So, on a 25º Tuesday evening, DT and I hit the W&OD/Custis trails, pedaling from Falls Church, Virginia, into DC to attend the event. The low temps meant that the trails likely would be covered in spots with a veneer of ice and crusty snow, and this was indeed the case. We handled the slick stuff with aplomb until just inside the Arlington border, where DT took a heavy spill rounding an icy corner. He was up quickly with no apparent ill effects and we rolled on.
We arrived at the 'skeller without further incident and wasted no time settling in. As each beer was served, Charlie and Bob gave background information, liberally sprinkled with humorous asides—including one anecdote from the former about some dubious homebrew he'd sampled while in Zimbabwe—and fielded questions from the attendees. The tasty and eclectic offerings were as follows, listed in the order in which they were served:
- Sierra Nevada: Fresh Harvest Ale
- Old Dominion: Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pilsner
- Anchor: Our Special Ale 2005
- Magic Hat: St. Gootz Hefeweisse Dunkle
- Balladin: Nora
- Wolaver's: Oatmeal Stout
- New Glarus: Raspberry Tart
- Brooklyn: Black Chocolate Stout
- Dogfish Head: 90 Minute IPA (2 styles, one run through the belly of Randall the Enamel Animal)
- Stone: Old Guardian Barleywine
As alluded to above, I took some pix inside, but most of them turned out fuzzy because of low-light conditions and my laziness in learning how to adjust my Elph accordingly. So how did I score the photo credit? Seems some chaps from MABN also attended, but didn't get any pix. Long story short: They asked. I submitted. Voila! Instant marginal celebrity status, along with a check for $25.
Except the check hasn't found its way to me yet.