Dulles Airport Take-Off Tasting Tour: Sterling, Ashburn and more: Solace The Fig Lebowski, Fruited Imperial Stout, Dulles, Virginia
Date: April 17, 2019
The Story— We’ve learned slowly to at least try some of the beers that sound like disappointments because even in styles we normally don’t enjoy, a good brewer can surprise us. We’re skeptical of non-traditional fruit beer in general, but an Imperial Stout can handle a great deal of abuse without showing bruises.
The Dulles Airport area hosts a number of breweries that do almost everything well –Solace is one of them and hits beyond well often enough to ensure that they’ll be back for another beer of the day later in the year.
The Beer—Big rich and sweet from the outset. Full bodied dep roast and lots of fruit by the finish. It all comes together at the end to quite credibly create a Fig Newton beer that’s still beer.
About these posts: We taste and evaluate over a thousand beers every year. The beers posted here rank in the top quarter of those tastings. Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
For the next several weeks we’ll feature fun places to explore beer — and much more–a different destination each week. Our beers of the day will feature beers from this wonderfully wet destinations. This week we’re featuring beers in the Dulles-Sterling are of Northern Virginia. A caveat as always: the vast majorities of craft breweries may have a few beers that are usually available, but their most interesting beers are usual season or one-off brews that we may rave about, but you can’t find. Our specific beer descriptions can tell you what sorts of beers the brewery does well; if you don’t find the exact beer on tap, you’ll probably find something similar.