Entries by Nick Hardt

Geeking Out at Heroic Aleworks

The intellectually diminished yet larger-than-life football jock “Ogre” once screamed for their dorky demise in 1984’s Revenge of the Nerds, but as we all know, in the movie and in real life, nerds persevere thanks to a healthy dose of intelligence and creativity. Fortunately for us, some local beer nerds started a killer brewery earlier […]

Bierdo: Portner Brewhouse

Reimagined and tucked into the hip and blossoming West End of Alexandria, Portner Brewhouse has sprung up from its slumbering roots just in time for spring. Prohibition forced the Robert Portner Brewing Company to close its doors in 1916, after nearly 50 years in business. Fortunately for us, the new brewhouse and restaurant has re-emerged […]

Lost in Middleburg: The Bierdo finds Mt. Defiance.

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had an aversion to fruit. Whether sneaking it to the dog under the table, hiding it in potted plants or stuffing it into my OshKosh B’gosh pockets when I was made to sit at the table “until I ate all of the fruit on my plate,” I […]

Port Fiction: The Bierdo Gets Weird in Portland

By now you’ve probably all seen the TV show Portlandia, and folks let me tell you, it’s not far off on the level of weirdness I found in Oregon. Between the guy downtown on the unicycle in a pickle suit with the flame thrower ripping gnarly AC/DC bagpipe covers to the half-naked painted woman I […]

Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month at Three New NoVA Breweries

Summer is almost over, so don’t miss your chance to visit some great breweries in NoVA that have recently opened their doors and patios. Here’s a short list of three new ones to try during Virginia Craft Beer Month. Barnhouse Brewery  This cute farm brewery in Leesburg recently reopened after expanding and relocating their facility […]

The Bierdo Celebrates Independence with Honor Brewing

Happy Fourth of July, Bierdos! To honor our Independence Day and all of the great men and women of our fine military that preserve our independence every day, I headed to the best vet-owned bar I know – Dupont Circle’s Rebellion – to try and start the fireworks early. At Rebellion, I tasted some veteran-brewed […]

The Bierdo Visits Sehkraft Brewing

Good things happen to those who wait, Bierdos (just ask my editor!) I’m finishing this beer article on the lawn after my deadline, while at and inspired by the Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros show at Wolf Trap, wishing they had bottled the treasures I just drank at Sehkraft Brewing to-go for my cooler at […]

The Bierdo Visits The Sovereign

Greeting Bierdos! May I point you to DC’s newest Belgian hotspot? The Sovereign is a brand spanking new beer destination in Georgetown. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Beer Director, Greg Engert,  who is “known for his award-winning beer lists at Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Rustico and more…is now curating and creating a Belgian beer list unlike […]