Last week we took a look back at Meridian Pint’s birth five years ago. Now for the celebration – a tentative list from Meridian Pint’s beverage director, Jace Gonnerman:
“Wednesday, July 1 – 5:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate 5 years of providing the District with outstanding craft beer! As a thank you to our loyal customers, all 24 drafts (plus two casks) will be available for $5 all night!
The list is a mix of some of the standout local drafts that have helped us get to where we are today along with a mix of new, rare, and esoteric beers.
Without further adieu:
Cask: Oliver Serpent and the King
Cask: Port City Ways and Means (Amarillo)
1. DC Brau Public
2. Lost Rhino Meridian Kolsch
3. Port City Optimal Wit
4. Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
5. Union Old Pro Gose
6. 3 Stars Citra Lemon Peel Saison
7. Monocacy Riot Rye
8. Fair Winds Howling Gale IPA
9. Oliver Bishop’s Indulgence
10. RAR Grapefruit Nanticoke Nectar
11. Atlas NSFW
12. Port City Colossal 1
13. DC Brau Solar Abyss
14. Devils Backbone Cru Noir
15. Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel
16. New Belgium Hop Tart
17. 4 Hands Super Flare Brett IPA
18. Lagunitas CitruSinesis Blood Orange Pale Ale
19. Bruery Tart of Darkness 2013
20. Millstone Cobbler
21. Jolly Pumpkin Biere De Mars 2014
22. Ocelot Wonders of Nature Tart Cherry Sour
23. Ocelot California Stars Galaxy IPA
24. Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout”
“Just after midnight last night, in the 3000 block of 14th St. NW[at Columbia Road], a subject cornered, threatened, and robbed a pedestrian. When the victim’s friend attempted to intervene the subject also brandished a knife. This offender then escaped on a bicycle, but was stopped a short distance away by several of our segway, foot, and beat officers who converged on the area. The suspect was positively identified and the victim’s property recovered.
This unit is located at 1207 Lamont Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Renovated ColHts row house boasting one-of-a-kind, light-filled 2-level layout. Gorgeous sun-splashed main living area open to 2nd level catwalk and ceiling of glass. Designer style throughout with exposed brick, gleaming hardwoods, recessed lighting and modern detailing. Open kitchen with stainless, granite and glass faced cabinetry. Private roofdeck. W/D. Parking. Pets ok. Walk to dining & Metro”
Former Bi-Rite building at 11th and Park Road, NW in 2008
Well this crept up fast – Meridian Pint is turning 5 years old on July 1st. Remember the table taps excitement? It’s hard to explain how excited folks, myself included, were for those things. Remember the old broken down Bi-Rite grocery store? Remember DC Brau’s launch party?
I kinda take them for granted now but Meridian Pint was one of the first pioneers that helped nurture the craft beer explosion in DC. In my opinion without Meridian Pint, Birch and Barley/ChurchKey among a few others – it’s doubtful we’d have seen such a rapid growth and appreciation in DC for craft beer and especially in local craft beer like DC Brau, Three Stars, Atlas etc. What’s on almost every bar’s tap handles today (from dive bar to hotel bar) was a rarity back then. The beers get a lot of, deserved, attention but I wanted to look at it from a different angle. So I sat down with Meridian Pint owner John Andrade to ask him what it was like opening up a craft beer bar in a very different Columbia Heights (PBR, Tecate, Miller High Life), hell, in a very different DC five years ago.
Meridian Pint owner John Andrade
Here’s a few notable remembrances – well ok here’s a few things I can remember and read from the notes I took. Before settling on Meridian Pint’s current property, Andrade had plans to open a coffeehouse in 2007 similar to Tryst in Columbia Heights closer to 14th Street. (Andrade comes from the former Asylum, now Smoke and Barrel, in Adams Morgan and knew how successful Tryst was.) Fortunately, for beer drinkers, Andrade lost interest when DCUSA was built and he didn’t like the vibe. About six or eight months later he was walking up 11th Street and saw a for lease sign on the old Bi Rite building and said to himself “we can do something here.” But the original plans were not for craft beer either. He thought of setting something up like the old Grog and Tankard – with a stage and live music and Coors light. But this all changed in 2009 when he took a bicycle trip/brewery tour in Belgium. At first he thought he’d focus on Belgian beers but had a sorta eureka moment “why not just focus on really good American beers?”. Why not indeed? Though, it is worth noting, Andrade credits The Reef (currently home to Roofers Union) in Adams Morgan with exposing him and much of DC to the emerging craft beer scene.
Alright more random memories – at first Meridian Pint was gonna be called Park Place (being on Park Road and all) but it reminded him too much of an apartment building’s name. Ed. Note: The apartment building at Georgia and New Hampshire today is called Park Place. So anyway he was surfing the web (ed. note: does anyone say surfing the web anymore…?) in hopes of learning more about Columbia Height’s history when he stumbled on some info about the Prime Meridian and Meridian Hill Park. At first it was going to be called just Meridian but a Meridian opened up elsewhere so then it was gonna be called Meridian Point. Then Andrade was at a bbq and wrote down Meridian Point to show to a friend who misread it and said “Meridian Pint that’s a cool name for a beer bar”. And there it is.
And here’s just a random fact. The DC Brau launch party had a sustained line to get in 5 hours deep all night long. That has never been replicated but that was the moment when Andrade realized – opening a bar focusing on American (and when possible DC) craft beer wasn’t such a bad idea.
Since I’m always curious about what’s next – I’ll leave you with two possibilities (nothing in stone but possibilities) – one day we might see a Capitol Pint or maybe even a Union Pint. When thinking about future locations Andrade won’t rule anyplace out because: “Great beer, great food in a casual environment with great people. Who wouldn’t want that in their neighborhood?”
This rental is located at 1415 Chapin Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“This condo is in a fantastic location, minutes to Columbia Heights Metro, shopping, dining. Charming unit with exposed brick in living room, open kitchen, wood floors, roof deck with fabulous views. Call Showing Contact with 24 hours notice. Must use MTS app.”
Every spring, Washington’s largest Roman Catholic Hispanic parish holds a big celebration to mark the day the church is named for. But this Sunday’s Feast of the Sacred Heart will be especially tasty, as parishioners have turned it into Pupusafest, an official grand festival in honor of a signature dish from El Salvador.
While pupusas have been part of the the Shrine of the Sacred Heart’s annual fiesta for many years, this year will be a particularly scrumptious affair, according to chief cook Rosalina Ticas, who says this special “Day of the Pupusa” will have more types of this traditional meal, a dish that has been part of Central American cuisine since pre-Columbian times. Ticas ticks off a list of the pupusas on the menu: beans and cheese, shrimp and cheese, pork, loroco, among others.
“Many local residents are just interested in the food…that’s why it has to be delicious!” according to Ticas, who says the pupusas are usually all gone by the end of the day and “we thank God that there’s nothing left over no matter how many people plan for.”
Read the full interview here. And remember Pupusafest is this Sunday June 21st at 16th and Park Rd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.