When it comes to DC’s premiere modern beer bars, there’s ChurchKey (and the rest of the NRG group), Meridian Pint (and its sister restaurants), Pizzeria Paradiso (all three of them), and… Roofers Union. Since opening in the winter of 2014, the three-tiered Adams Morgan restaurant has firmly established itself as a vociferous champion for local beer and a purveyor of top-notch beer from around the country – particularly the tart and sour stuff. As such, it only made sense for us to ask Roofers Union beer director and general manager Dave Delaplaine to document his experience during the week leading up to the city’s biggest beer event: SAVOR.
Alright, a bit about Roofers Union and our beer program and myself, in case you are not familiar.
– I love to support local breweries, but I enjoy pouring anything craft that we find worthy.
– I stay away from the macro conglomerates (see: the crisis of morality upcoming below).
– My favorite part of my job is introducing guests to new beers they haven’t had before.
– I’m probably less of a purist than others in this industry. Some people hate beers with more than the standard four ingredients of water, barley, hops, and yeast. I don’t scoff at some additional ingredients in brews as long as they are natural and come through in balance.
– Big, intense beers can be a ton of fun as long as they are cellared appropriately.
– Did I mention that I love to cellar beer? While I sometimes cellar for too long, I love to experiment with aging beers (both in bottle and in keg). I’m still learning this skill – as you will see from a few epic fails this week – but I keep trying and learning.
With that out of the way, let’s get to SAVOR week.
If you aren’t familiar, SAVOR is an amazing beer festival held most years in DC at the National Building Museum. It is a dangerous amount of fun and usually brings huge crowds of beer lovers into the city for a week of really geeky events at all the top beer bars in DC.
But this year was a bit tricky because DC had just hosted the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) earlier this spring, and the beer geeks came in droves to support some really awesome events around the city. So, since so many of those beer fans were here a couple of months ago, SAVOR week was a big question mark. Who – and how many of them – wound turn up?
Throw in the fact that the week would begin on Memorial Day Monday (thus spanning a time when much of DC runs off to the beach) and, as a beer director, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Now, to the planning…