The World Cup is here, and it’s time to drink local while kicking global. Let’s take these in alphabetical order, it’s time for World Cup beers!
Beltway Brewing, The Yanks, American Lager, 4.5% alcohol by volume. A lager with rice, a la Budweiser, but also hit with a nice dry hop of Saphir, this beer was brewed with the DC chapter of the American Outlaws fans. They’ll be watching games downtown at Astro Beer Hall, and the beer will be there, too, saving you a trip to Sterling.
Bluejacket, Stars and Stripes, Kellerbier, 5%. This slightly younger–less time lagering–pilsner is brewed with a charge of Tettnang hops. Our own Mike Stein had it earlier in the week and writes, “So good. Hoppy. Aromatic. Bitter.” So there. On tap at Bluejacket, which is showing a lot of the games, and kegs will probably make their way to other Neighborhood Restaurant Group locations like ChurchKey and Shelter, which are also showing a lot of the games. It’s not in cans… yet.
Ocelot, Ole, Kellerbier, 5.3%. Another kellerbier, with Tettnang hops, too! But wait, there’s more, because this pilsner has a few New World twists, including wheat from North Carolina’s Epiphany Craft Malt and a Riwaka dry hop. Cans are available at the brewery, and should hit NoVA beer stores soon. If we’re lucky, DC should see a few–check Craft Beer Cellar next week or the week after. Ocelot is showing every game that starts at 8am or later, excluding Thanksgiving.
Silver Branch, Chasing the Cup, Amber Lager, 5.5%. Pilsner and Munich malts, German hops, what’s not to like? On tap at the brewery, cans wherever they distribute. The brewery has a robust game schedule, too.
As for where else to watch, check your local breweries and better beer bars as many of them are showing select, or all after 8am our time, games.
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