Where in Town: Whole Foods Market, 4530 40th St. NW
Price: $2.50/12 oz
A Taste of Summer As much as I appreciate the change of seasons, this week I caught myself wanting to hold on to fun and sun just a little longer. My solution? Beer, of course. An easy but not so economical strategy was to pick through the singles at Whole Foods in Tenleytown, where loose 12-ounce cans and bottles range from around $2 to $4 each, enabling me to score a few last sips of summer without committing to an entire six-pack of the same beer. My mixed-sixer included solid sunshine brews like Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Union Old Pro Gose, and the Brewer’s Art Choptank’d Saison.
A Pearl in (Almost) Every Sip The last of these is a four-percent-alcohol saison first released in June 2014 for several beer bars in Cambridge, a city on the Eastern Shore’s Choptank River, where spending a day fishing and crabbing with good beer is referred to as getting “Choptanked.” Banana and ripe peach aromas give way to flavors of bubble gum, grapefruit rind, and, most distinctly, honeysuckle flowers, which are added to the brew. The sweet, fruity character of Belgian yeast permeates throughout. Choptank’d finishes dry with a peppery aftertaste thanks to the use of rye. My only complaint is that the beer loses carbonation quickly, and as a result, diminishes in body rapidly as it sits. But overall, Choptank’d displays impressive depth for such a low-alcohol beer. Seek out the last of this year’s batch now, or if you’ve moved on to chilly weather brews, look forward to more Choptank’d (and sunshine) next summer.