The Katonah Beer Guy: Encouraged


I’m optimistic by character and extremely significantly encouraged by the modern vaccination development among our populous, which include the reducing of age eligibility throughout quite a few states.

Supplied that and since we each and every experienced a shot under our belt, Mrs. KBM and I took a calculated risk on a thing called a v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n to go to Daughter-of-KBM (DoKBM) in our nation’s funds.

I looked for some poignant journey estimates to discover with and located this one resonated pretty well: “We journey not to escape lifetime, but for daily life not to escape us.” –Anonymous (a single of my favourite quoters).

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I also found this: “He who would travel happily must journey gentle.” –Antoine de St. Exupery, which I completely do not detect with and all the people I have traveled with will attest to. All those elegant Fedora hats just take up home. As does Jameson, our French bulldog…

We have been to Washington, D.C. in the past, but coming in the course of the Age of COVID-19 was a bit diverse. D.C. folks are very strict about masks and, as an example, it is a sign of mutual regard to wear your mask when outside the house at all periods in addition to the within policies.

It was great to encounter the vibrancy of a significant town and, understanding us very well, DoKBM did an awesome position displaying us the wonderful regional foods and beer scene. Curiously, and in a extremely pro-business enterprise way, the local districts allowed a parking lane to be taken in excess of and most all restaurants have fashioned makeshift out of doors cafés with roofs and heaters. The odd sq. “QR” code is common and when scanned with your phone’s digicam the menu pops up and, in some spots, all your transactions are performed interactively via the telephone with waitstaff offering food stuff and drinks.

However we have a thirst (pun intended) for society, museums in D.C. are shut but we were being quite fortuitous to see the lovely cherry blossoms blossom in the course of our time there, and it was incredibly heartening to see the honor bestowed on brewers and beer fans of yore with enormous monuments. Good touch.

All this monumental tradition tends to make a KBM thirsty, and the D.C. beer scene has been thriving for lots of yrs. Geographically centered, D.C. opportunistically pulls craft beer from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.  We appreciated:

Alewerks Brewery’s (out of Williamsburg, Virginia) Tavern Brown Ale was 5.7% with 6 malt types all doing work in accord (a design for Congress) to provide an great version of an oddly tricky-to-discover fashion.  Our foodstuff pairing channeled nicely with nearby BBQ ribs and rooster from a cafe named “The Pig” in the Shaw District.

Nanticoke Nectar 7.4% IPA from RAR Brewery in Cambridge, Maryland, brought us outstanding citrus flavors in mildly hazy kind.  Meals-wise, we paired with fresh oysters from Pearl Dive Oyster firm, and the haze nicely paved the way to the enjoyable bivalves (which are a breathtaking supply of excellent protein as my nutritionist informs me).

D.C. alone has many breweries, but I’d like to highlight Appropriate Suitable Brewing Corporation that did an excellent occupation with their Elevated by Wolves session 5. % Pale Ale delivering low bitterness in accompaniment with a satisfying tropical flavor.

Vienna-design ales appear to be to be a well known model in the region, and Caboose Brewing Company’s 5.3% Vienna Lager from Vienna, Virginia (!) supplied just the suitable backdrop to the epic Midlands Beer Yard Bratwurst eaten on a beautific sunny afternoon.

Side be aware to the beer backyard: D.C. is super eco-welcoming, and there are an plentiful range of publicly available electric scooters on the streets that, with the scan of a QR code, are rentable for having said that lengthy you would like to scoot. I would like to take time to commend the “little engine that could” of my scooter No. 9874762 that not only trekked me uphill to the beer backyard, but also again with some brews and brats added to the payload. Many thanks, Nikola Tesla.

D.C. is surely worthy of a visit—when you are relaxed.

From the Reader Mailbag:

Shmaltz Brewing Firm She’brew #RBG milkshake 6% IPA — Our aforementioned D.C. tour guidebook studies in on this homage to the Beacon of Empowerment: “Wery great, just my design and style, gentle and fruity, a bit sour, unquestionably taste the raspberry and blueberry.” [Note: Also, a portion of the profits from She’brew’s #RBG IPA will go to the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the Pink Boots Society.]

Community lager aficionado and No. 1 Schilling Brewery fan, now inexplicably going by “Astronobeer,” sends in this concise still impactful missive: “Jaroslav Czech-model dim lager at 4.2% is fragrant and rather toasty.”

Mail along any beer recommendations other viewers may possibly enjoy as very well as beer-connected issues you may have.

Forthcoming Subject Journeys

With the warmer temperature on us, the backlog of craft beer venues to take a look at requires to be tackled! Here’s my list of places I’ve judiciously saved a log of to take a look at (in no specific buy other than normal geography), in case any of you would like to get a head get started on exploration (with a promise of sharing a evaluation afterwards)


• Bridge Perspective Tavern – Tarrytown,
• Damaged Bow Brewery – Tuckahoe,
• Industrial Arts – Beacon,
• District 96 – New Metropolis,

Upstate-ish NY

• Bound by Destiny Brewing – Schuylervillle,
• Chatham Brewery – Chatham,
• Kings Court – Poughkeepsie,
• Zeus Brewing Enterprise – Poughkeepsie,

Climbing and Beer

• “Cap Off Your Hike with Chilly Beer at These 7 Brewery-Facet Hikes” (


• Two Streets Brewing Co – Stratford,
• Constitution Oak Brewing Co – Danbury,
• Lock Metropolis Brewing – Stamford,
• Newsylum – Newtown,

Make sure you counsel some others and let me know if you’d like to meet up with up.

A be aware on spring beers

Spring is a time for rebirth and to start off contemporary. Seems good, correct?

You may well be pondering the KBM should really have a see on spring beer, e.g., “They Exemplify Spring!” I wish I could say that spring beers have that unique je ne sais quoi but, irrespective of a long time of study, the full large amount seems like the Hallmark cards of “session beers,” which are good, but not a category… to me. Carry on.

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