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Do You Give Brewpubs a Pass On Their Food?

It seems that definition could be read to include the Dogfish Head Alehouses. They do sell 25% or more of the Dogfish Head beers. Although the beer is not brewed onsite -- except for a few things at the Rehobath location -- the definition says the beer is "often" dispensed directly from the brewery's storage tanks. Often is not always. And while the definition says the beer is brewed primarily for sale in the restuarant and bar, it's not clear that if the majority of the beer was brewed primarily for retail, but a significant amount was brewed for the affiliated restaurant and bar, that those restuarants and bars wouldn't qualify as a brewpub.

It seems like the BA left a good bit of wiggle room in its definition. Certainly enough for the Dogfish Head Alehouses to qualify.

Dec 31, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

Best places to order booze online?

Binny's is also good. As for your interest in absinthe, make sure you're a fan of anise (black licorice) before you go through the trouble and expense of ordering a bottle.

Dec 30, 2008
FlaHopper in Spirits

Do You Give Brewpubs a Pass On Their Food?

If you operate a restaurant, you should make an effort to put out the best food possible. Just because an establishment as a brewery connect, or a brewery on site, doesn't mean that the kitchen should get some sort of pass on bad food. If a brewpub doesn't want to do food, it shouldn't.

Dec 30, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

Do You Give Brewpubs a Pass On Their Food?

Well that depends, doesn't it, Jim? Is a brewpub an establishment that brews on site, or is it an establishment that serves primarily or only the beer it brews? I've heard of both types of establishments refered to as brewpubs, but have never seen an actual definition.

Dec 30, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

steaks in tampa florida

As much as I love Berns. And as sure as I am that all the other steak restaurants mentioned here are, cook your own steak, especially if you plan to watch the game. Now, if you're from out of town, fine, head to Berns, the Palm, Flemmings or Capitol Grille. Otherwise, though, nothing beats grilling or broiling your own steak. You can buy the beer you want, watch the game in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the experience more than you would heading out to one of these restuarants for steak and then beating a path to a sports bar to watch the game.

Don't know how to cook a steak, check these recipes out:

http://www.dcfoodies.com/2008/12/give-the-gift-o.html#comments
http://eatanddrinkitall.blogspot.com/...

Dec 24, 2008
FlaHopper in Florida

What seasonals are you drinking this winter?

I just tried the Mad Elf last night. I was a little skeptical because of the cherries and honey (and red color of the beer), but it was excellent. The fruit and spices accentuated the flavor of the beer rather than overwhelm it. Great stuff.

Dec 16, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

Scotch

I am not in Canada. And I assume neither is Gourmet Wife, but I could be wrong. Regardless, because I don't know where she or you or anyone else lives, I can only address the question as best as I can.

Dec 11, 2008
FlaHopper in Spirits

Scotch

A solid choice would be an 18 year old Macallan, which will run you around $140. It's a smooth, buttery rich scotch. Pound for pound the best single malt scotch produced in Scotland. If you're looking for something different, consider Edradour 11 year old (stright from the cask if you can find it) or Benromach 18 year old, neither will cost you more than $100.

Dec 11, 2008
FlaHopper in Spirits

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock

The Chocolate Bock is quite good. There's a good review of the beer here: www.dcfoodies.com. And at 5.6% ABV, I certainly wouldn't call it an extreme beer (a term refering to high alcohol beers).

Dec 11, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

What seasonals are you drinking this winter?

I just picked up a six-pack of Great Divide's winter seasonal, Hibernation Ale. It's big, rich and excellent.

Nov 05, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

Need a Colonial Themed Restaurant in DC for Mom's Birthday

How about Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria?

www.gadsbystavernrestaurant.com/

Nov 05, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best French Toast Recipe?

I have a recipe for Elvis French toast (French toast with peanut butter and bananas).

http://eatanddrinkitall.blogspot.com/...

Nov 01, 2008
FlaHopper in Home Cooking

Anyone have good octopus in DC?

What a good idea, hill food.

http://www.dcfoodies.com/2008/10/gril...

Nov 01, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fat Tire Beer

That might be changing. New Belgium popped up at the World Beer Festival in Durham, N.C., a couple weeks ago with a few cases of Fat Tire (http://eatanddrinkitall.blogspot.com/...). That got people speculating and rumor mongering that New Belgium might be testing the waters on the East Coast. I don't know if that's true, but it is curious that they'd bring Fat Tire to Durham, N.C., now after leaving it behind when they came to Savor in D.C. last February.

Oct 17, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

What are the most overrated DC restaurants?

Agreed, agreed. But compared to most bars and restaurants in DC, Brickeller and RFD have a good (large) selection of beers. Now, I'd always rather go to Rustico instead. But until the new location opens in Logan Circle, I'm forced to drive out to Alexandria, which I'm loath to do. Instead, I head over to Pizzaria Paradiso in Georgetown, which has a fantastic selection on draft and in the bottle, as well as a great menu.

Oct 09, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

what local beer to buy in Chapel Hill/Durham?

It might just be a matter of taste. For example, I really like the Bad Penny brown. I also like Hells Belle ale, which I brought back to DC from last weekend's beer fest in Durham. While I was down, I got to try one of Big Boss' newest beers, the Black Diamond IPA, which has blackberries in it. Now, I do not like fruit-flavored beer, but Big Boss did a real nice job adding just enough blackberry to complement to IPA flavor, without giving the beer a fruity flavor. And their Holly Roller IPA is one of the best in the state (the best? Foothills' Hoppium).

On the other hand, I've been slow to come around to Duck-Rabbit. Their flagship beer, the Milk-Stout, is not my favorite stout by a long shot. However, once I started trying the other beers they brew I started to change my opinion. In fact, the other six-pack I brought back from Durham was the Duck-Rabbit seasonal, a Wee Heavy Scotch ale. I can't wait to try it. So again, your preference for darker beers might be why you're not crazy about Big Boss, which tends to make lighter ales.

Oct 09, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

what local beer to buy in Chapel Hill/Durham?

Look for Big Boss, Foothills (on draft only), Duck-Rabbit, Highland Brewing, Carolina Beer Company (as opposed to Carolina Brewing, which is so so), or French Broad. Of these, Big Boss and Foothills are the hands-down best, but all of them are quite good.

Oct 09, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

What are the most overrated DC restaurants?

Beck, it's beer selection is fine, but now that Belgian beer is the trendy beer in D.C., there are many, many bars across the city to get it. As for the rest of my feelings about the place, I'll direct you to my previous rant http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/505780. Still, I can't say enough about the bad service I've experienced. From the reservationist to the executive chef, it's been awful.

As for calling RFD and Brickskeller overrated, I admit that it's a bit of a stretch to include them in this list, but it needs to be said. In my many experiences at both places, I've found that the staff can but curt to indifferent. Now, I have had great service from time to time, but increasingly that's not the norm, especially for Brickskeller. Both places also get a lot of credit for the beer selection, which is quite good, but that doesn't mean the food and service have to suck so bad. And now that so many other bars and restaurants are beefing up their beer selections, RFD and Brickskeller can no longer rest on the size of their coolers.

Oct 08, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

What are the most overrated DC restaurants?

Brasserie Beck and CityZen are way overrated. The food and service are fine at CityZen, but nowhere near worth the price. And Brasserie Beck is simply a bad restaurant on all fronts. And because they both serve food, I'll throw in the Brickskeller and its sister restaurant RFD. Great beer selection, but indifferent/surly staffs and terrible food.

Oct 08, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ground Lamb in DC?

You can find it at Union Meat in Eastern Market or at the Harris Teeter on Penn. Ave. and 14th St.

Oct 08, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fat Tire heading east?

I attended the World Beer Festival in Durham over the weekend and tried Fat Tire for the first time (good stuff). While I was there, I heard some folks say that New Belgium is finally going to start selling Fat Tire and its other brands here on the East Coast. The couple working the New Belgium booth didn't know anything about this, so is this a rumor or will Fat Tire be available coast to coast?

Oct 06, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

Blood / Liver sausage and beer pairing

When I saw blood sausage, the first thing I thought of was English bitter. Don't get me wrong, I love German beers, but there's something so quintecentially British about blood sausages and other ofal dishes, that English beer seems more appropriate. If you can find it, buy a four-pack of Abbot Ale. Failing that, try Fuller's ESB or Old Speckled Hen.

Sep 25, 2008
FlaHopper in Beer

TOP WINGS IN FLA

1. Lee Roy Selmons' grilled wings.
2. Beef's wings
3. Hooters

Aug 28, 2008
FlaHopper in Florida

Favorite VA vineyards and weekend getaways

I'm a big fan of Breaux Vineyards in Hillsborough (just north of Leesburg). Whenever my wife and I drive up there, we grab lunch at Lightfoot in downtown Leesburg. We've also had dinner at La Fleur Delis, a great little French restaurant in nearby Lovettsville.

Aug 14, 2008
FlaHopper in General South Archive

Seeking dinner spot in Eastern Market/Capitol Hill?

Cleese ran a much cleaner operation.

Aug 11, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Oyamel-- Any recs for what to order?

I went to Oyamel for the first time a couple weeks ago. I thought the service at the bar and by the floor staff was great. Lucky for you, the squash blossom specials are still available. All the ceviches and most of the other dishes we had we great, including the guacamole. However, the cricket tacos were a big disappointed (WAY over seasoned) and the pulled pork tacos were bland. Overall, it was a very good experience (made all the better by the impressive number of tequilas and mezcal on hand).

Aug 08, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Seeking dinner spot in Eastern Market/Capitol Hill?

Conrad's is the bar attached to Thai Roma on Penn Ave. It's a tiny, old place run by an septuagenarian bartender. It's a neat joint that flies under the radar.

Aug 08, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Smoked paprika

I've found smoked paprika in every Safeway, Giant, ect. I've ever gone into. Although I live in DC, I imagine the grocery stores in PG County carry it too.

Aug 07, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

Seeking dinner spot in Eastern Market/Capitol Hill?

Belga, Sonoma, Tune Inn and Montmarte are all great. However, Cap Lounge over Hawk & Dove and let's not forget Conrad's.

On the other side of the Hill, there's Cafe Berlin, a great German restaurant, and the Monocle, where you can dine old school along side Sen. Such and Such. Also, check out the diner, Jimmy T's Place on E. Capitol.

As for Locanda, I hear that the original chef left and the quality of the food went with him. Has anyone been recently?

Aug 07, 2008
FlaHopper in Washington DC & Baltimore

dumb restaurant names [Moved from Ontario Board]

Eat Bar in Clarendon.

Aug 04, 2008
FlaHopper in Not About Food