Ultimate 6er | DC Swamp 6-Pack
The DC crew of PorchDrinking.com actually doesn’t get together terribly often; you all know that we’re important young professionals who wine and dine on K Street each evening. When we do get together, notably to welcome a new writer (hi, Emily Gallt!), we sip and taste beers, both old and new favorites.
Featured image is the Southwest Waterfront in DC on a muggy, sticky summer night. All other images courtesy of corresponding breweries.
We recently met at Penn Commons, a great restaurant and bar in Chinatown that boasts a solid beer list. It was a sweltering day, so we were aching for anything to cool us down. Here’s our picks.
This is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale with a bite; it’s perfect for a hot day when you want something with a fuller flavor. It’s citrusy, but not too bold. The coriander in the brew rounds out the lighter flavors.
When you get off work on a hot day, sometimes you don’t want to think. Bell’s Oberon is a classic — you know it’s going to be good. The wheat beer is smooth, with a bit of spicy hop (not terribly removed from the Peppercorn Saison above). Oberon, you’re a good thing. Don’t change.
This is farmhouse ale, but it definitely should be enjoyed slowly, as it packs a 8.5 percent ABV. It’s slightly citrusy, has a sweet flavor. It’s a great choice from the Midwestern brewery.
Kona definitely has hit cross-country popularity. Big Wave is a light, golden ale and incredibly easy drinking. It’s bright, still hoppy and enjoyable throughout the day.
OK, this name definitely drew in the yogi in the group and the witbier proved to be more enjoyable than a Bikram class. It was made with lemongrass, dried orange and coriander. Dogfish says its wine counterpart is Alsace-Gewürztraminer, which is also a favorite of the yogi. Truly, some good karma.
PorchDrinking was nervous to order this beer: Would it be a punch of peach? Absolutely not. It’s made with other stone fruits, apricots and nectarines, and some white pepper. It’s softly fruity and earthy.