City Paper is not for tourists
It’s a very good week to be celebrating the holidays in D.C. Several local beer-focused bars have surrendered the entirety of their draft lines to the spirit of the season. What that means for beer enthusiasts in town over the next week is that instead going from place to place to pick from just a few holiday selections on any one bar’s list, you can have as many as twenty big Christmas or winter ales all in one location—and all on tap. ‘Tis the season!
On Monday Pizzeria Paradiso put on all Christmas and celebration ales at their three locations in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Old Town Alexandria. Then Tuesday evening Galaxy Hut in Clarendon changed all their drafts to holiday ales and winter seasonals. If you are looking for a nice, warming holiday beer to get you in the spirit before heading out of town, or to share with old friends and family right here in D.C., your best bet is to head to one of these spots. (It should be noted that Meridian Pint may very well have a few special stouts leftover from the Bell’s Brewery event this week.)
Check out full draft lists for each location below. The line-ups are subject to change as each keg is kicked. To help you out (and perhaps live vicariously from afar), I have noted beers with an asterisk that are on the rarer side and may be likely to go sooner than others. In fact, some of them may already be gone, especially the casks. If you have any exceptional ones, let me hear about them.
GALAXY HUT: Eggenberg Samichlaus Doppelbock *Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper Huyghe Delirium Noel Dubuisson Scaldis Noel Gouden Carolus Noel St. Bernardus Christmas Ale The Bruery 3 French Hens Ommegang Adoration Winter Ale Heavy Seas 2009 Yuletide Tripel 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Schlafly Christmas Ale *Blue Mountain Lights Out Holiday Ale Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Avery Old Jubilation Ale Flying Dog K9 Cruiser Stoudt’s Winter Ale Southern Tier Old Man Winter Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Bell’s Christmas Ale Abita Christmas Ale
PIZZERIA PARADISO Georgetown: Bell’s Christmas Ale Chouffe N’Ice Chouffe Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2009 *Dubuisson Scaldis Noel 2008 La Rulles Cuvee Meuilleurs Voeux Schlafly Christmas Ale Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary – Fritz & Ken’s Ale Sierra Nevada 30th Annviersary – Grand Cru Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary – Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Bock Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary – Jack & Ken’s Ale Southern Tier Winter St. Feuillien Cuvee Noel Stillwater Saison Darkly *Three Floyds Behemoth Troegs Mad Elf Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Vintage ON CASK: Oliver’s Merry Ole Ale
PIZZERIA PARADISO Dupont: Anchor Christmas Corsendonk Christmas *Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2008 Dubuisson Scaldis Noel Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux Einbecker Winter Bock Great Lakes Christmas Ale *Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza Ommegang Adoration Sierra Nevada Celebration St. Bernardus Christmas The Bruery 3 French Hens *Van Eecke Christmas Leroy ON CASK: Stillwater Existent
PIZZERIA PARADISO Old Town: 21 Amendment Fireside Chat Anderson Valley Winter Solstice *Boelens Santa Bee Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2010 Eggenberg Samichlaus Het Anker Gouden Carolus Noel Long Trail Hibernator Huyghe Delerium Noel Petrus Winter Silenrieux Noel *Silly Noel Smuttynose Winter Uintas Labyrinth Wild Goose Snow Goose ON CASK: St. George Imperial Stout