Friday, August 6, 2010

Beer Me!

Former beer director Bill Catron at Brasserie Beck
(The new beer director is Thor Cheston)

Endless taps at Churchkey

Are you a beer drinker? Like a real beer drinker? (Miller and Bud Light don't count). There are an impressive number of places to consume interesting and unique beers around DC. I'm not a huge beer drinker myself but with a little guidance from master bartenders and some tasting, I have found a few that I really like. Like Delirium Nocturnum, a dark sweet Belgian ale; Kasteel Rouge, a dark sour cherry brew; and DeuS, the champagne of beers.

Places to go for good beer:
Churchkey, Logan Circle
555 unique labels from over 30 countries, including 50 draught beers and 5 authentic cask conditioned ales in fluid rotation. Also, a cellar stash list of obscure and vintage bottled beer.
Birreria Paradiso, Georgetown
Located in the basement of Pizzeria Paradiso, this beer bar has 16 draft beer selections, 200 bottled beers, and a traditional British-style cask ale.
Brickskeller, Dupont Circle
The legendary 1000+ beer destination. Nuff said.
Brasserie Beck, Downtown
Fabulous selection of Belgian beers and excellent service. Nine draught beers and over 100 in bottles. Not sure what you like? Sample beers in miniature beer mugs. Half-price draughts 5-7 every day at the bar and from 10:30-close on Th/Fri/Sat.
Mussel Bar, Bethesda
It's like Brasserie Beck, just smaller and more casual. 70ish Belgian style beers, including eight on tap. Sadly, there is no happy hour here. Apparently, they're losing money on some of their beers thanks to Montgomery Co's backwards bureaucracy.


  1. Hi, Andrea! I just discovered your blog (& Facebook page) -- well done! I tried Kasteel Rouge for the first time last night @ Mussel Bar. It's practically dessert -- yum. Sorry to hear that MB is hurting due to MoCo's archaic restrictions.

  2. Brasserie Beck went way down hill after Bill Catron left....

  3. Lisa, I hate MoCo's restrictions! And I feel terrible for the businesses that have to deal with it. I've heard complaint after complaint from restaurants and shop owners alike.
    Anonymous, any idea why Bill Catron left???

  4. Andrea - This is great info! Thank you. I'm meeting a friend on Thursday night around 5pm in Olde Towne, any ideas for something wonderful? I used to work on King Street but its been a while.