Bier Garden Girl of August
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Port Royal Export

You don’t have to travel to Honduras to have Port Royal Export! This pale lager is refreshing, especially after a bike ride by the water.

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Everybody’s Fine – Rating: C
December 16, 2009 – 9:29 AM | No Comment

What would the holidays be without family? In Everybody’s Fine, recently widowed Frank Goode (Robert DeNiro) almost finds out when his children ditch him before a would-be gathering. Although the trailer makes the film seem like a heartwarming comedy, be forewarned. Unfortunately, the film is more of a pity party than a laugh fest.

The Minimal but Memorable Holiday Party
December 15, 2009 – 1:29 PM | No Comment
The Minimal but Memorable Holiday Party

At a big holiday bash you’ll want to have a supply of soft drinks and sparkling water to serve alongside the alcohol, but be sure not to stint on the beer. Bring out a selection of “winter-warmers” and seasonal brews to make a festive occasion a celebration of cheer. Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale, a malty, honey-amber colored brew, pairs as well with salty ham as it does with cake. Another excellent choice is the spicy, fruity, malty Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery in Oregon.

Bar Review: Ventnor Sports Café
December 14, 2009 – 12:14 PM | No Comment
Bar Review: Ventnor Sports Café

The Ventnor Sports Café doesn’t stand out among the many bars and restaurants along 18th St. in Adams Morgan. But it measures up fine, filling the prerequisites of a decent sports bar: beer, food, and lots of TVs. As in so many sports bars, the beer selection will not amaze. But if you go at the right time, a $12 pitcher of Yuengling is nothing to sneeze at. This seems to be a happy hour special, but the specials change regularly, and some nights happy “hour” goes until closing time. Though it might be tough to plan around, the good news is there is almost always a special on food, drink, or both.

Do-It-Yourself Chanukah
December 9, 2009 – 10:47 PM | 2 Comments
Do-It-Yourself Chanukah

With dessert, especially if it’s chocolate, try He’brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah (aka Jewbelation 13) from 13-year-old Schmaltz Brewing Company. This limited edition kosher quaff is a richly complex Imperial Stout (13 kinds of malt and 13 different kind) with an ABV of 13 %.

Bar Review: Gordon Biersch
December 9, 2009 – 12:27 PM | No Comment
Bar Review: Gordon Biersch

With locations in over a dozen states, Gordon Biersch is striking a balance between local flavor and corporate consistency. So, while it may be “wrong” to rate a brew-pub that is part of a national chain, if the beer is brewed on the premises, the establishment is worthy of consideration.

Shootin’ The Boot – Big Break or Next Scapegoat?
December 4, 2009 – 5:29 PM | No Comment
Shootin’ The Boot – Big Break or Next Scapegoat?

There are two times in which coaches do not really want to get a head coaching job. You don’t want to be the guy taking over for an intensely popular and successful coach because you will never match up. You don’t want to take over for a team in the midst of a deep, spiraling nose dive either.

Bar Review: Piratz Tavern
December 4, 2009 – 12:10 PM | No Comment
Bar Review: Piratz Tavern

Piratz Tavern fulfills Silver Spring’s need for a dive-y bar/restaurant, but takes it a giant step further. It takes its Pirate theme seriously – from the décor to the servers’ attire to the menu. The drinks also adhere to the theme, which is good news for the rum-fan, bad news for the beer-drinker. While the Grog is a devastating but delicious ginger-laced concoction, the beer selection is primarily from the bottle.

Shootin’ The Boot – Pro Football, Turkey, and You
December 4, 2009 – 11:58 AM | No Comment
Shootin’ The Boot – Pro Football, Turkey, and You

In honor of the former Lou Groza award winner raise a glass of a beer made famous with the help of Michael Myers in the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer, McEwan’s Scotch Ale (his Dad drank it). This ale pours a nice dark reddish color and smells very sweet, like toffee and caramel. Your taste buds are not disappointed as toffee and caramel flavors dominate your palate. Not too heavy and not too light, this beer is a pleasure to drink and will leave you wanting more. Be careful though, at 8% ABV this one will kick you in the head in no time.