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More local D.C. brewery news to tempt your taste buds this week! Tonight, 3 Stars Brewing Company founders Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey will release their second beer, B.W. Rye. No, the D.C.-based brewers still don’t have their own space up and running yet**, though they are a lot closer. The new brew has been whipped up in a collaboration with Oliver Breweries of Baltimore.
Just like their last release, the Syndicate, which was brewed at Evolution Craft Brewing Company in Delaware, this beer is just a preview of what 3 Stars can do once they have their own digs ready in Takoma, D.C.
The party starts tonight at 6 p.m. at Meridian Pint with the tapping of the seven-percent alcohol-by-volume ale on both draft and a cask that has additional dry-hopping. Coleman and McGarvey will be on hand to celebrate the release and talk about the beer and their brewery. More info on the beer and the story behind it after the jump.
The idea for B.W. Rye, short for “Baltimore Washington Rye,” was hatched when Coleman and McGarvey attended Oliver brewmaster Stephen Jones‘ real ale festival in May. Coleman explains:
We wanted to mix the two styles. [Jones] does mostly English-style ales, and we focus on high-end American-style beers. We got to talking and thought, “Why not do something crazy?” B.W. Rye is a rye-based pale ale. We made it representative of both brewers by using English malts and big, American hops like Centennial and Cascade, with a little Liberty for dry-hopping. It was a reflection of all parties involved—what our backgrounds and futures look like.
Meridian Pint describes the beer on Facebook:
B.W. Rye uses English malts, American hops (Centennial in the boil, whole-leaf Cascade for dry-hopping), and a generous dose of spicy rye. It comes in at 7%, the nose has plenty of rye along with a big hop character, and it finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.
** Correction: Due to a reporting error, this post originally said 3 Stars “still don’t have their own space.” They have a space, but it’s not yet a functioning brewery.
Image courtesy of 3 Stars Brewing Company