Purple Black Eye

Ocelot Brewing Company

Often times when you discover a really unique blend of coffee and cascara (dried coffee cherries), you stand up and say “Why has it been such a long time for this flavoring to make it here?” Then you stand back and casually read the label of the beer you have been drinking and it hits you – if you were going to have a guess, it would be Ocelot Brewing Company and the blend would be Purple Black Eye.

Purple Black Eye – Ocelot Brewing Company

Ocelot Brewing Company (23600 Overland Drive, Sterling, VA Voice: 703-665-2146; www.ocelotbrewing.com) is nothing new to the National Capital area. Nestled to the west of the Dulles International Airport (www.iad.com) on the Loudon County Parkway, I have made note a couple of times of these breweries experiments with deep brewed stouts. This time is no exception with this classic tasting and unique brew.

Purple Black Eye takes two approaches to its coffee laden stout flavor. First, it takes the traditional fashion of using hops to arrive at the the flavor. The Purple Black Eye does this pretty early and begins to bring in the drinker. But then, it socks it to you with in the surprise, a dried coffee cherry, known as a cascara. It is a sweet cherry but it is tempered by its bitter coffee taste. The two flavors taken together with their strong stout base make this a truly flavorful beverage that leaves the drinker wanting more. It is a truly fantastic experience.

I gave this is 4.5 out of five star on Untapped. This is a really outstanding drink – and I think the cascara and coffee combination is headed for bigger things if it is to be realized.


On the Road – Systema Natvrae – Devilwood and Apricot by D9 Brewing Company

OK, apricots and I have an agreement. I don’t like them and they don’t like me. It goes way back to having to climb the apricot tree in the backyard, sorting them out and picking the ripe ones. This applies as well to apricots in beer. But lately, I have begun to notice that apricots in beer are not so bad. So, when I tried decided to try an apricot beer, my inner voice said, “Go for it – this may not be bad!”

Devilwood & Apricot makes a pretty delicious mix

The Systema Natvrae – Devilwood and Apricot by D9 Brewing Company (11138-C Treynorth Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031 Voice: 704-457-9368 Web: info@D9brewing.com) was not only nice but an apricot brew that I would like to drink again. The apricot was soured, so I had an advantage going into to the battle, but the key was the Devilwood which lent a unique and soured taste to the brew. It stayed with the beer as well, so it was not a “one hit wonder”, but rather a really unique flavor that makes you want to have another.

ABV: 6.3%


Color: Semi-opaque light brown

Aroma: Apricot

Score on Untappd: 3.75 stars


Liquid Distro Tap Takeover

Liquid Distro Tap Takeover
Thursday, 6 December 2018 at 4PM to 11PM
High Side
4009 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Great News! Our good friends at Liquid Distro are expanding their portfolio and bringing more of their great brews to NOVA. This is their first tap takeover.

Here is their Liquid Distro portfolio:
Central State Brewing
Commonwealth Brewing Company
Deciduous Brewing Company
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Outer Range Brewing Company
Red Dragon Brewery
Resident Culture Brewing Company

See you on December 6 at 4PM!

On the Road Again…Cocoborealis by Chaos Mountain Brewing

Cocoborealis, by Chaos Mountain Brewing

ABV: 6% 31 IBU Color: Dark Aroma: Dark chocolate
Taste: A slight dark chocolate taste, but nothing remarkable. A cavalcade of mild hops that manage to keep it balanced, but other than that there is more in the name than there is in the taste. Another in a long line of chocolate stouts that claim to offer more than they have.

Purchased at Spacebar as a draft. 3 stars on Untappd.

Tomorrow: DC Brew Festival

Tomorrow is the DC Brew Festival at Nationals Park in the District

The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park, bringing together dozens of craft breweries that will feature fall seasonal beers, plus food trucks, lawn games, DJs, and more throughout the park.

Admission is $45 and includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately from a number of food trucks. Admission is 12-3pm or 5-8pm.

Tomorrow: Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival!

Canton Waterfront Park
3001 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD
12:00-1:30 PM • VIP HOUR
1:30-5 PM • General Admission
1:30-4:30 PM • Homebrew Judging

Last Call at 4:45pm Event held rain or shine. Tickets are nonrefundable. Valid ID required for entry. Small, well-behaved pets on leashes will be allowed

What is brewing with you?