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Where In Town: The Pig, 1320 14th St. NW
Price: $5/12 ounces
Nature of the Beast
Hailing from Loudon County, Va., Lost Rhino hasn’t made as big of a splash as many other local breweries. This is in part, I suspect, because its identity is hard to pin down. Start with the name, which is meant to convey what the company calls “the strength and attitude of the rhinoceros”—but instead suggests a giant herbivore bumbling through the ’burbs and perhaps wondering what on Earth he has to do with beer. The brewery’s offerings aren’t exactly coherent either, ranging from an imperial India pale ale to a Belgian-style dubbel to an array of pilsners. Luckily for Lost Rhino, the pilsners—including Rhino Chasers Pils—are worth trying.
Czech It Out
Rhino Chasers might not measure up to the classic Bohemian pilsners of the Czech Republic, but it sure is a refreshing beer that still manages to be full-flavored (and go well with The Pig’s cornucopia of porcine delights). Brewed with Hallertau and Saaz hops, it has an earthy-grassy-floral aroma and is aggressively carbonated, yet it manages to have a buttery texture. After a few sips, a bracing hop bitterness creeps up on you. It’s a solid brew—one, you might say, with the solidity of the rhinoceros.