Borracho brings heavy tunes and smokin’ beer to the Pinch

Local stoner-metal band Borracho has two reasons to celebrate on Saturday. "Oculus," the group's second album of muscular, ultra-heavy guitar riffage and its first as a trio, has just been released on colored vinyl. And Port City Brewing Company has just finished a second limited-edition batch of Borracho Smokin' Brown Ale, a dark, hoppy brown ale made with smoked malts in a collaboration between the band and Port City brewer Will Cook, a noted metal fan.

That's why the fifth edition of the Port City-sponsored Heavy Metal Night at the Pinch should be a momentous occasion. "Oculus" is an album filled with hooks and tidal waves of guitar that harkens back to Soundgarden at its grungiest. The band will perform "an extra-long set" beginning at 9:30, with founder Metal Chris spinning his favorite tracks of 2013 before and after the show. Port City beers, including the Smokin' Brown Ale, will be featured on the taps all night. And best of all, there's no cover charge. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get there early to get a taste of the beer.

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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