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DC Statehood: The Movement, the Beers

The morning of Wednesday, January 6, our DCBeer group text read ”Also, DC Statehood beer?” in response to news that the Democratic Party would control the House of Representatives, Senate, and Presidency later this month. And it wasn’t long before Brandy responded with “Red Bear” and Jake responded with “Also ...

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2020, the Year We Did Our Part

We masked up. We stayed home. When we drank at breweries, we did so outside, or in taprooms operating at 50% capacity or less. We shopped local, and bought local, via BierMi, or other platforms. And yet, here we are. This year-long group project where only some of us do the work, carrying the rest, is hopefully maybe almost over; there&rsqu ...

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Gifting Guide: Local Brewery Memberships for 2021

Tis this giving season, and what better way to give than with the gift of beer. Sure, a 4- or 6-pack works, but let’s set our sights on something a bit bigger, with an overview of various memberships, societies, and even academies. Oooh, fancy! Giving breweries cash up front for beer later allows them to plan for the upcoming year–a ...

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Ben Tolkan Lived the Dream, Honored With a Beer

In the mid-to-late-aughts, before Churchkey, we know, we know, beer-centric bars and restaurants were few and far between. One of them was Georgetown’s Pizzeria Paradiso, and oftentimes you’d see Ben Tolkan behind the bar, cracking jokes and slinging beers. Tolkan went on to be Brooklyn Brewery’s District representative, and t ...

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Stoutsgiving: What to drink with those pies

Over on the podcast we discussed why Saison Dupont is the ur-Thanksgiving beerpairing, though hey, dark lagers, other saisons, and even sours work well. Cider, too. Acid cuts fat! That being said, we’re not here to yuck anyone’s yums, and if you want a Coors Light, or a hard seltzer, or a regular seltzer, go nuts! Left unexplored ov ...

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The 2020 Wet-Hopped Round Up

Let’s get the bad news out of the way: a summer that was alternately abnormally hot and abnormally wet lead to abnormally smaller hops yields in both Maryland and Virginia this year, which means fewer area breweries made beers with just-picked hop cones. Heat can stress hop plants, inhibiting the growth of cones, the flower part of the pl ...

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And like that, he was Gon(nerman): Jace says goodbye

Jace Gonnerman was the Beer Director for Meridian and Brookland Pints, and Smoke and Barrel. He’s also worked for Arrowine, with and for Lou’s City Bar, and any good beer you had at the Washington Football Team’s Fed Ex Field over the past few seasons was because of him. Here he is, in his own words. “Well, I’m p ...

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A Tale of Two Cities: Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, and Canned German Imports

Are German imports better than American takes on German beer? It all depends on your point of view and I’ve heard it argued both ways. Overall, cans may be better than bottles , and of course there are more American beers in cans than German imports. An improved cold chain certainly helps German beers. I’ve argued it both ways myse ...

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