Aslin Pop-Up in Brookland


On March 2 & 3, Aslin Beer Company (Herndon, VA) did a pop-up bar/restaurant in Brookland’s District Space.

The beer menu changed each day, and there were beer dinners on Friday and Saturday night. We visited on Saturday afternoon for a celebration of William Henry Harrison Day (the anniversary of the shortest presidential inauguration speech and my friend’s birthday who hates his birthday).

Aslin is renowned for their juicy IPAs and fabulous stouts, and the pop-up reinforced this. To keep up with Aslin, checkout their Facebook page or Instagram REGULARLY!

Earlier in the day, it was posted that there would be rare Aslin bottles available. When we got there, we couldn’t find any mention of the bottles. We asked Aslin’s always responsive staff and were rewarded with a bottle of Cotton (a beer brewed for their second anniversary). I’d been chasing this beer for months, and it did not disappoint. It was so dark, rich, and delicious (4.5 out of 5).

While we were enjoying Cotton, a friend spotted a different stout on a nearby table that wasn’t on the menu. It was Macrooned, which had just been released at the brewery earlier that day. We got a couple of cans of it, and it also was fantastic (4.5). We happened to be standing near the end of the bar close to the fridge with a glass front. I noticed a bartender pulling beers out of the fridge and spied what appeared to be can of Laser Raptor. I’d had it once before and loved it. It also wasn’t on the menu, but once again we asked the staff and they delivered. Laser Raptor is a sharp IPA with notes of berries, pineapple and pine (4.5). We loved it so much we got a few more cans. Sadly, we ran out of time as they were closing to prepare for the beer dinner. It was a short but rewarding visit to the Aslin pop-up.

If you like IPAs and stouts and haven’t had Aslin yet, do yourself a favor and find some. Often Aslin beers can be found at Meridian Pint, Brookland Pint, Smoke and Barrel, and Churchkey. Don’t forget to follow their Facebook page and Instagram for information on their upcoming can releases and events.

Author: Jeff Lucas

I like craft beers, a lot. So far I've had over 4,600 different beers and have been to 126 breweries in 27 states plus DC. Always looking to try something new, except when it is from the Bud Light "____ ____ rita" family. Follow my adventures in craft beer on Untappd at

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