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Rare Beer Alert: Lost Abbey at Connecticut Avenue Wine & Spirits


We gave you a heads up the last time cult-inspiring California beers were spotted in D.C. Well, a few rare bottles have made it into the District again. Connecticut Avenue Wine & Spirits beverage consultant Al K. Lo has managed to get his hands on some Lost Abbey.

Lost Abbey is a Belgian abbey-style brewing project headed by Tomme Arthur. The brewery is a spin-off of the Pizza Port brewpubs in southern California, which brew and distribute under the label of Port Brewing. As complicated as all that sounds, you only need to know that their brews were good enough to demand expansion to several locations as well as a production brewery, and are hard to find on the East Coast.

Available Lost Abbey bottles, in very short supply, are: (1) The Angel's Share, a complex strong dark ale barrel-aged in bourbon barrels for a minimum of 12 months; (2) Red Barn Ale, a refreshing farmhouse ale brewed with Belgian Saison yeast and spiced with organic ginger, orange peels, black pepper, and grains of paradise; (3) Inferno Ale, a  sweet, spicy, golden Belgian-style strong ale; and (4) Hop 15, a hophead-pleasing Double IPA with 15 varieties of hops each added to the beer at 15 minute intervals. (Unlike the others, Hope 15 is technically a Port Brewing beer.)

How did Connecticut Avenue Wine & Spirits manage this feat, you ask? Apparently by partnering with Jocelyn Cambier, an independent importer whose name has been ringing in our ears. J. Cambier Imports, Inc., specializes in bringing French and Canadian beers to deserving bars and shops in the U.S., or so we were told last month by Luc Bellerive, co-owner of La Trou du Diable. Pizzeria Paradiso's Greg Jasgur also credits Cambier for some of the French-Canadian newbies on his beer list.

It appears as though Cambier is getting into what The Lagerheads call "domestic importing" in a recent interview we did with Mike Kuykendall for East Coast Beer Cast. If that's true, D.C. has a bright future ahead and will likely be seeing more rare beer around town. Bring it on!

  • JM

    You guys need a wine critic to balance out all the beer coverage

  • BJ

    @JM don't be jealous and/or really gay.


    WCP readers

  • deecee foodeee

    Muahahaah I just got all four and stole the last bottles of a two of them.

    Beer, delicious beer!

    Oh, and poverty, horrible poverty!
    These beers cost me nearly $75 bucks in total.

  • Tammy Tuck

    I am not sure what wine vs. beer has to do with sexual preference, but appreciate a good rally on both sides.

    DC Foodie-Al has a case of each bottle although only a few are out on the floor. I hope you got the last two on the shelf, not his entire stash. Yeah...they were expensive.

  • deecee foodeee

    expensive but worth it!

    Had the Angels Share and Hop 15.

    Angels is worth experiencing once - it is basically bourbon beer but very nice and not too overwhelming. A bit too expensive for another experiment, though.

    Hop 15 was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. A really good hoppy beer that did not overwhelm and had a fruity smell to it and was just simply delicious. Highly recommended

  • Beer $lut

    No brewery in the world is as expensive and over-rated as the Lost Abbey. Their regular line up is mediocre at best, and although they have 2-3 nice seasonals, all of their beer that's worth a shit is $15+ for a 12 ounce bottle. Ridiculous!

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