American Craft Beer Week – DC Brau at Smith Commons

Thursday, May 19, was billed as “No Fermentation Without Representation!” night at Smith Commons. DC Brau founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock debuted their Corruption IPA and took a few minutes from meeting the masses to talk about their long-yet-rewarding journey to being DC’s first production brewery in a generation.

I’d like to thank NHK for the light, and the Red Sox for distracting everyone from Brandon and Jeff. Enjoy the video.


American Craft Beer Week at Smith Commons

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaaarrrrr…….

American Craft Beer Week is upon us. Fifty states, and The District, will feature special tastings and events throughout the week.  Smith Commons will be hosting DC’s celebration. Each event next week will spotlight a different American craft brewer and feature a different local tie-in.

Now, I could sit here and just rehash the schedule but that wouldn’t be much fun. Go check out’s ACBW section. And while you’re on the SC site, check the menu. You’ll be happy you did.

Ok, I’ll give a hint. You’ll be able to drink from Cleveland, Kalamazoo, Lyons, Milton, and DC itself. There might even be a surprise or two.

Reservations will be needed for event-specific enjoyment on Wednesday and Saturday.

On Twitter? Use the #ACBW hashtag to follow events all over the US. City by city calendar here.


AFTERMATH: Inaugural District Beer Hunt

Well, that was a hell of an adventure. We didn’t “win,” but we WON. Everyone WON. As it should’ve been.

What do you know? What can you find?


Don’t you love when ideas collide so amazingly? This shirt is for sale on for a mere $19. And it’s genius.

Stick-Tap to DC Sports Bog for finding this and improving the quality of life for today.

Bar Review: Smith Commons

After weeks of anticipation, Smith Commons is here.

Next stop, 3rd floor….

Smith Commons Grand Opening

Smith Commons
Get ready kids, it’s here…

Why Yes, It IS Great! The H Street Festival

DC is not what I’d call a boring or static town. Northeast DC is overnight-dynamic, and every September H Street celebrates that fact. This year’s H Street Festival was a showcase of the food, drink, events, and music that are here and a preview of what’s coming.

For a neighborhood full of bars that take pride in their cross-sections of American craft beer, organizers brought in PBR as their major beverage sponsor. The 14th St music stage was a collective effort between PBR and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel. Why does that make sense? It’s the backbone of H Street’s bohemian population. Frederick, Maryland powerhouse Flying Dog added the brews for many of the restaurants’ sidewalk patios.

Take a Walk Down The Street…