"The Ambassador" Session IPA Collaboration Release Party + Mad Fox Tap Takeover at Smoke & Barrel

  • Smoke & Barrel 2471 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 USA

Smoke & Barrel will release its first official collaboration beer - The Ambassador IPA, a session IPA brewed with Mad Fox Brewing Company. The beer will highlight a Mad Fox tap-takeover at Smoke & Barrel on Tuesday August 13, which will feature 11 other selections from the award-winning brewery, including Mad Fox Batch 100, Oaked Leonidas American strong ale, Dingo IPA, Post Meridian Schwarzbier, and the highly-sought Orange Whip IPA.

The Ambassador is a low-alcohol ale brewed with Australian Galaxy hops and an experimental hop in development called HBC-342, and is based on a homebrew recipe by Smoke & Barrel bartender Erich Streckfuss. Streckfuss, Mad Fox Head Brewer Charlie Buettner and assistant brewers Brian Murphy and Brad Hulewicz then tweaked the recipe slightly. The result is a 4.5%, light-bodied, golden-hued IPA with big hop flavor and aroma. Exactly the kind of beer we'd like to make a session out of. "For our first collaboration beer, we knew we wanted to make something that was light and sessionable but packed with our favorite ingredient: hops," said Smoke and Barrel Beer Director Jace Gonnerman. "Charlie's Dingo IPA is one of our house favorites so we gravitated right away to the idea of trying to collaborate with Mad Fox. With a couple tweaks to Erich's original recipe by the Mad Fox brew staff I think we achieved exactly what we were looking for."

Mad Fox CEO and Brewmaster Bill Madden and Buettner wanted the name to reflect the history of the neighborhood. Smoke & Barrel chose The Ambassador to honor the Adams Morgan music venue that stood across the street from the restaurant and hosted some of Jimi Hendrix’s first U.S. headlining shows in August, 1967 when Jimi Hendrix and The Experience played five nights in Adams Morgan.

The Ambassador IPA will be on draft at Smoke & Barrel and Mad Fox starting August 13th and throughout the month of August. Full draft list includes:

  • Defender American Pale Ale Cask with Citra in the Cask
  • The Ambassador IPA
  • Orange Whip IPA
  • Dingo IPA
  • Batch 100
  • Oaked Leonidas
  • Praha Pils
  • Kellerbier Kolsch
  • English Summer Ale
  • Defender American Pale Ale
  • Post Meridian Schwarzbier
  • Broad St. IPA
  • St. Swithens ESB