I think I'll give a brief pause to line of questioning I've been doing in the openings to these NBS threads. I have another topic that only most recently became of interest and I want to bring into this thread that promotes the new. Yes, for the 751st week we want to hear about that new beer you are trying today - its good and bad qualities. We don't enforce sticking to the categories of look, smell, taste, and feel - though those are often a good place to start. This thread is for exploring the aspects of a beer as you encounter it for the first time (maybe excluding things like a quick sample taste at the brewery). Give us a little window into your thoughts and experience. Escaping the new for a second, this week I saw a phenomenon that many of us don't see too often as the US beer community has grown to 7,000+ breweries: a local brewery shutting its doors. I know of a few higher profile closings, but this one hit close to home, literally. I know I've mentioned in a couple other threads that Mad Fox in Falls Church will be closing its doors for good next Sunday. Mad Fox is (for now) a brewpub and they never packaged their beers. Basically you buy their beers to drink on premise (though they do fill growlers). One of the reasons they gave as to their demise is that they opened having to use the "brewpub model" and had to compete on food and beer, both of which have seen more entries into the local scene in recent years. Memories are funny; while I knew Mad Fox was an early entrant onto the local craft beer scene in Northern Virginia, I didn't realize it was really one of the forerunners of the most recent boom (opening in 2010). While we visited Mad Fox through the years, by no stretch of the imagination were we regulars. I admit that I had to "grow into" appreciating their lineup of more classic English and German beers (they did make other styles, including classic American and English IPAs). I will miss the opportunity to further my enjoyment of those beers at Mad Fox. Another thing many, including myself, liked and will miss is that they offered cask versions of their beers regularly. So, for a yin and yang sort of question you can answer (no obligation) along with or in addition to your thoughtful review post of a new beer (obligatory): have you had a local brewery close since you've been into the "craft beer" scene? Has it been one you will miss? Is there a local brewer you maybe neglect a little because "they'll always be around" for you when you eventually get the notion to visit? Okay, enough of the side show. It's time to offer up your new beer. If it's a good one, hopefully it'll be available to you for a good long time. Cheers!