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The Corridor

Craft Beer Makes Its Entrance into the Mainstream

Lately, I have been taking the train (or driving) down and back up on a section of I-95 that I have been referring to as “The Corridor.” From Washington, DC down to Richmond, VA and finally down to Fayetteville, NC, it is pretty much a straight shot. As you can imagine, there are some pretty boring sections and there are parts that make you sit up and say “hmm.” Remind me to tell you that part about three big Confederate flags sometime…

So, one Monday morning, I got out my electronic beer map and decided to see what breweries had been developed along with the interstate. Surprise! Outside of the section from Washington to Richmond, there was not much developed at all. (Raleigh, NC will be covered separately because I do go that way on occasion) So, with that in mind, I am going to fill in all of the breweries along the Corridor and give a brief glimpse of those that I have been able to visit on my journeys. Some are pretty interesting, and some I have a hard time qualify as breweries.

The Oracle of Beer!

Where she likes to be when she not on the front lines!

“That boysenberry tastes like it is a kid’s drink!” “Whips! That is what they should use because they are not using cutting blades!” “Happy wenches!” This is just some of the referring comments I work with at All That’s Brewed.com, courtesy of one person and one person only – my girlfriend Candy Scott. So, in true to form fashion, Candy has earned herself an honored place in All That’s Brewed.com lore – she is getting a name.

So, Candy Scott, you shall be officially annointed the “Oracle of Beer.” Long may you reign. Oh, you may contact the Oracle of Beer at OracleofBeer@allthatsbrewed.com. 🙂

High Side is the New Pub in Fairfax City

Fairfax City is undergoing a rapid change in its craft beer bars. The turn over has been fast and furious. That is why when we saw the latest announcement of a bar coming to town, there was a collective sigh among the established store fronts. But this one is different and it represents a new look and feel to having a drink after work.

High Side is the name of this new pub, moving into the area occupied by Villa Mozart, at 4009 Chain Bridge Road, (Voice: 703-304-0674; www.highsideva.com) and it specializes in high end craft beers. The soft opening is closing this Wednesday and the grand opening is Friday, 9 February 2018. Expect that this cozy little corner lot will be full for the opening, but it should relax a bit on the days that following. The brewers will be known to those who follow craft beer:  Epic Brewing, Hardywood Park Brewing, Aslin Brewing, Solace Brewing, Ocelot Brewing, Crooked Run Brewing, Port City Brewing. A host of other breweries that will be making appearances over the coming months.

The co-owner and general manager is Jinson Chan (jinson@highsideva.com), who is Malaysian Chinese and his wife is Taiwanese, got the idea for High Side when they could not wrap their heads around why there was so little Taiwanese street food. So rather than lament, they did something about it, and now there is a place to feed your inner Asian! They also brought in a local expert on the beer by hiring one of the young go-getters from Craft Works who knows a thing or two about serving beer. (Hey there, Chevy!)

I had an Master of Karate by Aslin Brewery (Herndon, VA). An 8.4% ABV IPA – Imperial, this brew brings three dry hop heavily (Mosaic, Galaxy and Amarillo) together and produce a gentle blend of what could be best described as a mango flavor. It was intense and mixed beautifully with the food.

I also ordered a small plate of six pot stickers, which were freshly made by hand and put out with an excellent sauce. The food is freshly made Taiwanese inspired street food and it has a decidedly nice taste when compared to the usual bar food. It was light and inviting and it held up while I was engaged in conversation The only thing I noticed is that on the small plates, they had only one vegetarian option, the house salad. If they had a constant vegetarian option, they would match their competition.

So on your way home or when you are out, swing by High Side and indulge yourself. You will be glad that you did.