Mark Osborne at SAVOR 2016.
The owners of Adroit Theory Brewing Co. are fond of following their musical inspirations when making beer. And that led to a beer called Black Celebration, which was born of a collaboration with New York-based DJ Dieselboy.
Dieselboy wasn’t really a “beer guy” but he’s a true foodie, having been profiled in several food magazines, explained Adroit Theory owner Mark Osborne during a salon at the SAVOR Craft Beer and Food Experience at the National Building Museum in DC on Friday. Even better, Dieselboy had introduced a cocktail called the Higgins.
“We reached out to him to make a beer that would taste like his cocktail,” Mark said.
The resulting Black Celebration, named after a song by Depeche Mode, is an Imperial porter aged in oak barrels, clocking in at 9.99% ABV. Adroit Theory likes their beers strong, and generally dark. The lowest ABV beer ever made at Adroit Theory is a powerful 7% ABV, and the lowest on tap right now at the brewery’s tasting room is 7.3%, Mark said. A range of 8-10% ABV is typical for Adroit Theory’s beers.
If the opportunity to indulge in three hours of unadulterated beer tasting is presented to you, will you seize it?
This Saturday, May 21st, is the DC On Tap Beer Festival (part of a larger craft beer festival series put on by American On Tap across the country).
Seize the opportunity! You can sample over a 150 beers from more than 80 different breweries, including DC breweries like 3 Stars, Handsome Beer and Atlas Brew Works.
This week (May 16-22) is also American Craft Beer Week, so it is extra apropos that you go.
There will also be food for purchase, live music and a few vendors to peek at while you steel yourself for the next rounds of beer.
Just to whet your appetite a bit, here are just a few of the beers I’ll be targeting:
- Maine Brewing Company – Mean Old Tom (a mean, old stout with hints of vanilla)
- Caboose Brewing Company – Saison (they opened in VA about a year ago, and I haven’t tried any of their beers yet)
- Brewer’s Art – Zeke’s Coffee Porter (should wake me up!)
- Handsome Beer Company – Strange Charm (a brown ale with a Belgian twist from the newest DC-based brewery – they rent space from other breweries for now)
It may be summer, but I still like them dark.
Buy your tickets now!
America On Tap Craft Beer Festival Series: DC On Tap
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Exhibit Hall D – Level 2)
5:00-8:00pm (VIP 4:00-8:00pm)
$45 (VIP $60)