Brewery Name: Right Proper Brewing Company: Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen
Type of Brewery: Brewpub
Location: 624 T Street, NW, Washington DC 20001 (Parking is hard to find, but they are one block from the Shaw Howard University stop of the Green Line of the DC Metro)
Growlers: Yes, unless the beer is something ultra rare that they only have one keg of. They sell $15 dollar clamp growlers, which I believe are worth the money because they preserve the beer better.
The Beers: I had a lot of lovely beers the last time I was there but I wanted to rundown some of my all-time favorites because I have been going to this brewpub consistently since it opened. Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne, a Berliner Weisse hopped and spiced to taste like champagne. This beer is wonderfully tart and funky to the point that you really think you are drinking Champagne. Häxan, a porter (yes, a porter). It has all the qualities I look for in a great porter: chocolate, coffee, some roasty flavor, and it is really smooth and creamy so you can have a few of them without getting palate fatigue. These two beers are probably the best beers made in DC, and I am not saying that lightly. The brewery also does some fun random beers that don’t necessarily fit into a described style, like their anti-imperial stout, Comrade! This beer sounded too good to be true, because most beers that offer the flavor of heavier beers usually miss out on some other characteristic like texture, which makes them disappointing. This beer is 2.4% and hits all the imperial stout characters in body, flavor, and aroma. I could drink this beer all day and I really enjoy that they were able to come up with it. The brewery also does special releases of their older beers that have been allowed to age or condition in barrels, which makes it exciting every time you go to the pub because there is usually something new that you have not had before on tap.
Vibe: Really laid back. They have two huge bars, stand up seating, regular tables, and picnic tables outside for seating when it gets warm. You can go there just to grab a beer with friends after work, or roll in there for brunch still wearing your pajamas. It has a great feel to it that doesn’t make anyone feel out of place. They also have a location specifically for growler fills, so if you just want a pint and a growler you usually don’t have to push up against the bar. The building is a renovated older building, which is nice because it makes the place feel like it is part of the community. So many places in DC just rip down old buildings and build these huge modern structures that feel out of place. Right Proper is just a low key place to grab a great beer.
Dogs: Yes, outside.
Price ($ to $$$$$): $$$
Food: They have a lot of really good food options, and I like that they have really considered cost when building their menu. A lot of new places in DC can be a little pricey, but you can get a really good locally sourced meal here for a decent price. They also have a dedicated cheese guy who runs their cheese program if you are interested in that aspect. They always seem to have a large stock of wonderful cheese there.
Final Thoughts: Really one of my favorite restaurants in DC.
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