What’s Available – 11/28
Cuttings – 5.0% ABV: While Belgian Dubbels, Tripels, and Quads get most of the excitement, the humble Belgian Single is often ignored. It’s pale, light, bright, and a little bit hoppy. We brewed ours with with Belgian Pilsner malt and Grungeist hops, for a clean base and slight tropical fruitiness to compliment the banana and bubblegum from the Belgian ale fermentation.
Rings of Light – 5.0% ABV: Rings of Light is the purest expression of Sapwood hoppy beer. We use every trick in our brewing arsenal to saturate it with tropical, citrusy, and melony Citra® hop aromatics. Oats provide a creamy body, while our house ale strain creates a richness too often missing from session beers. Order 4-pack/$16
Prophecy of the Clock – 5.0% ABV: Tmavé Pivo (Czech-style dark lager) is to Schwarzbier as Czech Pilsner is to German Pilsner. Both are dark lagers, but Tmavé Pivo is smoother, rounder, and maltier. We brewed ours with Czech-grown Pilsner and dark malts. It lagered for six weeks before tapping to marry the malt and hops into a cola, cocoa, bready, herbal harmony. Order 4-pack/$16
Drupe Scoop – 6.5% ABV: Our stonefruit-vanilla sour collab with Aslin Beer Co! Inspired by slice of fruit pie a la mode, with toasty malt, peaches/apricots, and a hefty scoop of vanilla beans! Sweet-sour, but as always lactose-free! Order 4-pack/$18
Cheater Hops #14: Motueka – 6.8% ABV: We double dry-hopped Cheater Hops #14 with over four pounds-per-barrel of New Zealand Motueka for its lime, spice, and tropical fruit aromatics. Wheat and oats support the hops along with a bit of sweetness and a hint of vanilla from our house English ale strain!
Sun Path 2019** – 7.2% ABV: We saved the last keg of the dark rye saison we transformed into Elliptical Orbit 2020. It is surprising how much less assertive this dark saison is without the time in barrels or the addition of figs. Compare for yourself!
Different But Same Same – 7.3% ABV: We split a pallet of New Zealand hops with our friends from Astro Lab Brewing Co. (Silver Spring). To showcase the 2020 harvest, we each brewed a riff on the same recipe with Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka hops. Our version fermented cold with a nearly-forgotten lager strain called Tum 35. Ultra-clean, allowing the gooseberry, grapefruit, and grape hoppiness to star. Order 4-pack/$18
The Dragon – 8.0% ABV: 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, oats, 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 it’s distinct grapefruit-rhubarb aroma. Order 4-pack/$20
Timestream – 10.3% ABV: For this Imperial Oatmeal Stout we really pushed the syrupy body and mouthfeel. Almost 10% each flaked and malted oats, a tweaked water profile, and a ridiculously large amount of residual malt. Most of the balancing bitterness is provided by a combination of German and English roasted grain, bringing flavors of 80% dark chocolate, espresso beans, and caramel.
** Variants are only available for grolwer fills to 2020 Sap and Founders Club members.
Elliptical Orbit 2019– 8.0% ABV: 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 the last decade. Elliptical Orbit is our scaled-up spin on the fourth iteration, with 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
Growing Season: Cherry – 6.7% ABV: This series is our canvas for Mid-Atlantic fruit harvested during the annual growing season. This first entry combines sweet Hartland and sour cherries from Milburn Orchards (Elkton, MD). For the base, we blended three batches of pale and golden sours aged between 13-19 months in wine barrels. The result has a broad expression of cherry with a tart jammy flavor alongside herbal aromatics. Order 500 mL/$16
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather – 8.3% ABV: We aged two batches of saison in barrels that originally contained Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay before adding 60 pounds of wildflower honey from Maryland Honey Co. The concentrated nectar of more than 100 million local flowers imbues the beer with a fresh floral aroma that plays off the earthy contributions of wild microbes and buckwheat. Order 500 mL/$16
Elliptical Orbit 2020**– 7.8% ABV: Elliptical Orbit 2020 is our annual dark sour. It changes each year, this one has 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. The second entry in a renewed tradition. Order 500 mL/$16
Opulence (2019) – 7.8% ABV: We dusted-off a couple cases of our first cherry beer to celebrate the release of our second! Opulence has a red base compared to the pale base of Growing Season. We also aged it in a blend of Pinot Noir and Bourbon barrels, so it has a more potent oak aroma of vanilla. Low carbonation. In House Only
Sunlight of Bygone Days – 9.1% ABV: Inspired by Belgium, Quebec, and Autumn. We waited longer than originally planned for this batch to mature. It started as a Belgian-style tripel with boiled-down apple cider replacing the classic white sugar addition. From there we aged it in Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces for 16 months. It emerged leathery, earthy, and appley. Still with some sweetness even after all of this time. It shares much in common with our barrel-aged sour beer… other than the sourness. Order 500 mL/$16
Golden Empire of York – 6.9% ABV: We created Golden Empire of York from 100% Virginia-grown Golden Delicious, Empire, and York apples. Our house saison culture was in charge of fermentation, but don’t expect it to have the peppery or funky notes of a saison. Rather the result is dry and tart, with the intense taste and aroma of apples. Order 500 mL/$10