DC Brau is fighting the February doldrums with two beer-related announcements. First off, just in time for the Chinese New Year, DC Brau is expanding the distribution of its “International-Style Lager,” Tuk Tuk, throughout DC. Brewed in collaboration with Maketto on H Street NE, the bright yellow pop art cans will now be available at restaurants and retailers.
Tuk Tuk (4.5% ABV) is a rice lager, loosely inspired by Tiger Beer, Angkor Beer, and Taiwan Beer, that uses Tettnanger hops and a Bohemian Lager yeast.
“Tuk Tuk was inspired by one of our favorite Asian light beers to be an easy-drinking lager with a little hop flavor and lively carbonation,” says DC Brau’s Brewmaster Jeff Hancock in a press release. “It has a refreshingly light body that pairs perfectly with Asian cuisine.”
“My culinary vision is always to provide more access and flavors of the Asian experience to the Washington, DC area. Being able to work with DC Brau in recreating the easy drinking styles of Cambodian beers and for Maketto to continue to represent our Cambodian roots has always been a goal of mine,” says Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto in the same release.
A more limited release will come next Saturday, February 9 when Not My Department, an India Pale Lager with mango and passionfruit goes on sale at the brewery. It will be available in 16-ounce cans (4-pack) and on draft at the brewery and around the District. Tasting notes from the brewery describe thusly: “Further additions of Amarillo hops will leave you mouth waterin’, lip smackin’, and chop lickin’ for more. Drink this one ASAP!”