Spent the majority of the week -south of the Mason Dixon. One night in Baltimore, Two in DC.
I was riding around with My head honcha for a couple of days-poking our heads around the market, looking for different trends, but seeing a lot of the same beers.
We first ventured to Hudson St. Stackhouse. I was embarrassed to say it was my first visit. One might drive right past the unassuming front on Hudson St. but once you make it inside, there's plenty to entertain the eyes. Naomi was especially excited about the bubble hockey. They had an excellent line-up of beers although we didn't have time to stay for one just then.
|Rawbar Happy Hour at Thames St. Oyster house|
We also stopped at Todd Connors, home of my favorite crab cake sandwich. I've been going here for years and always wanted them to rotate taps a bit more. Good news, they have a new bar manager, and he intends on doing just that. I REALLY wanted to take her to One-Eyed-Mikes to see if she fancied Grand Marnier but no time because it was time for Alewife.
Naomi was a big fan of Daniels's New England bars, so she was anxious to see his Baltimore spot. There we met a gent, Tim who used to work for St. Killians imports and now sells sparkling cocktails. He was very nice and definitely believed in his product. I could never sell sparkling cocktails, but good for Tim.
It's been at least two hours since we ate, so it's time to eat again. We head to one of my favorite Charm city haunts, Brewer's Art. Their pricing was so reasonable, we assumed they were small plates so we ordered four items ranging from Gnocchi to a "Bahn Mi." My week of gluttony was not stopping anytime soon. The food was a stand-out of the week. We peaked into the owl bar then called it a night. We had a 9 am with Max's Taphouse. It's always nice to see Casey Hard. We chatted for a while then headed off to see Naomi's old friends, Ryan and Leigh at "Of Love and Regret," the bier cafe in Brewer's Hill. They were closed- so down to DC.
We hit Black Squirrel, Mellow Mushroom, crossed the Potomac and said "Hi" to the soon-to-open World of Beer. We then hit coffee shop BUZZ for a pick-me-up and met our wholesaler at Rustico. There I had a few delicious sips of Blue Mountain brewery's IPA and Evolution Brewing Co. Uprise stout.
|Black and Orange by 14th and U|
That was a long day. We had great conversations with a bunch of our district buddies; Church Key, Meridian Pint, Granville Moores, and Smith Commons. We found some new spots like Black and Orange, a funky burger-grilling joint, and Shaw Tavern, an upscale tavern with an outdoor mister that made it hard to leave. But Naomi's plane wasn't going to wait for her at Reagan International.
That's all folks.
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