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Beers in DC – Utopias everywhere, Hop Hog at Dixie, Black Thai at ChurchKey

With so many great beers in our fair city it’s hard to know where to start. I feel like the beer scene has exploded over the last few months! Here are some things I’ve wrangled up for you to look for:

utopiaLancaster Brewing Company Beers are here:
First off Dixie Liquor in Georgetown might be a slightly underated purveyor of fine brews. I’m sure most of their business is sadly for keg parties, but the owner loves good beer! She just got Lancaster Hop Hog, Lancaster Milk Stout and Lancaster Strawberry Wheat. These beers are pseudo-local coming from Pennsylvania.

Sam Adams Utopia:
So after drooling all over that write up we did last week about tasting this year’s Sam Adams Utopia, you will be able to get some for yourself shortly. Sources tell me that by the end of this week or early next week RFD will have two bottles, Birreria Paradiso will have one bottle, The Brickskellar will have one bottle and Molly Malones (I know? They must sell a lot of Sam Adams, but they do also have Dogfish Head 60 Min) will have one bottle. Molly Malones is located on Capitol Hill at 713 8th Street SE. That of course is a very small number of beers. Would anyone like to get a gang together and all by a bottle somewhere? DCBeer Happy Hour? Still waiting on which retailers will have it as that’s probably the best way to get this bottle.

ChurchKey/Birch and Barley:
The crazy ever changing beer list at ChurchKey is getting an esteemed guest on Saturday. I am not talking about Sam Calagione–although he will be there–I am talking about the Dogfish Head Black Thai cask. You know, the only cask of it ever? It’s a bizarre concoction with edamame (soy beans!), basil and blackberries all jammed into an Imperial-style Stout. On cask this beer is gonna be intense. They are also putting 120 Minute IPA on draft for tonight as well as Jenlain Ambree, malty-spicy Biere de Garde Classic from France.

Pizzeria Paradiso/Birreria Paradiso:
Not to be outdone, Paradiso has a few surprises as well. At Dupont they’ve got a UK import called Williams Brothers Midnight Sun on cask, a black English porter which BeerAdvocate readers says tastes like double chocolate and coffee. I’d say it probably tastes even more like that on cask. They also have Victory Yakima Twilight and Flying Dog’s ‘o7 Horn Dog Barley Wine. At Georgetown they got another Williams Brothers — Williams Brothers Fraoch, a heather ale. They’ve also got Bashah and Rogue Chatoe First Growth Wet Hop American Pale Ale.

Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan:
They just added a few good ones to their beer list as well: Great Divide Titan IPA, Brooklyn Winter Ale and my personal favorite 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die! They also claim to be putting more on next week, stay tuned…

As always, put any beers you’ve seen around in the comments!!

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