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Bottle Review - Saranac Pumpkin Ale

This is a perfectly cromulent pumpkin ale. Many are better and many are worse, but still a regret-free purchase.

In reality, the best part of this beer is the 32oz mini-moonshine bottle. Perfect size for a Sunday afternoon, perfect size for those of us who feel silly holding small bottles.

Happy September.

Bottle Review - Saranac Pumpkin Ale

This is a perfectly cromulent pumpkin ale. Many are better and many are worse, but still a regret-free purchase.

In reality, the best part of this beer is the 32oz mini-moonshine bottle. Perfect size for a Sunday afternoon, perfect size for those of us who feel silly holding small bottles.

Happy September.

Sep 6

Atlas Brew Works World’s Fair

September 6th was the first anniversary of Atlas Brew Works. The brewery celebrated with live music, food trucks, and their Anniversary brew which is a farmhouse saison with peaches.

It was damn hot. Bloody hot. Hot enough to do some crotch-pot cooking. Several hundred people scoffed at the weather and headed to the West Virginia Ave brewery for the festivities. It was an amazing turnout.

A year ago to the day (I think, maybe) a friend of mine told me he was going to The Argonaut for a beer release event. He was excited and it sounded like I should be too. Another new local brewery?  I can walk home drunkish? I’m in. We walk in and overhear some guys at the bar talking about the standards and practices of brewing. Ok, we might be in the right place or it was another night on H Street. The Argonaut was serving all of the new offerings and we went back and forth between District Common and NSFW. By “back and forth” I mean “at a semi-serious pace.” After our Nth round we were obvious in our search for the brewer. Why talk to people when you can look like drunk, skittish prairie dogs? “How do you like it? Looks like the NSFW.” This came from a bearded man wearing a Grateful Dead hat. PROTIP: Beard + GD paraphernalia + a history with bicycles = you’re probably talking to a brewer. Will Durgin spent what may have been three hours talking with us. His story, his beer, his beer’s story, the Red Sawx, and bicycles. I’ve learned that most brewers have bicycle stories. It was a great educational and intoxicating night. That was a year ago with three beers and a hard push on word of mouth. Now they have a Washington Nationals specific brew and a packed house on the weekend. Congrats, guys. Happy birthday and continued success.
Use the Summer Cocktail Generator to Make Just the Right Drink

Use the Summer Cocktail Generator to Make Just the Right Drink

The Chief Hits Up Missoula, Montana

Missoula, the home of Big Sky Brewing and University of Montana. Nice kitchen.

The Chief Hits Up Missoula, Montana

Missoula, the home of Big Sky Brewing and University of Montana. Nice kitchen.

"He never asks a second favor when he’s been refused the first…"

The Chief’s annual vacation takes him to a Mexican restaurant called “Guadalajara” in Spearfish, South Dakota.

The enchilladas Verdes and margaritas are recommended.

"He never asks a second favor when he’s been refused the first…"

The Chief’s annual vacation takes him to a Mexican restaurant called “Guadalajara” in Spearfish, South Dakota.

The enchilladas Verdes and margaritas are recommended.

A Trip To Snake River Brewing Company

Wyoming  is my new “I’m running away and never coming back” place. The national parks, the rivers, the cozy towns, the beer. Bookending the family vacation were stays in the city of Jackson. And wouldn’t you know it, BOTH places we stayed were a block away from Snake River Brewing. The beers are awesome, the food was great, and the cask-conditioned Zonker’s Stout float was unreal.

The largest “cans” of SRB Lager were found at the Jackson Hole Rodeo…they were the barrels for the barrel races.

Pictures speak louder than words so I’ll shut up now.

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Beer Review - Wild Wolf Brewing Co. Howling Pumpkin

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Wolves and pumpkins. It’s August close enough. The last remnant of a wonderful Charlottesville Father’s Day 0.5 trip makes me yearn for fall.

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Aug 2

Beer Review - Wildwood Brewing Yellowstone Road Block Lager

Those are Yellowstone Road Blocks. One is a simple lager, the other is 1400 lbs and has a temper. Come to think of it, have enough of one and you’ll become the other.

This beer is brewed exclusively for sale within Yellowstone National Park. It’s a lager. That’s it. Good for cabin porch drinking. It pairs very well with a huckleberry lollipop. Y’know, for flavor.


ABV - 5%
Color - 6 (bright and clean)
Smell - 3 (basic lager)
Taste - 5 (basic lager)
Overall - 4.7

Intangibles:
Packaging - 4-pack of tallboys
Labeling - A Bison in the middle of the road, looking ornery
Verbiage - Basic description of contents

- John

Baby Shower Cigar - CAO La Traviata

Baby Shower Cigar - CAO La Traviata