Where Spotted: D’Vines, 3103 14th St. NW
Price: $10.99/64 oz. growler
First Draft: Admittedly, I was among the many local brewhounds to publicly lobby the D.C. government to allow beer producers and retailers to fill and sell fresh beer poured straight from keg to tap into sealed, reusable half-gallon jugs known as growlers. (I even testified before the D.C. Council.) The effort, spearheaded by DC Brau founders Jeff Hancock and Brandon Skall, among others, proved successful. The news came suddenly, early this month, and many retailers are still scrambling to get their systems into place. D’Vines is among the first, so I jogged over for a jug.
Something Old, Something New: When Ashburn, Va.’s Lost Rhino opened in June, I was salivating over the return of New River Pale Ale, a retired Old Dominion brew recommissioned by Lost Rhino (founded by Old Dominion vets Matt Hagerman and Favio Garcia). However, it seems my taste for hops is prone to inflation—rich grapefruit aroma of this IPA is the star of their lineup. Citrus hops ebb over a mellow body with 6.2 percent alcohol by volume, bringing a welcome change from today’s norm of paint-peeling hop bombs.