CraftBeer, Festivals, FoodieReads, Wine

Red Wine and Brews!

Most of you were probably slouched over a pile of paper work on your desks early this morning wishing for one more day to recuperate. Well, you’ve survived another day of work and we’ve got the perfect reward.

Breathe. Take a minute.
Here’s a recap of our holiday weekend in stills — just the right fix you need. Feel free to reminisce.

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Floyd Fandango is a two-day beer and wine festival located in an 80 acre Blue Ridge Parkway venue. Beer connoissuers and wine enthusiasts alike fill the event, indulging in cold microbrews and some of the finest Virginia wine. Our second year attending the festival, the feeling of excitement never left like it was our first. Camping, music, good food, and awesome people – what else do you need to celebrate the 4th? Not to mention, there is something for everyone to enjoy – both kids and the young at heart alike.

 

Breweries:
Big Daddy’s Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Bull and Bones, Clown Shoes Beer, Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, Foothills Brewing, Highland Brewing Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Old Dominion Brewing Company, Otter Creek Brewing, River Company Brewing, Starr Hill Brewery, Stillwater Artisanal Brewing Company, Terrapin Brewing Company, and Woodchuck Cider

Wineries:
Amrhein Wine Cellars, Byrd Cellars, Chateau Morrisette, Cooper Vineyards, Davis Valley Winery, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Horton Vineyards Inc., Mattaponi Winery, Rockbridge Vineyard, and Villa Appalaccia

Performers:
JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne, These United States, Acoustic Syndicate, Dangermuffin, Butch Robins’ Imagicnation, Blue Mule, and Matrimony

Our Picks:

Craftbeer:
Otter Creek‘s Dark IPA | 60 IBUs, 6.0% ABV, Black IPA
Breckenridge‘s Small Batch 471 IPA | 70 IBUs, 9.2% ABV, Double IPA
Dogfish Head‘s Palo Santo Marron | 50 IBUs, 12.0% ABV, American Brown Ale
Old Dominion‘s Oak Barrel Stout | 25 IBUs, 6.1% ABV, American Stout
*Clown Shoes‘ Eagle Claw Fist – As promised, we would like to take a second and share our thoughts on the Eagle Claw. It was actually not bad — just the right balance of hops and citrus. It’s worth tasting.

Wine:
•Whites: Amrhein‘s Saffire (Vidal Blanc/Viognier) and Traminette (German Spätlese)
Davis Valley‘s White (Semi-Dry)
Fincastle Vineyard‘s Hybrid Vigor (Chardonnel/Vidal Blanc/Traminette)
Rockbridge Vineyard‘s Pinot Blanc de Noir (aperitif)
•Reds: Davis Valley‘s Virginia Breeze Red (Sweet Red)
Horton Vineyards‘s Cab Franc and DIO – Touriga Nacional
Fincastle Vineyard‘s Knight’s Tour (Petit Verdot/Cab Franc/Cab Sauv)
•Dessert/Fruit Wines:
Amrhein‘s Vin de Pêche
Byrd Cellars‘ Apple Concord and Semi-Sweet Apple
Chateau Morrisette‘s Red Mountain Laurel (Grapes and Cherry)
Horton Vineyards‘s Peach, Strawberry, Blanco XOCO (White Choc)
Mattaponi Winery‘s Odeimin (Strawberry)
•Sangria: Although all the sangrias we tasted were refreshingly good, there was one that definitely stood out uncontested. For two years in a row now, Fincastle Vineyard‘s Sangria is the one to enjoy on a hot summer day. We are also fortunate enough to have gotten the inside scoop on the secret recipe. Score!

Eats:
We didn’t go around and taste every single item on every vendor’s menu so it would be unfair to say that what we had were the most delectable at the festival. With that said, the Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho from Oddfella’s Cantina was glorious as well as the Lamb Gyro from Souvlaki. The Pulled pork and ‘slaw from Log Cabin BBQ fell short on our list.

Random fact: Virginia is the 5th state in US wine production.

Talking to vintners, brewers, music lovers, and our next-tent neighbors all weekend was a great way to recharge from the day-to-day mundane schedule. On top of it all, we got to meet some of the best songwriters and musicians to date who remain highly underrated. Check out their sites and their music if you get the chance. Again, we had a blast and cannot wait for next year’s Fandango. If you are looking for a great way to spend the 4th of July weekend with family or friends or both, head to Floyd, VA for an amazing time. We promise you will not be disappointed.

Our 4th of July weekend celebration was concluded with traditional bbq ribs, hotdogs, and some select craft brews alongside family and friends. For dessert, we tested our baking skills by making a vanilla flag cake with whipped cream frosting. With our non-baking skills, it was quite a feat.

 

For more photos, visit our Facebook page! We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Cheers!

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About hungryDUO

Saving the world as they share their affinity for food, craft beer, and wine one tasty morsel and sip at a time, hungryDUO is a beer connoisseur and wine enthusiast team whose passion is all things edible and mouth-orgasmic. They eat, drink, blog, and love. Repeat & Shuffle. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Google for more up to the minute updates and randomosity.

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