Author Archive for Orr Shtuhl

Kölsch: The Pinky-Sized Pint

I've written time and again (and again) about the virtues of beer that packs a flavorful punch without the belt of booze. On a long Saturday night, my motive is part gluttony: an easy sipping beer means I can drink more of it. But there is a time for moderation—for me, lunch—and that's when I […]

Dodging the Draft: Outtakes

I drank diligently in the course of researching this week's Young & Hungry column about the art of restaurant beer bottle and can lists. But I also put my glass down occasionally to talk to the people crafting these menus. Here's a few of the best quotes that didn't make the story. ChurchKey's beer director, […]

Dodging the Draft: Sometimes a Restaurant’s Best Beers Are in Bottles and Cans

For three generations, the Martinez family has farmed hard-bean coffee at Finca Vista Hermosa, in the northwestern highlands of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. A portion of the harvest the family sends to Minneapolis, where Coffee & Tea Limited roasts and sells it, shipping a fraction of the beans 10 miles down the road to Brooklyn Center, Minn., […]

Savor Announces 2011 Brewery Lineup, Ticket Sale Dates

Savor, D.C.'s classiest boozefest, announced its full list of 33 breweries for 2011, including noted heavyweights, local talent, and some very exciting new breweries from around the country. The beer and food festival, which returns to its original two-day format for its fourth year, will take place June 3 and 4 at the National Building […]

Black Squirrel Owner: Undiscovered Foreign Beers, Good; Undocumented Foreign People, Bad

Black Squirrel learned this week that nothing ever really disappears. Especially polarizing rhetoric about illegal immigration. Back in October, a  blog post appeared on the Adams Morgan beer bar's website just as the Chandra Levy murder trial was in the news. The post's subject: Illegal immigrants, a population that includes the man who murdered the […]

Beerspotter’s Top 5 Beers of 2010

My New Year's resolution for 2011 is to be an omnivorous drinker: to appreciate beer in both quality and quantity. I had long been beguiled by promises of sexier beer—aged in bourbon, wine, brandy, and raw oak barrels; inoculated with yeast strains from far-off lands; infused with enough hops to endanger the species—but for every […]

“Bier Baron,” Brickskeller Replacement, Opens Wednesday

The Tavern Formerly Known as Brickskeller has both a name and opening date: Bier Baron, the successor to Washington's most storied beer bar, will open for service Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. On that night, the walls will be decked with the same antique cans, and the kitchen will pump out the same pretzels and […]

What’s Next for Brickskeller’s Rachel Murray?

When the Brickskeller closed this month, it left most of its beer stash and walls of memorabilia to the new owners. But what will happen to the Brick's beer brain trust? For the last four years, bar manager Rachel Murray brought some of the world's best beers to the subterranean saloon, and now she'll take […]

In the Brickskeller’s Embers, a Flicker of Hope

Like a shell-shocked trauma victim, I've been devouring every memorial piece I can find about the Brickskeller. I've instructed Google News to alert me whenever a new one appears, like this blip from the Associated Press that made its way to L.A. I've even read the comments. In the flurry over "Brickskeller Finally Pulls the […]

First Look at DC Brau Labels

Local start-up DC Brau, looking to be the first of several new breweries coming to the District, has released approved labels for all three of their flagship beers: The Public Pale, The Corruption India Pale, and The Citizen Belgian-Style Pale. The fine print reveals that the canned beers will be between 6% and 7% abv […]