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Mar 10, 2008 08:08 PM

3 cheers for beer (iyho)

So I lived in LA and chicago. the former was a weak beer town, the latter did pretty well. but in general, i have been impressed by dc (in the short time i have lived here).

so i pose the question: i want to show a chicago friend of mine coming to visit how dc eclipses beer-cago. where to?

my limited thoughts thusfar: beck, paradiso, and this saloon i just went to next to bens chili bowl....i was happily impressed.

so, fire away...and thanks in advance

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  1. I like your suggestions. Obviously you have RFD and Brickskeller, but, depending on when your friend is coming, a new place may be a good option. The Post had this to say:

    Coming later this spring -- they say by tax day, I have doubts -- is Logan Circle's newest bar, replacing Dakota Cowgirl on 14th Street. Beer Guy Greg Engert told me he's trying to get 50 draft beers (!!!), which will be hands-down the biggest selection in the city, and 500 bottles, which would be second-only to the legendary Brickskeller.

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    1. re: katecm

      I'll take Rustico over Brickskellar. Great atmosphere at the latter, but you're lucky if they have your FIFTH choice of beer.

      Food at Rustico is MUCH better than the 'skellar, BTW. They know how to cook a burger, fries are properly cooked twice, and they have some interesting things on the menu.

    2. I assume you mean Birreria Paradiso in G-Town. That's a great pick.

      I'd also add Reef and Bourbon in Adams Morgan (just not on the weekend). Maybe also try St. Ex if you're over that way.

      If you're looking for some good German beers, I've heard cafe mozart is a good (if a little odd) option.

      1. Granville Moore's for the best re-creation of a Belgian pub. No TVs, great Belgian beer selection, solid mussels and frites, atmosphere somewhere between Fells Point and Brussels. 1238 H St. NE / 202-399-2546

        If Alexandria works into the plan, e.g. if he's flying in and outta National, Rustico has a big great beer menu. It's a new place, the atmosphere is nothing special, may feel somewhat like an Uno's to your buddy, but the beer is there

        1. Take a quick trip to Brewer's Art in Baltimore for good in house beers and eats.

          1. I'll second the recommendations of the Brick, RFD, Birreria Paradiso and Rustico. The Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church is good, too.