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Troëgs Troegenator Doublebock

Where In Town: Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, 5544 Connecticut Ave. NW

Price: $12.99/six-pack

State of Inebriation

Beer, as Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, is “proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” If so, God must really love Pennsylvania. The Keystone State, long a paradise for beer lovers, is one of the last places you’d ever want to drink Keystone Light or other mass-market lagers, thanks to old standbys like Victory Brewing and new up-and-comers. While you were watching the Super Bowl, I was in the Philly ’burbs drinking world-class saisons and eating homemade bread at Tired Hands, a tiny brewpub with no TVs. (I have no regrets.) But for a taste of William Penn’s colony closer to home, I often turn to Troëgs. Its hoppy Nugget Nectar tends to steal the show. Troegenator, though, is almost as solid and more widely available.

Getting Your Goat

The first thing you notice when you pick up a bottle of Troegenator is the white-bearded dude on the label, who looks a little like Poseidon with a couple of giant goat horns jutting from his temples. Turns out goats are traditionally associated not only with the devil but with German doppelbocks. Troegenator is a beautiful red-brown beer, a liquefied garnet with aromas of caramelized sugar, bananas, and fruitcake. Smooth and slightly boozy, it tastes like prunes and vanilla with a hint of black tea. You might even call it devilishly good.

Photo by Daniel Fromson