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Feb 21, 2008



Brickskellar's Achilles' heel is their inventory. They can brag all they want about the thousands of beers on their list, but they never have your first choice (more like your fifth). Does Paradiso actually have everything on their beer list? Rustico always has my first choice beer, as well as PBR for when I'm broke and just want to get hammered.


Hip and cool? More like Eurotrashy and drunk-fratty, methinks. But I do like Paradiso. Do they still have their two-fer Tuesday deal downstairs?


Two corrections: Cask ale is not served at room temperature. At least it shouldn't be. It's served at "cellar temperature" which is about 55 degrees F.

Also, real ale is not served in the British pubs of yesteryear. It's alive and well today in most public houses across the UK. Particular thanks for that goes to CAMRA, http://www.camra.org.uk

Rob Rutledge

Good call on Brickskeller- I have been disappointed there numerous times by the perpetual lack of certain items they claim to have. Also, refrigeration seems to be a problem. As far as I have seen, Monkey, Paradiso almost always has what they claim to have- and if they don't, it doesn't take them 20 minutes to let you know!

I thought that's what constituted 'hip and cool' anymore, John! I mean, if the area can support a storefront that sells approximately 6 tubes of hand cream and nothing else, it must be happening! Anyhow, I don't know the promotion you are talking about, so I am guessing they do not. Tues and Wed happy hours feature half price draughts and discounted half 8" pizzas, though.

Thanks, Paul- you are right, 'cellar temperature' is a much more apt description for the proper serving temp for this beer (and for red wine, for that matter). I came across the CAMRA site while I was looking for info on Cask Ale. Great movement, not unlike Slow Food. I haven't been getting out too much lately; do you, or anyone else, know of other bars in DC that serve this stuff? I think Rustico does, and I would think RFD should, though they weren't last time I'd visited.


Yes, twofer tuesday is still alive and well both upstairs and downstairs. 1 large plate of antipasto, 1 large pizza and a dessert sampler (tiramisu, biscotti, chocolate salami) and your choice of a bottle of red or white wine or a large bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve with dinner and a Storm King with dessert... $50.

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