Vivify Burger and Lounge

January 2, 2016 This is a great place in downtown Fredericksburg to get a burger. In addition to burgers, they offer a great beer selection and a rooftop lounge, when the weather cooperates.

Mrsalphageek and I were eating at Vivify when I turned and asked "why isn't this place on the web site"? She replied because I was lazy and had not posted in a long time. The truth of the words were painful but clear, so here is yet another great post. 

The alphageek has not really gotten into the gourmet burger craze that continues to sweep the food world. However, Vivify offers a laid back atmosphere where friends can sit down have a burger and a beer or two, and continue about the rest of their day or evening. Simple and straightforward is something we like here.

Mrsalphageek likes to get the popular "The Viv" and "The Viv" seems to be a popular choice among friends too. You can actually see a picture of "The Viv" below, which consists of caramelized onions, pickles, smoked bacon, fontina cheese, and mojo sauce. 

The Viv

The alphageek likes to check out the burger of the week choice on the menu. One week offered "The Jughead", which was an interesting twist on a burger combined with peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You should really try it if it comes back around on the menu. It is not what you are expecting. Yes, mrsalphageek said that too, but I thought it was pretty good.

During our last visit, the burger of the week was "South of the Border", which consisted poblano cream cheese puree, fried egg, picked red onions, BBQ sauce and chiffonade lettuce. We tossed in some fries for good measure. The alphageek loves eggs on a burger, ever since "BurgerTime" suggested the combination, back in the 80s.

South of the Border

The burgers here resist another trend in the gourmet burger world and are not gigantic. Some people have come to expect a giant burger, so your mileage may vary. We like not having a burger so big that an entire family really should split it among themselves and take the rest home for another meal. Oh, you might want to check ahead because they are closed Monday.

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Barrel vs Barrel

Did you notice the drop off in productivity on the site? Face it, if you are reading this site you probably personally know the alphageek. There used to be some readers that stopped by from urbanspoon. Those were the days, the alphageek was actually ranked #1 in Virginia. However, urbanspoon was merged with some other web site that is just not that great. One of the new problems is that their content is simply worthless. The new site screwed the bloggers that were giving the site its original content, and now both sides have lost out. If you are running a big time web site, you should probably wait until you are really successful like twitter or facebook before screwing over the people that put you on the map.

The longtime reader of the site will know that the alphageek likes beer that is then dumped into a bourbon barrel and aged a little more to get some of the great bourbon flavor in there. Recently, the alphageek discovered that there are bourbons that have been aged in beer barrels! A couple were purchased and added to this massive roundup review. Does the symmetric property hold? Let's get started and see.

The alphageek invited some friends over to help with this review. We would like to thank them for making the sacrifice to try these products and provide some input. A complex algorithm was developed to join together these reviews into one coherent result. The result of this complex algorithm are simple results.

The Lineup

We will use the nose, pop, body and finish review. The results are from the complex algorithm.

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon: Mild nose, mild pop, thin body and slight burn for finish

Troegs Cask Finished Bourbon Whiskey:Nose is lightly musky, pop is mild and thin, the body is thin and the finish is mildly beer that mellows

1776 Ale: A dark, almost soy nose, a mild soy (yes again) pop, a brown ale bourbon body and a smooth dark finish

Allagash Curieux: a mild bitter nose, the pop is not very hoppy and mild, the body is smooth and the finish is mildly sour and smooth

Rock Art Imperial Stout: nose of coca, and soy, pop is chocolate with some bourbon, the body is thick and the finish was the best in the group with a dark, smooth and slightly sweet finish that all the reviewers liked.

So what have we learned? The bourbon in beer barrels is something new. If this is a new trend, this website says bring it on. While not the best bourbons out there, they make for a new variety on an old classic that is fun to sample.

As for the beers aged in bourbon barrels, we have yet to have one we did not like. This batch did nothing to change the love of beer in bourbon barrels. The Rock Art Imperial Stout was the biggest hit among all of the reviewers.

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