Sunday, February 23, 2014

In Beer News...

“Ah, good ol’ trustworthy beer. My love for you will never die.” –Homer Simpson

Here are some great beer events happening in the neighborhood:

Thursday, February 27, 5pm
Flying Dog Tap Takeover
Scion Restaurant, 1200 East-West Hwy

Scion to host Flying Dog brewers and feature 12 different drafts from their Frederick, MD brewery to include many hard to find, limited edition releases.

Flying Dog will be debuting the brand new Mango Habanero IPA, the first release from their 2014 Brewhouse Rarities series. The beer was brewed with 2 pounds of habanero peppers and 10 pounds of fresh mango. Also included in the lineup: Pumpkin IPA, an extremely limited release; Natural Selection Genus 3, a collaboration with Evolution Craft Brewing; and Barrel Aged Gonzo, currently the highest rated beer in the state of Maryland.

All Flying Dog beers will be $4 for the duration of the evening. Flying Dog rep, Erin Farrar, will be in attendance. Free glassware will be provided while supplies last. Reservations are not required for this event but I would recommend to get there early if you want to score glassware. The last event I attended had such a great turnout that my friends and I missed out on the glass.

March 19, 5-8pm
Devils Backbone Kickoff
Adega Wine Cellars, 8519 Fenton Street

Welcoming the Devil's Backbone team to MoCo with some great local craft beer on draft and in bottles. GABF’s Best Small Brewpub (2012) and Best Small Brewery (2013).

March 25, 6:30pm
Beer vs Wine Smackdown
The Daily Dish, 8301 Grubb Road

Flying Dog Brewery, MD vs. Breaux Vineyards, VA
Social Hour begins at 6:30pm and there is also dinner at 7pm. 5 courses, $65. Join a Flying Dog Brewmaster and a Breaux Vineyard’s Winemaker and vote.

During the Social Hour, they will be featuring a Blood Orange Pale Ale (Very Limited Release) vs Rosé.

In Other Beer News

Recently opened Urban Butcher's beer list is going strong. It features a few local beers to include DC Brau, Port City, and Old Dominion.

Fenwick Beer and Wine was voted “Best Place to Buy Beer” in the DC area for 2013. Help them win again by casting a vote. Polls close February 27. Recently, Pete from the blog Silver Spring Incorporated posted a great clip on Fenwick Beer and Wine created by Docs in Progress, 541 Bottles of Beer. We are so lucky to have a place like this in the neighborhood.

Denizens Brewing Co looks to still be on track to open summer 2014. They plan to have local bands and they are looking for your suggestions. Check out their Facebook page to participate.

Let's not forget Quarry House Tavern, one of my favorite bars in the neighborhood. Beeradvocate rates it "Outstanding," with a score of 92 mentioning it has 9 taps and 300 bottles. I know that their draft options are constantly changing.

Not a Beer Event

(But it sounds like a cool event and who doesn't love the events Adega Wine Cellars puts on):

Wednesday, March 4, 6-8pm
Adega Wine Cellars
Rick Davis from Calstar Cellars in California will be joining them for the evening featuring special wine flights, brand new wines, and more.

Know of a great beer event in the neighborhood coming up in the next few months or a venue I should add to this? Please don't hesitate to give me a shout.


  1. Scion's event should be awesome - can't wait. Urban Butcher's beer selection is fine, but really overpriced. Hopefully they'll put together a happy hour sometime soon.

    As an aside, when I went UrBu and asked what their current "butcher beer" (their rotating draft) was the waiter said it was "Shock Top, which is a whitbier, which means it's a wheat beer." I couldn't help but laugh at the extended description/explanation of what Shock Top is. Though I guess if you're trying to convince someone that paying $5 for a Shock Top (or $5 for a PBR) is reasonable then a song and dance only makes sense.

  2. I agree that some of UB's beer selection is a bit over priced but they also have some harder to come by craft beers that I feel earn their higher end price tag. I did notice though that some of the newer wait staff might not be too familiar with a beer or wine on the menu or what's in a cocktail but I'm sure that's common when a restaurant is still new and still getting their bearings in place. I usually stick with their cocktail and wine selections though. I love the seasonal punch and I could drink that all day!

  3. I'm perplexed as to how Fenwick gets named the best local place to buy beer. Does that include DC as well or just Silver Spring? If it's Silver Spring, then I guess by default they have to win, but in general their selection is mediocre at best and outrageously over priced.

  4. "in general their selection is mediocre at best "

    whaaaaaa?????? That just factually, categorically untrue. I agree with the overpriced part, but that's to be expected considered their unbelievably huge selection. It would be nice if they didn't overprice the generic beers they offer, though.