Archive for the ‘Vacation’ Category

Eastern Shore Brewing

2010/07/30

On the way to our stay at The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s, Maryland.  I wasn’t expecting much in the way of a beer scene in this quaint little town, but to my surprise they actually had a small local brewery.  A little place by the name of Eastern Shore Brewery.  We stopped in one day to check out what they had to offer.

The tasting room is what you would expect of a small privately owned brewery.  Because well it’s a working brewery not a bar.  The space is fairly large and I do admit when we went they were just moving into the space so it wasn’t done yet so that’s what i’ll say about that.  We got to meet Owners/Brewmaster husband and wife team Adrian and Lori Moritz.  Both friendly people that make you feel welcome and have a good knowledge of beer.

The picture above is the tasting you can have there. Five beers, I think they were 4oz pours for 8$.  In my opinion that’s not a bad deal.  For the most part what i’ve see tastings are 10$ or more.  The list of beers include Lighthouse Ale, which is there offering for those teetering on the edge of the abyss of mass produced beer.  Cherry House which is basically there fruit beer offering. Magic Heifivizen, St. Michael’s Ale a Amber Ale, and last and I think the best is Duck Duck Goose a German Brown Porter.  I’ll have more in depth reviews of some of the beer I brought home later on.  If your ever in the St. Michael’s area it’s definitely worth stopping by.

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Washington D.C.’s Beer Bar

2010/07/06

Recently my wife and I were in Washington D.C. and being a beer geek in a big city I felt like i needed to go to what I would consider an actual beer bar.  With some help from the guys down at The Charleston Beer Exchange and the internet.  I narrowed my options down to two places, The Brickskeller and ChurchKey.  Both really good places to grab a beer but the deciding point was how easily we could get there from a metro station.  We chose to go to The Brickskeller which in perusing through Barnes and Nobles magazine section I stumbled upon an article in Beer Traveler.  The article is 150 perfect places to have a beer and The Brickskeller was number 28.  With no reference on beer bars I can’t say whether I agree with it or not.  What I can tell you is about our experience.  First the place is just inside Georgetown and around the corner from a fairly busy street with restaurants and shops.  The bar area is in the basement, i do have to say the door to the bar is pretty cool though.  Didn’t get a picture of it so you’ll have to check it out for yourselves.  The ambience is well…..  A basement.  Musty, dusty, dark and well a good place to have a beer.  When our server was able to pull himself away from sitting in the corner and reading the paper we were able to order.  I first ordered a BrewDog but due to our server being hung over he brought me a Broughton which for some reason I accepted.  But hey you have to try new things right?

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This is Broughton Ales Black Douglas, a 5.2% Scottish Ale.  In the nose I picked up dark cherry, caramel, toffee, some bread and I don’t know why but I got some wood.  In the taste department I got the same I got in the nose.  Dark Cherry, caramel and a lot of malty grains.  If you like malt this one should be on your list.  Now for the one I ordered in the beginning.

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BrewDog’s Bashah a 8.6% collaboration between BrewDog and Stone.  Now the bottle calls it a Black Belgian style Double IPA, but Beer Advocate calls it an American Strong Ale.  To be honest at this point I was exhausted and from the mustiness my nose was shot.  So all I was getting were the flavors and sells of a barley wine.  But i’ll leave you with the like to Beer Advocates page on it.

Well this turned out to be a very long post.  And in The Brickskeller’s defense the food was good and beer list was very extensive.  Despite our servers short comings he was personable, and overall we did have an enjoyable time.

Happy Drinking

Cheers

Vacation Refreshment

2010/07/03

Sara and I are back from our 1 year anniversary trip.  We traveled up to D.C. on the way there hitting stop and go traffic at midnight and then having air conditioning problems.  Not much worse then being 8 hours from home in 90 degree heat at midnight and a malfunctioning ac unit.  Luckily in the morning it was working somewhat but still smelling like burnt rubber.  On the second day we got to enjoy the Natural History and American History Museums. On the third day we hit up the Holocaust, Air and Space Museums and most of the Monuments on the Mall.

From there we moved onto St. Michael’s Maryland for our stay at The Inn at Perry Cabin.  The weather really came through for us not really getting over 80 the whole time.  Riding bikes through the little downtown area was just a nice little recharge.

Beer wise.  Here’s a little preview.

In D.C. we went to the Brickskeller.  Service wasn’t very good but I did get to try my first BrewDog creation

In Maryland we hit up a local brewery called Eastern Shore Brewing .

And last but not least we drove the back roads of Delaware to make it to Dogfish Head.  Then making our way down to their Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

A good trip and I’m looking forward to  getting more in depth about the beer experiences.

Cheers