The Washington D.C. area has seen an explosive growth of new breweries over the past few years. The first round of breweries is now well established (Port City, DC Brau, 3 Stars) and now the second and third round of breweries are starting to open and gain their footing. Caboose Brewing Co, in Vienna, Virginia is one of the latest breweries to open in the area and tap into the DC Beer scene. I have been monitoring their progress during my weekend bike rides on the nearby W&OD trail, as soon as I heard they were open I had to pay a visit.
It’s been a few years since I did a post of My Top 10 New Beers for a particular year. The idea and challenge to make this list is to pick your ten favorite new beers to you that you had in a calendar year. I did an article with this concept back in 2011, and decided it would be a good idea to revisit this. Without further ado, here are my ten favorite new beers that I tasted in 2014.
We’ve all seen some of the prepackaged pub crawls, right? You pay X amount of money and get bused around the city, hitting up predefined bars for a certain amount of time. While these can be lots of fun, you really have no say on the venues or timing. Planning your own pub crawl can be a really fun thing. Which is exactly what Mike and I did for this coming weekend in Washington D.C.
It seems that every week more and more bars are dedicating lines to craft beer, even removing the “crafty” options from the larger breweries. But craft beer does not solely make a craft beer bar. Not every bar with craft taps is trying to be a craft beer bar, but some are either making the switch or owners are opening new locations to create craft beer bars. However, what really makes a good craft beer bar? A good draft program, yes, but there are other things that go into the experience. Below is my shortlist of things that must be in place for a good craft beer bar.
Recently, Mike published an article titled “Undrink The Beer – Five beers I wish I could have again, for the first time” that centered on an introspective look to some beers of one’s past. These beers, as Mike put it, are ones you’d like to be able to experience again for the first time; knowing full well you’ll never quite get that same sort of feeling or experience again.