Denizens Macadocious Maibock

Where in Town: Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-Op, 201 Ethan Allen Ave., Takoma Park

Price: $12.29/16 oz. four-pack

Sun & Suds One of summertime’s great pleasures is the chance to relax, cold brew in hand, in the open air. And for that, there are few better places than the 200-seat beer garden at Silver Spring’s Denizens Brewing Company. Picnic tables, umbrellas, music, dogs, endless rounds of cornhole—what else could you want? Beer and more of it, you say? Head brewer Jeff Ramirez’s creations, including year-round offerings like Bohemian Pilsner and Southside Rye, pour on endless supply and are now also available in tallboy cans for your backyard needs. The latest to hit shelves is Macadocious Maibock, Denizens’ annual spring release coinciding with the opening of the beer garden.

Hop It Like It’s Hot Macadocious is not your typical malty German-style maibock. It’s brewed with Green Bullet hops from New Zealand, which impart floral characteristics not unlike those of noble hops used in many European brews, but with more bite. Deep gold in color with a crown of foam, Macadocious has a clean, subtle aroma. It tastes sweet at first, with notes of dark rye bread and raisin. Next come rich nut flavors followed by pronounced grassy hops. Macadocious finishes dry with a refreshingly bitter aftertaste. At a middling 7.1 percent alcohol, this beer is appropriate for either slamming or sipping. I recommend the former, especially for outdoor drinking in D.C.’s sweltering summer.