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    Default jrenaut #20: Gordon Biersch Metro Center or Chinatown or whatever this one is

    The only possible reason one might have for supposing this was an IPA was that the wife asked "do you have an IPA" and the bartender said yes so we both asked for the IPA. It could have used more pepper.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    Took a long lunch with the wife and hit a couple of Ruby Tuesdays Breweries. First on the list, where we had lunch, was District Chophouse. When we walked in it looked way too fancy, but we sat at the bar. We were going to do two flights because I don't like to share but the bartender suggested we start with one, which turned out to be a good idea.

    I was pleasantly surprised by their light lager, which was crisp and flavorful and much better than I expected. Their bourbon stout was not good. The rest of the flight was solid - what you'd expect from technically proficient but unimaginative brewers, or brewers constrained by a clientele without a sophisticated beer palate (if you want to be charitable).


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    I'd recommend giving them another try. Their dopplebock is quite good, as is their brown ale on nitro. They are constrained in making the usual lineup, but also have two or so extra different ones. Plus, they are great supporters of the DC homebrew community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjclaeys View Post
    I'd recommend giving them another try. Their dopplebock is quite good, as is their brown ale on nitro. They are constrained in making the usual lineup, but also have two or so extra different ones. Plus, they are great supporters of the DC homebrew community.
    Their Amber on nitro is NOT good, so avoid that. And yeah, they did have two that were a bit out there, but neither really my style. I'll give it another shot.

    So today we struck out completely. Gremlin 2 had her first soccer tournament out in Arlington. Game at 1:00 and another at 4:30. We needed to kill some time in the middle, so we decided to go to Heritage. Wife drove the kids to the game with her bike and Gremlin 1's bike on the car. I rode the longtail 10 miles to the game so Gremlin 2 didn't have to ride - soccer game, 9 mile bike ride, soccer game seemed like a bit much for a 7 year old.

    So it turns out that Heritage doesn't always have ANYTHING brewed in house on hand. And they didn't today. I had the Freedom Isn't Free aged in gin barrels, which was really interesting. Then I had their as-yet unnamed NE-style DIPA, which was fantastic, but I'm a sucker for NE-style IPAs AND DIPAs so that was no surprise.


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    When we got home, we were determined to get a point, so we headed out to Hellbender, only to find out that they close at 7pm on Saturdays. What kind of crazy hours are those? So we got no beerneuring points at all. At least we got some riding in.
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    Default jrenaut #21: Portner Brewing

    We blew it again - we've successfully scored a beerneuring point in only 3 of our last 7 tries.

    We took bikes on the Metro to King St because the ride to Portner is too much for the kids and it's even pushing it for me after 35 miles yesterday. But the Eisenhower Rd trail is quite pleasant. Portner is I think the only women-owned brewery in the area. I liked the place - we ate an early dinner. It's a German-inspired menu, Americanized a bit, but not so much that it sucks. My grilled cheese had more ham than cheese, but it hit the spot dipped in a cup of tomato soup.

    I started with their Pilsner, which is one of their flagships. It was solid. The DIPA was very good, and the IPA was also worth drinking.


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    While we were having dinner, we finally got around to looking up the hours for Port City and realized that they were closing in 30 minutes and we hadn't even finished at Portner. So we missed out on Port City. We should have gone there first, but we were all hungry and they don't necessarily have food. Next time.
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    Default Beerneuring #15

    Well... I officially concede defeat for this year. Jon has just taken things to a whole new level!

    But, I did go out with a bang! Saturday's ride for beer was 130 miles. A little over halfway in, we stopped at Jack's Run in Purcellville to grab a quick refreshment, which was very needed.

    I had the Twisted Kilt Wee Heavy and it was pretty darned delicious. Granted, at 70-ish miles, I think anything would have been delicious.

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    We did make one more stop, but it was Old Ox, and I had already used that as a beerneuring point last month... Whomp Whomp.

    I may try and make it to a brewery in NC next weekend, but I am not sure there is anything within reasonable biking distance the day before a 150 mile race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    Well... I officially concede defeat for this year. Jon has just taken things to a whole new level!
    I must say that after my love of beer, the fear that you were going to go hit 6 breweries on a Saturday was my biggest motivator.

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    Default jrenaut #22: Franklins

    This ride will be SO MUCH NICER when they connect the trails and you don't have take the road or "sidewalk" on Route 1.

    The beer was good. This is the IPA. More interesting was the 97 Pound Weakling, which I think they called an imperial wheat wine. or something like that.


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    Default Beerbeuring #5 Jack's Run

    Got an oatmeal stout, but don't remember the name. I ordered it for its restorative powers and it worked. It was very refreshing. I also found $100 on the floor.

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    See an alternative view of the beer in Sunyata's post above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    I must say that after my love of beer, the fear that you were going to go hit 6 breweries on a Saturday was my biggest motivator.
    If I did not have Croatan coming up this weekend, I would have.

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    Default jrenaut #23: Hellbender Brewing

    Finally made it to Hellbender when they were open. I have a soft spot for this brewery - when they opened, their beer was not very good. But they stuck with it, and they are now much improved AND have a really chill space. We brought a dinner picnic, which was great, but then found that they had tacos from Tamales Pachuca. We ate too many tacos. The kids loved them.

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    What I love is that Kansas Ave NW is uphill in both directions, and we also had a headwind in both directions because probably global warming or something.

    Oh, right, the beer. I had the Agosto, which they alternately call a Belgian IPA and a farmhouse IPA. It's also 4.8% alcohol, which is very low for any type of non-session IPA. It didn't taste like a session, though. Also their Ignite IPA is solid.

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