Chaos Mountain Brewing

December 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Crystal City Wine Shop
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202

chaos is brewingChaos Mountain’s roots can be found in 1998 when Wendy Hallock gave her husband Joe a home brewing kit for a Christmas present. So, like all good husbands, he can blame his wife for the Chaos! In 2012, they sold another business and where left with too much time, no interest in golf, and a big building … so they thought that beer was the answer.

Located at the base of the Cahas Mountain in Franklin County, VA, Cahas Mountain Brewing was the first choice, but no one knew where Cahas Mountain was! According to legend, over a few brews, the name evolved into “Chaos Mountain” and history was made … it also make naming beers that much easier.

Today we are tasting:

  • chaos mountainMad Hopper IPA: Brewed with six varieties of hops (Chinook for bittering; Centennial, CTZ, and Summitt for flavor; and then dry-hopped with CTZ, Azacca, and Horizon), this is a full-on IPA. It offers a great blend of citrus hop and resin flavors with a good malt backbone. 6.7% ABV, 55 IBU
  • 4 Mad Chefs Quadrupel: This a big Belgian-style quad that is a worthy accompaniment to a big meal. Deep brown in color with hints of caramel, plum, and fig, this big beer is a welcome side to hearty fare (think, sausage and mash) or as an after dinner beer. 8.5% ABV, 20 IBU
  •  Agents of Chaos Belgian Special Dark: This is a homage to Trappiste special dark ales. It is dark to the point of near blackness with a nice toasted brown head, it is full of dark fruits and caramel notes with a hint of the alcohol lurking beneath. Great with roasted beast, this is a beer that should be served at cellar temperature and not straight out of the fridge. 10% ABV, 24 IBU
  • Surprise Beer: We are working on getting a fourth beer, something special, for the tasting! We will post it on Twitter and Facebook if/when it arrives! Maybe barrel-aged, maybe stout, maybe you’ll just have to stop by to see what we have …


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