3 Stars Brewing Company Southern Belle
“This classy lady is the belle of the ball: dark, rich, and a little nutty,” says Nahem Simon, Beer Director at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Southern Belle actually forms the base of Jack Rose’s proprietary bourbon barrel-aged collaboration brew, The Queen of The Damned. SB is an imperial brown ale that tastes a bit like roasted coffee, plus toasted pecan and oak, thanks to the incorporation of flaked oats. 3 Stars recommends pairing it with everything from funky cheese to pie.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company Schwartz Bier
Jon Arroyo, Beverage Director at Founding Farmers, gets fanatical about Devils Backbone. “I love their consistency in overall quality -- their Schwartz Bier was the first DBB beer I ever tasted and it was love at first sip because of its nice lager yeast, great mouth feel, and excellent dry finish.” Perhaps that’s why the German black beer took gold in 2012 and 2013 at the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest.