Beers with Chris and Andy

Chris and I usually only hang out during football season, sad but true. So this year we decided to change that! Chris and Andy met us out in DC for some drinks! Actually, before the drinks we first met up and saw a really strange art show synchronized swimming thing. There wasn’t much swimming, but there was a lot of art. So afterward we headed over to Bearnaise, a Belgian restaurant for dinner and drinks.

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It was a cute little place, but they only had four beers!! They seemed very pleased that they had Delirium Tremens on tap for the lowest price in the district, but I was willing to pay a little more for good beers and a bit more selection.

Anyway, I ordered a beer I hadn’t had in years! I got the Affligem Blonde by Brouwerij De Smedt/ Brouwerij Affligem of Opwijk, Belgium at 6.8% abv.

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Once I stopped being a beer snob and got over their lack of selection, I got down to really enjoying this beer! Sometimes I forget that this is one of the most basic kinds of Belgian beers. You can’t turn your nose up at a good blonde! Very bready and yeasty, smooth and full, light citrus and pepper. Lively carbonation and exceptionally drinkable on a hot summer day!

Unfortunately Chris had to return home at this time, but after a few drinks Andy and I were ready to keep going! We headed over to H St and began a night of bar hopping. I was ready to check out some new places on H St since we always go to the same ones.

First we hit up The Liberty Tree, and we both got the Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes Brewing of Cleveland, OH at 5.8% abv. Such a fantastic go-to porter, one of the best of the style I think.

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A night on H St is never complete without a stop at Granville Moore’s. We popped in and were lucky enough to get a table! I got the Scotch de Silly by Brasserie de Silly of Silly, Belgium at 8% abv.

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Definitely a powerful and unforgettable beer. I really enjoy the style of Scotch Ale/ Wee heavy. This does not mean it is aged in scotch barrels. It means it undergoes a longer boil to caramelize the wort. They are typically sweeter, have a fuller body, and are higher in alcohol.

Even after all this, we kept going! At this point Jack bailed but we decided to go across the street for one more beer. We made our way through traffic to the upstairs bar at Smith Commons and we must have been having some good luck because we immediately got two seats at the bar!

I didn’t get a picture of the beer I ordered, how odd. But I got the Ommegang Abbey Ale, since they were out of my first choice beer, from Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, NY at 8.5% abv.

It was a night of fantastic beers! Thanks for going strong, Andy! Chris and Jack, there’s always next time!

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!