Two Washington, DC coworkers set out on a mission on a Tuesday Night in Columbia Heights. Zach, a Capitol Hill resident, and Beth, the native Columbia Heights-er. With the help of their trusty app-friend, Untappd, they ventured to the great 11th Street Northwest. Their goal: find the best beer at the best beer in Columbia Heights.
Bar #1: Meridian Pint
Beers Tried: Meridian Kolsch by Lost Rhino, Dales Pale Ale (Cask Style) by Oskar Blues, From Russia With Love by 3 Stars Brewing Company.
Zach’s Favorite: From Russia With Love
Beth’s Favorite: From Russia With Love
Zach: Meridian Pint was a fantastic bar. Huge selection of craft brews (and lots of opportunities to check in on Untappd). The bartender was also extremely knowledgeable about all of their beers. If you’re here for the long haul, you can even get a table with a direct tap of your favorite drink. All three beers we tried were good, but From Russia With Love was my favorite. I have yet to try a beer from 3 Stars that I don’t like.
Beth: Meridian Pint is, hands down, the best place to visit in Columbia Heights if you want to try out a bunch of different craft beers, especially from local brewers. We visited on a really cold night, so drinking a robust stout like From Russia With Love was perfect. I’m not sure I would have liked it so much on a summer day, though!
Bar #2: Kangaroo Boxing Club
Beers Tried: Eight Point IPA by Devils Backbone, Smitten Golden Rye Ale by Bell’s Brewery, Pandemic Breakfast Porter by 3 Stars Brewing Company
Zach’s Favorite: Smitten Golden Rye Ale
Beth’s Favorite: Eight Point IPA by Devils Backbone
Zach: “I can’t believe we’re at a University of Michigan bar,” I said to myself repeatedly that night. Even though Kangaroo Boxing Club is a state of Michigan bar, it still heavily favors the University of Michigan and as a graduate of Michigan State University, I was not happy. But the beer and food definitely made up for the atmosphere. Great BBQ snacks here and they had Smitten Golden Rye. Bells is usually my go-to brewery (as a native Michigander) and Smitten Golden Rye is always a crisp option. I could have had a few more of these if we spent more time there. Go Spartans!
Beth: I don’t really like IPAs in general, but everything Devils Backbone puts out seems to be to my liking. Kangaroo Boxing Club is a great spot — the food is delicious — but it’s pretty small. Plus, Zach complained about it being a University of Michigan bar the entire time we were there.
Bar #3: Room 11
Beers Tried: Orval by Brasserie d’Orval, Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale by Brouwerij Van Steenberge, HogWild IPA by Aviator Brewing Company
Zach’s Favorite: Orval
Beth’s Favorite: Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale
Zach: Room 11 was a much more intimate atmosphere. A small space but that did not hold back the options. This was my first time having Orval and it was just overall a great brew. The Orval had a terrific flavor and I would definitely order this again.
Beth: It was a toss up for me between the Monk’s Cafe and Orval, but I ultimately I went with the Monk’s Cafe. It reminds me of the Kasteel Rouge, my favorite cherry beer. It’s pretty fruity, though, so I’d probably only get one. The atmosphere at Room 11 is great, but like Kangaroo Boxing Club, it’s pretty small.
Grand Prize Winners
Zach: I really enjoyed the Orval. Belgian beers are usually a great choice, and this one did the trick.
Beth: I’ve got to go with the From Russia With Love. It just hit the spot on a cold winter night.