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Bardo Zeus IPA

Where in Town: Bardo Brewpub, 1200 Bladensburg Road NE

Price: $6/16 oz.

Down by the River When D.C.’s Bardo Brewpub was announced in 2012, local beer geeks rejoiced that owners Bill and Andrew Stewart were returning to craft beer. The brothers pioneered several of Clarendon’s most beloved watering holes—the legendary brewpub Bardo Rodeo (which turned into Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse before closing in 2008) as well as the bars that became Iota and Galaxy Hut. Enthusiasm was renewed last month when the Stewarts unveiled plans to open a two-acre beer garden and brewery on the Anacostia riverfront near Nationals Park. Following their unapologetically eclectic, offbeat approach, the new venture will feature a floating movie screen, massive child and dog play areas, a bike shop, and perhaps best of all, reasonably priced beer. Crowd-sourced funds raised through Indiegogo will go toward a new brewhouse and flush toilets (instead of portable ones). Regardless of the campaign’s success, Bill Stewart says beer will start flowing as soon as July.

The Gods Must Be Crazy Back at the Trinidad brewery, not all of Bardo’s 15 brews are hitting the mark just yet. But a visit to the beer garden—with its salvage yard-meets-Burning Man aesthetic, regular movie nights, and ample space for dogs and humans of all sizes to play—is a fun way to spend a few sunny hours. A solid beer choice for such an occasion is the Zeus IPA. The refreshing, six percent alcohol, dark amber brew is made with only Zeus hops, not a variety often used on its own. Hopheads who enjoy the earth, spice, and subtle citrus flavors of pungent hops like Columbus and Tomahawk will dig this intensely bitter hop bomb. Those up for some of Bardo’s funkier offerings should check out the Smoked and Oaked Bacon IPA or the Double Black 7 Grain Imperial IPA. Just remember: If it weren’t wacky, it wouldn’t be Bardo.

CORRECTION: This story initially misstated the price of the beer. It is $6 for 16 oz., not $5 for 12 oz.

Photo by Tammy Tuck