DC/MD/NoVA Beer Updates (2022)

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  1. Auburn_tigers

    Auburn_tigers Initiate (54) Feb 28, 2015 Virginia

    Any Snally reviews? Highs or lows?
     
  2. mrmsmith

    mrmsmith Aspirant (237) Apr 22, 2007 District of Columbia

    Snally lows: getting there early for vip, going straight to North Park for NPBC6 VIP stout only to learn they were pouring a magnum at 1pm. In fact all stouts were hourly pours. So my whole plan was down the drain as the other long lines were already filling up.

    Highs: short lines for Sante Adairius, Drei Fonteinen (relatively), and every lager. Only long lines were Fidens, Cantillon, Monkish, and the North Park bottle pours. Probably forgetting a few long lines for things I didn't care about.
     
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  3. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Disciple (391) Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    The VIP portion seemed less crowded than in past years, definitely a plus. The only beers I didn’t get a chance to try were Fou Foune and a couple from Floodland; everything else I wanted was available. Personally I drink my fill by about 2-2:30 then take off when GA starts coming in — VIP is definitely worth it for access to the best beers in the event. Also liked the Permanent Hangover pop-up; got a few nice pieces there.
     
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  4. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    I posted this in the separate Snally thread, but I'm copying it here (lightly edited to combine two posts) for those not looking to hop between threads:
    To put it mildly, I share mrmsmith's frustration with North Park.
     
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  5. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    Monkish kegs back at Dominion, FYI.
     
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  6. BikeChef

    BikeChef Defender (622) Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia
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    Big Schilling drop at Magruders in DC, including the two great beers they were pouring at Snally (Other Half collab and rauchbier).
     
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  7. bruindre

    bruindre Defender (646) Jun 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    OK NoVa peeps….what should I check out this weekend? Going to DC for the Commanders game Sunday (sympathy not needed; doing it for the nephews). Gonna be close to Dulles otherwise.
     
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  8. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Disciple (391) Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    Ocelot and Crooked Run aren’t too far from Dulles and are great breweries.
     
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  9. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (121) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Agreed here.
    Crooked Run has the tacos inside too, and the breakfast at Daybreak is pretty awesome.
    Ocelot sometimes has a food truck, and their beers are better than CR, IMO.
    If you venture to Herndon, Aslin has a kitchen with some good food (pizza/burgers, etc) and some good beer.
    About a mile from Aslin is Juicy Brewing. They are in the old Aslin location. That experience is no frills, but I've really liked their beer.
    If you are en route home from the stadium back to Dulles, I highly recommend Dominion Wine and Beer - great food and great drafts (in Falls Church).
    Otherwise, in the DC area, Neighborhood Restaurant Group locations usually have the best stuff for beer.
     
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  10. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (6,112) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    Solace’s main place is also near Ocelot. It gets a bit more busy with families on the weekend than Ocelot if I recall.
     
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  11. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,301) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    As a former NOVA resident, go to Ocelot or for a further trip, go to Wheatland Spring
     
  12. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    Ocelot has been quietly killing it of late.
     
  13. Jonl0424

    Jonl0424 Initiate (99) May 23, 2015 Michigan

    Haven’t done much research, but does The Veil usually do a Black Friday release?
     
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  14. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Defender (607) Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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    Yep. It's called Dark Daze. They will begin teasing releases on socials beginning next week most likely.
    https://www.theveilbrewing.com/events/dark-daze-2022
     
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  15. Jonl0424

    Jonl0424 Initiate (99) May 23, 2015 Michigan

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  16. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Defender (607) Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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    If you're going to be in RVA then look into The Answer as well. They also usually do some sort of release on Black Friday too. From some posts I've seen it looks like they may be having an event in the parking lot but not other details released yet.
     
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  17. bruindre

    bruindre Defender (646) Jun 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Appreciate the input fam. Ended up going to Crooked Run and Aslin. I've got enough info here to map out the next trip to visit fam in NoVa, though.

    Now I'm looking for tips for DC. I'm supposed to be a professional at a conference, but hope to sneak out a night or two. I'll be staying in Penn Quarter and am already thinking about Ubering up to the Bruery's DC location today for the Black Tuesday release (will it be close to as nuts as it is in Cali?).
     
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  18. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    Churchkey isn't far from Penn Quarter, and it's arguably the best beer spot in the DC area.
     
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  19. bruindre

    bruindre Defender (646) Jun 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    That seemed the obvious answer on the Googles - and it's in my crosshairs. May find myself there Thursday nite. Appreciate the confirmation.
     
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  20. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Disciple (391) Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    If you’re looking to take some beers home, Craft Beer Cellar in NE DC is your best bet; ChurchKey may also sell some to-go.
     
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  21. TomCat11

    TomCat11 Defender (607) Jul 21, 2012 Virginia
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    Don't know much about them or if they are having a silent soft open this week but Lost Generation Brewing holds their Grand Opening on Saturday. Not too far from Bruery and seem to be getting good reviews on Untappd so far.
     
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  22. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    I haven't seen a crowd at Bruery DC since their opening weekend, and they only got that from the common folk showing up in response to press coverage. It's not a particularly convenient spot, it doesn't have a taproom, and a lot of their product is overpriced and underwhelming. I wouldn't expect any issues.
     
  23. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (862) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    I sort of forgot about The Bruery and i live a few blocks away lol.
     
  24. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (121) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    And I'm assuming the Other Half Ivy City location is walkable from there?
    I'd probably recommend that. The only issue with OH (IMO) is the food or lack thereof onsite.
    I did like the BBQ joint a couple of blocks away though.
     
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  25. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    In theory it's walkable, but I wouldn't. And I even enjoy walking.
     
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  26. mrmsmith

    mrmsmith Aspirant (237) Apr 22, 2007 District of Columbia

    Bruery is just a store, so to go only.

    And agreed, I've never done that walk, and I walk a lot. Unfortunately the "walk" from Bruery to Other Half would be like walking next to a highway or through a construction zone, not even sure there's sidewalks whichever way you go. But you don't want to be carrying your Bruery haul on that walk.

    Stick to Churchkey and Shelter. That's all you really need. Shelter would be a short bus or metro ride from Penn Quarter.
     
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  27. bruindre

    bruindre Defender (646) Jun 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Thanks all! I was able to hit up ChurchKey Tuesday nite (nice!). I pulled the trigger on some Black Tuesday before realizing that the DC store only opens Thursday (???), so I was able to sneak out at lunch yesterday and grab my loot there.

    Appreciate all the input!
     
  28. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    Does anyone have any info on BCBS DRAFT events on Black Friday in the DMV? Or are those a thing of the past?
     
  29. Slack

    Slack Savant (993) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Dominion posted on insta
    Regular
    Coffee
    Sir Isaac
    30th

    Harry's getting the same plus biscotti

    I would assume TW is the same as previous years, you never really know until you show up but I would put money on TW Alex having more than others.
     
  30. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    So a 16 ounce bottle of Coffee is 28 bucks or do? I remember not that long ago when a four pack of thr stuff was less than that. Why the price increase?
     
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  31. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Because people will buy it and Goose Island likes money?
     
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  32. DavidHume

    DavidHume Zealot (592) Mar 25, 2013 Virginia
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    Back when a 4 pack of BCBCS cost $18, it sold out in minutes and was commonly traded/resold on the secondary market for a much higher price. That’s a clear sign that it was underpriced. Now, if we still see $28 bottles of BCBCS sitting on shelves in April, then it’s probably overpriced at the new price point. If it’s all sold, though, it’s probably priced correctly.
     
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  33. Slack

    Slack Savant (993) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    I completely agree with your assessment and at the same time, $40 for 30th anniversary or $28 for coffee is an easy pass for me.
     
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  34. Auburn_tigers

    Auburn_tigers Initiate (54) Feb 28, 2015 Virginia

    Earlier today at TW Fairfax. Lots of BCBS coffee Biscotti. Isaac and 4 packs. This eve at Dominion BCBS. Coffee and 30th
     
  35. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Meyvn (1,331) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    Saw basically the same thing at the TW Laurel. They also had a mix 6 for $115. Me? Picked up a 6pk of Celebration for under $10, a Devils Backbone Naughty 6pk for around $10 and the Sam Adams 12pk Cheers for $18. I'm cheap and $27 richer.
     
  36. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Meyvn (1,331) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    or $77, if you're picky about the math
     
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  37. Griffin2

    Griffin2 Meyvn (1,371) Aug 22, 2014 Virginia
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    I found stovepipe cans of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout at Giant Food today. I think they were on sale 2 for $ 4.25.
     
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  38. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    I'm pretty certain the sale is 2 for $8.50, thus $4.25 each.
     
  39. Griffin2

    Griffin2 Meyvn (1,371) Aug 22, 2014 Virginia
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    Sorry, you are correct. I only picked up 1 can. I hadn’t seen this size GBS can before.
     
  40. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    I picked up one at that price too. I didn't want a full four pack of pints, so this was the perfect purchase for me.
     
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