Sunday, July 01, 2007

Changes at Old Dominion Brewery

OK, NoVa beer fans will know that ODB changed ownership some weeks (months?) ago, with a big brewery now having a controlling interest in what was a fully independent concern.

As a general rule, I resist change, especially when I think it will phuk up the proverbial free lunch. As a specific rule I loathe change when I think it will affect my normal routine, in this case my weekly growler.

That is how I viewed the change at ODB-- as a free lunch being prepped to get phuct up.

I'm pleased to say that I might be wrong (so far). The annual beer festival is gone (the usual site right by the brewery is now a construction zone), but they haven't gooned up the beers yet. The did change the menu a bit, and added a pretty good sunday brunch. I can still get Hop Pocket Ale, and if it's out I'll be happy to settle for New River Pale Ale.

Now, if they only had a shooting range next door instead of that ridiculous cheerleading place...


Blogger Jack Landers said...

What you are describing is all too often the beginning of the end. Look at what happened to Redhook when they got bought. It's all adjuncty, over-priced crap now. 5 years ago that was a damn good beer for the money.

If things do go downhill at Old Dominion, then I strongly suggest that you take up homebrewing in order to have inexpensive, bulk ale on hand for your personal convenience.

I've been doing it for over 10 years now and I can tell you that there are few things more satisfying than knowing that you've got 5 entire gallons of beer happening in a single glass carboy in the closet. It's the same warm and fuzzy feeling that you get with a bulk ammunition order.

It works out to about $2.50 a six pack for beer that will be better than anything you can buy at a grocery store. If you want any tips on equipment or books just shoot me an email.

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