Enjoying the Local Species

Blue Mountain Barrel House Local Species

Blue Mountain Barrel House Local Species

Blue Mountain Brewery is about 2 and a half hours away, so it’s definitely not a “DC Beer,” however, I still think of it as local. In fact, Blue Mountain Brewery makes quality craft brews, and while it’s taken me a little while to find my favorite of their beers, I have enjoyed the ones I’ve tasted so far.  So, admittedly, while I ended 6th Annual DC Beer Week  (August 17-24) with a non-DC beer, I did go with a “Local Species,” and it definitely hit the spot.

The Local Species (brewery, untappd) is a Belgian Pale Ale made by Blue Mountain Brewery in Nelson County, Virginia.  The beer was a dark, hazy, reddish-amber with an off-white, foamy head and a lot of lacing on the glass.  On the nose, there was toasty maltiness mixed with hints of red apple and caramel.  In the mouth, there is a maltiness and some grass mixed with the slightest hint of something sour, maybe sour grapefruit, and some toffee-like sweetness, probably from the bourbon barrel the beer was aged in. The beer had a nice body with a long, smooth finish with only a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Cork and closeup of Blue Mountain Barrel House Local SpeciesIs this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this beer in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed.  At $11 for 750ml, this beer is easy to drink, food-friendly, and well-balanced.  Hubby and I have started the fall race season training, so I enjoyed the Local Species on a Sunday evening while recovering from one of my first longer training runs.  It was a great beer for putting up my feet, relaxing, and catching up on my Runner’s World and Vogue magazine reading.

Question of the Day: How far away is still local for you when it comes to buying local beer or wine?  For you, is buying local more about supporting small producers than it is about actually buying local (for example, is buying a Robert Mondavi wine when you’re in Napa still buying local)?

Price: $11 for a 750ml bottle
Purchased at Whole Foods Market
Overall: 4 Corks


  1. says

    I’d still consider this “local”- the size of the business definitely matters, and I count anything that could conceivably be part of a day trip local- although this is definitely on the outskirts! And no…I don’t know that I’d count Mondavi as “local” since they are a global brand, although they may very well have started out that way! The reach definitely has an impact on this!

    Great review- it makes me want to try this beer:)



  2. says

    For me, I consider most of the wineries within a three hour radius local, as there is definitely no wine (and very little beer) made in the heart of the city. I tend to shy away from the bigger wineries within that sphere though – especially since many of them are owned by huge global companies anyway (not sure that counts as local). But if there are wines I really like from those producers, I’ll still buy them.

  3. says

    I think the term “local” direclty refers to the support of small businesses in your community, not global brands as these companies are more concerned into expading internationally. Reducing transportation costs and environmental impact are also points related to buying locally.

    • says

      I tend to agree with you, although if when talking about transportation costs and environmental impact, it still leaves open the question of whether you’re still buying “local” if you buy from a larger company when you’re in the area where the product is produced. With wine, in particularly, there has been a lot of disagreement about whether you can “buy local” in a place like Napa or Sonoma Valley. Most of the discussion has me feeling like it’s all about supporting the small businesses rather than it is about actually buying local, which is the first point you made. If that’s the case, I wish people would just say that. Thanks for weighing in with your thoughts…cheers!

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