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Snallygaster 2021: Fun With Lists, Fun With Untappd

There are 450ish beer and beer-adjacent beverages being served at Snallygaster this year. Let’s have some fun with them.

The average Untappd score of these beers is 4.04/5. Yowza. Yeah, take that with a grain of salt, since Allagash White only scores a 3.8, (and Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner Optimal Wit is at 3.6) so yes, there’s a bias for hazies, pastry stouts, and fruited sours, but still…

There are 92 beers that are “hazy,” per brewery descriptions, and 104 beers are listed as IPAs. There are 5 stouts under 10% ABV, but 49 that are 10% or above. Ten IPAs are double-digits in ABV. Buckle up.

Boundary Stone Battle of the Barrels Beers: So you missed the festivities during DC Beer Week? Fear not, of the 7 beers present at that event 4 of them are here! (Brewery, Beer Name, Beer Style, ABV, Festival Location, Sublocation)

The winner: DC Brau, Caissa, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, 13.0%, Rodan, 4
Hellbender, Social Rice-Olation, Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Purple Rice, 6.5%, Rodan, 6
Other Half, Barrel-Aged Rice Proxy Treats, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Rice, Marshmallow & Coca Nibs, 16.3%, Poseidon, 6
Port City, Colossal 6, Imperial Stout, 11.0%, Rodan, 7 (NB: May not be the barrel-aged version.)

Best introduction to the DMV beer scene for out of towners: Come see what we’re all about! (Brewery, Beer Name, Beer Style, ABV, Festival Location, Sublocation)

Astro Lab, Fresh As, Hazy IPA w/ Nelson Sauvin, Citra & Mosaic, 7.1%, Medusa, 1: The flagship hazy from one of the area’s best IPA breweries.
Bluejacket, Built By Pictures 2021, Wine Barrel-Aged Wild Ale w/ Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry & Vanilla (Spontaneous), 6.0%, Poseidon, 3: DC’s first coolship is paying dividends.
DC Brau, On The Wings Of Armageddon, Double IPA w/ Falconer’s Flight, 9.2%. Rodan, 4: Kegged and canned this week, a fresh batch of the city’s first whale.
Diamondback, Zlaty, Czech Pilsner, 4.8%, Jabberwock, 3: Crisp, clean, well-made lager.
Elder Pine, Artic Villein, Red Wine Barrel-Aged Saison w/ Oats & Rice, 6.6%, Medusa, 4: This shows off the many talents of this brewery, with an interesting grain bill, blending, tricky yeast management, and barrel aging.
Ocelot, Yachtside Party Dweller, Pale Lager (Charles Towne Collab.), 4.7%, Rodan, 7: You can never have enough crisp, clean, well-made lager.
Pen Druid, Golden Swan, Oak Barrel-Aged Wild Blond Ale, 6.7%, Leviathan, 7: All spontaneous fermentation, with a wood-fired brewing system. You are intrigued.The Brewer’s Art, 25th Anniversary, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10.0%, Jabberwock, 9: 25 years of Belgian-style ales in Baltimore, made by a British expat.
Vibrissa, Zebra Crossing, English Pale Mild Ale, 3.7%, Drogon, 10: One of the area’s best brewers, Mike McCarthy is ready for you to have a proper session.
Wheatland Spring, Merveille Du Terroir, Barrel-Conditioned Pale Ale, 6.3%, Cyclops, 9: Open fermented, bottle conditioned, and made with regional grain and wild yeast.
As a bonus, both Brandy and Richard heap praise on Red Bear’s Oso Rojo Cocoa, Imperial Stout w/ Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Chiles, 10.0%, Cyclops, 6

Top 10 IPAs by Untappd ratings: Get yr whalez on, or The Fidens Post (Brewery, Beer Name, Untappd, Beer Style, ABV, Festival Location, Sublocation)

Fidens, Noine Noine Noine, 4.62, Hazy Triple IPA w/ Citra & Vic Secret, 10.0%, Kraken, 2
Hudson Valley, Glycerin: Pink Guava & Red Currant, 4.46, Sour Double IPA w/ Pink Guava & Red Currant, 8.0%, Nessie, 3
Fidens, The Farmer, 4.42, Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic & Nelson Sauvin, 8.5%, Kraken, 2
Widowmaker, Systems Worship, 4.42, Hazy Triple IPA, 10.1%, Gargoyle, 10
Fidens, Illuminating Serenity, 4.41, Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, Galaxy & Strata, 8.2%, Kraken, 2
Vitamin Sea, Escape From New England, 4.41, Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin & Mosaic (J. Wakefield Collab.), 8.0%, Nessie. 9
Monkish, Old World Players, 4.39, Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra & Mosaic, 8.0%, Nessie, 5
Foam, Ripple, 4.38, Hazy Triple IPA w/ Cascade, Nugget & Citra, 10.0%, Nessie, 1
Hudson Valley, Mirrorshield, 4.38, Sour IPA w/ Lychee, Chamomile & Lavender, 7.0%, Nessie, 3
Fidens, Jasper, 4.37, Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, 7.8%, Kraken, 2

Top 10 pastry bois by Untappd ratings: Got a sweet tooth, got a designated driver? (Brewery, Beer Name, Untappd, Beer Style, ABV, Festival Location, Sublocation)

Perennial, 10th Anniversary Blend, 4.63, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (Side Project Collab.), 13.5%, Nessie, 6
The Bruery, Black Tuesday: Blueberry Pancake, 4.60, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Blueberries & Maple Syrup, 19.2%, Jabberwock, 9
Horus, Proper Dose, 4.57, Imperial Stout w/ Chocolate, Coffee, Hazelnuts & Vanilla, 13.9%, Cyclops, 3
The Veil, Apple Brandy Toast-E Coilz, 4.57, Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout w/ Vanilla, Maple Syrup & Cinnamon, 12.0%, Nessie, 8
Homes, Quad Scoop, 4.52, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Sweet Stout w/ Bananas, Coffee, Maple Syrup, Cocoa Nibs & Vanilla, 11.7%, Kraken, 5
Jackie O’s, The Walls Know My Name, 4.52 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Coffee & Maple Syrup, 13.8, Nessie, 3
Mortalis, Nyx: Falcon, 4.52, Imperial Stout w/ Coconut, Vanilla & Macadamia Nuts (Horus Collab.), 10.0%, Cyclops, 5
Alesong, Double Barrel Maple Rhino Suit 2021, 4.51, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Maple Syrup, 13.9%, Poseidon, 2
Finback, Running Off: Gold, 4.47, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Marshmallow, Hazelnuts & Vanilla (3 Sons Collab.), 12.0%, Kraken, 3
Cigar City, Hunaphu’s, 4.45, Imperial Stout w/ Cinnamon, Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs & Chili Peppers, 12.1%,  Jabberwock, 1

Top 10 funky bunches by Untappd ratings: This doesn’t include the Belgians, thanks Excel! (Brewery, Beer Name, Untappd, Beer Style, ABV, Festival Location, Sublocation)

Floodland, Seekers After Light 2019, 4.66, Oak Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Nectarines + Roussanne & Sauvignon Blanc Wine Grapes, 7.6%, Gamera, 8
Fox Farm, Avalonia: Red, 4.50, Wine Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Cherry & Raspberry, 5.6%, Rodan, 5
Charles Towne, El Rayo, 4.49, Tequila Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Lime, Agave, Orange & Sea Salt, 4.5%, Cyclops, 1
Floodland, MMXIX Pinot Noir, 4.47, Oak Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Pinot Noir Grapes, 8.4%, Gamera, 7
Sante Adairius, Family Whistle: Batch 4, 4.43, Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Saison w/ Passionfruit, 7.5%, Gamera, 19
Sante Adairius, Cellarman, 4.31, Oak-Fermented Mixed Fermentation Saison (Triple Rock Collab.), 6.2%, Gamera, 2
Keeping Together, The Grace of Maybe, 4.30, Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Lemongrass, Peach & Vanilla, 6.0%, Leviathan, 6
Scratch, Strawberry Sumac, 4.29, Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Strawberries & Sumac, 5.5%, Kraken, 9
Halfway Crooks, Memory, 4.25, Oak Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Peaches, 7.6%, Kraken, 1
Oxbow, Wilde Moon, 4.24, Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Elderflower & Honey, 5.5%, Jabberwock, 6

Best beer names: Bone dry wit, dad jokes, spoopy Halloween references,… it’s all here!
Timber, I Assure You, We Make Stouts, Imperial Stout w/ Swiss Chocolate Almond Coffee, Coconut & Milk Sugar (Fidens Collab.), 12.0%, Gargoyle, 9
Hellbender, Social Rice-Olation, Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Purple Rice, 6.5%, Rodan, 6
The Answer, Peachachu, Peach Brandy Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Peaches & Mangoes, 7.0%, Nessie, 7
Recycled, Who Throws A Shoe?, Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, Azacca, Cashmere & Vic Secre,t 8.0%, Poseidon, 7
Narrow Gauge, Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A, Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy & Nelson Sauvin, 8.1%, Poseidon, 5
Commonwealth, Peanut Butter & Jealous, Fruited Sour Ale w/ Peanut Butter, Raspberry, Blackberry & Milk Sugar, 6.5%, Medusa, 4
Allagash, Ghoulschip, Mixed Fermentation Ale w/ Pumpkin, Molasses & Pumpkin Seeds, 8.2%, Rodan, 1
Abomination, Mr. Potato Dead, Hazy IPA w/ Potatoes, 7.9%, Gargoyle, 1
Thin Man, DDH Citra Trial By Wombat, Hazy IPA w/ Citra & Galaxy, 7.0%, Rodan, 9
Blaze, Peak Foliage, Hazy IPA w/ Simcoe & Azacca, 6.7%, Cyclops, 1

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