Welcome to 2017! Before we start digging into the New Year’s new beers, we wanted to share some of our favorites from 2016 with you. Cheers!
3 Stars Starsky & Dutch Milk Stout – DC favorite 3 Stars Brewing Co. uses Dutch-processed cocoa to make this delicious chocolate stout. It recently became available in cans, and I highly recommend picking up a pack when you see it.
Lagunitas Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Ale – fresh hop beers are an unsung autumn hero, and I adore this offering from Lagunitas. Packages arrive on the East Coast within a week of the beer being bottled, and you immediately taste that freshness with your first (of many) sips.
Mad Fox State Theatre V.I.P.A. – a few Virginia breweries are making the Virginia IPA – VIPA – a thing, and Mad Fox makes it an excellent thing. Lemony, crisp, and perfect for warm weather, this beer is named after a local concert hall, a hall where I once saw Blue Oyster Cult and caught Buck Dharma’s guitar pick.
Wicked Weed Recurrant Sour Ale – I have an iffy relationship with sours, especially ones that advertise different flavors. More often than not, the sour taste dominates everything. Not so with Recurrant, a tasty offering I sampled at Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium. The currants add a fruity depth that make this beer reminiscent of a good red wine, aided by the fact that it’s aged in Cabernet barrels.