This past weekend, the BDBS team took a trip out to the aptly named Tucked Away Brewing Company in Manassas, Virginia. The brewery certainly earns its name as it’s tucked away inside a little office park hidden from the main road. That didn’t stop other patrons or us from finding it in the middle of the day on a Saturday. The space is massive, with plenty of room to expand as the brewery hopefully grows. There’s a central bar with several tables, couches, and games. Plus, they are dog-friendly.
We tried several of their beers but here were some of our favorites from the trip.
Squadron Commander – English Bitter
The Squadron Commander was the beer I was most excited to try. You rarely find a brewery in the States that makes an English Bitter, let alone one so drinkable. Clocking in a 30 IBUs and 5.5% ABV, it sits in just the right spot. English Bitters aren’t appreciated enough as they should be. If you’ve never tried one, I suggest you get on over to Tucked Away and give it a shot. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Holiday R&R – Spiced Beer
The Holiday R&R is easily one of my favorite holiday beers I’ve had this season. Unfortunately, it’s a limited release, but I look forward to its return next year. They use just the right amount of spice to give you that Christmas feeling without bowling you over. At 7.2%, it also gives you enough alcohol to provide a little bit of warmth without limiting you to just one. It is a limited release, so I would try and snatch it before it goes away.
We Own the Night – Coffee Stout
Tucked Away Brewing’s We Own the Night is an excellent example of a Coffee Stout. Brewed using Peet’s Major Dickason’s, this beer comes in very dark. Fortunately, it is incredibly smooth and sessionable, coming in at 4.8% ABVs. This beer pleasantly surprised me. Some coffee stouts come in too strong with the coffee taste and can be super dry. This beer strikes the right balance between the two.
Tucked Away Brewing had tons of good beer, and there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch. They have four IPAs, including a filter and unfiltered American IPA, a NE IPA, and a DIPA. The Boysenberry Sour is on point, as is their Belgian Tripel.