Buffalo Wing Factory Releases First Beer Today

Buffalo Wing Factory releases Session IPA

Buffalo Wing Factory releases Session IPA

If you are a frequent reader of this site then you know I have a deep affection and history with my friends over at the Buffalo Wing Factory. They’ve been a local staple in the Northern Virginian community for over 20 years and they are releasing their first beer today – Buffalo Wing Factory Session IPA.

BWF Session IPA

5.3% ABV and 25.4 IBUs

The Buffalo Wing Factory, or BWF, is not a brewery so how will did they brew a beer? Beltway Brewing Company in Sterling, VA is a partner/contract brewery. That means that they make beer for other breweries or restaurants using their equipment. Locally-owned Crooked Run Brewing and Adroit Theory Brewing both use Beltway to brew larger batches of their beers. It’s still Crooked Run and Adroit Theory’s recipes but they just use Beltway’s industrial-sized equipment. This is what the Buffalo Wing Factory has now done as well.

BWF had a very small pre-release party on Tuesday where I got to try the new addition to their already packed tap lineup. And for all you Session IPA haters out there, it’s not your typical Session IPA. This beer clocks in at 5.3% ABV with 25.4 IBUs. It’s not hoppy to begin with but will finish with a hint of a bite. In comparison, Stone Go To IPA is 4.5% ABV with 65 IBUs and Founders All Day IPA is 4.7% ABV with 42 IBUs. So with the BWF Session IPA you’re going to get less of a bite, more maltiness up front with a sneaky higher ABV. It also has more body than other Session IPAs that I’ve had. A seasoned craft beer drinker should try this one out and see if they like BWF’s take on the style. This is also a good beer for any new craft beer drinker trying to transition into hoppy beers.

Today this beer will be $2 from open to close at 11:00pm at all four locations. Happy Hour is from 4:00-7:00pm where you can get other craft beers starting around $4. After today the BWF Session IPA will be $4 all day, every day. I’m not positive if they’ll be on the menu today but BWF has created two new menu items that use the beer. First is a beer cheese served with garlic bread, which everyone was raving about at the pre-release party. Second is a BBQ sandwich, which has the beer in the sauce if I remember correctly.

Head on out to your nearest Buffalo Wing Factory tonight and try their new Session IPA. I will most likely be at the Ashburn location around 5:00pm. Come say hi to me and make sure to be one of the firsts to check it in on Untappd too.

Beer Credits

Married readers, let’s face it – we only have so many beer credits we can earn from our spouse/significant other who may not be as obsessed over our favorite beverage. I don’t know why my wife doesn’t geek out over a $75 vertical tasting at a local brewpub but she’ll go, smile, have a great time (I hope) and let me get my craft beer fix. But the next weekend it’s usually about what she wants to do. I’ll drag my feet and whine the whole time to HomeGoods and World Market. Probably upset her and the next time I want to go to a special beer event she will, and rightly so, say no. My piggy bank of beer credits is empty.

What is a beer credit?

My dining room table

My dining room table

I remember playing mini golf at this place at the beach as a kid and earning wooden tokens for hole-in-ones that could be redeemed for credits at the arcade. Beer credits are imaginary wooden tokens that I can use on my wife in order to go on wild beery adventures. When I run out, the adventures happen at my dining room table instead (which isn’t that bad of an alternative).

Earning beer credits

Everyone’s relationships are different but the one constant is that you have to give as much as you take. Provide your significant other with opportunities to go to events or on trips based on his or her interests. The more you give the more he or she is more likely to happily join you on your events or trips. I’m still working on this and my wife is a champ for being such a good sport about everything.

I’m still trying to figure out who in this relationship has to earn the beer credits.

Redeeming

This weekend was a perfect example. I desperately wanted to go to Crooked Run Brewing’s grand opening. To do that, I smiled and, don’t tell my wife, had a good time at a local home design winter holiday market. In return we went to Crooked Run on the way home. I sampled all the beers and chatted with Jake, the Brewmaster and Owner. Credit earned and credit redeemed.

Outside of that though I feel like I’ve taken out a loan on beer credits recently. I guess I have some payments due soon.

Here’s to earning more beer credits. Here’s to never having a beer adventure alone. Here’s to wooden tokens at the mini golf arcade.

Announcing the Loudoun County Brewery Guide

Loudoun County Brewery Guide

Loudoun County Brewery Guide — Coming Soon!

I have an important announcement. I’m working on my first eBook – a Loudoun County Brewery Guide – and I need your help. It will be about 5-10 pages providing all the information needed at a glance for residents and visitors about the county’s 14 breweries. It will be 100% free for anyone to use and distribute. I hope the guide can help my county and it’s awesome breweries.

Here’s the list of breweries:

  • Adroit Theory Brewing Company
  • Barnhouse Brewery
  • Beltway Brewing Company
  • Corcoran Brewing Company
  • Crooked Run Brewing
  • Dirt Farm Brewing
  • Lost Rhino Brewing Company
  • Leesburg Brewing Company
  • Mad Horse Brewpub
  • Mud Hound Brewing Company
  • Old Ox Brewery
  • Old 690 Brewing Company
  • Sweetwater Tavern
  • The V – Virginia’s Eatery & Brew House
  • Vintage 50 Restaurant & Brew Lounge

This is the list of information I want to gather for each:

  • Address:
  • Telephone:
  • Hours:
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Twitter:
  • About/History:
  • Signature Brew(s):
  • Tours:
  • Food:
  • Prices:
  • Logo/Company Picture(s):

Here’s where I need your help.  I do not have contacts at nearly half of the breweries above. I will be reaching out via email, phone calls and in person but I’m only one guy. If you have a connection at one, please connect me with them. I want to represent every brewery in the best light possible and use information that only the brewery can provide.

I also need your opinion. What else would you want to know about the breweries? Did I leave a brewery off the list? Leave a comment below or contact me privately.

Lastly, this is my first eBook. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to formatting and publishing it. Any assistance will be much appreciated if you have experience in this realm.

Again, thank you for any help you can provide. I’m hoping to get this guide out by the end of the year. Now on to studying for the Cicerone Certified Beer Server Exam…

TWIB – Hello Raleigh, It’s Wedding Season!

This Week in Beer (TWIB) is a feature where I’ll highlight some craft beers I had during this past week mixed with some related (and unrelated) thoughts. Yes, it’s a play on the name of the show This Week in Baseball which I grew up on and loved.

This Week in Beer was all about trying new beer in new places.

It's wedding season!

It’s wedding season!

Leesburg Brewing Company

I checked out Leesburg Brewing Company on Friday for lunch. It’s in a great location in downtown Leesburg, Virginia which is quickly becoming a craft beer Mecca with MacDowell Brew Kitchen, Fireworks Pizza, Doner Bistro, the future Crooked Run Brewing, and more all within close walking distance.

Leesburg Brewing Company has been open for two weeks. Unfortunately they aren’t serving their own beer yet. They are still getting the proper state licenses. The owner said they hope to be serving in the next three or so months. They will be specializing in ales with something like 40 different ale recipes they brew offsite. However in the meantime they still carry five craft beers on tap. I had DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter for the first time with my WOW! Burger made with chorizo. The beer was just as good as the burger — I highly recommend them both.

Hey give Leesburg Brewing Company a follow if you’re on Twitter!

North Carolina Brewery Trifecta

Big Boss Brewing

I was lucky enough to go to my cousin’s wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony for a beautiful couple. What made the night even better was that they served two Big Boss Brewing beers. I’ve never even heard of them, a brewery in Raleigh.

Angry Angel KÖLSCH-STYLE ALE

This beer was a perfect beer for a summer day. It’s almost a session beer at 4.75% ABV and is very light tasting. I’d buy this if I came across it where I am in Virginia.

High Roller American-Style IPA

This one wasn’t as good as the Angry Angel. But I’m also not a hophead. The couple hopheads I talked to at the wedding seemed to like this one a lot. It’s not for me however.

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Meet Jake Endres of Crooked Run Brewing

Crooked Run Brewing Logo

Crooked Run Brewing – A Nanobrewery coming soon to Leesburg, VA

I mentioned in How to find friendly people that people in the craft beer industry have been nothing but supportive of this endeavor of mine. Jake Endres of Crooked Run Brewing is no exception.

I came across Crooked Run Brewing a couple weeks ago in the comments section of The State of NoVA Beer, Breweries and Brewpubs, an article in Northern Virginia Magazine. I did a little research and found information that lead me to Jake Endres, Crooked Run’s President. It turned out we both graduated from James Madison University around the same time and are relatively local to one another. I sent him and email begging asking him if I could pick his brain about how he got to where he is today, which is at the cusp of opening his own nanobrewery in Leesburg, VA. Continue reading