An Afternoon at Old 690 Brewing Company

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted. My other project has been sucking up all my extra time that I used to spend on this site. But I solemnly swear to keep bringing you awesome content about craft beer, Virginia beer and my great beer journey.

Come visit Old 690 in Hillsboro

Old 690 in Hillsboro, VA

Recently I got a chance to visit one of Northern Virginia’s newest breweries – Old 690. I’d like to take the next 1,000 words or so to tell you why you have to escape suburbia and drive down a gravel road to visit these guys.

The Beer

Before we go into Old 690’s atmosphere and the people behind it, let’s cut to the chase and get into their beer.

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New post coming soon!

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Hey everyone! I haven’t disappeared. My other project has completely consumed me recently. I will be back and better than ever with new posts about craft beer, Virginia beer and my continuing beer journey.

I visited a brand new brewery the other week and can’t wait to share my experiences with you in a couple days once I get my notes together. Have fun this weekend, drink some good beer and make new experiences. Cheers!

One Word of Advice to Craft Beer Newbies

Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder — learn what this is newbie

Brew fests. Bottle shares. Neckbeards. Pliny the Elder. Wax seals. Hipsters eating pickles and Srircha. Tulip glasses. Sam Calagione. Cicerones. The thing about craft beer is that it can be so many different things to so many different people. And there’s plenty of room left for everyone to grab their own plot of land in this wonderful time of craft beer’s own Manifest Destiny. Craft beer is a journey.

You have a choice. You can make craft beer into anything you want it to be. Some want to homebrew. Others want to host events. And some just want to be able to recommend a beer for their friends when they go out. But, for me at least, you don’t know what you want out of your journey until it’s already happened.

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TWIB: New York, Old Kolschs and $1,000 Baseball Tickets

New York City. Home of Brooklyn Brewery, Good Beer and McSorley’s Old Ale House. So why, as a craft beer enthusiast, did I drink a near year-old Kolsch (not on purpose) and a Guinness when I was sitting in essentially a king’s throne at a Yankees game?

$1,000 Baseball Seats

The greatest baseball experience

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Breaking a beer glass, pain. (Handwritten)

Maybe a bit of Oliver is rubbing off on me but I had a really random idea. Well, it came from laziness. For some reason today I felt like handwriting a post (I usually type them like most people). Now that I wrote it on paper the thought of typing it out pains me. So this is what I’m going to do: show you the completely unedited, handwritten post.

I want everyone to know that I’m a lefty, which already puts me at a disadvantage in the handwriting category. But, for the most part, my handwriting is pretty good. Today however (not realizing I’d be showing it to the world) sitting on my couch just free writing I didn’t care how it looked. Before I chicken out, here it is…

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Broken SAVOR Glass

My broken SAVOR glass

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Glass Cabinet

My glass cabinet

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So yeah, if you couldn’t read that let me know if you’d like to see a video of my glass cabinet. Also, when’s the last time you broke a glass? What happened?

Hope you enjoyed this post. I don’t think I’ll be too embarrassed from it. Go out and do something different. Make sure to check out Beer Missions too!