Bluejacket (Winter 2013-14 DC Brew Tour)

My last few blog posts have focused on the winter mix-packs that I’ve been sampling, but my winter beer-drinking has not been confined to bottles. I’ve also enjoyed a lot of great draft beer at my local brewpubs and beer bars. Here’s part 2 of my Winter 2013-14 DC Brew Tour:

Part 2: Bluejacket, Washington, D.C.

When Visited: December 13, 2013

Occasion: My birthday! I’ve been anticipating a visit to Bluejacket for a looong time. But the trek from Kensington required a special occasion, and I could think of none better than celebrating my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!

Beers Sampled: As we sat down for dinner at the Arsenal, Bluejacket’s restaurant, I was overwhelmed by the beer menu. There were 25 house beers to choose from  –- 20 on tap and 5 on cask. The illuminated beer menu:

Bluejacket Beer Menu

I was glad to see that they offered four-ounce pours so that I could sample a wide range of brews on the menu. Over a leisurely and delicious dinner, I made my way through 5 rounds of 3-beer tastings. I sampled:

  • Forbidden Planet, a dry-hopped Kölsch (4.2%)
  • White Album, a hoppy Hefweizen (5.1%)
  • The Stowaway, a Dunkelweizen (5.7%)
  • The Stroppy, a sessionable Pale Ale (4.7%)
  • Lost Weekend, an aggressively hopped IPA (6.0%)
  • Trouble, a Duo Bruin, or sour Brown Ale (5.9%)
  • The Expat, an Elderberry Bière De Garde (5.1%)
  • The Duel, an IPA finished with Brettanomyces (5.9%)
  • Harlow, a Belgian Strong Ale (8.4%)
  • Scarecrow, a dry Saison (5.8%)
  • Seersucker, a light Berliner Weiss (3.5%)
  • The Ingénue , a Gose brewed with lavender (4.3%)
  • Bird of Prey, a strong cask-conditioned IPA (7.0%)
  • High Society, a Barleywine, with suggestions of fig newtons and tootsie rolls (9.6%)
  • Cashmere, a strong Belgian Quad (9.8%)

I loved the beer menu at Bluejacket! Though overwhelmed at first, I quickly settled in with round after round of tasters. The three IPAs I tasted were superb, and I regret not trying the fourth IPA on the menu. Bluejacket brews some of my favorite styles —  flavorful but hard to find styles such as Bière De Garde, Saison, Berliner Weiss, and Gose. And the strong beers were well-built and well-disguised.

So while I tasted 15 of the house brews, there were still 8 that I didn’t get the chance to try! A reason — make that 8 reasons — for a return visit.

Bluejacket Front

2 responses to “Bluejacket (Winter 2013-14 DC Brew Tour)

  1. Illuminated beer menu? It sounded fancy from the article in the Post many months ago, and 25 beers and an illuminated menu fits the bill. Happy belated birthday; this looks like a perfect destination to pair with a Nats/Orioles interleague game.

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