TWIB: Slamming Hops and Red Bullies

Well hello, there! I haven’t done a TWIB for a while. Today it felt right to talk about a couple hot topics, which is exactly what TWIBs are for. TWIB, in case you’ve forgotten, stands for This Week in Beer. It’s my play on words from This Week in Baseball. There are two topics I want to focus on this week – Bell’s Hopslam release and Old Ox’s legal battle against Red Bull.

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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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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.


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…