Sunday, October 2, 2016

What's Brewing: October 1, 2016 Edition

Or, OMG! as those young folks say. You may have noticed that we've expanded our product line to include ACTUAL BEER! And, we're not talking beer flavored watery beverages... we are talking the real-deal. The good stuff. If it's fun, funky, yummy or hard to get... it's on our radar (and on our shelves and in our new keg fridge and growler station). Yup, you heard right! We've put our mad kegging skills to work and installed a 6 tap growler filling thing of beauty. So grab your growler and head down to the Falls Church store. You won't be sorry! Don't have a spare growler? We do! And if you bring in your own growler please make sure it's odor-free, clean, and ready to fill. 

Save-A-Buck Sundays: Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm get a 64 oz growler filled with one of our six rotating beers and we'll take $1 dollar off that beer's price. 

Want to know what we have on tap and on the shelves? Check our website under the Beer Me! tab. And every Saturday afternoon we'll be pouring samples so you can try before you buy. Check our social media feeds each Friday for info on what we're tasting that week. Cheers!
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Now Taking Orders For Winexpert Limited Edition Wines!
Winexpert™ continues to raise the bar each year with its Limited Edition program and LE16 is no different. This year, in addition to sought after varietals and unique blends,Winexpert is offering a very distinctive wine - Blanc de Noir - an elusive white wine that is made from red grapes. Done in an off-dry style, this is the must have wine of the year. Pre-Orders accepted now through December 4, 2016.

Yakima Valley, Washington

Tasting Notes: Ripe raspberry and red currant notes with black pepper and fresh mint leaf notes. Solid tannin providing mouth feel and structure

Food Pairings: Herb crusted lamb, Paprika-rich Goulash stew, Aged Cheddar

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak: Medium | ABV: 13%*

Tuscany, Italy

Tasting Notes: Expressively refreshing, peach, green apple and fresh lime notes with a hint of tarragon on the finish. Sip-worthy on its own with a quenching acidity.

Food Pairings: Regional Italian cuisine like pasta tossed in olive oil, Fresh shellfish, Grilled chicken or turkey

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 12.5%*

Valencia, Spain

Tasting Notes: Tempranillo, Carnacha and Bobal bring lush and hedonistic qualities. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah offer body and structure. Notes of black and red fruit, cherry cola, anise and white pepper. Powerful yet subtle mouth feel

Food Pairings: Braised meats, rich sauces

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%*

San Joaquin Valley, California

Tasting Notes: Blanc De Noir is a French term which means "white wine from dark grapes". No skin contact after pressing keeps the color  light and tannins at bay. Off-dry with notes of crabapple, white peach, grapefruit and hint of strawberry.

Food Pairings: Sliced Ham, Grilled white fish, Eggs benedict

Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak: None | ABV: 13%*

Riverland, Australia

Tasting Notes: Full bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Notes of black currant, cigar box, black cherry and raspberry. Warm spice rounds out the finish.

Food Pairings: Protein-rich dishes like grilled steak, Avoid spice or heat
Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak: Medium-heavy | ABV: 13%*

Each LE16 kit contains 30 coordinating bottle labels.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Weather Outside Is Frightful, But Our Beers Are Refreshing And Delightful

Crisp! Refreshing! Those are the qualities we NEED (I mean, enjoy) in a beer when the DC area heats up like this. While it may be too warm this weekend to brew comfortably, we've got plenty of refreshing porch sippers to keep you cool. Here's a quick list of some of our more summery brews, but you can see the full list on our website under the  Beer Me! tab. 
  • Stoopid Wita witbier from Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Fireboard Blonde Ale, a blonde ale from Seven Arrows Brewing (new from Waynesboro, VA)
  • Berry the Hatchet, a fruit beer from Coronado Brewing Company- really good, light & dry, not sticky sweet.
  • Extra Dry, a sake-style Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
  • IPA Crush, a blood orange IPA & Evergreen IPA, a spruce IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company. This is a newer packaging concept I hope many breweries follow. It's a mixed 6-pack!
  • GT (Gin & Tonic) Gose, a unique gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company -- flavored with botanicals reminiscent of a classic G & T.
  • Who You Callin' Wussie, a pilsner from Stone Brewing
  • Quinannan Falls Lager, an enigma from Bell's Brewery. Lightly dry-hopped with Simcoe. More than a Pils, yet not an IPL. This is a don't miss!
  • Year of the Ox (2016), a honey white pepper tripel from our friends at Old Ox Brewery (VA)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Don't Miss Your Last Chance To Buy This Mill!

We put the Barley Crusher on sale for an unbelievable price just once per year. So if you are thinking about a mill, now is the time to buy! Until July 18, 2016 our Barley Crushers will be on sale for $35 off! 

Owning your own mill has several advantages: you don't have to wait in line to crush at the store, you can adjust the crush to your liking, and with very little effort you can clean it so your grain won't be influenced by what someone else has milled before you. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

What's Brewing: Ju1y 1, 2016 Edition

Happy Fourth of July! 
Or, as we like to call it, Pyro Day! (Who doesn't like to blow stuff up?) The store will be open regular hours over the weekend so plan to come in for your holiday weekend must-haves. We've got tasty locally-made brats and pretzel rolls to fill your grill, a fun and funky beer selection to fill your fridge and, as usual, we have all your home beer and wine making supplies so you can fill your extra day off with your favorite hobby.

So to recap, the storefront in Falls Church will be open Saturday 10 am. to 6 pm., Sunday Noon to 4 pm. and will be closed on Monday, July 4. The web store will be open 24/7, as it always is.

Friday, June 10, 2016

What's Brewing: June 10, 2016 Edition

Exciting things are brewing at myLHBS. If you have been to the store recently, you have seen the changes. If you haven't been in for a while--what are you waiting for? There are so many cool things to talk about this issue we don't know where to start. So here is the quick rundown:
We now sell beer! 
We have a newly updated, more mobile friendly web site. 
And, we have added 12 helpful brewing tools and a recipe builder to the web site.

Want to learn more about these exciting changes? Read on, my friend!

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Beer Arrivals: May 13, 2016 Edition

Availability subject to change without notice.
Please call (703) 241-3874 for more information. 

16 Counties Farmhouse-style Ale (750 ml)

Adroit Theory
Angels Trumpet Mango IPA (22 oz)
Imagination Atrophy Caramel Macchiatto Milk Stout (22 oz)
White Noise White IPA (22 oz)
Imagination Atrophy bourbon barrel variant (22 oz)

Meyer Lemon Lager (12 oz, 6 pack)

Blackberry Farms
Summer Saison (750 ml)
Fantastic Saison, an absolute must try!

Hibiscus Gose (12 oz, 6 pack)
Ginger Lemon Radler (12 oz, 6 pack)

Hobo Vanilla Stout (750 ml)

Stingray IPA (12 oz, 6 pack)
Merbear Rye IPA collab with Bear Republic (22 oz)

On The Wings Of Armageddon DIPA (12 oz, 6 pack)

Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (750 ml)

Firestone Walker
Luponic Distortion IPA (12 oz, 6 pack)

Bourbon Grand Cru (750 ml)
Fantastic aging potential on this one.
Hoplar Imperial IPA (750 ml)

Lickinghole Creek
Fearnought Bourbon Imperial Brown Ale (750 ml)
Another great candidate for aging.

Double Bean Blonde Ale (Special Release: 12 oz, 6 pack)
Farmhouse IPA (Special Release: 12 oz, 6 pack)
A very unque Sason-IPA hybrid.

Hayseed Grisette (12 oz, 6 pack)

Ready Set Gose (12 oz, 6 pack)

Friday, May 6, 2016

New Beer Arrivals: May 6, 2016 Edition

Availability subject to change without notice. 

Please call (703) 241-3874 for more information. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

What's Brewing: April 8, 2016 Edition

Come On! Everyone's Doing It!
Let's talk about trends. Fashion and beauty have always had relatively fast moving trends--that makes sense. And each decade has had it's own food trends. But these days every time you turn around there is a new food trend. First, there was everything pumpkin, then there was bacon, and don't forget bourbon. And in turn, these food trends have influenced beer trends. What we've been seeing lately is fruit flavored beer. There's no denying that fruit flavored anything and warmer weather go hand in hand. So in this issue we'll explore this trend. We've got fruit flavored kits and expert advice as well as a guide to choosing hops. See what inspires you. And as always, you can find these items and more in our Falls Church store or online at

Friday, March 25, 2016

What's Brewing: March 25, 2016 Edition

Spring Has Sprung

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Autumn and talking about how much we love the crisp air and leaves underfoot. We even went so far as to declare it our favorite season. And yet, when the weather started to warm up after a few months of snow and low temps we were tempted to say Spring is our favorite season. And why not, life is too short to cling to one favorite of anything. The same is true for brewing and beers. There are times when a heavier beer will hit the spot and other times when you need something light and refreshing and that's what makes this hobby so great--you can make them all. So sit back and have an open mind as we introduce you to a few new malts and seasonal ingredient kits we have brought in for you to try. As always, you can find these items in our Falls Church store or online at

Friday, March 4, 2016

What's Brewing: March 4, 2016 Edition

10 Years Young! Happy Birthday To Us!

Did you know that myLHBS is celebrating a big birthday?The store is turning 10 years old! As we've outgrown our space, moved to larger storefronts and expanded our inventory lines one thing has remained the same -- myLHBS is your go-to destination in NOVA for tried and true advice and an unparalleled selection of all things home brew. This store is a labor of love, born out of a passion for home brew! And with the roll out of the online store in 2015, shopping at myLHBS has never been more convenient. So stop by in person or online and and celebrate this great hobby. Cheers!