In April, DC Brau celebrates its five-year anniversary as the District’s most prominent brewery. In honor of this milestone, DC Brau is releasing five brand -new beers, brewed in collaboration with other breweries from across the country. Here are our favorite of the spring-themed offerings, which can be used to celebrate both the vernal equinox and a half decade of DC Brauship.
India pale lager, 7% ABV
Brewed in collaboration with Austin Brew Works, the emerging IPL style takes a traditional India pale ale and makes it... remarkably non-traditional. By using a lager yeast in lieu of an ale yeast, the beer changes from malty and bitter to light, crisp, and incredibly aromatic. Doubling down on the springtime theme, this lagered, hoppy beauty incorporates three types of fruit purée. Expect something with a whole lot of what wine snobs call "bouquet."
Pink Pallet Jack
Belgian-style saison, 6% ABV
Forgive us the ornate language, but we’re just so stoked on this beer that we have to get poetic for a second: this brew is as pink as a fleeting, windswept cherry blossom on the DC breeze. Pink beer, y’all! Brewed in collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales, the Pink Pallet Jack takes a traditional Belgian-style saison and adds rose hips and hibiscus, which gives the beer its distinctive pinkish hue. This fruity, spicy style, traditionally enjoyed by farmhands after a long day of toiling in the fields, is now available for enjoyment by Hill workers after a long day of toiling in their chinos.