Where to Get Beer


A tipster (Dirk) tells us that De Vinos Wine Shop is stocking up on Belgians this weekend. De Vinos, which is on 18th and Florida, already touts a decent beer selection, but the store leans toward wine. Its sister store in Columbia Heights, D’Vines, is better for brews.

But our reliable source says De Vinos is partnering with Brasserie Beck to bring a sampling of that restaurant’s absurdly-good range of Belgian beers to Adams Morgan. They arrive on Saturday, allegedly. We’ll be there.

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Rough morning. No sessions for me for a while. To that end, while trying to avoid the session temptation, I’ll often limit myself to a 750ml bottle of a good Belgian, like an Oomegang. Unless you’re drinking a Kasteel or something with a similarly intense ABV, the single bottle of about 25oz isn’t going to hurt you too much.

But those days are nulaserlabelmbered–like to three. That’s because D.C. government is expanding its ban on sales of single beers to large swaths of the city on Tuesday, including Wards 6, 2 and 1. That adds to the existing ban in Wards 4, 7 and 8. (Here’s a D.C. Ward atlas.) The thinking here is that single-beer sales leads to public drunkenness, or worse. As a reporter discovered back in 2002, one up-and-coming city councilman staked his reputation to this crusade, making the slippery-slope argument that the vagrancy leads to open-air drug markets and other mayhem. That reporter spent a couple nights on the old Georgia Avenue to see if Fenty was right. It wasn’t a pleasant assignment.

Fenty and co. aren’t after big Belgians, but those expensive indulgences are getting the axe along with 40oz malt liquors. As a young man, this correspondent dabbled with Laser Malt Liquor. That led to a slippery slope of horrendous hangovers and self-loathing. Adios, Laser. For more on malt liquors, check out this website, the owner of which claims to have the world’s large 40oz collection–643 different brands. He also gives helpful recommendations about rehab.

A new-ish liquor store on P Street, dubbed 1 W Dupont Circle, has an impressive amount of fancypants beers. After my first visit last week, a drinking buddy of mine — we’ll call him Dirk — checked it out and got all worked up about what he said were steep prices. He spazzed, basically. Now I’m hardly a high roller, but I didn’t get it. I expect to drop a little coin on Belgians and Russian Imperial Stouts. And it’s not like I’m buying six-packs of Ommegang. But hey, the more frugal be warned that 1 W Dupont may charge a bit much for its craft brews. They also stock a sick variety. So there it is.