Updated Full Opening Beer List Below with In-Depth Tasting Notes and Other Details!
Hi, we're DCBeer, you may remember us from such Bluejacket-related posts as this one from last Thursday with tasting notes of 12 of their 20 opening day beers and pictures from the sneak preview. If you don't, you should probably check that out. Anyway, Bluejacket opens up tonight, and we have a little bit more information that we think you should have. So here it goes.
First off, there are eight more beers that will be available tonight. You've seen some of these before, as they're some of the 20 collabs that Bluejacket's team did over the past year.
Here are the 12 we know about and previewed already:
- Bitterschön/ Rheinischer Bitter (Brewed w/ Freigeist Bierkultur at Bluejacket)
- Forbidden Planet/ Dry-Hopped Kölsch
- Bombshell/ Belgian Blond Ale (Brewed w/ De Struise at Bluejacket)
- Trouble/ Oud Bruin (Brewed w/ De Struise at Bluejacket)
- The Panther/ Schwarzbier
- Tooth & Nail/ Imperial IPA
- James & The Giant/ Belgian Strong Blond Ale w/ Peaches
- Scarecrow/ Saison
- The Ingénue/ Gose w/ Lavender
- Figure 8/ Scotch Ale w/ Figs
- Imposter/ Session Rye IPA
- The Wake/ Imperial Stout
And here are the eight that will be served at Bluejacket for the first time tonight:
- The Forager/ Foraged Rye Saison
- Seersucker/ Berliner Weisse
- Suede/ Imperial Porter w/ Calendula Flowers & Jasmine (Brewed w/ Stone & 10 Barrel at Stone Brewing Company)
- Cut & Dry/ Bohemian Pilsner
- The Stroppy/ Pale Ale
- The Duel/ Brett IPA (Brewed w/ Maine Beer Co. at Bluejacket)
- The Stowaway/ Dunkelweizen
- The Butcher/ Spiced Doppelbock
- Right Hand Man/ India Pale Ale (Dry-Hopped w/ Centennial Hops in the Cask)
- New Zealot/ Pale Ale (Dry-Hopped in the Cask w/ Galaxy Hops)
- Bird of Prey/ India Pale Ale (Dry-Hopped w/ Falconer’s Flight Hops in the Cask)
- Figure 8/ Scotch Ale w/ Figs (w/ Vanilla & Coffee in the Cask)
- The Wake/ Imperial Stout (w/ Bourbon-Soaked Oak Chips in the Cask)
Interested in the food menu? You can check out the whole thing here via Washington City Paper.
Finally, we had a few questions about the space we wanted answered, so here's that portion of our show, with answers provided by Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Marissa Bialecki:
NRG: We're still experimenting with several different base malts to see which ones give us the flavor profiles we're looking for in specific recipes. Some of our opening beers have featured pale and pilsner base malts from Weyermann and Crisp.
DCBeer: Where is grain stored, and how does it get to the third floor? We didn't see a silo or anything. Is there a winch to get the grain up there? I can't imagine y'all will be carrying it up three flights of stairs.
NRG: Grain is first brought in and stored in our malt room. From there, it's milled and then we use augers to deliver it to the grist case on the third floor. We can then mash in whenever we are ready, full malt bill ready to go.
NRG: The 20 illuminated beers on the wall is the Bluejacket draft list at that time. Those will always remain illuminated, we'll just swap out the name placards as we replace/add new beers. The printed menu will list the 20 draft beers with more information on each, along with our 5 cask ales.
NRG: To start next week, the bar will open at 4 PM and dinner service will start at 5:30 PM. We have plans to roll out lunch and brunch service soon thereafter. The brewery will begin to offer weekly tours in the near future.
NRG: The two main factors influencing our stance on growlers are the quality of the beer and the customer's enjoyment of our beer. Once any growler is opened, the beer begins to lose its luster and should be consumed in one sitting to be enjoyed as its most fresh state. Sixty-four ounces is a lot of beer to consume at one time without waste. We believe the 750 ml bottle that we plan on releasing provides a more reasonable volume of beer to be enjoyed by our customers without wasting any beer or money, while preserving the quality of our beer.
The more you know, folks. Bluejacket opens tonight, and you can get reservations here. Well, you can try to. Good luck and be sure to get the Imposter. Congrats to Greg Engert and everyone at Neighborhood Restaurant Group on the opening!
Update: Thanks to Neighborhood Restaurant Group for sending over a (much) more detailed opening night beer list. Here's a bunch more on each of the drafts and casks that will pour tonight!
BLUEJACKET BEER MENU LISTINGS – OPENING MENU: