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DC Breweries Tour Recap

DC Breweries Tour Recap

This past Saturday, despite a continuous deluge of wintry mix in the Washington area, a car full of good friends drove across our nation’s capital to see five different breweries: DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, Right Proper, and Bluejacket. A testament to the success of craft beer right now, the longest drive between breweries was 15 minutes. The fun breweries paired with almost everyone being a bit sleepy and hungover made for a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Breweries, Chocolate City, DC Brau Brewing Co., Right Proper Brewing Co.

Saturday, 14 December: DC Breweries Tour

Saturday, 14 December: DC Breweries Tour

Come one, come all to the finest craft beer breweries that the District of Columbia has to offer! On Saturday, 14 December, a group of us will be making stops at five breweries whose addresses contain Washington, DC (apologies to those in VA and MD!). Most of these breweries are new, and only offer growler hours to the public on Saturdays. So, barring another snowpocalypse, we thought it would be a good idea to stock … Read entire article »

Filed under: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Chocolate City, DC Brau Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Three Stars Brewing Co.

Strong Ales on Saturday Afternoon: Rustico’s Novemberfest

Strong Ales on Saturday Afternoon: Rustico’s Novemberfest

Oktoberfests are so last month. On Saturday, November 11th, Rustico put on a show down in Alexandria, Virginia, hosting their second annual Novemberfest in the back parking lot. “It’s sorta like Oktoberfest, but way Novemberier,” the free mug states. Novemberfest’s planners apparently shared my ideas on improving Snallygaster (as both festivals were put on by bars owned by the same group) and gave everyone in attendance a mug and ten tickets for the $15 price of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Festival, Catoctin Creek Peach, DC Brau Brewing Co., Saison, Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Catoctin Creek Distillery – Barrel Source for Virginia / DC

Catoctin Creek Distillery – Barrel Source for Virginia / DC

Barrels, Barrels, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Barrel, Barrels. every where, Nor any drop to drink. – borrowed badly from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner     It seems that every brewery has a barrel-aging program but where do the barrels come from and what did they previously hold? Luckily for barrel-aged beer fans in the Washington, D.C. area, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, VA. is supplying a growing number of DC-area breweries with their used barrels … Read entire article »

Filed under: Better From The Barrel?, Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., DC Brau Brewing Co., Distillery, Mad Fox Brewing Co.

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

As part of their inaugural Barrel Aged Beauties event last Wednesday Churchkey in DC had a number of DC Brau Brewing Company’s offerings aged in various barrels graciously provided by Catoctin Creek from just up north in Loudon County. I’ve only ever had a few beers from the District’s first packaging brewery since 1956, but was excited to see how well their beers would hold up in barrels from a local distillery. It boiled down … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Catoctin Creek Pear, Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, DC Brau Brewing Co., Oatmeal Stout, Porter