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Old 07-08-2010, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default Headed to the DC area in a few weeks.. recommendations?

So I'll be headed to stay with a friend in Bethesda, MD for a few weeks to check out a few grad schools and explore a bit (only been to the east coast once). I'll also be staying with some folks in NY for a day or two, but I plan on spending a lot of time in the DC area (along with parts of MD). I'm wondering if you guys could recommend some places to go to get some good beer, mostly in the DC area? Specifically, anything I may not be able to get out here on the west coast! I just figured out I'll be near by Dogfish Head, which is pretty exciting.

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Old 07-08-2010, 10:22 AM   #2
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Well, you'll have Clipper City and Wild Goose all in about the same drive perimeter as Dogfish. There is also rams head.

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Well you'll be about 3 hours from Dogfish brewpub in Rehoboth Beach and if you add the beach traffic over the bay bridge it might be like a 4 or 5 hour trip. Flying Dog brewery is in Frederick which is about an hour from Bethesda. Then in DC there is The Brickskeller. This place has 200 or 300 beers maybe more. You would definitely get your money's worth.

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Wild Goose IPA is brewed by Flying Dog in Frederick, Md. I am pretty sure they do not do tastings or tours right now, but that may have changed. They do have a bad ass tasting room full of Ralph Steadman art.
Brickskeller is a great place for variety!
Clipper City makes some damn good brew. Not sure if they have tours, never been there.
There is another place in Frederick, I think it is called Brewers Alley, that I hear is good, but never been to it.

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Old 07-08-2010, 01:49 PM   #5
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I like Capital City Brewpub in DC but check out their tap list before going. It can be pretty hit or miss.

The place I would recommend above all others is Max's in the Fell's Point area of Baltimore. Just click on the link and take a look at their tap list. It just may be my favorite bar in the world.

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The place I would recommend above all others is Max's in the Fell's Point area of Baltimore. Just click on the link and take a look at their tap list. It just may be my favorite bar in the world.
I second Max's on Broadway. It is Mecca. Plus they just updated their draft system.
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Awesome, thanks for the list guys! I just looked at the tap list for Max's, I'm pretty sure I'll just head there after I arrive off my plane

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Old 07-08-2010, 04:44 PM   #8
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Max's is great.

Brickskellar is overrated; 20 years ago it was a breath of fresh air, but there are better places around now (especially since they're invariably out of the first 5-6 things you order; the 400+ beer list seems to be a list of everything they've ever had, not what's currently available).

Churchkey is probably the best place for beer in DC at the moment: http://www.churchkeydc.com/ has the draft list, they also have a ton of bottles. (the downstairs restaurant, Birch and Barley, does a great brunch).

The beer director for Churchkey (Greg Engert) also does the buying for Rustico in Alexandria ( http://www.rusticorestaurant.com/menus/menus.html ) but Churchkey is better if you only try one. If do find yourself in Alexandria, Bilbo Baggins also merits a visit: http://www.bilbobaggins.net/beer.html though the food and table service are spotty. Sit at the bar.

If you're staying in Bethesda, you're very close to an awesome beer/wine/liquore store: http://www.chevychasewine.com/

RFD Drafthouse in DC is run by the Brickskellar owners and probably merits a visit: http://www.lovethebeer.com/rfd.html

A couple of outside-the-box ideas:
Pizzaria Paradiso in DC has a surprisingly decent beer selection for a pizza joint, and they sometimes have hard to find bottles socked away (form a rapport and ask what they have): http://www.eatyourpizza.com/menu/birre/ They also have great pizza (but see below).

Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington has quite a good sandwich/wrap selection in a laid-back location, and they have a pretty decent beer list: http://www.lostdogcafe.com/beer.htm There's a 3 beer limit to drink on premises, but they sell everything to go in 6 packs--it's a good place to go, try 3 things with dinner to see if you like them, and grab them in bulk if you do.

2Amys is great food--probably the best pizza in the region (Paradiso and Comet Ping Pong are the 2 primary competitors). Their selection is small (maybe 6-8 taps and 10-20 bottles) but very deliberately chosen to pair with the food; you'll find Moretti on tap, but they also have a rotating selection of little-known Italian microbrews in bottles. And the pizza is otherworldly. http://www.2amyspizza.com/

Some must-visits for eating even if you're on a budget:
For great food in a reasonable price range with a casual atmosphere, Food Matters in Alexandria is awesome. Very small beer selection, but there'll be something decent (Bell's Two Hearted is usually one of the 6 or so options). http://www.foodmattersva.com/menu.asp
Thai Xing http://www.thaix-ing.com/ is basically a chef's choice Thai place. Make reservations. You'll leave happy.
Ray's the Steaks and Ray's Hell Burger are reasonably cheap (especially the latter) and totally awesome; both have a few decent craft brews as well as an extensive wine list.

If you're not on a budget, try to get in to Cafe Atlantico's tasting room, and eat at Central.

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I would add Brasserie Beck in DC to the list for wonderful Beglian food and an awesome beer list of Belgian beers on tap and in a bottle. Not cheap but worth it. It's on 11th and K Street in Downtown DC. Also agree about Brickskeller, over rated and the beers are often old and oxidized due to long term storage. Food is limited too.

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I would add Brasserie Beck in DC to the list for wonderful Beglian food and an awesome beer list of Belgian beers on tap and in a bottle. Not cheap but worth it.
Yes, excellent call.
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