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Port City Derecho Common Tapping Party

Beer/spirits tasting
Please note: This event has already occurred.
When last year's derecho hit, Alexandria's Port City brewery lost power. The only problem: Its tanks were full of beer. One batch of lager wound up fermenting at higher temperatures than intended, and ended up resembling a 19th-century beer style called California Common, or steam beer. (You may be familiar with Anchor Steam, from San Francisco.) It was good and in such demand that the brewery blew through its surviving kegs. Port City has produced the same beer again this year, tweaking the recipe to try to re-create derecho conditions. Derecho Common will be tapped at 2 p.m. at Rustico in Alexandria, which will have several other Port City beers on tap to sample for the day.