At growler hours tomorrow, you might want to take a tour of NE DC, because all three breweries are premiering new beers. The rundown, in alphabetical order:
Chocolate City has a high-gravity lager, which is usually a fancy beer term for malt liquor if adjuncts like corn or sugar are added to boost the fermentables. Please don't sit on a stoop drinking a growler of this out of a brown bag. Details from the brewery:
Brewed with floor malted applewood and cherrywood smoked barley malt handcrafted by the Copper Fox® Distillery at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Sperryville, Virginia, from single source barley grown on Virginia's Northern Neck, by the shores of The Chesapeake Bay. We've come up with Silver Fox an 8% ABV High Gravity Lager- Slightly spicy from Munich malt, a bit of smoke and earth in the finish. Dry but Quenching. (source)
"Das Bier" pours a pale straw-color in the glass with a nice, thick rocky head that leads to ample lacing. It has a very delicate body with light flavors of fruit, biscuit and a gentle mineral-like finish. Hopping is kept very low for maximum drinkability on hot summer days.
Other specs: 5% ABV, 15 IBU, 2 row Pale and White Wheat malts, German Hallertau-Hersbrucker hops.
3 Stars is launching their American Session Pale Ale, The Movement, a 5.9% ABV, pale ale, dry hopped with whole leaf Centennials & Cascades. Go there and argue with Dave and Mike about the definition of the word "session" as it applies to beer.
Cheers, and have a good weekend.