Mad Fox Brewing's Kill The Keg Features 4 Local Breweries



This Thursday Night (January 30th), Mad Fox Brewing is hosting other local breweries for a "Kill the Keg" contest.  Four different local breweries (plus Mad Fox) will each have a keg in the contest and restaurant patrons will drink their favorites until one of the kegs disappears. Check out the breweries participating:



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Devil's Backbone (Roseland, VA): If you've ever been skiing at Wintergreen, you know their beer very well. You can find their Vienna Lager all over Falls Church including at Smashburger. The beer that they have entered in the contest is the Beta Max, an Imperial IPA (7.7%).

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Port City (Alexandria, VA): This local brewery is known for their Monumental IPA and my favorite, the Optimal Wit. The beer that they have entered in the contest is the Colossal 3, a limited release anniversary heller bock (8.5%). Via the brewer:



COLOSSAL™ THREE is a Heller Bock. Heller Bocks are the palest and hoppiest of Bock style beers. Ours is a beautiful tawny color which comes from the Munich malt. We have chosen noble hop varieties that impart floral, spicy aromas and flavors. This lager beer was fermented cold and aged at 32 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 weeks. The long fermentation and aging process gives this strong beer a remarkably clean finish, for which our beers are known.
(website)

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Lost Rhino (Ashburn, VA): Lost Rhino was voted best brewery in Northern Virginia Magazine last year. Their delicious Faceplant IPA is one of their best and you can get it on draft at Pizzeria Orso. The beer that they have entered in teh contest is the Tmavy!, a Czech dark lager (6.2%). Via the brewer:


Czech hops and lager yeast tie this beer to the old world styles of Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. A tiny taste of roast, a little sweet, and the undeniable spicy snap of Saaz hops. This beer, like so many European lagers, is a testament to a brewer’s ability to balance. Crafting a beer like this takes restraint; its delicate subtleties speak for itself.

 (Website)

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DC Brau (Washington, DC): This brew is a big hit at all the hipster spots in DC. You can find their Corruption IPA at Spacebar. The beer that they have entered in the contest is the On The Wings Of Armageddon, an Imperial IPA. (9.2%) Via the brewer:


At first glance, it has an orange hue in the glass with a viscus, rocky head that refuses to dissipate. Upon first sniff there are dominate aromas of citrus, white grapes and grapefruit with light bread and biscuit notes. After the first sip we taste a mellow bitterness that only grows as more is consumed. Moderately carbonated, deceptively smooth, refreshingly dry and extremely heady for a beer at 9.2% ABV.

(Website)

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Mad Fox (Falls Church, VA): The home team makes lots of delicious beer in the Little City. My favorite is their award winning Kolsch Kellerbier. The beer they are entering in the contest is their Sandy Eggo IPA (7.9%), something new inspired by a trip to San Diego it seems.

Brewed with English pale and crystal malts, kettle hop additions of the American varietals Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo from the Pacific Northwest are blended, then added four separate times.  Two dry hop additions of the same hops are added post fermentation to brighten the hop flavor and aroma. Sharp piney hop flavors jump out in the aroma, followed by silky caramel and citrus peel. Hop flavors reminiscent of rosemary, grapefruit peel meld with caramel malt backbone. Makes for a truly euphoric West Coast style hop experience, hence the name.

(Website)



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The competition is scheduled to start at 7pm and is followed by a farewell event/roast for a guy from Sweetwater Tavern. This seems to be a good chance to try a bunch of cool local beers. View the Mad Fox official flyer here.

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