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Friday, February 16, 2007

Strong Beer Tasting at RFD

Host Bob Tupper (l); Cap City's Kevin Blodger (r)
I attended RFD's Strong Beer Tasting last evening with Clipper City Brewing owner Hugh Sisson. Our entry was Below Decks Barleywine, dry-hopped, and served cask-conditioned from a firkin.

The best line of the evening belonged to audience member (and Mid-Atlantic Brewing news columnist) Martin Morse Wooster. After tasting the unfiltered Imperial Kölsch (7.5% abv) from Kevin Blodger of Baltimore's Capitol City Brewing Company brewpub [UPDATE: 2007.09.01], he was inspired to ask:
What are you calling this? Kölsch 45?
Funny quip ... interesting style designation ... very tasty beer.

The lineup:
  • Imperial Koelsch (7.5%) from Capitol City Baltimore
  • St. Victorious Doppelbock from Victory
  • Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine (10%, firkin) from Clipper City
  • Belgian Sour Cherry Ale - made with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus - from Capital City (Arlington/Downtown)
  • Bill Madden's Cask Wee Heavy (8%) from Vintage 50 Restaurant and Brew Lounge
  • Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A (a 10% Rye Double IPA) from Hebrew
  • Double D 8% Double Red Ale from Capital City Shirlington
  • Double IPA (8 to 9%) from Capitol City Capitol Hill
  • Oak Aged Millennium (11.5%) from Old Dominion Brewing Company
  • Oak Aged High Desert Imperial Stout from Sweetwater Tavern
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