Where Spotted: Barrel House Liquors, 1341 14th St. NW
Honey Nose: I’ve been gushing over drinkable beer lately, so when I heard that these two local breweries were to wed over a six-pack of Maryland-made matrimony, I ran to the store faster than a terrapin. (Hey, I’m a beer writer.) The payoff was a heady, five percent alcohol by volume Belgian-style pale ale brewed with wildflower honey. The sugars mostly ferment out, making for a semi-dry sip, but the honey leaves a bundle of floral and bitter aromas in its wake.
Extreme Caution: Are you sick of reading me prattle on about the wonders of nuanced, refreshing, low-alcohol beers? Are you tired of the word “crisp?” To prove I haven’t gone soft, next week I’ll hit the high gravity stuff. My health, employment, and social relationships be damned. But before I kick ass, I’ll take names—specifically, from you. Send me your big, bad beer suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check back next week to see if I’m loving life, or writhing in bed nursing a Dupont Avril.