Bell’s Oberon Ale, Black Cat Red Room Bar

9 Aug

The room is full of people from “the scene” who vaguely know each other. One band brought their school-aged children. There were sightings of at least two pairs of noise-canceling earmuffs. Everything has to happen a little bit earlier than everyone thinks it should, so people can catch the Metro and still be chipper for Tuesday morning. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like a rock show on a Monday night.

If you find yourself at a Monday night rock show, as I did last night, you will probably have a lot of options when you belly up to the bar. Unless you’re actually in one of the bands that’s playing the show (or you have coworkers who are cool with your stuffing a sausage McGriddle in your face and chugging your weight in coffee during your early morning meeting), you will have to choose wisely. I had a Bell’s Oberon Ale ($6 on tap).

If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of this beer, you can click here. I’ll give you the highlights: it’s a wheat beer with a nice balance of flavors–a little spice, a little fruit, a little maltiness. The beer was light and crisp enough to complement a falafel sandwich, but it also had some dark, heavy character to it that made me feel like I was drinking something worthwhile once the sandwich was gone.

At 5.4% abv, this beer did not prevent me from having two semi-disastrous “conversations” (a.k.a. my weird ramblings that everyone is too polite to stop) with acquaintances. I did a fair bit of embarrassing singing along to the band I went to see, but that was actually not the beer’s fault. 

Deliciousness: ****
Social Anxiety Soothing: *
Table-Dancing Probability: 2%

Black Cat Red Room Bar
1811 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009


One Response to “Bell’s Oberon Ale, Black Cat Red Room Bar”

  1. tigermelp August 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Check the About page ( for a handy guide to my beverage ratings.

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