Things can get a bit heady in the throes of DC Beer Week – so many events, so many beers. It's good to pick your head up every so often to survey the scene. When last we did, we realized that Lost Rhino is releasing FIVE new or returning beers in August. For real. Here's what they say is coming your way:
- RhinO’fest (5.5 ABV; 28 IBU) – A perennial favorite at Lost Rhino, will make its return this month. A German style Mἅrzen, RhinO’fest is an amber lager typically offered in late September early October during Oktoberfest. This full bodied brew has malty flavors and a clean, dry finish. Timed just right, RhinO’fest will be available locally so it can be the perfect companion to autumn’s first chill.
- Solidarity Summer Ale (4.5 ABV; 35 IBU) – In honor of DC Beer week, local brewers brew a preselected style of beer and make it distinctive by adding their unique twist to the brew. This year’s selected style is a single hop, English Summer Ale. Lost Rhino personalized it by using an English Hop, East Kent Goldings, for a mild floral hop flavor.
- Dawn Patrol (4.2 ABV; 50 IBU) – Dawn Patrol is a surfing term used for the first surfers to strike out early in the morning, sometimes before sunrise. An IPA brewed at a lower ABV but with higher IBUs is a truly sessionable IPA that can be enjoyed with friends from one sunrise to the next. The recipe for Dawn Patrol was developed by Lost Rhino Brewer Nick Anderson.
- Tropical Thunder (5.2 ABV; 32 IBU) – is a collaboration beer brewed with Lost Rhino (Ashburn, VA), Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall (both of Arlington, VA). This collaboration beer is a delicious hoppy, orange-hued wheat beer. Dry hopped with El Dorado, this beer will transport you to a mindset of swinging in a hammock underneath tropical mango trees. The recipe was developed by Kyle Jahn, Beer Director of Liberty Tavern.
- Birth of Ace (6.0 ABV; 55 IBU) – The approach to the creation of this beer mirrors the process of making an animatronic rhino. While the design seems brash and impractical on paper, the resulting joys of the final experience strike a self-evident and carnal chord. 100% of the fermentation was performed with a strain of yeast called Brettanomyces, which was isolated by microbiologist and brewer, Jasper Akerboom. All additions of Citra and Amarillo hops, followed months later with an addition of Meridian to the fermenter, provides generous amounts of tropical fruit, citrus, and melon notes. This Brett India Pale Ale was created and brewed by Lost Rhino Brewer Alex Lynch.