Archive | July, 2010

Friday’s 5 beers for your island

23 Jul

What 5 Beers would you bring on a deserted island?

I asked a former fellow worker, Eddie, what 5 would join him on his deserted island and this was his answer…

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
A delicious smooth stout from California with a fluffy, creamy brown head and a sweet chocolate scent.

Bell’s Two Hearted
An IPA from Michigan with floral hops that will knock the socks of your wine-drinking mother.

Photo Credit: swanksalot

Southampton Double White
A crisp, tangy, and refreshing high gravity (6.7% ABV) witbier from New York.

Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Tripel
Dank, musty herbs and a fluffy white head make this dry Belgian tripel (11% ABV) a delicious treat for your taste buds.

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

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This Pennsylvanian IPA manages to be ridiculously bitter and hoppy while being sweet and musk like at the same time.


What 5 beer would you bring to a deserted island?

16 Jul
Wish you were at the beach…
…so do we!
Therefore, I’ve asked some of my fellow workers, former and current, to decide what 5 cases of beer would join them on a deserted island. Hopefully, their choices will help you find a new favorite from the Brickskeller’s selection, another DC Beer Bar, or your local beer bar. Maybe for a moment you can forget the insufferable weather of Summer in Washington, DC.
Every Friday I’ll post a new set of brews from one of my peeps and feel free to let us know what you would bring with you on a deserted island!! I’ll the start the series off with my picks…

Anderson Valley Boont Amber
  • Brought to us from California, this amber combines a bit of sweetness and grassy hop flavor with an aroma of caramel for your nose.

Duchesse de Bourgogne

Photo Credit: biskuit CC

A flanders red ale from Belgium. This mix of aged and new beer creates a taste that is sweet and sour at the same time (stay away if you’re not a fan of vinegary flavors).

Lagunitas Pale Ale

Photo Credit: Lagunitas

  • Brought to us from those crazy guys from Cali; a pale ale with a refreshing taste of grapefruit hops blended with a small hint of brown sugar.
St Bernardus Prior 8
  • A Belgian dubbel with a nice sweet, caramel maltiness and a hint of dark and dried fruit flavors.
Victory Prima Pils
  • Based on a German style, this Pennsylvanian pilsner refreshes your taste buds with a slight spicy bitter hop and notes of citrus and pine.

    Photo Credit: Victory

surprise, surprise!!!

14 Jul

Beer School has been going amazingly the past two nights. Monday was super chill. Had about 10 people signed up for the class, plus a few of our newbie workers from the brick. Dorlyn, one of my fellow bartender/managers, and I moderated the first class (YAH!!! for Women running the show). People asked great questions and interacted with each other which is exactly what I wanted to see happen!

As of last Friday, only two people we’re signed up for the Tuesday session. But when I came into work yesterday in the late afternoon, the class had gone up to about 16 people!! Which is awesome. We sorta got the ball rolling late with the press surrounding beer school but in the end it seems to have come together. Yesterday I co-taught the class with Alex, one of our super passionate servers who loves his beer. Having Alex their helped because he brews a lot more than I do and can help explain the process to the class a little better than I can. And for some reason, the attendees drank a lot more of their beer than Monday’s class. I guess after being at work for two days you need a little more drink inside of ya…

Well. Tonight I have 25 people coming, which is a little more than I really wanted in a class but we haven’t figured out how to put a cap on the tickets being sold. Just a few kinks to work out the first time around. Things could be a lot worse. I’m sure when I get to the brick in a few hours the number will have gone up. Plus the local press is coming tonight!! People are really liking the whole concept we put together. I’m crossing my fingers that the class does not become too big… I really enjoy have good interactions with everybody and hearing what they have to say. It’s me and Alex again tonight. Wish us luck!!! And maybe I’ll see you there.


1 Jul

Beer School is finally starting July 12th!!! The 1st session is offered the week of the 12th, so choose to come either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (it’s the same thing each day). Then the 2nd Session the next week, and so on. I suggest doing the sessions in order but if you choose to jump around I won’t hold it against you. I’ll beginning offering each session again shortly after I see how things go the first time around, so don’t worry if you can’t make it this month. To sign up, check out the EVENTS page of the Brickskeller website.