Author Archive for Orr Shtuhl

The Beerspotter: Rock Bottom Brown Bear Brown

Where Spotted: Rock Bottom Bethesda, 7900 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda Price: $4.99/pint Scot in the Dark: I am a lazy man, but lust for a good beer can propel me all the way up the Red Line to Bethesda. Specifically, I was after Highland Courage, for which brewmaster Geoff Lively won gold at the 2010 World […]

Brickskeller’s Replacement Announces 50 Beer Taps, Searches for a Name

When Young & Hungry first broke the news earlier this fall that the Brickskeller would be likely bought by a boutique hotel chain, I'll admit I imagined the worst possible of outcomes—namely neon-colored vodka drinks and furniture from the set of Men in Black. It seems, however, that I was wrong: owner-to-be Megan Merrifield has […]

Brickskeller Buyers Announce Their Plans: New Carpet, Bathrooms

And you were worried. WTOP reports that the buyers of The Brickskeller, who also own the Windsor Inn, Embassy Inn, and District Hotel, plan to renovate the bar but keep the beer-centric tradition. Just, you know, clean the bathrooms and tear up that mangy carpet. The Brickskeller will close on Dec. 18, owner Diane Alexander […]

The Beerspotter: Anchor Humming Ale

Where Spotted: Rodman’s, 5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW Price: $9.99 per 6-pack The Fall Guy: All summer long, I had an appetite for only golden lagers and tart wheat beers. I got worried, wondering if I was graying prematurely, my palate no longer able to withstand a beer with more kick. Luckily, it was just my […]

Beerspotter: Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter

Where Spotted: Euro Market, 2201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington Price: $1.99 per 12 oz. bottle Cellar Mate: Most of the time, old beer is just that. But strong beers, especially those with minimal hops, are often made for aging and will develop into smoother, mellower sips over time. In practical terms, this means you should avoid […]

Rustik Opens Today in Bloomingdale

Rustik opens today in thirsty, underserved Bloomingdale, promising a menu featuring brick-oven pizza and "a selection of exceptional craft beers," all on draft. "Exceptional" sounds great and all, but for those of you in the market for specifics, here's their full beer list, which I've conveniently organized from delicious to egregious. Flying Dog Raging Bitch […]

Lagunitas to Brew Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Year-Round. Will This Launch the ‘Wheat IPA’ Trend?

In a hoped-for move that has had beer lovers drooling for months, Lagunitas Brewing Company has announced (UPDATE: they apparently said this a while ago) will make their summer seasonal IPA, A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', into a year-round offering. It didn't take long; the beer's upgrade to the full-time roster comes just two summers after […]

Beerspotter: Bell’s Oarsman Ale

Where Spotted: D’Vines, 3103 14th St. NW Price: $10 per six-pack Acid Reflex: Oarsman Ale is a Berliner weisse, the bright wheat beer that’s just starting to tiptoe into the U.S. market. A food-loving beer, Berliner weisse boasts a lemony acidity that you can practically whip into a vinaigrette, and it even comes with an […]

21st Amendment Announces ‘Fireside Chat,’ Spiced Winter Ale

Beerspotter: Lancaster Hop Hog IPA

Where Spotted: Dixie Liquor, 3429 M St. NW Price: $9.99 per six-pack Northwest Passage: When a reader challenged me to find a good beer store in Georgetown, I should have known it was a set up. I was all the way to the Key Bridge, sweaty and parched and prepared to succumb to frozen yogurt, […]