They say the best nights are the ones you don't remember. Enter the Brickskeller. At the suggestion of the owner of San Francisco's venerable Toronado, one of the best beer bars on the Left Coast, I went to the Brickskeller back in 1998 when in DC for a business meeting. I remember the physical layout of the bar, the fact that they had Old Potrero Single Rye Whisky, and that they had a kick-ass burger. What I can't recall is what I had after the burger, or getting back to the hotel, or pretty much any details about that night. Needless to say, I list that night as one of my best business travel experiences of the past decade.
Yesterday, after meetings in DC, I introduced my new colleagues to the Brickskeller - and by the end of the night, nine of us were searching through the list of over 1000 well maintained beers for hidden gems, having top notch burgers (and the spinach and artichoke dip was pretty darned good as well)!
For a world-travelling beer geek, the Brickskeller is the place to go to bring up memories of brews past... Adnams from Suffolk, Boon Gueuze from Belgium, Augustiner from Munich, Rauchbier from Bamberg (with all its smoky goodness), perfectly sour Berliner Weisse, Gaffel and Reissdorf Koelsch from Cologne, Uerige Doppelsticke from Duesseldorf, Geary Pale Ale from Maine, Hitachino Nest Lacto Stout from Japan... every bottle bringing forth a memory of places visited and beers shared with friends.
Or even better failing to bring up any memories at all...