Monday, January 11, 2016

Three Beautiful Things 01/10/16: Plunging into DC Brau, Great Conversations, Yakkin' at Franklins

1. After the Deke and I checked on Deanna at the Diazes and made sure everything was A okay at their house, we plunged into the outskirts of Washington, D. C. NE and piled into DC Brau.  We were both longing for some On the Wings of Armageddon Imperial IPA and getting to the brewery on Sunday only takes about twenty minutes.  It was perfect. Clutch was playing its growly rock and roll on the house stereo system and the joint was nearly empty which meant we could sit in a booth and we totally enjoyed the beer.  I couldn't resist a little taster of Public Pale Ale and Corruption IPA before splitting a couple of 12 oz pours of On the Wings of Armageddon with the Deke. We totally nirvanaed out slowly enjoying this beer.  We also bought a sixer for our pleasure at home. 

2. Growler room manager Lizzie always has her dog, Angus, a calm and friendly mutt, at the DC Brau tasting room and, since business was slow, and she could see we loved her dog, she came over and told us Angus' life story and she and the Deke talked more about dogs and suddenly our party reached a new level of fun. For me, the fun got more fun when I went to settle our bill and J. D. (or was it JT?) and I had a longish conversation about Clutch, the 930 Club in the District, and, most enjoyable, beer -- DC beer, saisons across the country, and the the fact that the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America will be held in Washington, D. C in April.  The Deke and I had a great party.

3. By returning home via Alt 1, we could stop off at Franklins -- a brewpub and general store in Hyattsville -- for a bite to eat and some more yakking. The food at Franklins is unremarkable -- we know that going in -- but yesterday it was a comfortable place to have a glass of white wine and eat some Greek salad and oyster fritter and continue our party. The general store is a quirky place with everything from penny candy to stuffed animals to an impressive variety of bottled beers and we poked around in there for a while before heading back home.  We enjoyed a perfect Sunday afternoon and evening rollin the way we roll. 

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