I just learned that DC Beer Week is going on right now and it reminded me how far behind I am on this blog. Not too long ago, I had my own little beer week there. In fact, I wouldn't mind being there right now, drinking at Right Proper or Bluejacket, but instead I'll spend the rest of the day in front of my computer. Yippee.
About a month ago, I had a gig in the Capitol City and managed to find quite a bit of time around my schedule to explore the city on foot and check out some of its breweries and beer bars. Most of my wanderings came at night, after work, so I could only manage short trips in and around the area relatively close to the Convention Center, but when the week was over, I did manage to devote a whole day to walking and drinking, otherwise known as a UBH.
I'll get to the route map and the other shit in a minute, but first I want to tell you about some noteworthy places I visited that weren't part of the actual beer hike (they're the red mugs on the map below):
- Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown: I really want to encourage you to visit any of their three locations if you're in the D.C. area. They absolutely belong near the top of any beer tourist's "to-do" list. You won't find a better tap and bottle list anywhere in the city and the pizza was top-notch. The night I went, it was muggy as all hell and Georgetown was crawling with people, but I found refuge at the underground bar. Just perfect.
- On another evening, I took the Metro out to Arlington and met up with an old friend at Mad Fox Brewing. The pub itself isn't really anything to get excited about (my cheeseburger was terrific), but their beer offerings will satisfy your inner beer snob. Get a sampler and then some pints. You should sit a while because how often do you get to Arlington?
|Some of the goods at Mad Fox Brewing|
- Right Proper Brewing is fairly new in town (I think) and was probably the closest place to my hotel. It's a damn shame that I only made it there once in my whole time there. There's a lot to love here -- try to sit at the bar near the cheese counter and have a chat with the cheese monger. Few things in life are better than beer, cheese, and good conversation.
- If you're walking around the city, you'll likely pass through DuPont Circle at some point. If you're thirsty and looking for something very down-to-earth and friendly, try The Big Hunt. (There's also another Pizza Paradiso near here.) This place reminded me of a cross between Toronado, an arcade, and a hunting lodge. I don't really know how else to describe it. Good beer, good happy hour specials, and surly service. My kind of place.