A beer that’s NSFW? Atlas Brew Works taps its third beer tonight

September 6, 2013
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Atlas Brew Works' Rowdy (left) and District Common were tapped at Iron Horse Tap Room on Thursday, Sept. 5. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Atlas Brew Works, Washington's fourth production brewery, has spent the last four nights tapping its first two beers, Rowdy and District Common, at different bars around the city. For this weekend's events -- ChurchKey tonight, Smith Commons tomorrow, the Black Squirrel and Libertine on Sunday -- the brewery is adding a third beer called NSFW to the mix. The brewers won't say what style it is, or share much about it, other than describing it as "big, black, and delicious." (The rumor is that it's a 10 percent double black IPA, if you believe what you read on the beer-tracking site Untappd.)

If you see Atlas beers on elsewhere, they're worth trying. Rowdy, a peppery rye ale, was my favorite. It's a full bodied and filling beer that has an almost-chewy body, thanks to the richness of the grain, with a touch of citrus sweetness and a crisp finish.There are plenty of hops, but not an overwhelming amount; just enough to balance the spiciness of the rye. I will warn you that I'm not kidding about how filling this beer was: After a pint and a half, I felt like I'd eaten dinner. But it's a complex, delicious beer that I look forward to seeing around D.C.

District Common is a California Common-style ale, and the golden-colored beer seems like it would be perfect for hot summer days: a little bready with some honey sweetness and orange peel flavor. Not the most substantial of beers, in contrast to the Rowdy, but definitely a crowd pleaser.

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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