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Craft Beer Guide: Know Your Beer Geeks
Suds lovers come in many guises, from PBR-swilling hipsters to obscurity-obsessed connoisseurs.
Beer of choice: Their bicycles may cost a month’s rent, but when it comes to beer, it’s Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz all the way.
Frequently seen: Drinking Miller High Life at American Ice Co.
Show disdain for: Everything, but pricey craft bottles in particular.
Beer of choice: What-ever concoction they’ve most recently brewed in the basement.
Frequently seen: At monthly homebrew-club meetings and Meridian Pint’s homebrewing competitions.
Must-have accessory: A jerry-rigged kegerator for pulling drafts at home.
Beer of choice: Any-thing Belgian, preferably a super-rare monastery beer or a high-gravity quadrupel.
Frequently seen: Quaffing a Chimay Cinq Cents alongside moules frites at Brasserie Beck.
Role models: Trappist-monk brewers.
Beer of choice: Aggressively hoppy, bitter IPAs such as Sierra Nevada Hoptimum.
Frequently seen: At Pizzeria Paradiso’s annual JulyPA, when drafts at all three locations are IPAs throughout the month of July.
Random knowledge: The Humulus lupulus plant, from which hops are derived, is in the same family as cannabis.
Beer of choice: Tart brews made with wild yeast or bacteria, such as Belgian lambic or, locally, B.W. Rye #4 Gose from 3 Stars and Oliver Brewery.
Frequently seen: Puckering up at one of the sour-beer takeover nights at Meridian Pint in DC’s Columbia Heights.
Mecca: Where the Wild Beers Are, an annual sour-beer festival for the “bacti-curious.”
Beer of choice: Fresh ales and lagers brewed within a 50-mile radius of Washington.
Frequently seen: Toting a well-worn growler bag to refill at DC’s Chocolate City Beer—or road-tripping to Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery.
Go-to accessory: A three-star tattoo inspired by the District of Columbia flag (and by DC Brau cans).
Illustrations by Ryan Snook.