Events

Holiday Beer Tasting at RFD

beer_santahatThe Holidays are quickly approaching.  This is supposed to be a season of giving.  What better gift for a beer drinker than a beer event!  On Wednesday December 19, RFD will be hosting a holiday beer tasting.  Now this isn’t just any olde beer tasting; this is:  Happy Holidaze! The Multiple Guest Brewmaster Winter Holidaze Extravaganzee.

This year will be amazingly enough the 25th, yes 25th, anniversary of this event. It is more than merely a tasting though.  You’ll be able to gain some insight on the brews from the many local area brewmasters who will speak.

Doors will open at 6PM for the “7PM” start (like a beer event ever starts on time). Tickets are $45 and can be purchased on the RFD website.

I hope to see you there!

-Pyzocha

EDIT: I now have a list of the breweries which will be attending and it’s a great list: Lost Rhino, Sweetwater, Devils Backbone, Chophouse, Brewers Alley, White Marsh, Union Craft, Vintage 50, Rock Bottom, Gordon Biersch, Baying Hound, Dog Brewing, DuClaw, Heavy Seas, 3 Stars, and DC Brau!


2012: The Year of 366 New Beers — 9 June 2012 Update

Going into Savor Week, I had hoped to really blow the lid off this whole 366 beers. Unfortunately, I was a bit tied up with various activities, and then I realized that Savor only poured 2 oz samples (probably a good idea with three and half hours of drinking…)

Anyways, I didn’t let the 2 oz thing from keeping me going for seconds on some of the beers I can’t find here (for instance, Cigar City, and I’m pretty sure I did it with Summit’s IPA, too but can’t remember). Additionally, I did manage to meet up J Street’s other bloggers at District of Pi for the Schlafly take-over, which was fantastic! You really can’t beat a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

This week’s star beer would be Cigar City Tocobaga (so damn good), but (1) it didn’t even make it on the list since I only managed to get one sample, and (2) the star beer should be something you can get easily here. As a result, I would recommend picking up a bottle of Boulevard’s Double-Wide IPA. Despite the hop-bomb smell, I found the taste to be extremely well balanced. Welcome to DC, Boulevard!!!

6/2/2012 5 Rabbit Cerveceria 5Vulture
6/3/2012 DC Brau Ground Wolf Session IPA
6/6/2012 Schlafly Pi Common
6/6/2012 Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale (APA)
6/6/2012 Schlafly Maibock
6/6/2012 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
6/7/2012 Heavy Seas Sea Nymph
6/7/2012 Sam Adams Grumpy Monk
6/7/2012 Boulevard Double-Wide IPA
6/7/2012 Ommegang Art of Darkness
6/8/2012 Boulevard Rye on Rye
6/8/2012 Revival Double Black IPA
6/8/2012 Cigar City Kalevipoeg
6/8/2012 Maui/Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano Palena ‘ole

 

This next week has me heading out to the West Coast where Squirrel and I are visiting the Lagunitas’ and Bear Republic breweries. Going to be a good weekend!

— Shintern1909


The 2nd Annual District Beer Hunt

Dc Beer HuntThe District Beer Hunt is back!  Last year’s event was a huge success and we hope this year will be as well.  Our friends over at DC Beer have taken over the organization of this year’s Hunt.  Don’t worry, many of us at J Street have been a part of the planning and will be judges again.

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New Year’s Resolution/Challenge: 366 Days = 366 New Beers

I only put 'New Year's Resolution' in the title, so I could use this pic.

During the first week of the new year, J Street’s founder, Tonzi, contacted some of our drinking buddies and me with a challenge: Drink a new beer for every day in the year. (Originally, it was 365 beers until Tonzi updated our tracking system to note the days in the month and realized it was a leap year…) Naturally, I was in and want to invite any of our readers to join us on our epic journey through the beer-iverse.

The rules are simple:

  1. You must not have ever had the beer before. The challenge is not to have 366 different beers in 2012 but to have 366 NEW beers in the new year. It might not be easy at times, which is why it’s a challenge.
  2. Homebrews do not count. Tonzi and I discussed this by decided against counting homebrews. To ensure the challenge’s integrity, we are using the Untappd app as a basis for deciding whether a beer counts. Last night though, I hit a snag when having a beer brewed by 901 (Cap Brewing); however, the beer was verified by a fellow challengee and allowed.
  3. Drink a beer, not taste a beer. Some beers grow on the drinking as the go-down (particularly strong ones), so anything less than 4 oz does not count. Yes, Savor, brewery samples, and beer fests/events, such as our Annual Beer Hunt, could well be the equivalent of hitting the motherlode.

Of course, these are just our general rules; you are free to tweak them or make your own. For instance, I have made a side deal with fellow J Street-er, X, that I won’t drink a Shiner Bock until my number of beers for the year matches the number of days, i.e. we are 20 days into the year, and I have had 25 new beers, so I could drink a Shiner. Thankfully, I have a couple of months to build up a headstart into the 2012 football season…

Whether you join in the challenge or not, I would highly recommend downloading the Untappd app and befriending me (Shintern1909). It’s a great way to track beers that people are drinking, know which bars those beers are currently available, and get quick beer reviews. Information available here: http://www.untappd.com

If you are up for the challenge, let us know in the comments. Depending on the amount of participation, I may discuss with Tonzi about ways to facilitate everyone’s progress through the interwebs. Right now, we’re just using the honor system and a shared Google Doc spreadsheet.

Happy (belated) New Year, and here’s to exploring!

— Shintern1909

P.S. Hopefully this will help lead to more postings on Brew Review Wednesdays, but I am not going to promise reviews of each beer…


Quick Hit: Social Coupon to Schneider’s on the Hill

I know Schneider’s isn’t best known for its beer selection (though the last couple of times I’ve been there, it has been pretty impressive for its size), but the staff there are amazing. When I was just a little Shintern living on the Hill in 2006, every other saturday morning I would walk the couple of blocks over to Schneiders, inform whichever staff member felt sorry for me what my budget was, and walk out with two amazing (cheap) bottles of whiskey (one scotch and bourbon). Since then, I’ve sworn by this place and make a trip over there anytime my liquor cabinet is getting low.

Today, I woke up to a glorious email stating that for $45 I could receive $95 at Schneiders; finally, I have a reason to try that scotch that was always just a little out of my comfort (re: budget) zone. Not only that, but I can also get a nice bottle of wine which is always handy for impressing that someone special (aka Squirrel, who, thankfully, also has a taste for Scotch).

Anyways, go here before Sunday (might be Monday, but at this point, my mind is fuzzy): http://www.kgbdeals.com/washington-dc?utm_source=wtd

In the mean time, any suggestions for things to try? Leave ’em in the comments.

Mine:
Bourbon – Black Maple Hill (~$50)
Flavored Bourbon (good starting off point for some) – Leopold Bros New York Apple Whiskey
Scotch – Laphroaig (just about anything by them but look for the quarter cask)
Vodka – Cold River Vodka (potato) or Hanger 1
Tequila, rum – not much experience with beyond college days; I’m neither classy enough for high-end stuff nor trashy enough to return to the things that gave me awful hangovers, which includes all rums.

— Shintern1909


RFD & Bell’s Beer Dinner

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Now that the holidays are finishing up it’s time to spend that gift money.

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Merry Christmas from J Street

Happy Holidays to all our readers and writers! We’re all scattered around this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean we stop drinking good beer.

I kicked Christmas day off at 9:15 am with a delicious Maui Brewing Co Bikini Blonde Lager. If you can find it, drink it.

— shintern

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