As a believer in supporting local craft breweries, I always make it a point to seek out local beers. It is one of my favorite aspects of traveling. From San Miguel in the Philippines to Ballast Point in San Diego, local beers always offer something unique. One such unique offering is the Grapefruit Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point. At first, I was a little skeptical about grapefruit and beer, but it turned out to be pretty good! If you see one around, give it a try!

label for Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point featuring an orange fish one the sea bed
Sculpin IPA

I am a massive fan of supporting your local craft breweries. What is great about the growth of craft beer is the increase in variety that comes from all the different offerings. Even without leaving your state, most people can get a large variety of craft beers. The state of Virginia’s website has a pretty impressive craft beer map that shows the range of breweries in the state. I have also noticed an increase in beer festivals, and I often have a hard time keeping up with all that is going on.

map showing local craft breweries in Virginia
Map of breweries in the state of Virginia

One of my favorite local offerings is Mustang Sally Brewing. I was there last year for the Fairfax County Beer Fest and again this year for a happy hour. Last time I was fortunate enough to meet and chat with owner Sean Hunt. I also got to try some of their exceptional beer, including a unique sour called Dark Cherry pHreak Sour. If you don’t know where to start, then the DC Brew Fest is the place to be. With over 80 breweries in attendance, you are sure to find your new favorite, providing you can remember what you had! Check out their site and buy your tickets for the April 20th event.

Posted by:Tyler

Black Dog Beer Shop is a craft beer store in Northern Virginia (NOVA). We focus on delivering the best local craft beers to walkable communities.

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