A brewer who began his career at the Ortlieb brewery in Philadelphia in the 1960s once told me an old brewmaster's tale. Every year brewers would clean out all the vessels in the cellar, and bock beer was created by blending all of the bottoms of the fermentation tanks.
This list’s format is a result of me reading too much Buzzfeed (pro?) and routinely hitting the paywall for both the Washington Post and the New York Times (con) by the second week of the month.
A spirited conversation with a beer director this weekend raised an important, and unfortunate, question for me: what if the DC beer scene, for all its beer availability, beer bars, events, breweries, etc. is growing smaller, not larger; more insulated, not less?