|Source: Midnight Brewery's Facebook|
This past Saturday I confirmed the veracity of this formula with a visit to Midnight Brewery, a locally-owned and operated microbrewery in eastern Goochland County. Although relatively young to the craft brewing scene, Midnight has already established a local reputation for flavorful, great-tasting beers, with two beers in particular - Not My Job, a Southern English Brown Ale, and Christmas at Midnight, a spiced ale - capturing my birthday taste buds.
The F.D.T. did not disappoint, but it didn't blow me away either. It had a golden, honey-colored tone and a good-sized head, which faded quickly. Compared to a Paulaner Hefeweizen or Erdinger Weissbier, though, it wasn't cloudy enough and lacked a more vibrant wheat-punch. The wheat was more of an accessory rather than principal flavor, making the F.D.T. light-tasting for a hefeweizen. However, for a comfortably warm day, it was a refreshing summer brew, and I must admit I prefered Midnight's F.D.T. to Hardywood's HYPE wheat beer.
|Two F.D.T.s, Christmas at Midnight, Not My|
Job & Rockville Red!
Finally, I stole a taste of Midnight's Southern English Brown Ale with the tongue-in-cheek moniker of "Not My Job." The name is not the only intriguing thing about this beer, which is medium-bodied and drops hints of chocolate and coffee in every sip. I've never gravitated towards dark beers, thinking they were all as thick and bitter as Guinness, so both Not My Job and the Christmas at Midnight beers surprised me - in a great way!
|Enjoying the picnic table seating.|
Christmas at Midnight (spiced ale): 4/5
Not My Job (Southern English Brown Ale): 4/5
Location: Five minutes west of Short Pump off Ashland Road (Rockville exit on I-64).
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