This has kept me busy the last couple months.
After about a six year hiatus, I am back in my old Washington D.C. neighborhood, Columbia Heights. I’ve been busy furnishing the new house, getting a solar photovoltaic array lined up for the west roof and working on a green roof for the detached garage. I planted hops on the south lawn but they have already failed. I installed a beehive in the north yard and they are doing fine so far. Long term plan is for a 20 gallon brewery in the garage. Haven’t gotten a compost bin set up in the back yard yet.
In other news, I expect the six new breweries planned in the DC area to keep me busy for the next several months. Greg Kitsock, my editor at American Brewer and Mid Atlantic Brewing News, recently posted this round up: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/all-we-can-eat/beer/beer-dcs-impending-brewery-boo.html?wprss=all-we-can-eat.
Ran into Favio Garcia the other day and he confirmed that Rhino Chasers is almost ready to open. Attended Savor last weekend and was disappointed not to find a single organic beer. But breweries with other sustainability efforts had a presence, such as Sierra Nevada with its all-estate grown beer, New Belgium with its all-around reputation for operational sustainability, and a number of smaller breweries with various sustainability efforts.
In the next week or two I expect to sit down for a beer at the new Meridian Pint, a mere two blocks from my new house. In a future post I’ll have to do a run of the growing raft of good beer bars in Columbia Heights. With its commitment to all-American and all-draft, Meridian Pint promises to top the list.