When Atlas Brew Works planned their annual World’s Fair party I think it’s safe to assume they did not plan on 90+ degree temperatures in September. But it was 90+ degrees. And this was all the shade provided.
Don’t believe me? Here’s how it looked facing the food trucks.
And here’s how it looked facing the band. That other tent was for the very nice Atlas Brew Works staff pouring beer.
This photo does a good job highlighting the fact that people prefer shade to sunshine on 90+ degree days in September.
Due to the temperatures (I know I’m harping on the heat but give me some time), the happy masses decided to spend the duration of the day long event sort of indoors. Hundreds of people wandered in and out of the tasting room and loading dock. It was just as hot but there was shade. Shade and the smell of hops.
Atlas Brew Works is a working brewery and it smells like it. The aroma is overpowering for the first 10 minutes. Then you get used to it. You grow to like it. It makes the beer you’re drinking tastes better. Or maybe I was dehydrated. Whatever. I liked the smell by the end of the day.
It was just as hot inside. Look at this guy’s shirt.
Didn’t matter. I keep mentioning the heat because it did not matter. The Atlas beers are very, very good. A highlight is the Rowdy, a rye beer with a fantastic logo.
Made with three varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts, Rowdy offers a complex flavor and aroma that is both aggressive and fun. The addition of malted rye to the grain bill lends a peppery and distinct character to the beer which complements the bitterness and floral notes of brewhouse hop additions. Finally, this copper-hued ale receives a liberal addition of dry hops in the fermenting vessel, imparting citrus aromas and a crisp, clean finish.
From my description of the Rowdy:
I enjoyed drinking a beer made 20 feet behind me, served 1 foot in front of me while the people that made the beer talked to friends, acquaintances and strangers. The beer tasted like good beer. I am not our beer columnist.
D.C. has a healthy beer scene. There’s a giant beer festival this Saturday. There are multiple, quality breweries in this very small city. Novices like myself can converse with experts like our beer columnist while enjoying surprisingly good vegan food from a vegan food truck (Woodland’s Vegan). It’s a very good time to enjoy hops in the District. Atlas is making it a good time to enjoy hops in the District.