August 1, 2013 |
Bardo is an unlikely place to spend a summer evening. Surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, the Trinidad bar is a mix of dystopian and bare bones: The lot is filled with old shipping containers, unused brewing equipment, clusters of portable toilets and long, rough-hewn picnic tables. Cornhole boards line a grassy area. A projector hangs overhead, showing movies on a screen hanging on a shipping container. In the middle of the asphalt lot is a plywood bar with 20 taps.
July 2, 2013 |
Ever since he broke into the business in 1995, mixing malt and hops in a soup pot in his Rehoboth Beach brewpub, Sam Calagione has been blurring the line between beer and food. The Dogfish Head founder has raided his pantry for ingredients (cocoa powder, brown sugar, raisins) for his house-brewed beers. Conversely, the brewpub has experimented with dozens of beer dishes, from a hummus with IPA-marinated olives to pale-ale ketchup to hop-oil brownies. "We've been a brewery focused on food since the day we...
June 5, 2013 |
DC Brau is releasing two new collaboration beers in the next week. The first celebrates D.C. United; the second is a partnership with Bloomingdale's Red Hen restaurant and Virginia's Linden Winery. DC Brau co-owners Jeff Hancock (left) and Brandon Skall are set to release a new beer on Saturday, and then another the following Tuesday. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) The D.C. United beer came about after the brewery created logo T-shirts that replaced the team's name with the brewery's.
April 3, 2013 |
About six months ago, Thor Cheston's nascent beer business was strapped for cash. He needed $125,000. Without it, he said he couldn't move forward with lease negotiations for the location which he hoped would eventually hold the Right Proper Brew Pub, a neighborhood brewery, bar and restaurant. "We were coming to a crossroads," Cheston said. Cheston and his business partner, John Snedden, who owns Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Northwest D.C., had already raised about a quarter of their budget through private...
March 29, 2013 |
My wife and I biked home from work one humid spring evening to find an icy Mason jar sweating by the doormat. It was a gift from our neighbor, the widow of a Swedenborgian minister, an intrepid gardener known for her climbing roses. The jar was stuffed with a tangle of greens — a frilly ground cover she snipped each late April and early May called sweet woodruff. It gave off the warm scent of cardamom or maybe shavings of cedar. And steeped in white jug wine with...
March 5, 2013 |
"I'm the lunatic who makes beer in Lebanon!" announces Mazen Hajjar as he rises to extend his hand. That's Lebanon in the Middle East — not Pennsylvania. Hajjar's brewery, 961 Beer (named after the international dialing code for Lebanon), is a five-minute drive from Beirut. With his shoulder-length dark hair and full beard, he might be mistaken for a graduate student who wandered into ChurchKey near Logan Circle to down a few drafts after banging out his thesis. But this youthful 39-year-old has a remarkably varied résumé:...