Friday Happy Hour: Founders’ Dirty Bastard

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Welcome to the Friday Happy Hour, your single drink primer for the weekend.

On icy weekends, such as the one we’re facing, you can’t stand for a cool, fruity, refreshing drink.  It just doesn’t fit.  Instead, you need something warm and robust that will ward off the cold; something that you can sip so that the warmth lingers for as long as possible.  There are a few beverages that accomplish this, but I’m going to recommend Founders’ Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.  This stuff is powerful, with an 8.5%ABV and a thick texture.  The flavor is complex and malty, with a sweet, smoky overtone.  It’s a perfect example of a scotch ale, just one step lighter than a stout, both in color and character. Beware, though, this Michigan brewed beauty is not for the faint of heart, and definitely not a beginners beer.  Rustico in Alexandria should have it on tap, or you can find bottles in most specialty wine shops.

Kirk is a Maine-born, military brat who moved no fewer than 12 times during his childhood. He came to the DC area in 2004 for his undergrad and decided that it was the place for him. Since graduating, he’s nabbed a job with the Fed and spends most of his free time hunting for cheap thrills in the city. Find out why he loves DC.

2 thoughts on “Friday Happy Hour: Founders’ Dirty Bastard

  1. Everything by Founder’s is good! They used to brew a raspberry lambic called Blushing Monk around Valentine’s Day, which was especially tasty.

  2. and their breakfast stouts are amazing. Their Canadian stout is brewed with kona beans to give it a strong coffee flavor, and then it’s aged in used maple syrup barrels which gives it this amazing mapley flavor. It’s pure genius