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Posted at 2:27 PM ET, 08/13/2010

Something for the Weekend: New beers to drink tonight

By Fritz Hahn

I was thirsty last night, so I went out to seven bars looking for something new and interesting. Here's what you should drink tonight:

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout at the Dupont Pizzeria Paradiso.
($10 for a 10-ounce snifter)
Some beer drinkers get really excited about Bells Hopslam. I get even more geeked out over this rich, delicious beer from Michigan's Founders Brewing Company. The odd name comes from its production: Founders takes its Imperial Stout and ages it in bourbon barrels that have also been used to store maple syrup. The result is amazing, from the nose (maple, bourbon and dark fruit) to the incredibly smooth body. This beer is amazingly limited, and it just went on around closing time last night. Get it while you can. (Note: Another keg will be available at Paradiso's D.C. Beer Week brunch.)

Harpoon Big Bohemian Pilsner at Scion
($6 for a 10-ounce snifter)
Part of Harpoon's limited-edition Leviathan beer series, Big Bohemian lives up to its name. It's a full-bodied pilsner with plenty of grassy hops. It's almost too easy to drink, despite being 9 percent alcohol. It just went on draft at Scion yesterday, so stop by the underrated little bar -- one of my favorite beer spots in the city -- while you can. (Sadly, the Brooklyn Buzz Bomb has disappeared.)

Avery White Rascal at the Reef
($6 a pint)
Avery's big beers get most of the attention -- Maharaja, duganA -- but I really love drinking their unfiltered white ale. It's a refreshing Belgian style with orange, coriander and a touch of pepper. Not fancy, but lovely on a warm night on the Reef's rooftop deck.

-- Fritz Hahn

Update: ... and as mentioned in Tuesday's Nightlife Agenda:

Blue Mountain Full Nelson Pale Ale at Galaxy Hut
Who says Friday the 13th isn't lucky? Galaxy Hut is tapping a firkin of Blue Mountain's Full Nelson Pale Ale, a malty brew from Afton, Va., that's made with local hops. In cask-conditioned form, the taste should be even sweeter and smoother. The first pint is poured at 6 p.m., and it'll be gone before the end of the night.

By Fritz Hahn  | August 13, 2010; 2:27 PM ET
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