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Beers in DC: Digging around for more Pizza Port, Lost Abbey

As initially reported by Tammy Tuck of Young & Hungry last week three cases of Lost Abbey (one each of Inferno Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Red Barn Farmhouse Ale, and the Angel’s Share Bourbon-Barrel Aged Strong Ale) and a case of Port Hop 15 Double IPA made their way to Connecticut Ave. Wine & Spirits last week via ‘domestic importer’ Jocelyn Cambier.

Even with prices ranging $13 for a 22 oz. bomber up to $27 for a 750ml corked and caged bottle, these hard-to-find beers were nearly gone just a few days later on Friday.  If you’re lucky, there might be a bottle or two of Angel’s Share left, but you’d be wise to call first.  That’s not to say it’s not worth the trip to Dupont Circle otherwise; Beverage Consultant Al Lo has a small but impressive cache of craft bottles and sixers alike and is very attentive and willing to offer suggestions.

For those who missed out and weren’t lucky enough to grab one of those 48 bottles however, Churchkey also stocks a handful of Port and Lost Abbey ales through J. Cambier Imports, Inc.  In addition to the Port Old Viscosity Dark Strong Ale, you’ll also find Lost Abbey’s Lost and Found Dubbel, 10 Commandments Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and Judgment Day Quad in the ‘Fruit & Spice’ section of the daunting 3-ring binder cataloging their bottle selection.  In addition, Avant Garde Biere de Garde can be found in ‘Crisp’ and Carnevale Saison in ‘Tart & Funky’. Most are in the $25 range for a 750ml bottle.

According to Beer Director Greg Engert, they were the only restaurant in town offering Port and Lost Abbey as it looks like the Black Squirrel has just secured some 10 Commandments.  Hopefully more from this brewery is on the way.

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