|DC Brau's Stone of Arbroath at Bier Baron|
For me, drinking beer in the DC area can be expensive, that is why I was so excited in early April to read about a promotion that was going on for neighborhood bars and restaurants.
The Washington Post had an article about a passport that you could get to promote DC beer week. You buy a small badge for $10 dollars, visit the venues and you could get certain discounts. The deals on beer varied from venue to venue. Churchkey for example, had a promotion for the badge to have half off any cask beer on Mondays. It was obvious when I looked at the offer the badge price would be quickly compensated for the deals that were offered. The real kicker was that if you visited all of the places in your passport, you would get stamped, and could enter your passport in a drawing. 15 winners would get a $50 dollar gift certificate to 1 of the 15 bars, and... wait for it... 1 grand prize for $50 gift certificates to.. ALL OF THEM. Looking at the list there were many venues I was quite often a visitor, some that I had not visited in some time, and some that I have never been to. It was time to move post haste and get my badge and earn the prize... or... not. Perhaps it is of no use to mention this deal now, since the end of April is upon us, but if I could make one saving grace to tell you about this promotion, it is that I have not got a chance to grab the brass ring. But I tried!! and found also some real new interesting things along the way.
|Nugget Nectar at Churchkey|
"The Man", like myself, is a guy who comes into Churchkey with pen and paper in hand to review, not unlike me and many other beer reviewers. There is one exception. "The Man" is retired, he's also much older than myself and is up to nearly 10,000 personal reviews of beers. Striking a conversation with him we could talk about beers till we were blue in the face. The hardest part, was he wouldn't let me leave! Needless to say, I still had to figure out how to get to all these other places on my passport. Me and "the man's" path I am sure will cross again.
Meridian Pint was a no brainer, It's often in between my work and on the way home so that was no big deal. The Dupont Circle area was close to my area for work for after tipples that fit places like Pizza Paradiso, Kramers, Bier Baron and so forth. A few spot places could also be managed. But how was I going to do the rest? It was obvious that a good chunk involved a return trip to the Adams Morgan neighborhood. The last time I was there to imbibe was during my last bachelor party which should put things into perspective, and will be a story I won't dare repeat here. So what's new in Adams Morgan 7-8 years later?
|One of three walls of Jack Rose|
|Schlenkerla Eiche on tap at Jack Rose|
The tap list here at Jack Rose seems to focus on malty offerings, a Smoked and Oaked Epic beer popped out as well. No doubt the offerings here at Jack Rose are bent to hit on the whiskey smokiness offerings, and the beers seem to hint at dark richness focusing on malt and smoke. It is a place that I need to visit again. A quick chat of the bartender mentioned that the place has the largest whiskey selection in the United States. I really need to return...
|Summer Solstice - Anderson Valley at Smoke & Barrel|
|Tryst tap shot and staff photos in Adams Morgan|
|Espresso at Tryst|
Still, I took a breather and had of course great coffee. I almost forgot one of my favorite touches they have when they serve, and that is, animal crackers on your saucer. Even though I didn't have any alcohol they still stamped my passport which was nice, remarking that it was yellow and VERY hard to see.
|The totality incomplete|
I suppose.. and I say this with all hypothetical possibilities cause what I am about to say next is "technically" possible... BUT.. I could visit all of the four remaining places within the next 48 hours.
Somehow though the time and the funds always seem to run out, but the good beer and places in DC never does.