Get your first taste of Hellbender Brewing Company on May 29

May 22, 2013

This post has been updated.

Get ready, Washington beer lovers: Hellbender, the city's fourth production brewery, is releasing its debut beer, a Belgian pale ale called "Never Mind the Bollekes," next Wednesday, May 29, at the Iron Horse Tap Room.

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The promo poster for the Hellbender/Lost Rhino collaboration. (Courtesy of Hellbender Brewing Company)

If you haven't heard of Hellbender, that may be because the brewery technically isn't open yet. Never Mind the Bollekes -- the name of the glassware the beer is typically served in replaces 'Bollocks' in a play on the classic Sex Pistols album's title -- was brewed in collaboration with the Lost Rhino Brewing Company out in Ashburn.

"We're going to be open later this summer or early this fall," says Hellbender co-founder and brewer Patrick Mullane. "We've got the property" in Riggs Park, a few blocks north of the Fort Totten Metro Station, "but we're waiting on permitting and whatnot."

Instead of sitting around and waiting for their brewery to open, Hellbender decided to collaborate with Lost Rhino, who Mullane says makes "really, really good beer."

Between 20 and 25 kegs of Never Mind the Bollekes will make their way into Washington. The list of bars that will carry it hasn't been finalized, but keep an eye out for it at the usual beer bars, as well as a few Capitol Hill hangouts, beginning on May 30. (Mullane is a former congressional staffer, and also worked in a few bars in the neighborhood.)

This is Hellbender's first collaboration, and while Mullane and partner Ben Evans don't rule out another one while they wait on red tape, "We'd obviously like to focus on getting the brewery up and running," Mullane says.

An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the beer's debut would be on May 30. 

Fritz Hahn has written about 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. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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