I recently visited Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville, VA to sample some of their new releases. Adroit does things differently. They focus on quality and experimentation rather than quantity. They craft some amazing and progressive brews, but they don’t make a ton of the stuff. Most of the time they don’t even bottle for mass purchase-you have to visit them to enjoy the beers on tap, and I am OK with that.
As a bartender, I knew that I had a love for all things spirited- People, food, debates and of course alcohol. As a snob, I knew I had disdain for all the poorly constructed versions of those same things and beer was at the top of my list. I stand corrected. The past five years of my life have been spent on a whirlwind tour of hops, barley and yeast. Who ever thought a woman would be interested in yeast without an anti-fungal? And what I discovered is yes, there is a well- constructed beer, more than one, and most of them are made here in the good old U.S.A.
Charlie’s Review of AleSmith Speedway Stout
Having been in the beer and wine business for 17 years, it’s become increasingly rare for me to get the thrill one gets from finding a special bottle of beer or wine. If I want something, I basically just grab it off the shelf and take it home with me. I know many people that will use on line ordering for that rare bottle, but nothing has replaced the high I get from stumbling across that special bottle. Especially if it’s beer! No matter where I go, I do a little research and find the small, locally owned shop and try and spend a couple of minutes there, scouring the shelves looking for something that will make me squeal like a child on Christmas morning. Of course that’s what happened when I came across a bottle of AleSmith Speedway Stout. I’d read about it for some time and literally held my breath when I saw it on a shelf in North Canton, Ohio a little over a year ago, when visiting an aunt.