June 28, 2009


It was a humid evening and all we wanted was a casual spot and some cold beer. Luckily, someone had recommended we check out RFD (Regional Food and Drink) while we were visiting Washington, DC.

Located in the Penn Quarter, RFD is known for their vast selection of tap and bottled beers, both imports and domestic, including a giant list of craft beers. It's a large, no fuss sports bar that's perfect for a laid-back night out.

Left: Founders Red Rye's Pale Ale ($3.50/taste). Because Founders Brewery beers are so hard to find, we were pleasantly surprised to see that RFD had a few of them on tap and in bottle. The Red Rye is not a boring pale ale, and with 6.6% ABV, it's both hoppy and big for a pale ale.

Middle: Great Divide Belgica Ale ($4/taste, 7.2% ABV): The Belgica Ale was light and had a nice mix of fruit and malt.

Right: Golden Cap Saison from New Holland ($3.50/taste, 7% ABV): This was soft and would have been better if it had more of a farmhouse aroma and taste.

Next time we would like to sample a lot of the other fine craft beers on tap and in bottle, including Allagash, Dogfish Head and North Coast.

RFD is located at 810 7th Street NW (btwn H St NW and I St NW) in Washington, DC.

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