On a chilly pre-spring day, I returned from Burketsville MD, stopping outside Lovettsville, VA at Wheatland Spring farm and brewery. I knew that they had done a collaboration with Ocelot and wanted to check in. The beer was clear (in purpose and spirit) and tasty. I don’t remember if it was ‘hazy.’ (Note the jab) […]Read More I Can Taste the Chocolate!
I love when something grabs my attention for all the right reasons. Before visiting the Beer Garden at Dominion (easily one of the nicest after effects of Covid) I reviewed their draft list. Melvin IPA, which is long overdue in our market, had just been consumed. Melvin, the quintessential cool, unaffected brewery just reached VA. […]Read More West Coast is Still My Favorite
In 2012, I pulled myself out of my winter misery flu cocoon to meet the man responsible for the most deliciously un-pronouncable beer. Brewer, Kjetil Jikiun was in the house and I had to meet him. I blinded him (accidentally) when I tried to interview him with my camera phone. I asked him to correctly […]Read More Did You Say Sake?!?
A colossal event of gastro-biblical proportions! Split into 2 sessions of EIGHTEEN BEERS EACH, this event should knock the socks off your socks……off. Wait. What? Beers from 2012 to 2016! Bill Madden is the coolest. Hoarding barleywine and not making excuses. Wow. Pretty cool info on ‘barleywine’ and ‘barley wine’: Wikipedia see also: wheat wine […]Read More It’s Time For Barleywine
One of my favorite events takes place at the magic castle aka Churchkey. It’s not really a castle, but you do have to climb a flight of stairs. Oh and it’s dark. There’s elaborate fabric riveted headboard furniture. I think there’s a chandelier. It’s made out of brick and there are lords of libations. Ok, […]Read More Churchkey 5th Anniversary Week – Night of the Living Ales 2014
I was pretty excited to hear that Rustico was planning a craft beer dinner. It had been years since I attended beer dinners (2006-2007?) at their original Alexandria location. Those dinners were exciting and experimental. Like the frozen Lambic pops (which were deemed illegal) of the time, the chef would come out of the kitchen […]Read More Craft is the Name of the Game
I’m gonna let you in on something special. I am breaking the silence on something underground. All the kids are doing it, but no one speaks…about… GBBM. The location is a secret. Sometimes at the Medialounge, other times at the Drunkatorium, Good Beers, Bad Movies is a meeting of the most secret order. Moore’s […]Read More GBBM: Good Beer, Bad Movies
and they are delicious. Last Sunday night I dropped into Churchkey, you know, to see what I could poke with a stick. When I heard that a British tap takeover was a few days earlier I was kinda bummed. What used to stand for hundreds of years of experience – delicious maltiness and refreshing bitters […]Read More The British Are Coming
It’s June 16th. The US just defeated Ghana. I thought it might take a few hours for my heart to resume it’s normal pattern, so I need to get home………..where a new episode of 24 was on the air at 9pm. Bullocks. Ok, lemme just drink some water…and, hey. What’s that at the back of […]Read More Kill all the Golfers
For some reason, ‘Save Draft’ deleted about 30min of writing. G.F.Y. WordPress. I give up (hits publish) I met my friend Nick at a wine shop in McLean in the late 1990’s. Knowledgeable about wine as well as beer, he started a program accumulating specialty beers called ‘beer club.’ I would come into the shop […]Read More Treasure Hunt