Entries by Bryce Merlene

10 Best Local Beers of 2015

2015 was a big year for beer in DC. Right Proper built a new production facility in Brookland, DC Brau started burst distributing in Massachusetts, and several new breweries opened their doors in the DMV including 7 Locks, Fair Winds and Ocelot. It was also a great year for delicious new brews and reimagined classics. […]

New Open Concept Brewery 7 Locks Brewing

Montgomery County there’s a new brewery in town. Last month, 7 Locks Brewing opened for business and On Tap had the opportunity to chat with Jim Beeman, one of two owners. “There are four of us total,” Beeman says of the new operation, which includes head brewer Thomas Hartman, “six if you count our wives.” […]

What the Funk! Sour Beers 101

Sour beers have been popular in Belgium for decades but have only recently caught mainstream attention in the United States. But what exactly is a sour beer? Beer is comprised of four main ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast. Yeast plays a large role in the brewing process by not only converting the sugar into […]

Celebrating a Rich Music History: The Mansion on O Street

What is the O Street Mansion? Structurally, it’s five interconnected townhomes boasting over 100 rooms and some 70 secret doors. But aesthetically, it’s something more. It’s a B&B. It’s a museum. It’s a private social club. It’s a free residence for artists. Renowned for its privacy and decadence, civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks lived at […]

Ahead of the Class DC Gets A New Mixology School

Erik Holzherr started bartending 10 years ago in Los Angeles. Before that he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Holzherr witnessed the start of the craft cocktail movement while growing up in New York City and was able to hone his skills on the west coast where he worked towards his dream of […]

Sweet is Sour Rodenbach Brewmaster Rudi Chequire Visiting DC

Fans of sour beer will not want to miss the chance to meet Rodenbach brewmaster Rudi Chequire as he visits DC to celebrate the release of three seasonal draft specialties, one of which has never been available in this country. Rodenbach Brewery, from Roeselare, Belgium, was founded in 1821 by four brothers. The brewery is […]

Punkin’ Lovin’

With fall’s arrival, pumpkin beer frenzy is back and bigger than ever. But not all pumpkin beers were created equal and some are stranger than others. First, there are several ways brewers can utilize pumpkins in the brewing process. Some will use roasted pumpkin chunks in the mash, but many brewers stick to pumpkin puree. […]

Landmark Music Festival Sees Big Names on a Big Stage

The inaugural Landmark Music Festival brought an eclectic group of A-list artists to West Potomac Park, a scenic area located next to the Potomac River and a short walk from the MLK and FDR Monuments. The two-day event was produced by C3 Presents, the company behind Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. Like most concerts on […]