Home is where the Hardt is…you’ll find him on a stool at Mad Fox. –Ancient Washingtonian Proverb
Sometimes life is funny Bierdos. 15 years ago, local bar star Stan Zeigler gave me my first DC bartending job in Georgetown. Fast forward to now and as I walk into the brand new Mad Fox Brewing Company Glover Park location (2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, DC; 202-791-0389; www.madfoxbrewing.com) there he is behind the sticks greeting me with a hug, a cold beer and one of his infamous one-liners. Needless to say some places are familiar, inviting and just feel right – such is the case of the long awaited Mad Fox Brewing location in Glover Park DC.
I’ve always been advocate of Mad Fox beer and a personal cheerleader for Bill Madden and his team at their Falls Church, VA location (seriously, I believe my first beer article was about Mad Fox and he literally poured me one of everything while we shared stories, super nice guy). Between their delicious mumbo sauce wings, mouthwatering pizza, and amazing monster burger creations from executive chef Travis Weiss, your mouth is dribbling on your polo and you haven’t looked at the beer menu yet! The Molotov Hoptail DIPA, Unfiltered Kellerbier Kolsch and Orange Whip IPA remain some of my favorite local beers to this day, and I direct folks to their growler nights on Tuesdays because it’s the best deal in town. Now a second location has been erected for food and beer lovers in the District, and though slightly different, it has the same familiarity and great potential as the first one. General manager Marcos Javier is slowly winning over the regulars with $4 kick the cask Mondays, $5 flights Sundays and $2 off pints during happy hour. So, behold my beer brothers, Glover Park has a new temple for craft beer and eats that you might not know existed. You can almost hear Al Pacino’s infamous “Whoo-ah!” echoing from the distance, “I’m in the dark, here!” …Well, you don’t have to be in the dark any longer DC, the inviting light of Mad Fox is here to welcome you.
Here are three, brand spanking new beers I implore you to try this October at Mad Fox at either location:
Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Saison 5%
Don’t forget to ask for the crushed pie crust glass rim! This classy seasonal pumpkin ale is made with 250 pounds of local MD Heirloom Cinderella pumpkins and has a secret pumpkin pie spice recipe. Caramel, citrus peel and pumpkin spices combine to coat the back of your tongue in a pleasant way usually reserved for desert. Rating:Not stingy on the nice pumpkin spice!
Hitzig Frau Oktoberfest 2015 5.7%
A Munich style Oktoberfest with a HEAVY malt backbone on the tail end. Extremely drinkable – if it weren’t for the residual hops I’d almost call this a light seasonal, but those malts also definitely dominate in a good way. Rating: This beer is Frau real.
Sandy Eggo IPA 7.9%
My new favorite from the Fox. Bright citrus/grapefruit hops IPA with caramel malts, I could see this winning a medal someday. West Coast style IPA all the way, hence the moniker with the play on words. San Diego, get it! Rating: Let go of my eggo and get your own kiddo. What a beer!
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