Gotland Comes From God’s Country

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When I think about God’s Country, the city or a city, does not come to mind. Rather the endless flowing hills of Montana, the salt flats of Utah, Colorado’s illustrious flatirons, or the surreptitious trailing of the Snake River in Idaho. The reputation of american the beautiful montages my mind and takes me into a dream.

And when I sip on Gotland from Right Proper Brewing there is nothing about this beer that is not True Grit in the midst of God’s Country. Im spraying about character people, not characters like in the Big Lebowski. Classics that have been tried and true. Im talking old school John Wayne where the hard knock life of a ranch hand bleeds out of those scenes like sap from a maple tree.

And so Gotland, the American Primitive Ale from Right Proper, with its leathery and effortless body also belong to the category of True Grit as the taste reminds you of the beauty of God’s Country.

The austere simplicity of Gotland reminds one of the rocks of Joshua Tree national park, and its character, whittled away by the sands of time only to leave the hardened beauty of a world once lost. Gotland, an american primitive whittled away by Brettanomyces for five months, displays the beauty of the sands of time upon its landscape. Gotland ushers you into this world once lost with its ancient magic. The velvety but strong undertones of smoke and forrest remind one of walking below the evergreens in the west with their towering grace and welcoming stature. Easy to drink like CCR is easy to listen to, Gotland towers above other beers of its kind and quietly wins its way into your heart with the wild blueberry hints and fresh mountain air coldness.

Until next time my friends pour proper…

Your Local Craft Beer Is Not That Good

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After living in one of the country’s greatest craft beer mecca’s, namely the illustrious San Diego and the up and coming Washington DC, I have come across an interesting phenomenon.

To illustrate lets talk about my boss calling me a snob. This happened after I said, to the agreement of another coworker, that his IPA was not that good. He then replied something of the effect you are from Cali so you are a beer snob.

At the very least this got me thinking about local loves of local craft beer. With the resurgence and renaissance of the american craft beer market breweries are popping up all across the country. And people are becoming vehemently attached to their “local” craft breweries. Thus, when visitors or new immigrants to this local craft beer scene come in an become nay sayers of these local brews, legitimate or illegitimate nay sayers, they usually get the boot! Hence my boss, “You snob.”

All this to say I am not saying one or the other position is right. All I am saying is that we have attachment to beer, not necessarily because it is objectively good (by which I mean to follow the BJCP and GABF standards) but because its ours. Its our local beer.

I think we should be open to the possibility that our local craft beer is only good because its local. I also think we should be open to the possibility that our local craft beer is good because it was recognized or could be recognized on the national level. You may have a local jewel in your local industrial park, or you may not.

All in all, just drink more craft beer.

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Beer of the Week Perennial Savant Blanc

Just another great review of a rare beer by WTOP!

These video’s provide a refreshing look at beer pairing and tasting from a tried and true professional.

Beer of the Week

One of the venues that I try to partake of is Beer Director for the Neighborhood restaurant group Greg Engert and his Beer of the Week. In this video they weekly go over a new offering in their bar, The Church Key here in Washington DC. They talk about the flavors of the beer and also talk a lot about pairings for the beer. For me, as a lay-beer-nerd, I find this very helpful because experts are telling me what the beer should taste like and what it should pair with. Subscribe and get more beer knowledge every week!

In this week’s episode they talk about the new Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. Beer camp is the biggest collaboration in beer history and is super exciting. Watch the vid below to see what they are doing!

Sour Session 9

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At first glance you may think this is some sort of cynics group but nothing could be father from the truth. Rather it is an event that The Church Key in DC holds every year to rejoice in sour beer from all over the world. Somehow this bar has it’s hands deep in the pockets of importers as they had a sixtel of Fou Foune on tap, the rare sour from Europe. And not only did they have that but also a decent smattering of sours from all over america as well. This included #mrsproperpour’s favorite sour, Sour In The Rye by The Bruery.

Not only was there a plethora of sour beer but, for us longing to partake of the experience, a scorecard so you could remember what beers you drank! Its like keeping score at a baseball game (yes, nerdy I know but I love baseball).

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All in all there were too many beers to highlight but the Fou Foune was by far the most delicious and exciting that we had. Till next time!

Pour Proper my friends…

Social Media Stats for Breweries in DC

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After a recent post by Queen City Fresh on the Social Media Standings for breweries in Cincinnati I decided to put the same thing together for DC. The results were predictable but informative. I also echo his comments on the validity of Likes and Follows for the authenticity of these breweries. Social Media is not a barometer for the goodness of these breweries, going to them and trying them yourself is. Dive into them. Also maybe the twitter handles will be helpful for those in DC wanting to keep up with events, new beers, etc. for these breweries.

These stats were taken on 8/28/2013 between 12pm and 1:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

Note: Gordon Biersch was not included.

Facebook First:

Breweries FaceBook Likes
DC Brau Brewing 9879
Chocolate City Beer 2842
Bluejacket 2646
3 Stars Brewing 2531
Atlas Brew Works 906
District Chophouse and Brewery 768
Ommegang DC 126

And Now for Twitter:

Breweries Twitter Followers Twitter Handle
DC Brau Brewing 11362 @dcbrau
3 Stars Brewing 4107 @3starsbrewing
Chocolate City Beer 3920 @ChocCityBeer
Bluejacket 2484 @Bluejacketdc
Ommegang DC 905 @OmmegangDC
Atlas Brew Works 799 @AtlasBrewWorks
District Chophouse and Brewery 758 @chophousebrew

All in all this is a post to get knowledge of these breweries out so that we can enjoy, support, and continue to drink great craft beer from these amazing microbreweries.

Until next time, pour proper my friends…