Sipping Vs. Chugging

When I was younger, my priorities used to be a little different from what they are now, especially with beer. I remember the good old days when we would all go out and buy a bunch of the cheapest beer we could find just to get drunk. The one thing I definitely remember was chugging the beer like there was no tomorrow. The reasons were mixed. We wanted to get drunker…faster. We didn’t want to taste the beer after it reached anywhere above 40 degrees. Blech! Plus, in big groups, you almost had to drink fast to make sure no one else drank your share. Just look at how we have evolved. We are enjoying craft beer at tastings, beer dinners, and in the comfort of our home. We even ask ourselves whether we are going to drink something hoppy, malty, bold, or light.

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DC Brau Release Party at Merdian Pint

Merdian Pint hosted a slew of people in D.C. this past Friday to celebrate the release of DC Brau, the district’s first brewery in over 50 years. The environmentally conscience bar [check out their About Page] was pouring DC Brau’s Pale Ale, called The Public from 5pm until it was finished. I met up with Brandon Skall, owner, for a moment to see how he was doing. He said they were focused on making extreme versions of beers, so get ready for the release of their IPA which should be around 7% and hoppy as hell, called The Citizen. Jeff Hancock, brewmaster was on hand as well drinking a pint or two. We’ve chatted a couple times via e-mail regarding a possible interview, so stay tuned for that one. The guys from 3 Stars Brewing were in the house as well to support the craft beer community. I spoke with Mike from 3 Stars about how great it is to have this growth of breweries in the nation’s capital. He agreed and is excited to have their brewery open later this year. And yes, expect an interview with them soon as well.

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Interview with Brewing Team of Baying Hound Aleworks – Part II: Lindsey Miller


Part I of this blog left of at Part I: Paul Rinehart

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Craft Beer in Naples, Florida

You never know where you’ll find good beer. This was exactly what I was saying while I sat at Citrus, a restaurant on upscale 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida with my wife and her grandparents. It was at Citrus, where we were introduced to Paula Powell [proprietor], Jay [Paula’s devoted husband], and Dave Koch [sommelier extraordinaire and Canadian import]. During dinner, I enjoyed a Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale [Tampa, FL] to go with my blackened fish tacos and finished with a Belgian Palm Ale. Dave asked more questions about what I thought of the beer than what I thought of the food. The guy loves the food at Citrus, but also appreciates a fellow beer lover. Just in case I didn’t say it enough to you already Dave, the Maduro was filled with a ridiculous amount of smooth roasted malts and subtle notes of chocolate. At the end of the night, Dave introduced me to the folks a couple patios over at Avenue Wine Café to see their beer list. After seeing the extensive and impressive list, I promised the bartender I would be back the following day.

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