Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Where to Drink on Tuesdays

I keep a pretty detailed calendar and have noticed a strange pattern as of late: Tuesdays have turned into a big drinking day for me and my friends. Who knew Tuesdays were the new Fridays? (And yes - I was asleep by 9:00pm on Friday night as if it were a Tuesday.)

Where have I been drinking these last couple of Tuesdays, you ask?

1. The Gamma Girls & Gentleman Calling happy hour last night!

Thank you to everyone who made it out for the event and to Local 16 for offering up space on their spectacular deck!! We met lots of great, new people and reconnected with several we hadn't seen in a while. We also drank a few mojitos. I'd call that a DOUBLE WIN, no?

If you missed it this time around, we forgive you ... but let's not make a habit of it, mmkay? Keep your eyes open for more fabulous get-togethers!

2. The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

It's no secret that my name is Thirsty ... and I like beer. Nature or nurture? Eh, who cares?!

Being well-known for something means that people often associate you with that thing that you love. For example, when my friend was invited to a craft beer tasting featuring a Q&A with local craft brewers, who do you think she called?


Last Tuesday night, 6 craft beer loving ladies filled a table in the basement of Sixth and I where the Beer Activist was hosting a Seasonal Tasting "featuring the springtime offerings of some of the area's best local breweries" (for only $18).

Each brewer brought one beer to share with the class and then took a seat on the stage to tell some stories about the beer and their brewing history. Baying Hound, DC Brau, Chocolate City, Capital City, Lost Rhino, and Flying Dog teamed up to provide a pretty tasty liquid dinner (don't worry, there were pretzel sticks on the table too).

My biggest complaint of the night was the sound situation. Because of the weak system and brewers who were inexperienced with using and projecting into microphones (fine by me - I'd rather they be good at the beer-making), the actual discussion portion of the evening was difficult to hear/enjoy. Plus, my table was particularly chatty (yes, I shushed them!). If THAT was my biggest gripe, I'd say that's not a bad evening at all.

Would I return for a second round? Without a doubt, yes! 

If you are a novice and don't know a lot about beer or what types you might like, this is a great option for you! Others have hand-selected beers for you to sample and then teach you about it -- another double win! If you're already a beer lover (like me!), you'll enjoy it too.

Even when I try new labels, I tend to stick with what I naturally crave -- hops, hops, and more hops. Tastings, though, serve as a good way to branch out and experiment with new flavors. For example, Chocolate City (one of D.C.'s newest breweries) brought a limited edition beer (their last keg, actually!) called The Mothership Connection (yes, that's a P-Funk reference) that I never would've ordered otherwise. Even though this dark Weizenbock was far from my usual West Coast IPAs ... I didn't hate it and am glad I got one of the last sips of the season!

As it turns out, I also went to a craft beer tasting (yes, I see the pattern there too) thrown by LivingSocial on Sunday afternoon ... outside ... in the 40-degree rain ... Let's just say I've had better beer experiences (see above).

So, that's what I've been up to -- Tastefully Toasting on Tuesdays!


1 comment:

  1. Cheers for love beers. Kristie also like beer