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