Author Archive for Orr Shtuhl

Beerspotter: Altbier at Capitol City Brewing, Gordon Biersch, and District ChopHouse

Where Spotted: District ChopHouse & Brewery, 509 7th St. NW; Capitol City Brewing Co., 1100 New York Ave. NW; Gordon Biersch, 900 F St. NW Price: $5.00-$5.50, depending on location Learning to Crawl: When the District’s trio of brewpubs collaborates on a recipe, they kind of force my hand. Offer three versions of a beer […]

How Does Dogfish Head Bitches Brew Taste? And How’s It Sound?

Today is the release date for Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, the beer brewed to celebrate the 40th birthday and reissue of the groundbreaking Miles Davis classic. It was first sampled by attendees at SAVOR — that is, anyone who wanted to shoulder their way through the throng of TV cameras and clamoring beer nerds for […]

Beerspotter: Great Lakes Oktoberfest

Where Spotted: Modern Liquors, 1200 9th St. NW Price: $10.99 per 6-pack Seasonal Creepiness: Every year, the creep gets worst: Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers now hit stores before the swimming pools have been drained for the season. It may be incongruous to drink these autumnal beers during a heat wave—unless, of course, you’re a sugar […]

Wednesday’s Beerspotter Picks for D.C. Beer Week

Readers have been quick to point out that not all Beer Week events are created equal. While draft rarities and discount specials are always welcome, a $5 pint hardly constitutes a special night unto itself, even if D.C. drink prices often approach Ticketmaster-level robbery. The best things in life are free, so start with some […]

Tonight’s Beerspotter Picks for D.C. Beer Week

I hope yesterday's hangover brunch was a restorative one, because it's D.C. Beer Week, and you've got your work cut out for you. With seven events tonight and almost 40 this week, you need to plan strategically — tonight is but one leg in the tour de pints. You could start with a quiet dinner […]

Beerspotter: Goose Island Fleur

Where Spotted: Whole Foods, 1440 P St. NW Price: $7.99 for a 22 oz. bottle First-Glass Accommodations: I tend to ignore beer packaging, but the spare, white-tablecloth labels of Goose Island’s “Belgian Style” series have come to symbolize the brewery’s exciting new direction: Its scaling back on six-pack offerings to focus on high-quality singles. From […]

Aging Beers: You Can Do It

Greg Engert's comprehensive post last week on aging beers got me in the mood to break into my own cellar, and with the frigid snap of 75-degree weather we've had this week, it was the perfect time for a comforting winter seasonal I'd been holding onto: a 2008 bottle of Avery Old Jubilation. If you […]

How Would Celiac Disease Change Your Diet?

This week's Y&H column on beer lovers who discover they have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant put me in a somewhat existential mood. I've had two friends discover they are gluten intolerant in the past six months, and as I watch them abandon beer and begin experimenting with cider, wine, and cocktails, I try […]

Beerspotter: Estrella Damm Daura

Where Spotted: Cork & Fork, 1522 14th St. NW Price: $9.99/4-pack Celiac Friendly: Daura is the first of its kind, a beer made with barley (and thus, gluten) that is safe for people with celiac disease. The company won’t say how, but they get the gluten levels down to 6 parts per million, well below […]

Beerspotter Interview With D.C.’s First “State Fair” Organizers

The District's backyard gardeners, growers, bakers, and brewers will soon have a new platform on which to showcase their wares. A group of local cooking and urban gardening bloggers are organizing a D.C. State Fair. For its inaugural year, the fair is starting small; it will be at a tent at Columbia Heights Day on […]