To Go Beer
Cheater Hops #8 (IPA hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Azacca, and Simcoe) – $18/4-pack
On Tap Now (Updated 8/18)
3.8 Special – 3.8% ABV: For our collaboration with DCBeer.com we wanted to showcase how hoppy a session beer could be. We started with a base resembling an English Bitter, then blasted it with Amarillo and Australian Vic Secret dry hopping. The combination is surprisingly creamy and full bodied for a beer whose fruity and piney hop aroma leaps out of the glass!
Coriolis Force – 5.0% ABV (16 oz cans): We are sold out of “to-go” cans of our Southern Hemisphere Pilsner (brewed in collaboration with Elder Pine and Cushwa), but we held onto a few cases for a little variety in the tasting room lineup, considering we don’t have any other lagers available.
8980 Rt. 108 – 5.4% ABV: Batch #2 of our American take on hefeweizen adds pineapple notes from Denali hops to the banana and vanilla from the yeast strains.
Orbs of Light – 5.4% ABV: We took our hazy oaty pale ale in a brighter direction for the summer. We hopped with Mandarina Bavaria (a German hop with a bright fresh orange aroma) and Simcoe (for mango and pine). Slightly drier than we typically aim for to make it more drinkable.
Bangun – 5.6% ABV: For our first full-batch of coffee beer we asked our favorite local roaster to collaborate, Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville. We brought a growler of the base English Brown Porter to share with their head roaster Franklin Ventura. He selected two beans from Indonesia and roasted them for us. Kerinci to add as a cold-brew concentrate (for flavor) and Solok to steep in the beer itself (for aroma). The result is a dark beer for the summer not thick or boozy, but with baked-good, chocolate, and unsurprisingly coffee flavors! The name is Indonesian for “wake up!”
Verdant Verbena – 6.1% ABV: We collaborated with RAR Brewing (Cambridge, MD) on this summertime saison. They suggested adding green tea, and we decided on a little jasmine rice to lighten the malt profile. In addition to dosing the finished beer with concentrated green tea, we infused it with homegrown lemon verbena for a bright citrusy touch. The result is dry, funky, refreshing, and herbal!
Plutonium Peach – 6.1% ABV: Next in our nuclear fruited sour series is peach! Ripe stone fruit jumps out of the glass mingling with a dry hop of Amarillo and Azacca lending tropical and melon depth. Like biting into a ripened peach, the controlled acidity is braced by a present dry wheaty sweetness that is followed by a lingering herbal note from the hops that is almost reminiscent of the fuzzy skin of a real peach itself!
Nu Zulund – 6.3% ABV: New Zealand hops often have fruit-forward aromatics. In this case lime from Waimea and stonefruit from Wai-iti. Those naturally mesh with acidity. We added 2 lbs/bbl of hops in the kettle post-souring, and then another 3 lbs/bbl dry hopping. The result is a bright, fruity, and refreshing IPA with sourness instead of bitterness balancing.
Cheater Hops #8 – 7.2% ABV: We gave Cheater 8 a base of malted barley, oats, and rye. We then doubled dry hopped with over three pounds per barrel of Nelson Sauvin for its white wine and gooseberry notes, Azacca for tropical mango and pineapple characteristics, and Simcoe for a touch of pine to round out the tropical fruit flavors. A bit of sweetness and a hint of vanilla from our house English ale strain brings it all together!
Guava, Please! – 8.1% ABV: Guava is one of the few fruits that can shine through the already intensely tropical aromatics of a triple-dry-hopped Citra-Amarillo double IPA. So we added 1.5 lbs per gallon of pink guava puree to Money, Please! to create a refreshing hop-fruit experience!
Money, Please! – 9.0% ABV: Citra-Amarillo is a money hop combo. In this DIPA they create an intensely aromatic mélange of tropical, citrus, and stonefruit. The Amarillo brightens Citra, which left along can become too dank. The Citra adds oomph, and reduces the herbal notes solo-Amarillo provides. This one is a departure from our usual style, fermented with a strain that leaves less sweetness and creates more orangey aromatics. A cousin of the strain we used for Cheater Hops #3.
** Variants are only available for growler fills to Sap or Founders club members in their Magic Growler. All other beers are available in grolwers.