The Red Hen Collaborating with DC Brau and Linden Vineyards to Offer Limited Release Draft Beer

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1st and Seaton Pl, NW

From a press release:

On Tuesday, June 11th, The Red Hen will tap its first keg of “Sailing the Seas of Lees,” a limited release draft beer made in partnership with DC Brau Brewing Company and Linden Vineyards.

Sebastian Zutant, co-owner and beverage director for The Red Hen worked with long-time friends Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock of DC Brau to create a unique, farmhouse ale, aged for six weeks in oak barrels provided by Winemaker Jim Law of Linden Vineyards in Linden, VA.

“I’ve known Brandon and Jeff for a long time, and have been a huge fan of their beers. It was only a matter of time until we’d find a way to work together,” says Zutant. “Given my predilection towards wine, I thought it would be interesting to find a role for it in the beer making process. Jim Law at Linden has been a trendsetter for Virginia winemaking and we knew he’d be a natural fit; we were all excited to see how a local wine/beer collaboration would turn out.”

As part of the experiment, they aged the brew over Law’s hardscrabble Sauvignon Blanc lees. The result is a juicy, citrus-flavored Saison with a minerality that resembles a cider, or dry white wine.

The limited release “Sailing the Seas of Lees” will be available at The Red Hen beginning June 11th for $7 per glass, and will be offered until all eight sixtels of the brew are gone.

8 Comment

  • Had a great experience here last week, great food, great service. The lamb sandwich blew my mind. But since this post is about beer, I gotta say that they need to do something about their pour system here. Not sure if it’s the CO2 pressure, too much detergent residue in the draft lines, or how the bartender’s pouring, but I ordered two pints where the head evaporated almost before the beers reached the table. Some solid craft beer quickly became flat and lost a lot of its flavor potential.

  • Sailing the What!!?

    I don’t usually like DC Brau, but…if they release while playing an all-Primus mix tape, I’m there. I’ll bring my friend Jerry, who drives race cars.

  • For those who missed it, the Red Hen’s baked gnocchi:
    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/gnocchi-recipe-friedman-0613

  • justinbc

    I get what the guys at DC Brau did, and what the winery provided…but what exactly did the guy from Red Hen have to do with this?

  • I had dinner here last week. The food was delicious and our waitress was extremely friendly. I’ve never spent much time in that area other then to go to check out Rustico. Its now on my radar.

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