After several crazy weeks of traveling, things finally started to get back to the normal busy pace towards the end of July. On Wednesday, July 23, I spent most of my day in meetings or on conference calls while walking back and forth between the House and Senate sides of the Capitol. I was trying to squeeze in last-minute meetings with Capitol Hill staffers because I had several policy issues pop-up as Members of Congress finished the last of the legislative work before heading back to their states and districts for the August recess. It was one of those days that I thought was going to be quiet when it first started, but by the time the day ended, I was shocked to realize the day was over and I never even ate lunch.
I got home too late to make it to my yoga class, so I decided to go for a run to burn off the last of the day’s energy before dinner. And, of course, part of that stress-relieving routine involves following that run with a cold beer.
The Downright Pilsner (brewery) is a German Pilsner from DC-Area Port City Brewing Company (actually located in Alexandria, Virginia). The beer was a medium golden color with a white sudsy top. On the nose, there was yeast mixed with hints of lemon and Granny Smith apples. In the mouth, there were Cheerios, a dry grass, and hoppy-bitterness with a hint of something floral that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The beer was light-to-medium bodied.
Is it worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass. At $1.99 for a single 12oz bottle or $11 for a 6-pack, this beer was refreshing, but it’s not a beer I would go searching out. I prefer a little more flavor mixed in with the hoppy-bitterness. Plus, there are other Port City beers, like the Derecho Common, that I enjoy a lot more. At the same time, if the Downright Pilsner was being served somewhere, I wouldn’t say no to it either.
All in all, it felt fantastic to start the normal routine back up. Honestly, I didn’t even realize how much I’d been missing it, and having the Port City Downright Pilsner hit the spot after a busy workday and a run in the hot weather.
Question of the Day: Are you a Pilsner drinker? If so, do you have a few recommendations?