Fat Tire beer finally rolls into D.C.


A 22-ounce bomber of Fat Tire beer commemorates its arrival into D.C. by adding the slogan "Beer elation without Representation" on the label. (Courtesy of New Belgium)

Now, you’re not going to see Fat Tire on tap at your favorite tavern yet -- the beers will only be available in 22-ounce bomber bottles at first, with six-packs arriving in a month or two, and drafts later this year, according to Premium Distributors, who are New Belgium’s representatives in the D.C. market.

New Belgium will have its beers -- including Ranger IPA, the seasonal Hoptober (an ale, not an Oktoberfest-style beer), Trippel, the new pumpkin-and-cranberry Kick and the sour Clutch, which is named after the Maryland metal band -- in many stores today, ranging from Whole Foods on P Street to D’Vine’s in Columbia Heights and the Westover Market in Arlington.

Naturally, some local bars are taking advantage of the arrival to throw a party. ChurchKey and the Alexandria branch of Rustico will have seven New Belgium beers available for tasting in both 4-ounce “taster” pours and full 22-ounce bottles. (ChurchKey opens at 4 p.m.; tasting gets underway in Alexandria at 6.)

You’ll have to wait a few days to try New Belgium beers at R.F.D. Washington — its shipment arrives on Wednesday — but they’re making it worth your while, with 22-ounce bottles selling for $7 from 3 p.m. until close.

Both Meridian Pint and Pizzeria Paradiso plan to start selling a selection of New Belgium products tomorrow, but Fat Tire fans might not find their favorite at Paradiso: Beer manager Greg Jasgur says he’s “not really into Fat Tire,” but he’ll definitely have the Ranger IPA.

(One last note, in the interest of fairness: the Black Squirrel has been selling New Belgium products, including Fat Tire, for most of the summer. The beers are available in North Carolina, so the owners have been ferrying bottles from the Tar Heel state to their Adams Morgan bar.)

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.

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