House beers consist of five regulars and two seasonals. The cask Ur Pilsner is a clear gold color with a thin body and malty flavor. The cask LTD Vienna Lager is a hazy brown with an even flavor balance, smooth mouthfeel, and light malty flavor. The cask Kalí Ganga IPA is opaque with a medium, creamy body and even flavor balance. All cask-conditioned beers are served at cellar temperature. Other micros on hand include Tuppers Pils, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, DeGroens Helles, Lancaster Harvest Ale, Brooklyn Heffe-Weizen, Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale, Blue Ridge Hempen Ale, and Fred's Cider.
The crowd of 90% male, 10% female customers doesn't seem to mind the lack of music and the low volume audio leaking from the television sets. The full liquor selection and easy-going atmosphere seems to offer an urban "neighborhood bar" setting. Prices encourage experimentation with three 4 oz tasters for $4.50, an 8 oz sample at $2.75, and $2 pints commonplace. T-shirts are displayed around some of the walls and two liter growlers invite picking up a liquid souvenir for later appreciation. An easy one block walk from the Clarendon Metro stop on the Orange Line, survey says, "Check it out."
Blue-N-Gold Brewing Co.
3100 Clarendon Blvd.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - August, 1997