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Good news on the beer-and-mythological giant front: Brasserie Beck house beer Antigoon will be in stores mid-January. The private house beer, brewed specifically for the restaurant by Belgium’s Brouwerij de Musketiers (makers of Troubadour), will sell for $18 a 750 ml bottle. At first, only Ace Beverage and Rodman’s will carry it in the District; Rick’s Wine and Gourmet and The Butcher’s Block in Virginia; and the Total Wine chain will have it as well.
What’s Antigoon taste like? I reviewed the Belgian session beer when it first came out and thought it was properly mild for its 6% abv — “session” means “for drinking in quantity” — with nice yeast and lemon flavors and a bit of tin foil from the uncharacteristic hops. I admit the $9 price tag has kept me from going back for it, which is why it’s too bad the bottle comes out to the same price per ounce as the restaurant. And yes, there are some amazing Belgian beers you can get for less than $18, including anything by St. Bernardus or Gouden Carolus. But will that stop me from picking up a bottle made in Belgium to the exact specifications of someone here in our city? Most certainly not.
Question for you: Anyone had the Antigoon at Beck lately? How was it? Tell me and get RT’d to your <3’s content.