This past week most of the DC craftbeer-o-sphere has been consumed with talk of where to find Bell’s Hopslam and whether Hopslam is worth all of the hype it receives. Regardless of your thoughts on the second question, there’s no doubt that the hype surrounding the Michigan brewer’s incredibly hoppy double IPA brewed with honey makes kegs kick almost instantaneously after being tapped.

Luckily for all of the hopheads floating around out there, Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum is now in the DC area. Unluckily, its quantities may be just as limited as Hopslam.

Billed as a “whole-cone imperial IPA,” Sierra Nevada describes Hoptimum as “a 100 IBU whole-cone hurricane of flavor.” It’s hopped, re-hopped, and torpedo hopped, much like the venerable Hopslam. Weighing in at 10.4%, Hoptimum is bittered with German Magnum hops; the aroma hops are Simcoe and a “New Proprietary Variety.” It is dry-hopped with the Simcoe and this new variety, and finally it’s run through a torpedo filed with Chinook and Citra hops.

According to Ben Brown at Premium Distributors, the following stores should all have this by Tuesday:

Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits
Rodman’s (Wisconsin Avenue)
Whole Foods Tenleytown
Whole Foods Glover Park
Whole Foods P St.
Magruder’s (5626 Connecticut Ave NW)
De Vinos
Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor
Schneider’s of Capitol Hill
Cairo Liquors
Yes! Organic 14th St.
Cleveland Park Liquors
S&R Liquors (Falls Church)
Circle Wine and Spirits (5501 Connecticut Ave NW)
One West Dupont
Metro Wine & Spirits (Adams Morgan)
Barmy Wine and Liquor
Dixie Liquors


We may post a list of bars this week, we’ll keep you posted and update this post as bars announce when they have it!

Have a craving for hops but can’t find Hopslam? Give Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum a try, its complex hopping scheme should satisfy your craving quite..optimally!