With all the national beer news in D.C. this week -- the appearance of highly-ranked Heady Topper at Bourbon’s all-Vermont tasting on Tuesday,
California’s Colorado's Left Hand Brewing making its official debut at ChurchKey on Wednesday -- we should remember that D.C. has some exceptional breweries of its own. Three of them are tapping new beers in the next few days.
DC Brau is bringing back the Tradition, the lightly hopped golden ale brewed in honor of DC United, just in time for United’s home opener this weekend. You can get an early taste of the beer tonight at Penn Social, where United players and coaches will be on hand for a pre-season party, beginning at 6 p.m. Tradition will be available on tap and in cans at the brewery’s Saturday growler hours, and also sold in cans at the stadium during Saturday’s match against the Columbus Crew.
Across town tonight, Atlas Brew Works is launching a brand-new brew at Boundary Road. Home Rule is an IPL, or India Pale Lager, a style that tries the marry the crispness of lagers with the hop-forward flavor of an IPA. This beer uses Waimea, a citrusy hop from New Zealand. It will be on tap beginning at 5:30 p.m., along with Atlas’s established (and tasty) La Saison Des Fêtes, Rowdy Rye and District Common.
Tomorrow, it’s 3 Stars’ turn in the spotlight. A mini tap takeover at ChurchKey is officially the debut of Danny Greene Double IPA, a collaboration with Tim Adams of Maine’s Oxbow Brewing. It’s named after Danny Greene, a Cleveland mobster turned FBI informant who was killed by a mafia car bomb in 1977. “It’s something we were talking about while brewing with Tim,” explains 3 Stars co-owner Dave Coleman, a native of Cleveland. “He hadn’t heard the story, and was a bit fascinated.” The ultra-fresh beer, which will be put into kegs today, uses Azacca, Amarillo and Centennial hops. Other 3 Stars drafts at ChurchKey include the new Phoenix Rye Saison, Samsquanch IPA, Southern Belle brown ale and Pandemic Porter, all beginning at 4 p.m.
More good news for DC Brau fans: The brewery is bringing back NATAS, the Belgian-style imperial porter created with Brian Strumke of Stillwater. The dark, chocolatey beer was a limited release back in the winter of 2011, and will be available for growler fills at the brewery this weekend.