed the “Oracle of Beer.” Long may you reign. Oh, you may contact the Oracle of Beer at 🙂

High Side is the New Pub in Fairfax City

Fairfax City is undergoing a rapid change in its craft beer bars. The turn over has been fast and furious. That is why when we saw the latest announcement of a bar coming to town, there was a collective sigh among the established store fronts. But this one is different and it represents a new look and feel to having a drink after work.

High Side is the name of this new pub, moving into the area occupied by Villa Mozart, at 4009 Chain Bridge Road, (Voice: 703-304-0674; and it specializes in high end craft beers. The soft opening is closing this Wednesday and the grand opening is Friday, 9 February 2018. Expect that this cozy little corner lot will be full for the opening, but it should relax a bit on the days that following. The brewers will be known to those who follow craft beer:  Epic Brewing, Hardywood Park Brewing, Aslin Brewing, Solace Brewing, Ocelot Brewing, Crooked Run Brewing, Port City Brewing. A host of other breweries that will be making appearances over the coming months.

The co-owner and general manager is Jinson Chan (, who is Malaysian Chinese and his wife is Taiwanese, got the idea for High Side when they could not wrap their heads around why there was so little Taiwanese street food. So rather than lament, they did something about it, and now there is a place to feed your inner Asian! They also brought in a local expert on the beer by hiring one of the young go-getters from Craft Works who knows a thing or two about serving beer. (Hey there, Chevy!)

I had an Master of Karate by Aslin Brewery (Herndon, VA). An 8.4% ABV IPA – Imperial, this brew brings three dry hop heavily (Mosaic, Galaxy and Amarillo) together and produce a gentle blend of what could be best described as a mango flavor. It was intense and mixed beautifully with the food.

I also ordered a small plate of six pot stickers, which were freshly made by hand and put out with an excellent sauce. The food is freshly made Taiwanese inspired street food and it has a decidedly nice taste when compared to the usual bar food. It was light and inviting and it held up while I was engaged in conversation The only thing I noticed is that on the small plates, they had only one vegetarian option, the house salad. If they had a constant vegetarian option, they would match their competition.

So on your way home or when you are out, swing by High Side and indulge yourself. You will be glad that you did.