Craft Beer and Fricking Lazer Beams

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Washington DC is a city barraged by politics. And more than that the stress of politics. Who needs a beer after that craziness? Me. But under the belly of the beast lies a warm and friendly culture with some ever so down to earth people. One such place is Right Proper Brewing.

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I first heard about Right Proper from my now boss who said, “You should go over there after this interview.” So I did. I went straight over, and straight into their loving arms. And I proceeded to be blown away by their selection of amazing in house beer and cheese (they have more cheese variety than beer. Off the chain right?).

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The mission at Right Proper is to give the people of DC a place where they can go get a meal and some local beer brewed in DC in the heart of one of DC’s most historic neighborhoods, Shaw. And the best part, which in DC is all too rare, is that the only thing they take seriously is good beer and good food.

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Also, they have animals attacking the national mall with fricking lazer beams. As if

Right Proper was spawned as the brain child of highly decorated sour home brewer Nathan Zeender. To beer geeks this means he is a four star general of home brewing and you are a private. To non beer geeks this means Nathan is so good at his hobbies that he got a full time job doing them. Mad skillz here people. And it shows in their wild names often influenced by Walden and the constantly rotating beer list that has more going on in it than a circus carney in a Halloween store.

IF you want an ever changing seasonal beer list with a warm greeting and fun local people who love DC, then come on and love Right Proper with me. I’ll be almost every tues…

http://rightproperbrewery.com/

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Cheese pic courtesy of the Right Proper Instagram.

Sweet Sweet Love

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Have you ever felt the love of a Labrador retriever? Brown, black or yellow they are always excited, happy, minus the drool. They always want to see you! And even when you don’t know you are down they come over, lay on your feet, brush up against your side and change your day. In a subtle fashion they know how and when to love.

In the same sense Ellie’s Brown Ale displays the same subtleties as a beer. It smoothly and quietly slides into your mouth and gives you it’s love. The nutty goodness eases a bad day into a good afternoon.

Queen City Jewels Part 1

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This last weekend Mrs. Proper Pour and I decided to visit some of our best friends that live and reside in the Queen City, Cincinnati that is. On our list of things to do, besides enjoy our friends company, was to hit up as many of the breweries in the area as possible.

One historical fact of note should be that Cincinnati is a drinking town! The German immigrants that founded the city brought their heritage of beer with them when they came to the new world. Moerleins Brewing mainly represents this. On top of this Cincinnati was recently featured in Beer Advocate Magazine for a new and upcoming place to visit for craft beer. And they could not have been more correct. Between Rivertown, Madtree, Rhinegeist, and Ei8ht Ball Brewing this town screams of great beer, better food, and friendly people.

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After a quick browse through Findlay Market in the Over the Rhine section of Cincinnati we walked over to Rhinegeist Brewing for a beer or two. Not thinking much of the midwest in general, my mistake, I was not expecting much from Rhinegeist. That was my first mistake on this trip. This brewery, situated in the heart of the old meatpacking district is in the old building originally inhabited by Moerleins Brewing. Walk in and a generous space opens up before you with friend reclaimed wood benches and a small bar hosting all their beers. And they not only host their beers but also those of other craft brewers, a generous and applauded move.

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Now to the beer. Rhinegeist quickly and sufficiently supplied our pallates with an array of classic craft beers. The Truth, their IPA, stung sharp and true like a proper west coast IPA. Panther, their porter, was smooth and dark with just enough carbonation. And of a last note Mastadon, the Belgian Dark, was a sweetly caramel awesomeness.

Stay tuned for Mad Tree, Rivertown, and the great surprise!

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Digging into Outer Darkness

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When I think of Squatters, until recently, the last think I think of is great craft beer. But true to form Utah beer shines in a corner that no beer has due to their imposed limits by the the government. Long story short, because of the low ABV requirements by the religious theocracy in Utah, Utah brewers have to be deadpan accurate at the their brewing, which creates en environment that breeds great beer like bacteria in a petri dish.

Now back to Squatters Outer Darkness Russian Imperial Stout. This stout, as opposed to dozens of others shines clean and true despite the name (see instagram from a few months ago where we had a bottle share and I passed out on the couch). Most stouts hide their imperfections amongst large ABV’s and barrel aging. However this beer has the most crisp and clean taste of any stout I have had. The sweet coffee and chocolate hints shine like light reflecting from a mirror. As far as the ABV, didn’t even notice it because it was that clean. I want to say like a minerally chardoney it was so perfectly balanced that the slackline walkers of Moab would beg for advice.

Squatters, its no wonder you all have survived for so long in such an oppressive state for alcohol. Its because like Picasso, you shine under oppression and bring forth the best in the midst of statist difficulty.

Until next time friends, pour proper….

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Curve Your Life Path for Cuvee Des Jacobins

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This now will be the third advent of heaven upon my lips with Cuvee Des Jacobins visiting me. This beer, as for sour beer, is the best on the market. It does not get better than this sour ale. With sweet strawberry and cherry notes this sour ale will grind your stomach into submission and leave you dead on the floor wanting more. Those monks in belgium sure know what they are doing when it comes to great beer. And if I have not already mentioned this, sour ales are the pill to be swallowed for wine drinkers to enter into the craft beer world. Love this beer…beg, borrow, and steal for it!

Until next time, Pour Proper my friends….

5 Reasons To Share Your Beer (Part 2)

Last time we covered the first 3 reasons why sharing your beer is a good idea. Now we move onto the last two. There are many more than just 5, but I thought it was a good place to start.

4. Sometimes, you need to share your beer because there is too much beer and you need to get rid of it. We have all been there, cant finish that 22 of Barley Wine, growler on day 3, or just beer that might get skunked, we have all had too much beer to finish and sharing it helps alleviate this most annoying first world problem.

5. Sharing it can be special. We recently visited some of our best friends in Cincinnati OH. And I had been waiting for this occasion for almost 2 years. But it had only been 1 year since we had seen them last because he was a year behind me at graduate school. 2 years ago I had bought a Stone Cherry Chocolate Stout, all of our favorite beer, and saved it for this momentous occasion. And while sharing this beer we reminisced about days gone by, the days of our time, and the times to come.

Sharing beer opens new experiences and solidifies old ones.

Until next time, pour proper my friends.

5 Reasons To Share Your Beer (Part 1)

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What? Share? Share your beer! This is america we don’t share! But hold on, there are a few reasons why this could be practical and make the experience more enjoyable.

  1. Sharing your beer makes friends out of enemies. We all do it. We sit down at the bar, look to our right, and look to our left, then we look at peoples clothes, hairstyles, and wonder to ourselves, “What is wrong with this guy?”(pointing with thumb and looking opposite direction). But then, by slight chance, in the midst of our storm of judgement, we see what’s in his pint glass and gasp internally in much awe as a sweet, golden, copper,hazy, unfiltered, quadruple, dry hopped, white rye, India Pale Ale, bourbon oak aged lager (or something of the such)! And we are forced to engage in a conversation with someone who has such poor style taste in one area but amazing in another. An low and behold, you make a friend.

  2. Sharing your beer makes friends and maybe more at the bar. Similar to the situation above but this time without the horrible offense. I was recently at a bar and a women sat down next to me and ordered a drink. I casually asked her which one? And the conversation ensued. My friend Jon eventually got her number that night while she was on an OK Cupid date with another dude! You can make more than friends when you share your beer!

  3. Sharing your beer gives you something to talk about. End of the day, who wants to talk about work? But when an artisan craft beer folds itself around your palm, the cares of the day drift away like the condensation on the glass. The smooth refreshing dive into a beer after work gives the day its close and the night its open. So whether you are talking to yourself on the couch, the tv, the bartender, or a new friend, there is always something to talk about with a beer in your hand, and not necessarily a craft beer!

Sharing beer opens new experiences and solidifies old ones.

Next time reason 4 and 5!

Until next time, pour proper my friends.

Sour of the Night!

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This beer is like a panther stalking you in the night. From its cover, on the beer ilse, hidden, yet not so hidden among other beers, the purple cover calls to you after a long day a work to explore its mysteries. You accept the challenge and become Dr. Livingstone who explored the hart of darkness. But instead of finding a cordial explorer you find Sour Martin Sheen hiding in his kingdom of darkness. And so it is with this beer. Apocalypse now has nothing on what this sour stout does to your insides. Yes, insides, intestines and all. Grab the antacids, your intestines will hate you after this beer.

So the sour stout drifts viscously down your through after searing your sniffer. Plum bounces down your through covered in a sour glaze. Dark berries seem to really align themselves with this beer because of the dark malt and the sour yeast providing you with an ecstatic experience. And at the end your not sure if you should vomit or sit in awe. The latter is usually preferred.

Thats about enough, now to shrink back into my cave…

Pour proper my friends…