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Capitol City Brewing Company Cherry Blossom Ale

When Capitol City Brewing Company opened in 1992, it marked the first time since prohibition that a brewpub operated in Washington D.C. The brewery steeps itself in history and symbolism of the United States, placing Lady Liberty atop all its menus. I got a little gem in my inbox from them (placed below) earlier this week and thought, “what better way to get into the Cherry Blossom, and Spring, spirit than with a beer?”

Sounds delicious, right?

For those of you that don’t know, from the beginning of Spring until the end of April, Washington D.C. celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival, centered around the beautifully blooming cherry trees of our nation’s capital. The festival has its roots in commemorating the March 27, 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo City in an effort to enhance the (then) growing friendship between the two nations. The 2012 edition of the festival is truly special, marking its 100 year anniversary.

It really is a site to see

I read that the beer was made with 336lbs of fresh cherries, which certainly made me interested, so I made my way towards the location in Shirlington Village to see if the beer lived up to the festival.

Cherry Blossom Ale
The glass came out of the bar to my patio seat deep red with a ton of bubbles clinging to the side of the pint glass.
A ton of sweet cherries seem to be placed atop a crisp ale. I'm getting some pilsner type hints, slight malt presence with some hops. It's a bit strange and too disjointed. Instead of being integrated with the beer, the cherries seem separated and remind me a bit too much of juice.
I would liken this to a pilsner with a boatload of cherries thrown in. Sweet malts and even sweeter cherries actually attempt to work together. At first I wasn't a fan of the taste, but it grew on me. It's still a touch watered down and a one trick pony with the cherries, but I can't complain when I'm sitting outside in this beautiful weather.
The body on this is so strange; it's a heavier body than I wanted paired with a very low amount of carbonation. It seems like this was brewed to be a much lighter beer and the additions threw off the balance. The cherry taste leaves a strange taste on the palate.
At $4 for a pint I was pretty impressed with it's value. It won't wow you, but for a seasonal beer brewed in the District, you can't get a much better price.
Honestly the pretzels they brought out made made me enjoy the beer a lot more. It was a decently sized disappointment, unlike the real cherry blossoms. If you were going to rush out to try this...don't, but if you're in the city this weekend, I'd say give it a try.

Beer Stats
Style: Fruit Beer
Serving: On-Tap
Size: 16oz
ABV: 5.50%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: N/A

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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