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Bluejacket: Changing the Face of Breweries in DC

Bluejacket: Changing the Face of Breweries in DC

The beer scene of our Nation’s capital is burgeoning, and we’re all along for the ride. With Bluejacket set to open next week as the fifth brewery within the District since 2011, this ride is about to get a facelift. When Christian Heurich Brewing Company shuttered the doors in 1956, DC spent roughly 55 years without a brewery to call its own. Luckily for us, 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, and DC Brau have opened … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bluejacket, Breweries

Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

When I bought my ticket for Snallygaster a few months ago, I had a hard time believing that it could possibly beat its inaugural offering. However, as I watched the official Facebook page, which posted new beers that would be offered each week, my anticipation grew into full on excitement. It eventually culminated to a level of giddiness that is typically reserved for a teenaged girl getting tickets to see her favorite band. Because last year … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Festival

Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Brasserie Cantillon — Brussels, Belgium

Cantillon, for me, was one of the great beer Meccas that the world has to offer. Brewing traditional lambics since 1900, the brewery puts out some of the best sour beers on the market. All of Cantillon’s beers are spontaneously fermented, meaning they are open to the air for the brewery’s natural terroir to impart more than 100 years of developed wild yeasts to create its unique flavors. The brewery is the only one left … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Cantillon

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

One Night: Nine Years of Stone’s Vertical Epic

12.12.12 at Churchkey in Washington, DC was truly a day we all won’t soon forget. The bar managed to tap nine years worth of Stone Brewing Company‘s Vertical Epics: 03.03.03 through 12.12.12, including special versions of ’07 and ’09 aged in red wine barrels and ’10 aged in French Oak barrels. To top that, Sam Calagione (yes, of Dogfish Head) was in the building to promote his collaboration with Bluejacket. I got to have a quick conversation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Stout, Cellar, IPA, Oak, Stone Brewing Co., Strong Dark Ale, Wine

Cantillon Zwanze 2012 – Rhubarb Lambic

Cantillon Zwanze 2012 – Rhubarb Lambic

Now that we’ve covered Churchkey’s iteration of Cantillon’s Zwanze Day only one question remains: How was the beer? Typically when we review a beer it covers the thoughts of one person. Tonight you’re getting a review encompassing the thoughts of all who attended! Cantillon’s Zwanze is a special beer brewed once a year and typically is different each year. This year’s, however, is a recreation of the 2008 variation: a lambic brewed with rhubarb. Why … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Cantillon, Lambic

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

Snallygaster: The Gargantuan Beer Jamboree

Snallygaster: The Gargantuan Beer Jamboree

Last weekend, my drinking buddy Chase and I got our share of DC last weekend when we when to the now infamous Washington National’s NLDS Game 5 collapse and the Snallygaster beer festival. I’ve already talked about beer at Nats Park, and not a lot has changed since (for better or worse). Beer-wise, I was most excited about Churchkey guru Greg Engert’s newest project: Snallygaster. Why the weird name? There’s some history there. As early as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Festival

Bluejacket Brewery Worldwide Release

Bluejacket Brewery Worldwide Release

Churchkey is known in the DC area for having a ton of great beer events; if you’ve been following this blog, you are no stranger to that! Thursday June 7th provided a truly unique and rare opportunity: the first  batch from a new DC brewery. Bluejacket Brewery is run by Megan Parisi with DC beer mogul Greg Engert. They actually produced their first beer in Tampa with Cigar City and Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bluejacket, Imperial Porter

SAVOR: Better from the Barrel: Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2 at Churchkey

SAVOR: Better from the Barrel: Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2 at Churchkey

Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head are two breweries that we here at The Beer Circle are familiar with, and you should be too. I went to Churchkey for the second straight night to check out Sierra Nevada’s tap-takeover, featuring no less than 55 Sierra Nevada beers on-tap at one time. Slightly overwhelmed, I grabbed a glass of their collaboration with Dogfish Head: Life & Limb (the second running of the beer), and it’s bourbon barrel … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Better From The Barrel?, Blend, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

I was very excited when I saw that Churchkey was kicking off SAVOR Beer Week with a dinner featuring beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We’ve already taken a stab at a few of their beers on this site (Paige with Union Jack and Greg with 14th and 15th Anniversary) and I personally haven’t found a beer brewed by them that I didn’t like. All I knew going into the event was what beers would … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Pale Ale, American Strong Ale, American Wild Ale, Beer Week, Black IPA, English Pale Ale, Firestone Walker, Imperial IPA, Oak, Oatmeal Stout, Pappy Van Winkle, Porter