Craft Beer and Fricking Lazer Beams

photo 3

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.

10005549_1437322053175940_143384118_n

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?).

photo 2

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.

photo 4

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

20140809-091454-33294807.jpg
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

Image

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.

Image

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.

Image

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…

Fade to Left Hand Brewing

Image

Fade to Black pours like a stout out of the bottle and gives credence to the stout’s with its rich flavor. This beer by Left Hand Brewing is one not to miss.

This beer comes up and out of the glass giving an uppercut to the face of other Black IPA’s. Fade to Black gives Wooky Jack a run for its money, and no doubt a barrel aged version would give stout drinkers a reason to love IPA’s. A creamy head paves the way with a very unique blend of hops and malts. The lower warmer it got, the more hops that came out. Its almost as if the hops burn and then the malts soothe the scars.

This beer will have you liking your lips and wanting more with its blend between a stout and an IPA. A great creation that divides the two styles perfectly.

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)

Image

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.

22oz of Rampage

Image

Its hard thing to cast your sail in the sea of IPA today.  The windy and wild seas of California. To successfully navigate these waters you need a burly profile on your beer. Black Diamond Brewing has done this, and they have done it well. Their Rampage IPA casts its sail and then sings the siren song of an incredible IPA calling her victims to her bosom.

The nose on this beer makes you want to drink it with your sniffer. Its in the same bracket as Heady Topper, America’s #1 IPA. Cant get enough of the smell. Aromas envelop your nostrils and drift you away to hop heaven. This beer deserves the title of California IPA.

Until next time, pour proper my friends.

Link

If You Care About Craft Beer This Article Is A Must Read

Stone R&R

Image

Stone R&R

Had the Privilege of sitting down at ChurchKey in Logan Circle of Washington DC this afternoon and dining with the lovely Mrs. Proper Pour. And during this event I imbibed Stone Brewing’s R&R Coconut IPA.

We know the hype. We know the arrogance of Stone. We know their reputation for putting out “in your face beers.” And in fact, we love it. But this beer was different. In the tsunami of IPA’s that the american craft beer culture is under right now its hard to find something that is unique, different, or just more enjoyable than the rest. And you would expect Stone to do that with another “in your face” IPA. But thats the case with R&R. The Coconut comes to you, in a rather hidden and mysterious manner, I wont reveal to you any more but just say that this loud and arrogant brewery has conquered the style yet again but this time by subltly. Its not over the top, its not loud, it is in fact beautiful and subtle. Enjoy this my friends, because it is that good.

Aged Cherry Chocolate Stout

20130809-165101.jpg

Stone Brewing, in 2011, had a three way, and the child was incredible. Stone usually has three way collaborations which turn out great. This one happened to be between Stone, Troegs from Pennsylvania, the duo of brewers Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard.

This milk stout enflames the nostrils with the clearest cherry, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate tones emmanations. The smells drive upwards and into the nose like planets into a black hole. Then, the drink warms up and it gets thicker and better the older it gets.

Taste is a marvelous mixture of all three tastes swirling around like a witches brew letting off plumes of tastes for you to gobble down.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Beg, borrow, and steal to get thi

20130809-164417.jpg