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What better way to commemorate the lives of former great heads of state than drinking really strong beer? This weekend for President’s Day, Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle is offering an opportunity to try your own hand at Drunk History. All day Sunday and Monday, the restaurant will be featuring all barley wines on draft and cask.
Barley wines are strong malty ales, perfect for winter. The style originated in England and those still produced across the pond have often kept true to tradition. But American versions tend to be on the hoppier side, more like double India pale ale styles. But the common denominator is a whopping amount of alcohol—-as high as the teens in terms of alcohol by volume.
Paradiso’s list for both Sunday and Monday below is full of gems from across Europe and the U.S. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong.
Sunday, February 19th
- Anchor Old Foghorn
- BrewDog Divine Rebel
- Dogfish Head Olde School
- Dominion Millennium
- Evil Twin Fruedian Slip
- Flying Dog Horndog
- Lagunitas 2004 Gnarlywine
- Mikkeller/Three Floyds Boogoop
- Pretty Things Our Finest Regards
- Olivers Hot Monkey Love
- Rogue Old Crustacean
- Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Aged Below Decks (beer engine)
- JW Lees 2010 Harvest Ale (wooden gravity-fed keg)
- JW Lees Port Barrel Aged Harvest Ale ((wooden gravity-fed keg)
Monday, February 20th
- Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer
- Blue Point Old Howling Bastard
- Brooklyn Monster
- Emilesse Barley Wine
- Harpoon Triticus
- Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks
- Left Hand Oak Aged Widdershins
- Nogne Ø Sunturnbrew
- Schlafly Oak Aged Barley Wine
- Smuttynose Barley Wine
- Weyerbacher Insanity
- JW Lees 2010 Harvest Ale (beer engine)
For more on the history of barley wines check out this recent piece by Greg Kitsock at the Washington Post.