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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


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