Each December, one of my local homebrew groups, Colonial AleSmiths and Keggers (CASK) hosts a big competition, the Beer Blitz. This year, they received over 400 entries – that’s a LOT of beer, considering every entry requires two bottles. I’ve observed parts of the competition in previous years, but was never able to judge until this year. Now, I have no formal qualifications other than liking to drink beer, so I was a bit skeptical when asked to help judge, and continued asking “are you sure you want me?” Reassured that it was okay, and that I could provide a consumer’s perspective, I signed up to judge two sessions.
While in the DC area over the weekend, I enticed some friends to meet me at the newly-opened Mad Fox Brewing Company. Located in downtown Falls Church, VA, Mad Fox is the new venture by Bill and Beth Madden. Bill previously brewed at Cap City Brewing Co and Vintage 50, and I’ve long been a fan of his beers. I was not disappointed by Mad Fox.