Bottle Whiteᴳ – Wheated Helles – 4.6% ABV ($3/6): This is not a traditional German Helles. We added wheat for a rounder malt flavor. The hopping is restrained, but we selected Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon for a brighter aroma to compliment the clean fermentation. Traditionally brewed, but not traditional! Order 4-pack/$15
Seltz-Out: Apple – Apple Hard Seltzer – 4.8% ABV ($3/6): Our hard seltzer base with 100% fresh Apple Juice; inspired by traditional German Apfelsaft typically drank during Oktoberfest!
Growth Rings – Three-Year Blend – 5.0% ABV ($18 – 500mL BOTTLE): Each year a tree creates a new layer of sapwood under its bark, a growth ring, recording the tree’s life. So too we add new oak barrels to our sour program each year, slowly expanding. This blend is a cross-section, with barrels selected from our three years of brewing. The younger barrels provide lemon and mineral vibrancy while the older ones bring oaky depth and earthiness. Order 500 mL Bottle/$16
Unbound – Wheat Beer – 5.1% ABV ($3/6): American Wheat Ale is a style that needs to be updated and modernized! We used our version as a base of the intense fruity aromatics of Phastasm (powdered New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc grapes) paired with an English strain designed to create passionfruit aromatics, and a restrained whirlpool addition of German Hallertau Blanc hops. The result is light and bright with low bitterness, herbal notes, and a unique tropical white grape aroma. Order 4-pack/$15
Plush Pop – Raspberry-Lime Sour – 5.2% ABV ($7 – 16oz CAN): This isn’t your typical Sapwood Cellars sour beer. It wasn’t aged in barrels. It wasn’t mix-fermented by a wild culture. We didn’t source local fruit. What it does have is loads of fruit flavor from raspberry puree and fresh lime zest, plus a heap of vanilla beans! It’s the sort of sour beer we want to drink on a hot summer day where a refreshing beverage is more important than nuance and complexity! Order 4-pack/$18
Guava Salzig – Gose with Pink Guava – 5.2% ABV ($10 – 500mL BOTTLE): We love our base gose, Salzig (German for “salty”). It’s a traditional mixed-fermentation with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. Subtle, tart, and citrusy. This version with a massive 700 lbs of pink guava is anything but traditional or subtle. The fruit adds an intense tropical flavor and increased acidity. Order 500 mL Bottles/$8
Coffeehouse Portfolio** – Bourbon BA Pale Sour with Geisha Coffee – 5.7% ABV ($5.5/11 – 5 and 10oz Pours): Coffeehouse Portfolio: 5.7%: We aged this tart pale in a bourbon barrel that previously held a porter (Barrel Cured). The dark beer saturating the wood adds a cocoa-husk aroma that we augmented with a subtle touch of Geisha coffee beans (.5 lb/bbl). The jasmine and berry notes add depth to a sour beer that is unique, even by our standards!
Stalks – Rhubarb Sour – 5.9% ABV ($18 – 500mL BOTTLE): Rhubarb is a weed, but at least it’s a tasty weed! Culinarily, too often it lives in the shadow of strawberries, but it deserves to be in the spotlight once in a while! We selected two tart pale sours both aged for more than a year in port-barrels to showcase the subtle green apple and berry fruitiness of fresh rhubarb stalks. Order 500 mL Bottle/$16
Crescent Hillᴳ – Vienna Lager – 5.8% ABV ($3/6): Few styles exemplify beer’s “liquid bread” moniker as much as Vienna lager. The toasted German malts provide the same sorts of melanoidins created by the Maillard reactions of protein-sugar-heat you’d find in an artisanal loaf. Like bread there isn’t much sweetness left behind after the clean lager strain and cold lagering. Like bread, freshness is key so this beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized! Order 4-pack/$16
Grapefruit Rings – Grapefruit Pale Ale – 5.9% ABV ($3/6): We took our favorite pale ale (Rings of Light) with its intense Citra®-forward hop aroma of melon and orange and added the fresh zest of more than 100 grapefruits! Usually, the government won’t let us call our pale ales “citrusy,” but they can’t stop us when there is actual citrus in it! Growlers Available
Danger of Light – Extra Pale Ale – 6.0% ABV ($3/6): This extra pale ale exudes a blend of dank and fruity aromatics thanks to dry hopping with Mosaic and concentrated Mosaic Cryo. The base is a slightly-bigger version of Rings of Light, with creaminess from Golden Naked Oats and our usual house fermentation. Order 4-pack/$17
Threat Level Morning – Coffee Stout – 6.5% ABV ($6 – 16oz CAN): While we love massive hulking dark beers, sometimes you want to drink a whole can of stout by yourself! Despite its restrained strength, we don’t sacrifice malt-intensity or body. The base stout was inspired by Scottish ales with Golden Promise pale malt, dark caramel malt, and roasted barley. We add a twist with coffee beans locally roasted by Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville MD and then added mere days before canning. The coffee intensifies the chocolate-notes from the malt, while bringing its own grape and dried fruit aromatics. Order 4-pack/$17
Threat Level Midnight – Scottish Stout – 6.5% ABV ($6 – 16oz CAN): We were inspired to make a “stout” version of the toasty-caramel-forward ales of Scotland. For malt we relied on Golden Promise bolstered by both light and dark caramel malts all from Scotland. While a Scottish Export might have a touch of black barley for color, we added considerably more. The result is roasted barley notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose with rich dark fruit and bready malt on the palate. Order 4-pack $16
Golden Granny – Cider – 6.8% ABV ($12 – 500mL BOTTLE): Pressed from a blend of Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, York, and Ida Red apples from Virginia. Fermented with our house culture. The result is tart and snappy, with a bright apple-forward aroma followed by some earthiness. Order 500 mL Bottle/$10
Don’t Be Too Hasty – Passion Fruit Sour IPA – 7.0% ABV ($3.5/7): A quick sour, but not too quick! We added 500 lbs of passion fruit puree to this one, along with dry-hopping with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Vic Secret hops that bolster that tropical fruit aroma. Order 4-pack/$18
New Hop Crop – Hazy IPA – 7.2% ABV ($3.5/7): We brewed this IPA as an excuse to use a couple of the varieties from the fresh 2021 hop harvest. We dry hopped with the two we contracted the most: Citra and Simcoe! The first dose was equal parts standard T90 pellets and then a second dose of equal parts double-concentrated Cryo. The result is brimming with melon, citrus, and mango… that’s what we’re hoping for anyway as we write this a few days before the hops arrive at the brewery! Order 4-pack/$18
Opulence 2021 – Sour Red with Cherries – 7.6% ABV ($18 – 500 ml BOTTLE): With each step of the brewing process our goal was to saturate Opulence with rich dark fruit flavors. We began with a base of toasted and caramelized European malts to deliver fig and plum. Fermentation with a red wine strain enhanced the jamminess of the early dose of dried sour cherries. Aging in Bourbon and red wine barrels creates oaky depth. A final infusion of fresh local sweet and sour cherries from Milburn Orchard (Elkton, MD) instills a bright cherry pie aroma. In House Only
Elliptical Orbit 2021 – Fall Dark Sour – 7.8% ABV ($18 – 500mL BOTTLE): In 2008 Mike and his friend Alex Howe began a tradition of homebrewing Dark Funky Saisons each fall. The recipe and results evolving and revolving over a decade. Elliptical Orbit 2021 is our scaled-up spin on the first iteration, with the deep dark flavor of dehusked roasted malt, the earthiness of a mixed-culture fermentation in oak, and the vibrancy of homegrown rosemary and fresh orange zest. The third entry in a renewed tradition! Order 500 mL Bottle/$16
Elliptical Orbit 2020 – Dark Sour with Figs – 7.8% ABV ($20 – 500mL BOTTLE): Elliptical Orbit 2020 is our scaled-up spin on the second iteration, with bready dark malts, rye, and Black Mission figs. We aged it in Maryland Chambourcin red wine barrels for 10 months. The result is layered with earthy rye, bright acidity, rich dark fruit, and leathery Brett. In House Only
Elliptical Orbit 2019 – Dark Sour with Currants and Dates – 8.0% ABV ($20 – 500mL BOTTLE): Elliptical Orbit 2019 had cold-steeped dark malts, Zante currants, and dates. We aged it in Maryland Chambourcin red wine barrels for more than a year. The result is layered with dried fruit, bright acidity, cocoa maltiness, and leathery Brett. The first entry in a renewed tradition. In House Only
The Dragon – Hazy Rye DIPA – 8.2% ABV ($4/8): Most of our DIPAs are bright, fruity, and juicy… not The Dragon! It’s a different sort of hoppy beer, that balances tropical against dank, spicy against winey. It is brewed with barley, wheat and rye. We hop it with a blend of varieties that contain high levels of 3S4MP, the same aroma compound that provides Sauvignon Blanc wine its distinct grapefruit-rhubarb aroma. Order 4-pack/$20
Combo Wombo – Hazy DIPA – 8.6% ABV ($8 – 16oz CAN): For this DIPA we selected two varieties that bring dankness and fruit. Strata leans citrusy-tropical while Mosaic tends towards berry. The combination oozes modern New England tropical and classic Pacific Northwest herb on the nose, with eruptive tangerine and blueberry hop flavor on the palate. Order 4-pack/$20
Half the World – Wine-Beer Hybrid – 10.0% ABV ($3/6 – 5/10 oz): We added Phantasm and Sauvignon Blanc grape juice to enhance that wine-like expression while also cutting the maltiness of the beer. The result brings together the crackery and grassy flavors of malt and hops with the rhubarb and passion fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Order 4-pack/$24
Lord Rupert is Nuts – Imperial Stout with Almonds and Vanilla Beans – 10% ABV ($10- 16oz CAN): We started with Lord Rupert Everton, our English-inspired imperial stout. We then conditioned the biscuity-roasty stout on hundreds of pounds of toasted almonds and heaps of Madagascar vanilla beans. The result tastes like a liquified chocolate and caramel covered almond! Order 2-pack $14
Flaked – Coconut-Vanilla Stout – 10.5% ABV ($4/8 – 5/10 oz): A rich dark fudgy beer with mounds of toasted and untoasted flaked coconut and an avalanche of Organic Madagascar vanilla beans to balance the roast. The flavor is enormous thanks to flaked oats and English caramel malt, and the body is syrupy. A dessert treat for the snowy nights ahead! Order 2-pack/$14
Old Nails – Stock Ale – 12.2% ABV ($18 – 375 mL BOTTLE): Once in a great while we “pull a nail” from a barrel that is so singularly delicious that we can’t improve it. Old Nails is Barrel #46, unblended and uncarbonated. The peculiar base beer was inspired by English Stock Ale and Belgian Oud Bruin. Allow it to warm in your glass releasing the aromas of fig from the malt, leather from the house culture, and oak to fill your nose. The balance of mild acidity, caramel sweetness, and red fruit on the palate isn’t quite likely any other beer we’ve tasted! Order 375 mL Bottle/$16
MBSV – Barrel-Aged Stout – 12.6% ABV ($24 – 500 mL Bottle): This stout began with a dose of bourbon-barrel-aged maple syrup, then we aged it in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup and vanilla extract. After blending the barrels, we added vanilla and more maple!
** Variants are only available for grolwer fills to 2021 Sap and Founders Club members.
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Sekund Cab Franc – Wine Grape Wit – 5.0% ABV ($3/6): We created this beer by aging our Belgian Wit on second-use Cabernet Franc wine grapes. The result is an intense strawberry-like aroma mingled with gentle spices and mixed-fermentation funk! The grapes provide a beautiful magenta color too!