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Brickskeller Closing?

reiflame Dec 9, 2010 04:59 AM

I was digging around on msnbc.com and found this article:


I've always had a love/hate relationship with the Skeller; sure, it was too expensive, the food sucked, and they were always out of the first 3 beers I wanted, but there's not much else like it in DC.

1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

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    rappel75 RE: reiflame Dec 9, 2010 05:19 AM

    I I will miss it too, although the idea of it was always better than the reality.

    1. monpetitescargot RE: reiflame Dec 9, 2010 05:24 AM

      ugh. : / oh well, at least churchkey has a good beer selection. its not a saloon.. but...

      1. monkeyrotica RE: reiflame Dec 9, 2010 06:10 AM

        I will miss what the Brickskellar was, but not what it became. Fortunately, you have MANY new beer-centric restaurants and watering holes. The 'Skellar paved the way, but its time has come and gone and it couldn't keep up in either the food or inventory departments, unfortunately.

        I will definitely miss the old 45 jukebox.

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          Insidious Rex RE: monkeyrotica Dec 9, 2010 09:49 AM

          I agree with everything you say here and thanks for not being one of the GOOD RIDDANCE folks Ive been seeing on local blogs who are happy to see the place go. Ill always love The Brick even though its gone down hill quite a bit. You have to hand it to a place that was pulling in obscure Belgian and German beers DECADES before craft beer was even a blip on the pop culture radar. But now that craft beer is so trendy, and we live in an area where good beer is readily available, the Brick has become a frustrating old dinosaur. And the 20/30 somethings who now fuel the craft beer revolution and who frequent places like Church Key and Rustico and Pizza Paradisio etc. (all GREAT places by the way) have no patience for the inadequacies of the Brick and no nostalgia for what the Brick gave us and no real interest in their fabulous beer dinners and tastings that will hopefully pass to RFD. So its a sad day but not a very suprising one.

          Does anyone know what will become of the site? Ive been told it will become a fern bar that wont specialize in beer at all. And Ive heard dates of the 18th and the 23rd for closing dates. Anyone heard anything more specific than that? Id hate to not be able to have one last beer at the place before its shuttered. Was hoping to get over there this weekend or next week.

          827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

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            DanielK RE: Insidious Rex Dec 9, 2010 05:55 PM

            Great post, Insidious. Thanks.

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              SoxFan1 RE: Insidious Rex Dec 9, 2010 05:55 PM

              I. Rex, I have not seen the "good riddance" posts as I am not connected to a bunch of local blogs.

              It might not be all that well known, but Greg Engert, highly esteemed beer director for ChurchKey and the 2 Rusticos, and his sidekick, Nahim Simon, beertender extraordinaire first at Rustico and now at ChurchKey, both spent time "cutting their teeth" at the Brick.

              I did not frequent the Brick, but am very happy for what it has spawned off.

              827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

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            MikeR RE: reiflame Dec 9, 2010 03:38 PM

            I guess not even institutions last forever. I used to go to the Brickskeller in high school (class of 1960) and a few years later in college the upstairs was a good folk music hangout. I haven't been there in probably 40 years and can't say I missed it, I just don't go to places like that any more. But it was the first place where I drank any beer other than Bud, and I appreciated it for that.

            1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

            1. Insidious Rex RE: reiflame Dec 13, 2010 01:38 PM

              So I have relatively good news to report if you havent heard it already. Looks like it will be closing as the "Brickskeller" (owners will retain the name) but reopening on the 26th with a publicly chosen name (http://dcist.com/2010/12/name_that_ba...) and the same beer centric approach only with "new bathrooms and carpets". And Im told they plan to expand their tap line (upstairs) to 50 taps! Ill drink to that thank you very much. Although Im not sure how they plan on doing all that in just a week or so (and over Christmas!). Theres years worth of... uncleanliness in those bathrooms and soaked in those floors Im sure... And I hope the tap expansion is a more long term project because Im not sure I would trust something that large cobbled together in less than a week.

              But fear not the end of the Brick. The Brick's ghost will live on with different owners and different decor but hopefully still remain a great place to go and have some very hard to find beers. Lets all think positive shall we (and you "good riddance" folks can now become "it can only get better" folks and give it another shot).

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                reiflame RE: Insidious Rex Dec 13, 2010 01:56 PM

                And uhhh....hopefully they will stock the beers that they claim to serve.

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                  Dennis S RE: reiflame Dec 14, 2010 04:39 AM

                  And perhaps expand the domestic options. I'm astonished that no one imports things like Boulevard from Kansas City. The DC region has the largest population of Missouri alums outside of Missouri (Journalism mainly, I think).

                  If a place could import Boulevard at a good price I'd think they'd draw a regular crowd.

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                    reiflame RE: Dennis S Dec 14, 2010 05:07 AM

                    Sure, there are tons of great regional beers (Great Lakes!) that are starting to have a presence in this area.

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                redfish62 RE: reiflame Dec 13, 2010 02:04 PM

                I had dinner there in 1989 when I was in town interviewing for a job and was staying with my former college roommate and his wife. We ordered buffalo burgers (back then nobody had ever eaten buffalo), agreed they were kind of dry, then went to town on the beers, ordered some neat stuff that we could not have found anywhere else at the time.

                Good memories.

                1. monpetitescargot RE: reiflame Dec 14, 2010 05:12 AM

                  can you still not stand up here?

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