DC Brau is turning six years old during this year's Craft Brewers Conference. Last year they threw a party and released one of the cooler six-packs out there. This year they're keeping the music, via a Baroness concert at the 930 Club on Wednesday, April 12th, but switching it up with the beer.
Six years, six collaboration beers. First, the cans. From a press release:
Yonder Cities – Brewed with Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, MD)
This Belgian Farmhouse IPA exclusively uses Citra and Simcoe Hops. [ed note: this beer was brewered a few years ago, too, and was excellent.]
Conflict of Interest – Brewed with Melvin Brewing (Alpine, WY)
The 7.5% ABV Imperial Pilsner is brewed with traditional German hops with an emphasis on aroma contributed by German Saphir hops.
Next up, the draft offerings. Again, from the press release:
American Pale Ale – Brewed with Hop Head Farms & Firestone Walker (MI and CA)
This yet-to-be-named beer is a straight-forward American Pale Ale showcasing domestic hop varieties that were grown in Michigan at Hop Head Farms. This beer will showcase new aroma varieties, Cashmere and Grungeist, which (as rumor has it) could be the next "big aroma varieties" for the US and European markets. This beer will only be available on draft.
Cross Eyed Cat in the Meow Box – Brewed with 2SP Brewing (Aston, PA)
This German-inspired IPA used locally-grown spelt and malted rye supplied by Deer Creek Malthouse. In addition to locally grown malt, we used locally-grown Cascade, Chinook and Comet hops in the whirlpool for added hop aroma. This beer is basically a hoppy German-Style Maibock, which was brewed under the watchful (cross)eye of their brewery’s cat. This beer will only be available on draft.
Alt By Myself – Brewed at Stone Brewing World Gardens & Bistro, Liberty Station (San Diego, CA)
This German-Style Altbeir was brewed using one type of Munich malt for the base malt of the beer in conjunction with German hop varieties, Hallertau Blanc and Hüll Melon, which are very unconventional this style of beer. This beer will only be available on draft.
Last up, we're not sure if this one will be canned, but we hope so (though you should not drink and bike.)
Rally Cry – Brewed with Atlas Brew Works (Washington, DC)
Brewed in partnership with REI, proceeds from this locally-made Session IPA will be donated to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (www.waba.org).
If you want to taste all six in one spot, Jack Rose will have you covered on Tuesday, April 11th. Look for the collaborators to bring some out-of-market rarities as well.
Right Proper is no stranger to collaborating on oceanic beers, having brewed a seaweed gose with Maine's Oxbow two years ago. They're keeping it a bit more local this year, working with two Eastern Shore breweries.
First up, they welcomed former Bluejacket brewer Josh Chapman back to the District, and he brought something from the Atlantic.
Yesterday @BobbyBump had @joshchapman pushing salty sea lettuce infiltrating #dcbrews w/his Chincoteague cultures. Thanks Jasper #vabeer pic.twitter.com/4Z2sf3DcuE
— Lost Lagers (@LostLagers) February 27, 2017
Be on the lookout for more from Josh's Black Narrows Brewing in Chincoteague soon.
Second, and a bit more "traditional" as far as ingredient go: oyster shells.
Fun times in the brewery today with oyster shells! Brewing with Right Proper Brewing. Be ready for it at CBC2017 in D.C. pic.twitter.com/CroTKg395i
— Evolution Brewing (@evolutionbeer) February 27, 2017
No names or styles on these beers yet, but there you have it.
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