Chinatown Lunch with the Rents

Since my parents were in town, we decided to make a day of it! After checking out the Civil War Art exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, we walked down the street in Chinatown to have lunch and beers at RFD’s.

I started off with St Martin Brune by Brasserie De Brunnehaut of Brunnehaut, Belgium at 8% abv.

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A very good way to start off the afternoon. Dark fruit and sweet, lots of plums, dates and cherries. Candied sugar and caramel. Not a very heavy beer, bubbly and just seemed a bit thin going down. But easy drinking and didn’t fill me up before lunch!

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Next I got the Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale by Brouwerij Van Steenberge of Ertvelde, Belgium at 5.5% abv.

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I’m always happy to have a sour beer. There is never a bad time for one! They are light and refreshing, and have a fairly light alcohol content, with more flavor, depth, and sour goodness than any other type of beer I can think of.

Light, effervescent carbonation, and a tang of sweet and sour apple cider vinegar. Dominant yeast flavor, chewy malt bready body. Not overpowering, very well balanced.

My parents enjoy drinking beer too and kept me fairly busy helping them with suggestions for new beers to try! RFD’s worked well for my mom because they also offer their draft beers in sample sizes. So she was able to try very different things without feeling too committed to a whole beer.

Rob’s Birthday Pub Golf Bar Crawl

And suddenly it was that time of year again, Rob’s birthday. I always look forward to Rob’s birthday with a mix of excitement and utter terror.

For his birthday we always go out for a day of Pub Golf. We (usually) dress in plaid, argyle and golf themed attire, and go bar to bar drinking the prescribed drink to make par, a birdie, or an eagle.

This year’s pub golf was in Adams Morgan, DC. We began the pub crawl at the Black Squirrel, and here’s our birthday boy now!

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I usually go all out and dress up for pub golf, but I was trying to not get completely shit faced this year. I thought that if I didn’t dress up it would discourage me from drinking a bit.

Jack decided to go for a twist on the golf attire, he went with Frisbee golf!

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I actually skipped the first few bars, and just stuck with waters. (See, not wearing a costume seemed to help!)

Soon I couldn’t take it anymore, and when we got to a bar that a some good beer offerings and not just the regular bland macros, I had to get a beer! The first good beer I was able to find was Allagash Curieux, which I’ve had many times before, but it was a welcome sight.

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Later in the evening, Ryan and I found some tasty porters! We got the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing out of Cleveland, OH at 5.8% abv.

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This has got to be one of my all time favorite porters!

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Shenanigans were had! We went to more bars that I can even recall! I only had a few beers but I tried to wait till we went to bars that had a decent offering. I went for quality not quantity. I think my head thanked me the next morning for that!

Leah Cooks Us an Awesome Dinner

Finally we were all able to get our schedules to line up and planned a dinner with our fellow climber/ triathlete friend Leah! We immediately set to work upon the beers and also tried to make a fire.

First off we had the St. Feuillien Saison by brasserie St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium at 6.5% abv.

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It was a nice starter beer, pours a light hazy golden orange. Lightly floral and yeasty, hints of banana, spices. Also a bit earthy and grassy. Very pleasant and refreshing.

Next up was the Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout by Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan at 6.1% abv.

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It was in the freezer to try to quickly chill, but it almost chilled a bit too much! The pour was a little bit slushy, but after it warmed, it was fantastic! A very well done cream stout! It doesn’t have the milky/ lactose creaminess but its still thick and smooth. Not overly sweet or hoppy. Molasses, cocoa, roasted malts, and a slight bitterness. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. Perfect for a winter night by the fire!

And continuing with dark beers, next we split the Bison Organic Chocolate Stout by Bison Brewing Co of Berkeley, CA at 5% abv.

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Not too bad I suppose, quite heavy on the roasted robust malt, chocolate hides in the background. Coffee and a slight smokiness. Finishes dry. Good, but not standout.

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This was the friendliest cat I’ve ever met! He just wanted to sit in someone’s lap the whole time! I would almost consider getting a cat if I knew it would want to be petted! Almost, because then again I was covered in white cat hair by the end of the night!

Thanks again for the great quinoa dinner, Leah!