Hail to this Purcellville brewery
During this heady, confetti-filled time for Washington sports fans, this week has served as a reminder that the city should not get too comfortable with its status as a place that can have nice things. On Monday, there was the World Series champion Nationals’ divisive visit to the White House, where catcher Kurt Suzuki put on a MAGA hat and smiled as President Donald Trump hugged him from behind and clung to his chest like some bloated orange Jack Dawson. Today, a Northern Virginia brewery is releasing a beer to remind checked-out Redskins fans just how far their team has fallen.
With Washington at 1-8, matching its worst start in 21 years, Harpers Ferry Brewing in Purcellville is advertising a “Sell the Team” IPA. In an Instagram post announcing the release, the brewery says the West Coast IPA boasts a 9.5 percent ABV “to get you through another dreadful Sunday.” It’s “bitter and slightly disappointing” like a day at a stadium overrun with visiting fans. Washingtonian explains that the brew’s name is a callback to 2009, when fans chanted “sell the team” in the midst of a 2-4 start. The beer is not available in the District, so intrigued drinkers will have to drive to the brewery to sample it.
In Dan Snyder’s 21st year of ownership, the notoriously dysfunctional franchise has already fired its head coach and is mired in a bizarre conflict with star tackle Trent Williams, who claims the team’s medical staff was negligent about a cancerous growth on his head that threatened his life. Washington’s last 1-8 start, under coach Norv Turner in 1998, led to a not abysmal 6-10 finish. The only other two years the team was equally horrendous through nine games were 1950 and 1935.
Over the years, celebrity chefs David Chang and José Andrés have tweeted about wanting to take the NFL franchise off Snyder’s hands. Snyder is just 54, so there’s no reason to think he will acquiesce any time soon. [W]
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Tomorrow will be the release of Sell The Team! This double west coast IPA finished at 9.5% to get you through another dreadful Sunday. Bitter and slightly disappointing like a day at fedex field! #httr #selltheteam #ipa #bitter #hops #locoaletrail #fedexfield #dansnyder #firebruceallen #wvbeer #harpersferry
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