High octane brews may taste great, but they’re not less filling. Barleywines and Doublebocks—brewed with more than twice the grain of a Bud Lite and up to three times the proof—are best sipped from brandy snifters on frosty winter evenings…or rubbed onto your chest to ward off the flu. For its annual Strong Beer Tasting, the Brickskeller presents the most potent beers of five great brewing nations, as well as local barleywines including Bardo Rodeo’s award-winning White Lightnin’. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at 1523 22nd St. NW. $24. For reservations call (202) 293-1885. (Greg Kitsock)