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Bluejacket Brewing Company Feature

Bluejacket Brewing Company is still making its pre-opening rounds across the District of Columbia, and Wednesday night at Churchkey was a big one. There were five beers on-tap: three new releases (including their first ever signature beer), and two delicious repeats. Their head brewer, Megan, is still crossing the nation to brew her beers at other breweries until she can get her operation up and running, and she has some interesting things up her sleeves.

The first beer of the night was released around a month ago, but I missed out. It’s called Black Berliner Techno Weiss, and was brewed with Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company in Virginia.

Black Berliner Techno Weiss
The beer is served with less than a finger of white head resting on top of a black pour that you can see through at points. A thin ring of head is all that remains after a few sips.
The aroma turns me off a bit. Really light roast, water, some fruit, but also a little bit plastic-like. Some tartness, but overall very muted.
Techno Weiss' taste is really strange. Like the lightest porter you've ever had, but with a slight fruit backend. Hardly any tart character. Too watery and focused on the roast for me.
Absurdly light, which was the point of this beer. It is very session-able because the low alcohol level is equally as impressive as the body. Really the high note of this offering.
This one only set me back $2.50 for the 4oz glass at Churchkey, which is very much on the cheaper end of things for the District.
Overall I probably wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone, but I enjoy breweries pushing the limits on styles. I personally think this would improve with just a bit more tartness or fruit characteristics, but I'm no brewer so, what do I know!

Beer Stats
Style: Berliner Weissbier
Serving: On-tap
Size: 4oz
ABV: 3.40%
BA Score: N/A (1 Review)
RB Score: N/A (2 Reviews)

Now I am happy to introduce Sidewalk Saison, Bluejacket’s first beer signature beer, which was brewed at (but not in collaboration with) Iron Hill in West Chester

Sidewalk Saison
Sidewalk Saison is served basically without head, but is a beautiful yellow orange color. Hazy in the center, you can almost see through it.
The aroma on this beer is wonderful, it's almost like bubble gum. Wood, a ton of spices, orange, lemon, and coriander assault the senses. Absurdly sweet and makes it tough to wait any time to taste it.
The taste is really nice, but not quite as fruity as the aroma lets on. Slight hints of booze, lemon, coriander. It's on the fruitier side as far as saisons go, but the spice provides a nice balance. Dry lingering finish.
Light body with an average amount of carbonation. The lingering aftertaste gets a bit old, but overall it's very drinkable. Refreshing and right on the edge of session-able.
$2.50 for my 4oz pour, which is on the low end of prices at Churchkey. Considering this beer tasted so good, I'd say it was absolutely worth it.
Bluejacket knocked this Saison out of the water for their first signature beer. I really like where this brewery is heading.

Beer Stats
Style: Saison
Serving: On-tap
Size: 4oz
ABV: 6.50%
BA Score: N/A (2 Review)
RB Score: N/A (0 Reviews)

Next up was the second new release: Washington OC. This beer was brewed in collaboration with The Bruery, whose Reserve Society Bob and I are proud to be a part of. I’m pretty much in love with their beers…and quads in general, so I was pretty excited to see this offering. It being brewed with plums is a nice bonus.

Washington OC
This has the look of a Bruery beer for sure. It is so murky it looks like you can almost eat it. Yellow-brown in color, with about a finger of bubbly white head.
The aroma is very focused on the plums and dark fruits. It's really amazing that that is all I can pull out. I quite enjoy taking whiffs of Washington OC, I just wish a more diverse aroma came out.
The taste is very sweet and has much more alcohol than the previous few offerings from Bluejacket. Roasty, malty, full of dark fruits and plums. Really nice balance, but on the sweeter side of the style.
The really thick body is undercut by booze and held together with a lower than average carbonation. Very drinkable, I almost finished this before I got the review out.
$4 for the taster, which is still really not bad for Churchkey--especially considering this is a Bruery beer, which are typically expensive in this area. I would probably get it again.
I thought this was great. Really nice representation of the style with a huge plum focus. The balance is great showing these two brewers put a lot of time and effort into it.

Beer Stats
Style: Quad
Serving: On-tap
Size: 4oz
ABV: 10.50%
BA Score: N/A (1 Review)
RB Score: N/A (0 Reviews)

Finally we have the Port City collaboration: Burns’ Night. Going into the night, I would say this Scotch Ale was the one I was least excited about, but Port does a lot of good things so I wasn’t going to turn it down…and I’m glad I didn’t.

Burns’ Night
Really deep amber color that basically looks black. About a finger of thick light brown head graces the top of this offering, and sticks around of a while--and to the side of the glass for that matter.
Very roasty aroma with malty undertones. It is almost to the point of chocolatey, with the caramel and molasses playing together nicely. I'm most focused on the really big roast.
The taste is very nice. Surprising for me because scotch ales can be hit or miss on my palate. Very sweet, with what I thought was a lot of chocolate; after talking to Megan from Bluejacket, however, I found out it was just a combination of caramel, roast, and molasses. The malts underneath bolster it extremely well. Wonderful balance.
Heavier body than I would have thought and a lower carbonation. The balance makes it so easy to drink and the alcohol is masked very well
$3 for 4oz which is absolutely worth it. I will buy this one again the next time I see it.
Surprise of the night. It quickly became my second favorite Bluejacket beer, behind Snack Attack!.

Beer Stats
Style: Scotch Ale
Serving: On-tap
Size: 4oz
ABV: 9.30%
BA Score: N/A (1 Review)
RB Score: N/A (0 Reviews)

Finally, because they had it and because I loved it so much before, I picked up a glass of Snack Attack! brewed with Cigar City and Funky Buddha.

Overall the night was a resounding success. I believe Bluejacket has a number of new beers that will come out before they open down by National’s Park (which is still up in the air as to when). You can be sure that we’ll be following them closely!

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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