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Brew Pub Details

Production: 1,000 bbl/year
Brewmaster: Mark Kaufman
Tours: Upon Request
Restaurant: Yes
Lunch: $8
Dinner: $9 - $15
Smoking: Yes
Games: None

John Harvard's Brew House

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.  20004
(202) 783-2739
info@johnharvards.com

Reviewed by: dfunk
Wednesday, October 31st, 2001

The Arrival

1299 Pennsylvania Ave. It's hard to find if you don't know where to look. It's inside a Center (with a theatre and law offices, etc.).

The Beer

All American Light - This is a very drinkable light-bodied beer (original gravity is under 10). The smell is celery/light American beer, which does also creep into the aftertaste. The Tettnang hops provide the nice subtle bite of a German lager. Solid offering to please many palettes.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

District Pale Ale - Copper to amber in color, their number one seller is maltier than most, but also dry. The taste takes you from sweet to spicy to a toasted, burnt aftertaste.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Raspberry Wheat Ale - Unfiltered and slightly orange in color, the raspberry aroma is strong from the start. It's light in body with a gentle aftertaste. I could imagine drinking several of these in the summer without noticing the time fly. The wheat balances the fruit to let you know it's a real beer, not like a candied wine cooler malt.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

American Brown Ale - A beautiful blood-red color, dark malt aroma, and good pretaste make my notes say "ooh." The Brown is a better blend of malt/body and taste/aftertaste than the Pale Ale. A caramel and slight chocolate taste warms the belly immediately, and the roasted, slightly hopped finished is flavorful but not overpowering. This is an easy drinking, mid-level "heaviness" beer that should appeal to a range of tastes.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Pennsylvania Avenue Porter - I would describe this as an "Imperial Porter," if there were such a thing. The roasted malts and prevalent alcohol taste make this a sweet, but wicked brew. Opaque in clarity, the Penn Ave presents a more traditional porter mouth-taste and finish. I can taste a kind of oatmeal/chocolate mix in the body.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Espresso Porter - Out of the cask, the Espresso Porter is equally dark, but lighter in taste than the previous porter (how could it help not be). The name pretty much describes the taste. Obviously coffee-heavy, this would be awesome with a chocolate or raspberry-chocolate dessert.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Mark Kaufman

Mark Kaufman. He's looking for more efficiency; the gravities are rising. Mark's main goal is to provide a "consistent product," so that they're all good, not just one or two. Job well done. Very congenial man.

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The Atmosphere

The atmosphere was laid back, like finding a miniature neighborhood within the District. Not outstanding in the true sense of the word, but inviting enough. I tried the "Sautéed Gulf Shrimp Scampi." Nice fresh broccoli, tomatoes, and onions over angel hair pasta. The wine/garlic sauce was awesome, the shrimp were large, and there was just enough flavor for me to enjoy, but subtle enough to let the natural flavors shine (especially the broccoli).

Afterthoughts

The Brown Ale was my favorite, followed by the Espresso Porter, and, yes, I will actually recommend a lighter beer, the All American.

It's the best in DC.

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