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Lancaster Milk Stout

Where Spotted: Looking Glass Lounge, 3634 Georgia Ave. NW

Price: $6/pint

Cream of passion : Milk stouts are are made with lactose, which, unlike the sugars usually used to make beer, is unfermentable by beer yeast; since it doesn’t turn into alcohol, it adds sweetness and a creamy texture to the beer. The sweetness is mild in Lancaster’s offering, tempered by a dry-roasted maltiness, but the lactose makes itself known, coating your mouth with the flavors. Sweet stout lovers, you can stop pouring half-and-half into your Guinness.

When amish eyes are smiling: Lancaster beers will start cropping up around the area in February, but for a precious few weeks they are available only at Looking Glass Lounge. Why? Over Thanksgiving, manager Aaron Drawdy first tasted some of the brews, which the bar owner had brought down from Pennsylvania. Drawdy wanted more, and when he found out Lancaster didn’t distribute inside the Beltway, he pestered his distributors to work out a deal. Soon we’ll be getting the budding local brewery’s full line, including a wheat, a pale, and an IPA. Here’s to beer activism!

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