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Doubt the RavenBeer, Nevermore

Doubt the RavenBeer, Nevermore

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Last weekend, I had the chance to attend the DC Beer Fest at the Nationals Ballpark. I will admit, I am always skeptical about festivals. Mainly because the “superstar” beers rarely make an appearance, and instead I get to try one light(er) beer and one IPA (and a stout if I’m lucky). 

 

However, I had the opportunity to swing by my old friends from RavenBeer in Baltimore, Maryland. Have you heard of them? Probably not. Their footprint is decently regional and they focus on a solid lineup of core beers that deliver consistency that is sometimes questionable in the beer world. 

 

On this day, I got to try two beers. First, the Annabelle Lee Belgian White. It’s a solid interpretation and is really how I wish Blue Moon would’ve tasted in college. But the beer that really shined, and had patrons coming back multiple times, was their Double Hazy IPA, Poe Knows Haze.

 

I know what you’re thinking: another hazy IPA. But I have to say, this one was indeed different from the masses. At 8% ABV, it’s definitely no slouch. Talking to the sales manager, Jason Williams, the recipe is really a unique mashup of different hops they had contracted that they wanted to use in something new. With Citra (standard), Vic Secret (getting hotter), and Huell Melon (wtf), this beer to me is the equivalent of dank DIPAs of old but without that huge blast of bitterness up front. Dank, fruity undertones, and of course that full hazy body, Poe Knows Haze is definitely the surprise of the festival. Grab some cans NOW!

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