Atlas Brew Works District Common

This beer is another selection that I picked up during my last trip to DC. I didn’t get a chance to visit the brewery last time, so maybe I’ll get to visit soon.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: California Common/Steam Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A quaffable California Common featuring biscuit malt and Czech Saaz hops. Inspired by the beers that accompanied America’s westward expansion, District Common is fermented using lager yeast at temperatures common to ale fermentation. The result is a pale, well-balanced beer combining crisp lager character with fruity ale notes. The clean grain bill provides a refreshing drinkability and supports late aroma additions of Czech Saaz hops. Pair with locally harvested oysters or roast pork medallions. This is no common beer!”

Random: This beer comes in at 20 IBUs.

The beer poured with half a finger of white head. It went away at a moderate pace with little lacing left behind on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and copper in color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of roasted grain and brown toast. There was biscuity notes as well. The taste started with some metal and tasted off. There was brown bread and a touch of nuttiness, but the metal twang took away from the other flavors. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with metal. A can of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I think this may have been an old can of the beer, so I’d be willing to give it another shot, but otherwise this was unremarkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Atlas Brew Works Ponzi

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I picked up in Maryland on the way back from DC. We found a Total Wine that was absolutely huge and had a lot of local selections, which I was happy to pick up. I didn’t get a chance to visit this brewery while in DC, but let’s see how the beer was.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A criminally hoppy American IPA made with five different hop varietals. An American IPA hopped with criminal disregard. Featuring generous additions of Cascade, Chinook, Centential, Mandarina and Ahtamun hops, followed by hints of Munich malt, Ponzi’s aroma writes checks that its flavor cashes. If it seems too good to be true, you’re probably drinking Ponzi.”

Random: DC has some great food. I love going there.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a straw yellow color and had a lot of visible carbonation. There was a slight haze to it as well. The nose was grassy with some light lemon citrus and pale malt. The taste was earthy with old pine needles. It transitioned into old citrus as well, but the bitterness was not very intense. The body was thin with light carbonation that needed to be dialed up a bit. The finish was quick with pale malt as well. A can of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was just an unremarkable IPA. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Atlas Brew Works Rowdy

When Val brought this home from DC, I was very excited. I’ve only had one other beer from them, Saison Des Fetes that I thoroughly enjoyed while we were on vacation in DC. Since they don’t distribute to Jersey, this was a rare treat.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Both fun and aggressive, Rowdy is a hop forward rye ale full of flavor. Made with three varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts, Rowdy offers a complex flavor and aroma that is both aggressive and fun. The addition of malted rye to the grain bill lends a peppery and distinct character to the beer which complements the bitterness and floral notes of brewhouse hop additions. Finally, this copper-hued ale receives a liberal addition of dry hops in the fermenting vessel, imparting citrus aromas and a crisp, clean finish.”

Random: Rye beers seem to be more readily available. I remember when it was rare to see one.

This beer had a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a slight crown. The body had a hazy brown color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had rye spiciness along with toasted malts and brown bread. The taste had a lot of rye spice as well. Brown bread was there as well, along with toasted malts. At the end of the sip, there was a sweetness from the malt. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with rye spice. This was $1.83 for a single, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and the fact that it came in cans was even better.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Atlas Brew Works Saison Des Fetes

One of the days that we were down in DC, we ended up at Brasserie Beck. I was excited to go as they had quite the beer list and their food was well-regarded. I decided against getting the mussels there as the ones I had the previous night at St. Arnold’s were so good. This was the brew that I tried with the cheese plate and sandwich that I got there. I hadn’t ever heard of the brewery, so I figured it was worth a try.


ABV: 7.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: The brewery is located in DC and just opened on my birthday last year. Talk about crazy local.

Random: The cheese plate at this restaurant was really good. It paired really well with the beer.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly with a cloudy chestnut body that had low carbonation visible. There was lots of lacing left as well. The nose was very spicy with coriander and clove and also had a unique nuttiness to it as well. This was definitely a unique saison. The taste was more citrus, but also had a distinctive nutty characteristic to it with some yeast presence and spice as well. Lemon specifically was present. The spice was nice and not overpowering. The body was light with heavy carbonation which tickled the tongue. The finish was long with a lot of yeast to it as well. This beer was really unique and flavorful. I would definitely have this again if I could ever find it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0