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Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey – Washington, DC

Since adding Kenton to our regular cast of characters, we have been looking for a reason to get a bunch of us together for in-person introductions and a chance to share some celebratory beers. Figuring the weekend that held Cantillon’s Zwanze Day was our best bet, plans were set in motion and our cellars shivered at the destruction that was to come. Zwanze Day is in its second year; Cantillon’s head brewer Jean Van Roy sees … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, Cantillon, Lambic

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

Cellar: Victory Golden Monkey 2011

Cellar: Victory Golden Monkey 2011

Victory Golden Monkey has been a go-to beer for me ever since I turned 21 in good old Central PA. I liked the taste, and the nearly 10% ABV had the desired effects on a college student. Now that I can appreciate the beer a bit more, I decided to put a 750ml bottle in my cellar to see how it holds up. The results were pretty surprising. Golden Monkey 2012 Beer Stats Style: Tripel Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 9.50% BA … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cellar, Tripel, Victory Brewing Co.

Draai Laag Brewing Company Simon Girty

Draai Laag Brewing Company Simon Girty

While visiting a recently opened bar near me, I was recommended a beer by the owner. The bottle in question was by a local Pittsburgh brewery – Draai Laag Brewing Company – that was completely unknown to me (much to my chagrin), and even looking at the bottle, I would’ve pegged it as a beer out of Belgium due to the… unique label. Billed as an artisanal brewery, Draai Laag experiments with different flavors and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Draai Laag Brewing Co., Reviews, Strong Dark Ale

Bluejacket Brewing Company Feature

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 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Berliner Weissbier, Bluejacket, Quad, Saison, Scotch Ale

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

Better from the Barrel: Stillwater Artisanal Ales Folklore

Better from the Barrel: Stillwater Artisanal Ales Folklore

Stillwater Artisanal Ales is an interesting brewer to say the least. They operate under the “gypsy” brewer moniker (of Mikkeller fame) and brew beers at different breweries across the land. They have really cool label art–which you can see in the pictures below or at their website–which follows their modus operandi that I found on their Facebook page: The goal of Stillwater Artisanal is just that, living art. Although packaged within a medium often overlooked for its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Bordeaux, Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Strong Dark Ale

Cellaring Beer

Cellaring Beer

Previously I posted about my beer label collection and my quest to try beers from all over the world. That quest put a cramp on my desire to start cellaring beer for later years.  However, last year I decided to make the effort because I want to experience first hand how individual beers change over time. Some  changes will be good, but I know that some will be bad. But where to start? What are the best … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cellaring, Dogfish Head, IPA, Porter, Saison, Saison, Stout, Strong Dark Ale, The Bruery, Tripel, Triple Bock

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #4 Kiwit Man Review

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #4 Kiwit Man Review

My fourth homebrew was Kiwit Man, a kiwi wit aged with mangoes. As a follow up to my last post, the final gravity did not drop below 1.014 as I though it might. However, with the higher starting gravity, this beer came in at 6.1% instead of the target 5.0%, which I was very happy with. Kiwit Man Beer Stats Style: Belgian Witbier Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 6.10% BA Score: n/a RB Score: n/a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Brew It Yourself, Witbier

Release: Duclaw Brewing Company in DC @ The Big Hunt

Release: Duclaw Brewing Company in DC @ The Big Hunt

When I saw the below tweet from Big Hunt bartender Dave Coleman I knew I had no choice but to trek into the District last Thursday. I mean come on, two bourbon barrel aged offerings and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (BSDA) weighing in at 14% ABV? You’re pulling at my heartstrings.  Duclaw Brewing Company is known for their big beers (see Colossus, a 22% ABV Imperial IPA), but none had graced my palate with its presence … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release, DuClaw Brewing Co., Heaven Hill, Imperial Porter, Old Ale, Pent