I happened to be passing through Williamsburg one day recently and realized I’d never visited the Williamsburg Alewerks taproom. It was a beautiful Fall afternoon and couldn’t have been a more perfect time, so I decided to drop in. I’d really only tried their Old Stitch Brown Ale before while enjoying a Colonial dinner at Chowning’s Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. That was decent, but not spectacular. This time I decided to try some of their more kicked up recipes…I went with the Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout called Cafe Royale, a Belgian Strong Ale called Jubilee IX, a Pumpkin Ale, and a collaboration they did with Virginia Beer Company that is a Red Rye IPA. I appreciated that the bourbon barrel stout was not overly bourbony. The bourbon nicely complimented the roasty and coffee flavors of the stout. I would give that beer a solid three out of five proper pints. I really liked the Jubilee IX. It had the strong dark fruit flavors of a dark strong ale, along with a slight estery flavor from the Belgian yeast. The 12% ABV was well hidden. I could have had a few of these and had to leave in a wheel barrow. That one I would give four out of five proper pints. The pumpkin ale was a little too spicy for my taste. I usually like a little more of the malt signature in a pumpkin ale. The spice mixture was a little heavy on clove, I would say. That happens to be my least favorite of the pumpkin pie spices. I would give that one two and half proper pints. My favorite of all was the Red Rye IPA. I love rye in almost anything. This was very refreshing with a slight fruity flavor mixed with a little spice from the rye and grapefruit from the hops. I could have this beer anytime. I would give it four and a half proper pints. Overall, I enjoyed Williamsburg Alewerks and would definitely stop in again the next time I’m in town.