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250+ Belgian Inspired Beers: The Sovereign Opens in Georgetown

by Raisa Aziz, special to EdibleDC


Tucked away in a Georgetown alley, the Sovereign is a celebration of Belgian brewing culture and cuisine. Beer Director Greg Engert has meticulously curated a selection of 50 beers on draft and over 200 bottles that represents the flavors and craft-brewed complexity of the best Belgian beer. With such a breadth of options to choose from, staff are ready to help you navigate the selection of domestic and imported ales – the most intriguing of which was an unlabeled and fairly hard-to-get-your-hands-on bottle of  Westvleteren XII from the Belgian Trappist brewery founded in 1838.


Naturally, such a selection of drinks needs a culinary experience to match it. Executive Chef Peter Smith and Chef de Cuisine Lars Beese turn out bar bites and entrees that focus on rustic Belgian dishes that place traditional ingredients at the core. The menu is also influenced by French, German … Read More

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Long Black Veil Beer Released Among Strangers, Friends


Port City Brewing Hosts a Release Party with a Spooky Theme

By Hope Nelson, special to EdibleDC

At first blush, it seems a bit odd to throw a party to commemorate the anniversary of a stranger’s death. But it gets stranger when you add the fact that this is the 199th anniversary of said death … and that the stranger is in fact the legendary Female Stranger of Alexandria … and a local 21st-century brewery has released a beer in her honor … well, it’s still odd. But it’s incredibly festive!

HopeNelsonPartyCrowdSuch was the scene at Gadsby’s Tavern on Wednesday, Oct. 14, as Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Co. released the second edition of its Long Black Veil Black IPA. Some of the festivity stemmed from the fact that Port City is the recent winner of three awards at the Great American Beer Festival, including Small Brewing Company of the … Read More

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Would you drink a beer that’s 200 years-old? Bluejacket’s Greg Engert and Beer Historian Michael Stein set out to make some of D.C.’s first beers

By Tim Ebner, special to Edible DC

Okay, so it turns out that a 200 year-old beer doesn’t taste so skunk after all. Not that you should ever try a beer that’s been aged for two centuries. But if we’re talking historic beers — replica ales brewed in a similar fashion as they first were made centuries ago — then turn to Greg Engert and Michael Stein for a sip.


(Photo credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History)

Engert is the beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (which runs Bluejacket brewery and other beer bars like Churchkey) and Stein is a local beer historian and homebrewer.

The duo share a passion for both history and brewing, and recently collaborated on a few beers made at Washington, D.C.’s first brewery.

Maybe you were one of the lucky few to taste these historic beers at a special tasting held at … Read More

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