Adam | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

2,466 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with little first. The head finally rises late...similar to some stouts. Tanish colored head, very creamy consistency.
Aroma is interesting. Bitters, chocolates...smokey...leathery. Very strong smell. I like it!
Taste: very sweet. A little bitter on the back end...similar to an ESB. Taste chocolate and some kind of fruit. I can't quite put my finger on the type of fruit though. Taste candy too. Carbonation is somewhat on the lower side, and the 10% alcohol contect is very well hidden.
Overall...a pretty great brew!

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Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had more dark malts than I thought, dark fruits, and a bit of rum

T - The taste of this beer is unlike any beer that I have had, dark malts, molasses, dark fruits (dates, figs), dark rum, and black licorice, I know, lots of dark things, but they all work well together

M - The mouthfeel of this had a medium to heavy body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a quite a treat, after being very disappointed with Ruth, this beer showed that Hair of the Dog can make some incredible beers, cannot wait to try more

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Photo of popery
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, thick, rich beer. Adam pours a dark, murky brown, tan at the edges. The head is tan, thick and creamy with tiny bubbles. The aroma is sweet and malty, brown sugar on malty toast. This isn't a vintage bottle, so the hops still come through with some citrus. The flavor is somewhere between a doppelbock, a barleywine and an English strong ale. There's sweet malt with some light toasty crystal malt. The malt has some good fruity notes, prunes, apricots and raisins. It's a really delicious beer - Hair of the Dog is an incredible brewery.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz, batch 75. I was pleasantly surprised to find this one while in Indiana. Poured a deep brown color with an obnoxiously foamy beige head that foamed all over, but patience was the key here. Once the ale was finally in the glass, the head retention was magnificent and left some crazy lace on the glass - looks like a bomb went off. Aromas were earthy with hints of fig, leather, molasses, and chocolate with some faint alcohol in the background (the bottle does a fine job of describing what is inside - even the leather part). Tastes are very complex and warming - earthy, tobacco, fig, leather, raisins, molasses, and chocolate. Mouth-fell is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is present by prickling the tongue and leaving a burn on the way down the throat - once again warming. Overall, I love it's uniqueness, but I'm not sure that I would buy it again. Recommendable at least.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really good, IMO. Dark dark molasses color with a decent creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is a lot like the label suggests-- a hint of leather (I couldn't believe it), figs, raisins, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose well, very robust and flavorful. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit prickly from the alcohol. Tough drink from the flavor and ABV, but delicious nonetheless. Definitely one worth seeking out. Complex and tasty.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an old ale on the side of belgian quad. this beer had a nice fig quality but also a tobacco and smoke finish. the head was huge but with large bubbles. alcohol was undetectable. a mild sour of leather that gave it a nice english appeal... had it along side a trios pistoles to get a grip on its... very smokey. acidic. meatier. earthier. and a somewhat of a overpowering protein of breadiness. really worth trying. fantastic cigar beer. brings out the fruit end.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog's ADAM is a robust, sipping beer required by the winter months and certainly not for novice beer drinkers. It pours a thick, opaque in a sniffer glass. The aroma of chocolate, roasted figs hits the nose like a welterweight fighter's jab. Adam is very tasty and chewy in the mouth with a strong alcohol finish.

Adam is a beer made with careful attention to details and top-notch ingredients....for my taste this beer is best as a slow sipping night cap brew - strong stuff.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this one for years. Old Ale's are a crazy style having huge range of taste. I've loved some, hated some. Let's see where this one stands.

Dark almost black color with the slightest hints of red. Foamy tan head, mimimal lace. Looking good so far, the old ales i've really liked are the darker ones.

Smell of dark fruits, figs. Some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Again this is a crazy style that you never know what you are going to get. This one is a cross between barley wine and RIS.

Full chewy body with some alcohol burn on the finish but it dosn't become cloying.

This one didn't let me down. An excellent brew that exceeded my expectations. This style is still a surprise every time I have one, but it is a pleasant surpise more often than not.

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Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible beer, rich and complex, yet amazingly smooth and easy to drink.

Deep, deep red and basically black, it has a big tan head slowly shirnking and leaving a little bit of weak lace.

The aroma is rich dried figs, caramelised dark raisins, hints of chocolate and coffee, smoke, toffee.

The taste is rich but not to heavy, complex, highly balanced. It is faintly smokey, with dark caramelised fruits, hints of spices, hints of leather (as the bottle indicates- I didn't notice it at first but it comes on clearly after a few sips), light hints of bourbon, stronger near the finish. It tends slightly towards the sweetish side, but not cloyingly so, with a little faint bitterness, spice, and alcoholic warmth to help balance and carry it, however all of these are tame and the result is smooth. It is highly drinkable for the strength.

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Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a deep copper brown color with a thick but small tan/brown head. Big, rich nose of strong roasted malts and sweet boozy wood. Notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, fig and dates grace the tongue. Very complex and full bodied but still very drinkable. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Sampled- Batch #72

A- Poured carefully from bottle to yield a thin foamy tan head, which quickly gave way to some edge lacing. The body is a clear ruby/garnet color... but so dark it appears black. This beautiful red color can only be seen from certain angles when held to a light source. No carbonation was observed.

S- The nose on this beer is simple, yet elegant: big aromas of [slightly smoky] roasted malts with some restrained hops playing second fiddle. No fancy words to describe the nose... but it is truly wonderful.

T- Big flavors of caramel and roasted malts punch through on the first sip, accompannied by hints of vanilla and candy sugar. Some earthy hop dryness comes-in midway, in PERFECT balance with the big malt flavors (I hesitate to use the term "hop bitterness" as that doesn't accurately describe the hop flavors). The finish is very long and sweet. This may be one of the best beers I have ever tasted in my life.

M- BIG mouthfeel- textured with tons of unattenuated sugar and the perfect compliment of soft carbonation. Totally chewy. An absolute dream!

D- Wow. This is nearly perfection in a glass. I could sip this all night if it weren't for the 10% ABV. Not exactly the beer to reach for after mowing the lawn, but it works wonderfully spring, fall and winter. What a delight!!

Note: I also sampled a bottle of Batch #40 alongside this one... and I can attest that this beer ages EXTREMELY well, developing a significant madiera character with time!!

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Photo of kegger22
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very deep brown with reddish tints that only showed against a light. Dog had a generous one inch head that reduced to a thick skin. The aroma was that rich, boozy smell. There was some figs, or plums, or other dark fruit in there too. The taste was thick, sweet, rich, cloying but all good. I got some raisons, reminded me a little of The Beast. Feel was full bodied and chewy. Drinkability was average due to the high ABV and the syrupy sweetness.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a DFH snifter late at night. Batch 74, or was it 75.

Adam has a dirty brown look in appearence, It reminded me of a liquid form of dark shoe polish. Some mahogony and the faintest bit of red when up to light. A nice deep beige head rose up about an inch looking great in it's own right and healthy. The lace tries to stick but doesent quite make it, a valient effort.

The smell is a malt lovers dream, it's the main ingredient,(C-pete rock) and gives off a whole lot of caramel sweetness and roastiness. There is some alcohol to the 10% but it is not major. Dark fruits come up as well as a handful of raisins, what's not to love. The smell is deep and complex, yet simple.

This really hit me. Not quite what I was expecting in a old ale but for the better. I've had alot in the style yet Adam seems to stand out on it's own. Big black malts giving off chocolate and roast. Dark fruits in a basket with plum and raisins becoming very large. A bit of cherries at times. A big bite of licorice and of course just a touch of alcohol, not to shabby. I do detect some smoke and some nuts. There really is alot going on here. A great one to let sit and see where it goes.

The feel while cold was real smooth it went down to easy, I had to let this sit, so tempting though. The fruit really was up there when cold. The alcohol showed itself more with warming leaving for a rougher feel down the line. All together above medium bodied with a low amount of carb, but carb non the less. Notes of sherry when up to room temp. Adam is creamy at some points, the feel is great, there I said it.

Glad I have a few more of these. While I would drink two in a night, I think some cellaring would do these puppies good, although great now. This one needs to be sipped and savored while relaxed, total bliss, this stuff kills. I have had two other HOTD brews(Fred,Ruth) and was underwhelmed. Adam is not the case. I would buy a case.

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Photo of cptierney
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my beautiful North Coast snifter.

Excellent head on the pour. A deep, deep brown verging on black liquid. Two fingers of solid foam that quickly recedes to some sustained lacing.

Lovely, sweet aroma. All sorts of leathery fruits come to the fore, particularly fig. Nice notes of caramel as well, I almost want to take a bite out of it.

The mouthfeel is really unique on this brew. It has both a light and heavy texture all at once that is hard to describe. Carbonation is consistent, however.

Flavor is really sweet. The fig and caramel are really present as well as a strong bitter that comes into play on the beers finish. You are aware of the alcohol, but not in a way that distracts from the brew's complexity.

Not too high of marks for drinkability, as everything about this beer cautions me from drinking another. A tasty example of the style, however. Maybe, I'm coming around to the strong ale and barleywine camp. I need more empirical evidence.

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet dark fruits and a hint of alcohol

T - Follows the nose sweet dark fruits and a hint of alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with light carbonation to it

D - A good beer for the style I'm normally not a huge fan of the style but I like this one has a good taste that I enjoyed worth trying if you can get it

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Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle from ezekiel81923 an extra from mjl21. Thanks guys

A: A very dark brown with a nice layer of creamy brown head on top. Lacing is very good.

S: Very smokey and figgy. An interesting combonation, but I dig it.

T: The smokiness comes through very nicely making this one taste a bit like good beef jerky. Some molasses and brown sugar notes as well. The sweet and smokey are very good.

M: Very rich full and creamy flavors without any harshness.

D: Devilishly easy to drink for such a high abv

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Photo of augustgarage
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 74, poured vigorously from a 12oz bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort chalice.

Liquid is a very dark, yet clear mixture of bistre and bole with auburn highlights. There is an extremely thin collar of bubbles and a small island tattooed in the center of the glass but no true head formation. No real lacing to speak of - though greasy legs adorn the rim with each sip.

Barrel aged aroma, with sherry, port, licorice, walnuts, and dank smoky malt. Brings to mind an underground river - cool granite within a humid cave (minus the guano).

Flavor profile is great. Carmelized molasses, black pepper, cast iron - "leather, smoke figs" as indicated on the bottle are apt descriptions as well. Alcohol is strong, without pushing the limits of palatability. Slight, fleeting bitterness brings to mind some stouts. Many samples of the style are equally complex and delicious, but can be somewhat cloying. Adam doesn't have this deficiency - the finish is on the dry side, with a bit of used/fired bourbon barrels.

Low carbonation, not quite medium-bodied, a little hot, somewhat tannic - well done.

A beer you'll enjoy taking your time over - perfect for a cold Winter evening (not that we get any of those in Los Angeles). Was kind of expecting to enjoy this more than Thomas Hardy's Ale - but still find that to be my favorite example of the style I've tried...

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Photo of Aenema
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 72
Appearance - Pours dark brown with reddish tinges and a tan head.
Smell - Rich, complex smells. Leather, smoke, chocolate and figs.
Taste - Lots of leather, smoke, some fig and a little chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Fine carbonation and moderate-full body.
Drinkability - Very rich and some alcohol burn.

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Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown with a pretty big, almost fluffy, head that fizzes away into some lacings.

S: The smell is fantastic. Very complex, don't even know if I'm able to decipher everything going on here. Here's a lot of malts - caramel, dark bread, fudge and even some roasted notes. Vinous fruits (cherries, raisins, figs) and wood. Spices reminiscent of cola, molasses and smooth alcohol notes.

T: The taste is no letdown either, to say the least. A gentle roasted character sits well with caramel, fudge and prominent vinous fruity notes. The fruits are not as well defined as in the smell. Then comes rich and sophisticated flavors of wood, raisins, dusty cellar and spices. The taste is very sweet but the roasted aromas, wood and spices keep everything on track. The finish is amazing. Luscious warming and semi-sweet alcohol, well balanced bitterness, leafy hops, wood and lingering sweetness. Very powerful. If I had to say something negative about it, I think the alcohol is just slightly too prominent. But that's of minor importance.

M: Medium to full body and creamy texture. Very pleasant.

D: This is just a fantastic beer. Very complex and oh so balanced. Drinks like a fine wine.

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Photo of nickfl
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of deep tan head on an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - Fruity with deep, dark malt. Figs, smoke and leather/ sandalwood with spicy hops hiding in the background. This could be a good aroma for aftershave or incense.

T - Thick, rich malt with oat and dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor. Spicy hops and big, fruity yeast. Notes of dates, cedar smoke, aromatic wood, allspice, and lots of leather. Chocolate and moderate malt bitterness in the finish with a lingering hoppy bite.

M - Very thick, oily body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow. Drinkability isn't even a factor here, it is huge and complex; it's like asking if 40 year old port is sessionable. The complexity is immense and while I would guess that it would age well, this one was great already. This beer, more than any other I have ever had, reminds me of tobacco; not a cigar, but really good pipe tobacco. This is an excellent beer and it stands up with the likes of vintage J.W. Lees as one of the world's great sipping beers.

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Photo of beerman207
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off - my apologies to Bamadog. I was hoping to split this with him but I couldn't resist giving this a try tonight.

A 12oz 2008 Adam bottle - batch 74.

A-Mostly black with a nice tan head that comes through. The head sticks around for a while. Wow.

S- Smells of plum, raisins, chocolate, faint smell of alcohol

T- Oh my lord this taste is amazing. The chocolate and raisins just come right in along with sweet plums and perhaps even figs? Wow. The alcohol presence is so well masked!

M- Great balanced mouthfeel.

D- The flavor and the balance of alcohol in this beer is remarkable. I paid $5.50 for this in a little shop in Pennsylvania and was taking the recommendation of the owner. He wasn't kidding that this beer is something special. If you can find it and like the Old Ale Style you need to give Adam a whirl.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. No fresh on date.

A: This beer pours a dark brown chocolate almost porterlike, huge three finger head billows up and is very slow to dissipate leaving excellent lacing as it falls. The head is extremely creamy and pillowy in appearance.

S: Sweet caramel malt, dark chocolate, figs, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, and a little tobacco as well. Pretty big aroma and very well rounded with sweetness and tartness.

T: Wow, huge flavor, dark chocolate, caramel malt, and dark fruits come through first. The alcohol really comes through in the mid palate with a sweet boozy warming and lingers for a long time. A smoky tobacco and bready chocolate flavor round out the finish.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. The booziness gives it a very warm mouthfeel as well.

D: This beer is as drinkable as one would expect it to be. It is a 10% Old Ale that is pretty complex and meant to be sipped so for that purpose this beer is pretty much perfect. I think after 6 months to a year the booziness might balance a little more and make this more complex and a little more drinkable, but overall this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #72

A: Pours a massive mocha-colored head (uh-oh.... hoping that this isn't infected). After about 5 minutes the head receded to resemble the shape of a baked pie crust. The beer itself is a dark mahogany brown at the center and burnt umber at the edges (pulling from the days of using prisma colors).

S: While waiting for the head to calm down and with the glass about 4' from me I can begin to smell the smoky sweet aroma. Ripe fruit with just a bit of funkiness in the nose.

T: Again very smoky taste followed by sweet malt and caramelized sugar. After a few sips getting more of a roasted malt taste with some chocolaty brownies and a slight hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Not sure if it is infected with the super-carbonation but if that's intended it is too much for the style of the beer. Medium to light mouthfeel overall.

O: A pretty good beer that impressively lived up to the description on the side of the bottle - although the price seems a bit steep. Could stand to decarbonate a bit and sit in dark room for a year or two.

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Photo of jdg204
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My fourth beer from my mixed 6'er Abe's Cold Beer and most likely my fourth winner! This is my 2nd Hair of the Dog after Fred, which I loved, we'll see if this one lives up to that standard (if my beer hero Brentk56 is right, it does).

A: Deep, dark brown body with a nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Dark fruit, smokey tobacco, and a bit of dark chocolate.

T: A variety of tastes is easily distinguishable upon the first taste. Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and smokey tobacco sweetness up front with a nice hoppy undertone and a twinge of sour to compliment the flavor. Wonderful balance for such a complex, heavy brew.

M: Medium/heavy bodied with good carbonation and very smooth on the tongue.

D: Wow, HOTD is officially 2 for 2 and this one is going into my top 10 brews to date as well! What an amazingly complex brew, brave and bold yet extremely approachable at the same time, a tour de force. This clearly sets the bar for Olde Ales and also elevates itself in the elite league of Dark Ales with Stouts and RIS's. This is a gem, all beer fans should find it and enjoy it!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter; Batch #73

The body is a hazy, deep chestnut brown with a one finger tan cap. A light bit of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is of dark, dried fruits. Raisins, figs, and plums with an overall sweet and roasted aroma. A little bit of caramel and a touch of booze.

Sweet fruits, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, figs, raisins, prunes and some granny smith apples lends a mellow tartness. The finish is tart and boozey.

Rich and creamy, medium to full body. A good amount of heat and a nice bitter/boozey finish.

A sipper for sure, very complex flavors.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,466 ratings.
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