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Port City Brewing Company turns one year old today. To commemorate, the Alexandria brewery is releasing a special anniversary beer, appropriately called “One,” tonight with a synchronized tapping at more than 30 bars and restaurants throughout the area.

The first of several local production breweries to get underway in the past year, Port City has plenty to celebrate. Founder Bill Butcher reports he produced 20 percent more beer than originally planned to keep up with demand. The tasting room has expanded hours for growler fills and brewery tours. Butcher is currently planning a brewery expansion. Not to be overlooked, head brewer Jonathan Reeves designed and installed a custom-built device he calls the “Hop Cannon” that allows him to dry hop his brews in a way that prevents oxygen from tainting the beer.

Similar to other Port City special releases like this winter’s Tidings Ale, One is a complex beer. The Belgian imperial stout is brewed with tons of candi sugar and eight different hops, and rings in at 9.5 percent alcohol by volume. The following bars and restaurants will be tapping Port City’s anniversary brew at exactly 6 p.m. tonight:

Inside the District: American Ice Co. Bier Baron Big Hunt Black Squirrel ChurchKey Comet Ping Pong Iron Horse Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown & Dupont locations) Ripple RFD Smith Commons

Northern Virginia: Del Ray Pizzeria Evening Star Cafe Faccia Luna (Alexandria location) Fireworks Pizza (Arlington location) Galaxy Hut Hank’s Oyster Bar Iota Jackson 20 La Tasca (Old Town location) Light Horse Lost Dog (Columbia Pike location) Lyon Hall Red Rocks Pizza Rustico (Old Town & Ballston locations) Tallula Vermilion Virtue Feed & Grain Westover Market Whole Foods Market (Alexandria & Fairlakes locations)

Beyond the Beltway: Bad to The Bone (Gainesville) Beer Run (Charlottesville) Capital Ale House (Fredericksburg) Tastefully Yours (Occoquan) Whole Foods Market (Charlottesville)

For a detailed description of One, watch this video from For more on the “Hop Cannon” and some shots of the brewery, check out this post by Stefanie Gans.

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