Celebrating DC Beer Week 2018 With A Lot Of Beer

Hi everyone, and Happy #WineWednesday! To celebrate DC Beer Week 2018, I’m sharing the lineup I have set for the week and tasting 2 beers with you — DC Brau The Corruption American IPA and 3 Stars Brewing Above the Clouds Farmhouse Pale Ale. Cheers!

The beer mentioned in the video are:
🍺 Right Proper Brewing Company Raised By Wolves American IPA
🍺 Atlas Brew Works Dance of Days Pale Ale w/ Citra & Mosaic 
🍺 Atlas Brew Works District Common
🍺 3 Stars Brewing Above the Clouds Farmhouse Pale Ale
🍺 DC Brau The Corruption American IPA 
🍺 DC Brau Space Reaper Double IPA
🍺 Port City Brewing Integral IPA American IPA

Question of the Day: Have you had a DC Beer? Do you have a favorite?

Bonus Question of the Day: What are you thoughts on shower beer? Do you drink them or are they not your thing?

Back to Business with the Downright Pilsner

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.

Port City Brewing Company Downright Pilsner

Port City Brewing Company Downright Pilsner

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?

Deliciousness in the Derecheo Common

Because I wanted to support a local small business that supports local brews, I did all of my shopping for DC Beer Week 2013 at Grateful Red Wine Shop in Clarendon.  There are number of local shops that support the craft beer scene and carry DC brews, and admittedly some have much larger beer selections, but I’ve always found the selections of wine at Grateful Red to be a little more unique and the staff to be the perfect mix of “in the background” so I can browse without feeling pressure and attentive when struggling with my selection.  And, that was what I was really looking for–staff that wasn’t going to make me feel intimidated when I asked made it clear that I wasn’t a beer expert.  The woman who helped me was very honest with her thoughts on which DC beers were most popular versus which ones tasted the best, as they aren’t necessarily the same.  Therefore, when she pointed me towards a limited edition the Port City Brewing Company beer, I didn’t even hesitate.

Port City Brewing Company Derecho Common

Port City Brewing Company Derecho Common

For those of you who aren’t in the DC Metro area, you may not be aware that on June 29, 2012, a fast-moving, severe thunderstorm system known as a derecho moved through the mid-Atlantic.  The storm’s hurricane-like winds knocked down hundreds of trees, leaving over 1 million DC-area residents without power during a record-breaking heat wave.  The Port City Brewing Company happened to be among this group, and they were afraid the beer in 6 of their fermentation tanks would spoil.  As it turned out, 5 of the tanks were fine.  The lager in the 6th tank, though, fermented at a high temperature.  Thankfully, Port City was able to turn this into beer into an unexpected surprise—a 60-barrel batch of California Common or “steam beer” that they named the Derecho Common.

The Port City Brewing Company Derecho Common (brewery) is a California Common that was brewed in Alexandria, Virginia.  The beer was a light, hazy goldish color with a 1-inch white foam head.  On the nose, there was some citrus and grass mixed with a bit of maltiness.  In the mouth, there was lemon zest mixed with toast and hints of spice.  The beer was light-to-medium bodied.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely!  If you see this beer in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $2.47 for a 12oz bottle, I think this is a good everyday beer, particularly during the warmer weather.  I’ve only tasted one other California Common, and that’s Anchor Steam–the well-known “steam beer” that is often synonymous with California Common.  So, admittedly, my experience with the style is limited, but it has refreshing citrus notes, is fairly light, and goes down very easily.  In fact, it’s my favorite of the Port City beers that I’ve tried.  All in all, the Derecho Common is the perfect beer for hot summer afternoon by the pool or one of those warmer fall days where you’re outside tailgating with great friends and good food.

Question of the Day: Are you a California Common fan?  Which ones have you tried and loved?

Price: $2.47 for a 12oz. bottle
Purchased at Grateful Red Wine Shop
Overall: 4 Corks

Port City’s Essential Pale Ale

Port City Brewing Company Essential Pale Ale

Port City Brewing Company Essential Pale Ale

All the preparation for vacation left me little time for blogging, so I never ended up finished writing about my week of DC beers.  Wednesday of DC Beer Week 2013 was a fairly slow workday. With the Congressional recess in full swing, most Capitol Hill staffers were off on their own vacations, as were many of my office colleagues.  That meant I had plenty of time to catch up on the desk work that piled in June and July, but it also meant that there wasn’t the urgency to get everything finished by the end of the day.  Admittedly, I relished the slower pace.  By the time I got home from work, I was ready to just relax on the couch with my book and a beer.

The Port City Brewing Company Essential Pale Ale (brewery) is an American Pale Ale that is brewed in Alexandria, Virginia.  The beer was a brownish yellow with a bit of cloudiness.  On the nose, there were grapefruits and oranges with hints of flowers and grass.   In the mouth, there were some malt balls and pine needles mixed with orange rinds and lemons.  The beer was medium bodied with a bit of a sudsy finish.

Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable beer.  At $2.47 for a 12oz bottle, this beer was not what I was hoping for, as it had surprising citrus, flowers, and mild hops, and I expect a bit more from my Pale Ales.  At the same time, it was a solid choice that was definitely drinkable after a busy day at work.  All in all, while I wouldn’t shy away from drinking the Essential Pale Ale when I see it on draft at a bar or restaurant, it’s probably not a beer that I will keep regularly in my fridge either.

Question of the Day:  Are you Pale Ale drinker?  Do you have a favorite type (ex. Amber Ale, American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, etc.)?

Price: $2.47 for a 12oz. bottle
Purchased at Grateful Red Wine Shop
Overall: 3 Corks