220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
Special Dual Tasting!
Reason Beer is the result of 20 years of friendship between J. Patrick Adair, Jeff Raileanu, and Mark Fulton. They all left their hometown of Charlottesville in the early 2000s to pursue their various careers but kept in touch because of a shared passion for beer and for Charlottesville. This year, because of those passions, they have launched a world-class brewery! Why can we get so excited about this new brewery when new breweries launch so often in Virginia? Mark Fulton is the former head brewer at Maine Beer Company. For those unfamiliar with Maine Beer, it is one of the most acclaimed breweries in America with it’s releases on beeradvocate garnering incredibly high scores. They are opening the brewery focusing on two beers that are not the aggressive style of many beers today. Instead, aiming for subtle, nuanced, and easy to drink beers that showcase the brewers talent to coax complexity out of simple ingredients. Here is an interview and more about the brewery.
- Reason Blonde: “Blonde pairs the spice and depth of Old World hops with fresh, citrusy notes from the New World, rounded out with subtle maltiness and bright acidity. The hop flavor and aroma are unmistakable, but silky smooth and with a clean, crisp finish. Blonde is always drinkable, yet remarkably complex. This is the perfect beer for an afternoon session, or pair it up with bold flavors like spicy Thai or smoky BBQ.” 4% ABV
- Reason Pale: “Pale delivers astonishing hop taste and aroma without wearing out your palate. We have specially crafted Pale to blend nuanced European malts with delicious American hops for a beer with bountiful flavor and a surprisingly crisp finish. Goes perfectly with just about everything from a cheeseburger to a cheese plate.” 5% ABV
Trinity Brew is, in some ways, the exact opposite of Reason. They are aiming to make the most artisinal beer in town (or at least, their town of Colorado Springs, CO). They believe in provocative beers and make beers that are consciously vegan. They use free rise fermentation and most of their beers have some sort of sour component, whether it is Brett, Pediococcus, or just wild yeast. These beers truly taste of fermentation and give you a real window into the flavors that yeast and other organisms can produce when left to their own devices.
- Trinity One Ear: “An unspiced ‘naked’ Saison brewed with barley, oats, and rye. A Free-Rise fermentation develops a light fruit and pepper, while the assertive hoping profile creates a dry finish.” 6.5 % ABV, 35 IBUs
- Trinity Next Big Thing: Brewed in collaboration with Vanish Farmwoods for CBC 2017, this is barrel aged Brett & Pedio Sour IPA. Aged in Chardonnay barrels with pediococcus, this pairs great with half smokes, lambs & clams, or soft shell blue crabs. 16.6% ABV