March Madness Hoops and Hops on the Beerwerks Trail

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We’re deep in the NCAA Tournament, and whether you’re rooting for a top seed or an underdog, there’s plenty of heart-thumping action. Will your top pick make it to the Final Four or is your bracket in shambles? March Madness can be unpredictable, but one thing’s for sure: basketball always tastes better with craft beer. Here’s how you can savor the drama from a Shenandoah Beerwerks taproom or from your couch at home.

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Popular Beerwerks Brews

We’ve used the Untappd app to see what your friends are drinking and to give you a taste of what’s popular at the breweries right now. All breweries have selections on tap, and most offer cans, bottles, crowlers, and growler fills to go. Read on for popular choices with the brewery’s tasting notes.

Heliotrope Brewery

  • Snoggin’ Toboggan (2021) – Stout – Imperial / Double 11.7% ABV: ”Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, cinnamon, dried chiles, and Virginia hickory syrup. Aged in A. Smith Bowman bourbon barrels.”

Devils Backbone Brewing

  • Vienna Lager – Lager – Vienna 5.2% ABV: “This is our Ol’ Faithful, the beer everybody, including professional beer judges, just seems to dig. Maybe they like how it’s smooth, medium-bodied, and semi-sweet, while not too heavy or bitter. Maybe it’s the amber color, or the blend of four imported malts balanced by two Germanic hops, or the fact that it takes five weeks to get right.” 

Great Valley Farm Brewery 

  • Farmhouse Ale – Farmhouse Ale – Saison, 5.5% ABV: “Floral notes from the Saaz hops. The yeast provides flavors of black pepper and citrus peel.”

Rockbridge Vineyard and Brewery

  • Coffee Stout – Stout – Coffee, 6.5% ABV: “Made in collaboration with Crucible Coffee Roasters. Robust coffee and roasted malt combined with a smooth nitro mouth feel.”

Basic City Beer Co. 

  • The 6th Lord – IPA – American, 5.3% ABV: “Sweeter and more aromatic than a traditional West Coast IPA, our IPA toes the line between a West and East Coast IPA to appeal to any hop lover. Character from Scottish Yeast & True American Hops (Citra and Falconers).” 

Seven Arrows Brewing 

  • Skyline Lager – Lager – American Light, 4.5% ABV: “Although low in bitterness, our lager has a great noble hop aroma and subtle pilsner malt notes. This beer is a truly refreshing light beer that is perfect for any occasion.”

Stable Craft Brewing

  • Britchin Brown – Brown Ale – American, 5.5% ABV: “Our Britchin Brown Ale is a tribute to beer brewed in the tradition of Old Style Ales. Brewed with carefully selected malts and our very own farm-grown hops, this ale is our salute to everyone who enjoys this exquisite style. Britchin Brown Ale surprises with a delightful and delicate toffee flavor up front and is balanced by underlying caramel notes that pleasantly, but briefly rest on the palate. The finish is smooth with a refreshing aroma.”

Skipping Rock Beer Company

  • Roasted Pecan Brown Ale – Brown Ale – English, 4.9% ABV: English-style brown ale made with roasted pecans. Mild caramel and toffee malt flavors pair well with nutty pecan notes. Very light chocolate notes on the back end.

Redbeard Brewing Company

Queen City Brewing

  • Falstaff’s Revenge – IPA – American, 6.7% ABV: “An unrestrained indulgence of hops, the biggest ale you’ll ever love.”

Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co.

The Friendly Fermenter

  • Golden Hopportunity – IPA – Imperial / Double New England / Hazy, 8.3% ABV: “New England-style DIPA featuring Golden Promise base malt and a menagerie of hops.”
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Brothers Craft Brewing

  • Hoptimization – IPA – American, 7.1% ABV: “Hoptimization uses big, bold, bitter hops to get a clean citrusy flavor you’ll love and the bitter bite that you crave.”

Pale Fire Brewing Co.

  • Arrant – IPA – American, 7.5% ABV: “First, Arrant extracts its rounded mouth-feel from the flaked oats in the grain bill. Then, this Citra-hopped concoction tickles the tongue with aromatic orange and juicy lemon.” 

Three Notch’d Valley Collab House

  • Minute Man – IPA – New England / Hazy, 7% ABV: “This unique and brand new style of IPA has a super low bitterness, allowing the fresh fruity flavor and aroma of hops to completely dominate. This beer is unfiltered and unclarified, leaving the yeast to add to the smooth mouthfeel. The Galaxy, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 hops make this beer super “juicy” and fruity with a strong, citrus bouquet aroma.” 

Restless Moons Brewing Company

Cave Hill Farms Brewery

  • Bovine Bodacious IPA – IPA – American, 7.2% ABV: “West coast style that is strong with upfront bitterness followed by notes of citrus and tropical fruit.”

Elkton Brewing Co.

BrewHaHa Brewing Company

Ski Lesson – IPA – Session, 4.75% ABV: “Belma and Simcoe hops. Cascade hops used for flavoring and additional dry hopping.”