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Washington City Paper: The Super List: Beers to Try This Summer

July 11, 2012


From Washington City Paper:

When D.C. weather is as hot and sticky as it has been the past few weeks, staying inside and popping open a cold one is about the only thing you can do. I keep track of all the suds I consume and from time to time offer a "Super List" of the ones I feel are worth checking out. Here is a short list of summer stand-outs.

I wouldn't describe my taste in beer, or anyone's, as "girly," but with a strong showing of wheat, fruit and wine barrel-aging, I admit the list of suggestions below has a feminine flare. I blame the heat. Try any of these beers and love (or hate) them? Hit me in the comments.

Double Wit Blackberry, Mother Earth Brewing: This Belgian-style double wit beer is fermented with North Carolina blackberries and aged for three months in pinot noir barrels. It was the only beer at Savor, the Brewers Association's big annual beer and food pairing event, that I went back for multiple pours of, and I wasn't alone. Where can you get it? Thanks to Speakeasy Spirits, this Windowpane series brew and other Mother Earth offerings could be distributed in D.C. as soon as September.

Tart Lychee, New Belgium Brewing Company: The base of this Lips of Faith series release, where employees compete in a blind blended beer tasting to brew a beer of their choice, is the Colorado brewery's golden wood-aged sour beer, Felix. They then add pureed lychee fruit and cinnamon sticks to spice things up. The result is a fantastically sweet and sour summer beer. I had it on draft in early June at the Black Squirrel and have found bombers easy to spot in most local craft beers shops.

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to view the other beers on the list visit, Washington City Paper.


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