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Where in Town: Clyde’s Georgetown, 3236 M St. NW
Price: $7.10/16 oz.
A Family Affair: Father-son pair Graham and Chris Burns, along with their respective wives, Mary Ann and Kristin, opened Ashburn’s Old Ox Brewery two-and-a-half years ago. The craft brewery earned some national attention when it overcame a trademark dispute with Red Bull, whose lawyers had claimed oxen look very much like bulls. Since then, taps and cans of the popular Black Ox rye porter and seasonals like this winter’s Brew Bocka coffee bock have become easy to find throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia. But you’ll likely have to visit the brewery to check out head brewer Allison Lange’s more experimental creations, such as the Funky Face sour beer series and Cooper’s Cloak barrel-aged collection.
The Pursuit of Hoppiness: Hoppy Place, a tasty 6.5-percent-alcohol India Pale Ale, is the latest addition to Old Ox’s year-round lineup. The hop-forward brew features three West Coast hop varietals: Amarillo, Centennial, and Citra. As a result, Hoppy Place is packed with pine, grapefruit, and wild flower aromas. The beer’s flavor mirrors its nose, with added notes of grass and orange zest. Medium-bodied with a mild, boozy sweetness, this satisfying thirst-quencher finishes crisp and dry. Take things to an even “Hoppier Place” with Old Ox’s aptly named IPA spin-off series, each showcasing a different hop. Visit the tasting room soon to try the latest Hoppier Place release, an exquisite double IPA brewed and dry-hopped with Mosaic hops, before it’s gone.