If you ask a beer historian about barleywine, they may quarrel with the broad classification, perhaps preferring something more suited to the quaff’s complexities. Fortunately, not everyone who savors well-crafted beer is hung up on the semantics of suds; they merely want a well-sourced beverage that demands another go. To this end, there is Pizzeria Paradiso’s President’s Day Barleywine Bash, where you’ll get to try the American pioneer (Anchor’s Old Foghorn, first brewed in 1976), as well as nearly 25 other world-class offerings from big-name craft brewers like Lagunitas, Rogue, Heavy Seas, Brooklyn, and the inimitable J.W. Lees, as well as a very tempting Mikkeller/Three Floyds collaboration. And don’t fret about the lingo. After all, by your third helping of this high-octane stuff (barleywines usually range between 8 and 15 percent alcohol by volume), you’re unlikely to care what fussy cicerones want to call it. You’ll just want more.
The President’s Day Barleywine Bash begins Sunday and continues through Monday at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle, 2003 P St. NW. No reservations required. eatyourpizza.com. (202) 223-1245. Photo by Flickr user flickr4jazz used under a creative commons license.