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Fat Tire Month

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Editorial Review

When the Black Squirrel brought the hard-to-find Fat Tire Ale to Washington in May, over-eager beer lovers drank through the bar's supply in a matter of days. It was so popular that the Black Squirrel has arranged for several dozen cases of Fat Tire for round two. (Fat Tire's not the only product from Colorado's New Belgium Brewery in the house -- look out for Lips of Faith Le Fleur Misseur, Ranger IPA, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale and Mothership Wit.)

As always, the caveat with the Black Squirrel is when it's gone, it's gone, so you might want to plan a visit soon.

In May 2010, Fritz Hahn wrote about the Black Squirrel's New Belgium Beer Week:

There may be something in those hoary old cliches about absence making the heart grow fonder. My Exhibit A: New Belgium's Fat Tire Ale.

The malty, Belgian-inspired amber ale is probably the most fetishized beer on the East Coast, as the Colorado brewery ships its beers to a limited number of states, and only recently began distributing east of the Mississippi. (The closest place you can buy it is North Carolina.) Over the years, we've had endless questions from readers about where to find the mythical brew. I drank a fair bit of Fat Tire on a western roadtrip last year, and while it's a solid ale -- the caramel and malt flavors work well together -- I think the obsession with it is a little over-the-top.

But find out for yourself this week at the Black Squirrel, where the owners have squirreled away four varieties of New Belgium beers, including Fat Tire. Personally, I'm looking forward to have more of the sour Belgian-style Lips of Faith Biere de Mars, which was offered at last year's Savor craft beer festival, and the dark 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. And the Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer, which a friend brought back from North Carolina for me last year, would be a great choice for the warm weather. Throw in a menu of Belgian and Colorado food -- everything bison bacon cheeseburgers to Belgian waffles served with Colorado lamb croquettes -- and you've got the making of what should be a very popular week in Adams Morgan.

The usual caveat applies: There's a limited supply of beer, so get there soon or you may miss out. (During last week's North Carolina beer week, some of the brews were already disappearing on Tuesday night.)

-- Fritz Hahn (May 3, 2010)