Posts Tagged ‘Beerspotter’

We Are All Just Pawns in Birch & Barley’s World

Believe it or not, there has been other news in the world this week, aside from the opening of Birch & Barley/ChurchKey, the long-awaited Neighborhood Restaurant Group project on 14th Street NW. You wouldn't know it, though, from all the local food coverage, which has devoted a ton of server space to detailing every nook […]

Birch & Barley Opening Tomorrow?

UPDATE: NRG spokesperson Amber Pfau says that Birch & Barley/ChurchKey will open tomorrow, "barring natural disasters." For an inside look, see Metrocurean's preview on the place. The DC-Beer listserv has been humming today on a rumor that Birch & Barley/ChurchKey, the long-awaited twin-concept, beer-soaked bar and restaurant (which is not a gastropub!), will finally open […]

DC Beer Week: The Unofficial Guide

Hey, you, beer nerd. I'm sure you're used to doing things by yourself. But DC Beer Week should not be like most of your lonely existence. That's why Tammy Tuck and Orr Shtuhl have written a guide to the week's events. It's not just the first-ever Beerspotter/Lager Heads collaboration, it's also really fun to read! […]

Y&H Has Left the Building. It’s Time for a ‘Two Week Bender.’

Your semi-humble Y&H is taking a break before his brain turns into congee. I will be out for the next two weeks, but in my place, Editor Andrew has devised something that may mean the end of my job permanently. Starting Monday, Y&H will morph into Two Week Bender. For the next couple of  weeks, […]

Another D.C. Beer Week? Yes, Please.

Update: Through some legal snafu, Brew at the Zoo will not be technically affiliated with D.C. Beer Week. All events are still on, though. For beer drinkers, this mostly means that you won't see them listed on the same poster. The Lagerheads piqued our interest earlier about a potential D.C. Beer Week in August that […]

Oh, Canada: Obama and ‘The Suds That Soothe’

The Obama beer meeting was last night, and by all accounts nothing happened. (Although WaPo's Dana Milbank did totally hijack the Lagerheads' titular pun for his own use.) But my favorite post-summit coverage so far comes from Canada's CBC, which came up with not one but two entertaining animated graphics: "Beer Diplomacy" (in the intro) […]

What’s Worse Than Obama Drinking Budweiser?

Answer: President Obama drinking Bud Light. (I told you I wouldn't let this die.) I don't know if I should have seen it coming, but this light-beer position is even less excusable than, I don't know, torture. Light beer — especially the mass-produced variety— is less flavorful and less potent than "regular" beer. From both an […]

Obama’s Beer Meeting: Let the Lobbying Begin!

Every time President Obama eats a burger, Mr. Y&H (aka Tim Carman) has a goddamn field day. But now that Obama is set to crack beers with Officer James Crowley and Harvard prof Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to discuss Gates' false arrest at his Cambridge home, it's time for the liquid half of Young & […]

6 Tips on Hosting Your Own Beer Tasting

How <i>not</i> to have a productive beer tasting

D.C. residents are lucky to have the craft beer selection we enjoy, and I'm reminded as much every time I walk into a good bar or store. But if you drink lots of beer (I call it "research") the selection can be maddening. Though my heart is in it, I just don't have the constitution to try every good beer at a restaurant with, say, eight taps and a fetching bottle list. Such are the problems in my life.

Enter the side-by-side tasting. Every now and then, my friends and I convene around a dinner table for a beer tasting with a mission: we choose one style, like IPA or stout, and taste each one "blind" (more on this in a minute). We compare notes, then reveal which beers were which. Invariably, some of us discover new favorites.

If those old household commercials have taught us anything, it's that comparison is the best way to test something. When you taste beers side-by-side and discuss them with friends, your impressions are more likely to stay with you and inform your buying decisions next time you pick up a six-pack. It's fun, educational, and just a little bit nerdy. But while I opt for the full-on, annotated geek-out, all you really need is friends, glasses, and beer. Here's some tips to get you started:

This Week’s Greatest Hits from the Young & Hungry Blog: July 4th Edition

It's a short work week, and we at Young & Hungry Central have just the thing you need: beer and dining recommendations for the Fourth. We also have something for your reading pleasure: The top blog posts of the week. Obama Ate Here: The Working Map (with apologies and gratitude to BrightestYoungThings) What Did Your […]