Name: LoneRider Brewing Company

Location: Raleigh, NC

Type: Production brewery

Available in DC Market?: No

What you need to know: Probably one of the youngest breweries at SAVOR this year, LoneRider opened in January of 2009. This brewery is part of a growing wave of solid beers in North Carolina, especially near Raleigh and Asheville. Their beers have a Wild West/cowboy-type theme that reminds me vaguely of Heavy Seas’ pirate theme. This brewery has three year-round beers and a handful of rotating seasonal releases.


Beer #1: Shotgun Betty

Notes: This is one of the year-round beers that LoneRider brews. This is a hefeweizen that weighs in at 5.8%, one of the few examples of this style that will be at SAVOR.
BeerAdvocate Grade: B+ (37 reviews)
Ratebeer Grade: 53 overall; 73 style

Beer #2: Sweet Josie

Notes: Sweet Josie is another of LoneRider’s year-round beers. This is an American brown beer described as having a “nice hop bitterness” but being balanced by chocolate and aromatic malts. This beer receives pretty good reviews, and, oh, by the way, it was a 2010 GABF Gold Medal Winner for American-style brown ale, so if you’re a fan of American browns, you should definitely stop by and try one from a brewery I’m betting you haven’t tried before.
BeerAdvocate Grade: B+
Ratebeer Grade: 79 overall; 85 style

Summary: LoneRider is a relatively unknown entity in DC. Their beers receive pretty decent reviews at BeerAdvocate and Ratebeer, and they’ll be bringing two styles of beer that will be under-represented at this year’s SAVOR. Plus, you’ll get to try a 2010 GABF Gold Medal Winner. If you’re a big fan of hefes or browns, stop by and say hi, you might find a reason to take a little beer field trip down to Raleigh!

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