Last week I read an article by Baltimore Sun beer blogger (lucky bastard) Rob Kasper, in which he waxed poetic about Baltimore’s overwhelmingly superior beer culture at the expense of our “wino” city. I wanted to cry foul via a devilishly constructed response, but knowing nothing of Baltimore’s beer culture, I shied away. All weekend, thoughts of DC’s Belgian revolution, our several breweries and the amount of my income that goes to expensive craft beers swirled in my head. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that DC has an admirable beer scene. It’s not the best in the nation, but we’re not, as Mr. Kasper asserts, a “wine city.”
Fortunately, Orr Shtuhl of the Washington City Paper had the stones to defend DC’s honor. He’s writing a 2 part article on our city’s beer scene and I couldn’t be happier. I see this city as being a beer city; perhaps not wholly and completely, but we have our share of connoisseurs and they open great establishments. What are your thoughts? Beer town or wine town?