By Mitchell West
Going to Snallygaster this Saturday? Need a plan? How about drinking the local stuff?
BLUEJACKET, STONE & 10 BARREL SUEDE (VINTAGE 2013)
IMPERIAL PORTER (W/ CALENDULA FLOWERS & JASMINE) | DC,
CALIFORNIA & OREGON | 9.6%
Because it’s a collaboration made before Bluejacket was up and running, I guess it’s not technically local, but the first beer brewed by Bluejacket was awesome in 2013. I can’t wait to see how it’s aged.
DOGFISH HEAD 75 MINUTE IPA
AMERICAN IPA | DELAWARE | 7.5% | ON CASK!
A mix of Dogfish Head’s 60 and 90 Minute IPAs, this one is the best of both worlds. The intense hop and malt flavors of, IMO, Dogfish’s best beer, 90 Minute IPA, and the sessionability of the 60 Minute IPA. It’s even better on cask.
DC BRAU ON THE WINGS OF ARMAGEDDON
IMPERIAL IPA | WASHINGTON, DC | 9.2%
It may be the best beer brewed in Washington, DC, and definitely one of my favorite double IPAs. Pliny the who?
CHAMPION & NOFX STICKIN’ IN MY RYE IPA
AMERICAN IPA | VIRGINIA | 7%
NOFX made a rye IPA with a brewery from Charlottesville.
FLYING DOG THE TRUTH
IMPERIAL IPA (W/ PORT-SOAKED OAK CHIPS) | MARYLAND | 8.7% | CASK
Flying Dog’s the Truth is an awesome double IPA. This version is on cask with port-soaked oak chips.
HEAVY SEAS THE GREAT’ER PUMPKIN
BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL PUMPKIN ALE (BOURBON) | MARYLAND | 10%
Bourbon barrel-aged imperial pumpkin ale.
THE BREWER’S ART & NEW COLUMBIA DISTILLERS HARLEQUIN CAP
SAISON (W/ GREEN HAT GIN SPICES) | MARYLAND | 4%
Baltimore’s awesome Brewer’s Art made a saison with the spices from DC’s fantastic Green Hat Gin.
BLUEJACKET SNALLYGASTER 2014
SAISON (W/ BRETTANOMYCES) | WASHINGTON, DC | 7%
Bluejacket has several different variations on this beer, a saison made with Brettanomyces. Try the original first.
BLUE MOUNTAIN HOP TUB
FRESH HOP PALE ALE | VIRGINIA | 5% | WASHINGTON, DC DEBUT!
Fall is the season for fresh hop IPAs, and it’s best to drink those as fresh as possible. Blue Mountain is just down the road from DC and makes awesome beer. Try this fresh hop beer, and, at 5% ABV, you can have more than one.
3 STARS EBONY & IVORY
IMPERIAL BROWN ALE (W/ VANILLA BEANS & COCOA NIBS) | WASHINGTON, DC | 8.7% | CASK
3 Stars makes some of the coolest beer in the District, and this one is no exception. A cask of a huge brown ale with vanilla and cocoa.