DC/MD/NoVA Beer Updates (2022)

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  1. Beers-es

    Beers-es Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    Went to Churchkey last night for the first time since they reopened. Went for a Monkish IPA, which was great, but was really blown away by the Suarez Fine Line Kolsch, and even more so by the Bierstadt Slow Pour Pils—definitely the best pilsner I've ever had.
     
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  2. LanguedocRocks

    LanguedocRocks Aug 21, 2014 Virginia
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    Their beers are incredible. They have such a nice spot out it Waterford. Super chill. It's well worth the trip out there. They have a mini farmers market on Saturday as well.
     
  3. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    what are everyone's favorite domestic shelf pilsners these days?

    I mentioned Wheatland Spring above but it's hard to find and expensive.
     
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  4. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    Von Trapp and Jacks Abbey, I've enjoyed all (2 from each) the Pilsners I've had from both breweries.
     
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  5. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    i must have missed jack's abby being available here now. good to know, thanks!
     
  6. BikeChef

    BikeChef Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia
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    Definitely those two. Also:
    -Bingo Lager (lager focused brewery out of Richmond. Picked up a 16oz 6-pack for $10.99 at the Whole Foods in Fairlakes last week)
    -Zero Gravity Green State
     
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  7. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    I went to TW looking for Von Trapp and found 4 Jacks Abbey beers (2 pilsners, amber and IPL)...this was in VA, not sure if JA is in DC or MD. Also picked up some Nightshift Nite Lite, not bad and it was like $8/4-pack.
     
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  8. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Thanks. I work near the TW in Ballston so I will definitely swing by soon to grab some of those.
     
  9. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Went to Churchkey last night. Felt good to be back after 2+ years. Rothaus Pils + fried chicken sandwhich. Incredible. Can't wait to go back.
     
  10. bowery

    bowery Jul 3, 2014 California
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    I had a wheatland springs alberto and dang that was good, wish they were distributing cans to central VA when I lived there a year ago
     
  11. cjgiant

    cjgiant Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Happened to be looking at Old Ox’s website (which could use a little work) and came across this 2-month old “news” my searches couldn’t find a reference to:
    https://www.oldoxbrewery.com/2022/04/the-old-ox-family-is-expanding-in-a-big-way/

    Apparently Old Ox in VA and Silver Branch in MD are merging (https://dcbeer.com/2022/04/11/silver-branch-merges-with-old-ox-what/), though I haven’t found much beyond the original news releases which indicate both brands will maintain their own identities. Their claims that they each focus on different styles of beers seems fairly legit based on what I’ve seen, so it might make sense.
     
  12. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    Have you seen the collaboration beer they mentioned in dcbeer link? I can find Silver Branch fairly easily but have only tried one Old Ox (probably from my local TW) and that was a while back. Guessing the distribution systems could be a plus for both.
     
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  13. cjgiant

    cjgiant Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    I have not seen it, though oddly enough I did see an Old Ox an Fair Winds collaboration at the store yesterday. Saw Silver Branch on this side of the river briefly at Dominion Wine and Beer, but they don’t seem to have it regularly. I liked what I’ve had from them.
     
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  14. gpd5

    gpd5 Jun 4, 2016 Texas

    In the lead-up to Savor, has anyone seen anything about tap takeovers and notable tap lists with out-of-town breweries? This week used to be one of the best beer weeks of the year in the area, but aside from a nice tap list announced for Thursday night at Churchkey and The Sovereign, I haven't seen anything at all.
     
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  15. bubseymour

    bubseymour Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Any buzz on the brewery Saga out of Columbia MD? I had a TIPA last night from a can (from retail store) and thought it was quite delicious. Just wondering if rest of their lineup is solid.
     
  16. BikeChef

    BikeChef Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia
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    There isn't much this year:
    https://dcbeer.com/2022/06/21/savor-weekend-the-events/
     
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  17. mrmsmith

    mrmsmith Apr 22, 2007 District of Columbia

    Definitely good stuff. They are currently contract brewing 2 beers a month at Oliver, and I believe at least one owner has worked/works at Oliver. They're still working on a physical location, but latest rumor was Elkridge.
     
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  18. gpd5

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  19. bubseymour

    bubseymour Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Thanks for the intel. I need to try more Oliver beers. I’ve had a couple old school beers from them. Solid but nothing amazing, but they’ve really pumped out a lot of new beers in last year or two so maybe I need to revisit them.
     
  20. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Has anyone else noticed how difficult it is lately to find fresh IPAs? If I want a locally brewed IPA that doesn't necessitate an Instagram post from a bottle shop, it seems like they are all 3-4 months old on the shelves. Even something not local like Sculpin is impossible to find fresh, which didn't always be the case. Whole Foods on H St is like an IPA graveyard.
     
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  21. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    I can usually find fresh IPAs (within a month or so of packaging), my problem is finding IPAs that aren't hazy. I want a palette wrecking hop bomb, not this soft ass bullshit with muted flavors.
     
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  22. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    I got some Night Shift DIPA at Total Wine that was not greater than 10 old last night. It was a bottled on date, I checked. No, Jesus did not walk in after I came in.
     
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  23. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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    Posted in the Aslin thread but in case you don't get notifications there.....
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    Aslin just posted to FB that the DC location on 14th St. opens tomorrow, June 30th.
     
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  24. Slack

    Slack Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    FWIW, Arrowine has taken a down turn. No more growlers/crowlers and it sounds like there beer monger is no longer there.
     
  25. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    I noticed they had stopped sending newsletters out; has their selection shrunk as well?
     
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  26. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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  27. BikeChef

    BikeChef Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia
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    Trillium drops at some spots in VA (Brew Shop, Dominion...). Wonder if it's a one-time thing.
     
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  28. Slack

    Slack Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Hopefully not
     
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  29. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Ocelot Mi Corazon and Sunnyside Dweller at K1. Both canned 7/13. Is Ocelot sending out cans now? This is news to me...
     
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  30. cjgiant

    cjgiant Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    They on and off in the past have sent stuff to Dominion W&B, but it’s not too consistent from what I’ve seen. I also think I saw a few of the previous batches of cans at Norm’s yesterday (Sim was one). But those are of course both in VA.
     
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  31. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Selfishly, just bummed that Congress St and Melcher St weren't DDH versions. I feel like there's a huge difference there...worth the 22.99 if it's DDH, but pass on the regulars.
     
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  32. Slack

    Slack Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    I agree with you on the price but given that the can dates were 07/08 and trillium never drops here, I grabbed a four pack (of vicinity).
     
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  33. colty42

    colty42 Nov 14, 2011 District of Columbia

    ive seen some ocelot cans at Town Center Market in Riverdale, mostly the Yachtside and Sunnyside Dweller. It’s not a consistent presence though
     
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  34. Sheppard

    Sheppard Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    So who is planning on going to Snally?
     
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  35. mrmsmith

    mrmsmith Apr 22, 2007 District of Columbia

    Missed last year due to a wedding, so looking forward to getting back to Snally. Really enjoy the downtown version!
     
  36. BikeChef

    BikeChef Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia
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    It was a pretty great lineup of breweries and beers last year. I'll probably go again this year. Would be fun if they'd do the German gravity kegs again, like they did pre-pandemic.
     
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  37. IZZIE8

    IZZIE8 May 7, 2022 Virginia

    The move from Nats park in Sept, to Penn Ave in Oct was great. Is there a better all-around beer festival in the Mid-Atlantic?
     
  38. Slack

    Slack Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Fidens cans around town - a bit expensive at ArlBrew ($8 each and 1 PP) but probably so never going to get a trade for it so yeah

    Some other stuff as well around town - Rusty Nail, BA BA Brewing fruit ninja, crooked stave
     
  39. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Never been - is it a long line fest? I usually find myself in Portland, ME that weekend, but I think I'll be local.
     
  40. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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    A lot of Crooked Stave received VaABC label approval recently (within the past few days). I count 15 SKUs so far and is being distributed by Reverie. A couple from Fremont (IPA and Mastermind), a few others from De Garde and a couple new SKUs from CLAG. All also being distributed through Reverie.
     
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