Fat Tire beer now available in D.C. -- at least temporarily
There may be something in those hoary old cliches about absence making the heart grow fonder. My Exhibit A: New Belgium's Fat Tire Ale.
The malty, Belgian-inspired amber ale is probably the most fetishized beer on the East Coast, since the Colorado brewery ships its beers to a limited number of states, and only recently began distributing east of the Mississippi. (The closest place you can buy it is North Carolina.) Over the years, we've had endless questions from readers about where to find the mythical brew. I drank a fair bit of Fat Tire on a western road trip last year, and while it's a solid ale -- the caramel and malt flavors work well together -- I think the obsession with it is a little over the top.
But find out for yourself this week at the Black Squirrel, where the owners have squirreled away four varieties of New Belgium beers, including Fat Tire. Personally, I'm looking forward to the sour Belgian-style Lips of Faith Biere de Mars, which was offered at last year's Savor craft beer festival, and the dark 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. And the Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer, which a friend brought back from North Carolina for me last year, would be a great choice for the warm weather. Throw in a menu of Belgian and Colorado food -- everything from bison bacon cheeseburgers to Belgian waffles served with Colorado lamb croquettes -- and you've got the making of what should be a very popular week in Adams Morgan.
The usual caveat applies: There's a limited supply of beer, so get there soon or you may miss out. (During last week's North Carolina beer week, some of the brews were already disappearing on Tuesday night.)
Short 2:30 update: In case you're wondering about prices: Fat Tire will be $6.50 per 12 ounce bottle, while bottles of 1554 and the Wit will be $7. The Biere de Mars, which comes in a large 22-ounce bottle, costs $22.
-- Fritz Hahn
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