Where in Town: Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW
Price: $8/12 oz.
Name That Tune
Ocelot Brewing Company Founder Adrien Widman is passionate about two things: music and beer. His brewery, which opened in spring 2015, is a blend of both. For starters, the brewery shares its name with a Phish song, and many of the beers Widman and head brewer Mike McCarthy brew are inspired by (and borrow their names from) their favorite songs. Staff and customers are known to recommend tunes too. Additionally, Ocelot’s tasting room, located just west of Dulles International Airport, regularly hosts live bands and even features a massive white-tiled wall, dubbed “The Barrel Wall,” that pays homage to Pink Floyd’s iconic 1979 album cover.
More than half of Ocelot’s 80 creations to date are hop-focused IPAs, and almost a third are 8 percent alcohol or higher. The brewery’s latest offering, Three Lovers Triple IPA, is both. Named for a lyric in the Jane’s Addiction song “Three Days,” the brew is aptly made with three malts (Pilsner, Carapils, and Maris Otter) and three hops (Amarillo, Simcoe, and Mosaic). Discerning palates may detect notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, mango, or pine, but this delicious IPA has an impressively unified flavor—the result of 10 days of conditioning before its release. Luscious fruit and strong malt characters are balanced by a dry, satisfyingly bitter finish, making the concoction dangerously drinkable for its 11.5 percent alcohol. Like most Ocelot brews, Three Lovers is rare and limited in supply, so get it while you can. The best bets for scoring a sip in D.C. are at Meridian Pint, ChurchKey, and Sixth Engine.