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My friend Thor Cheston, who is a manager at Paradiso, is going to be heading up this project of theirs. Thor is a beer enthusiast of the first order, and this should be exciting! Drop by and say, "Hello!" and have a great beer on draught and some of this city's best pizza.

3282 M St., NW Washington, DC 202-337-1245

Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown is proud to introduce Birreria Paradiso, a sixteen tap draft bar featuring 80 bottled selections of microbrews, artisinal and handcrafted beers from around the world. Enjoy pilsners, ales, lagers, and stouts in our newly renovated lower level dining room and bar, where you will be able to feast on our Quattro Formaggi Pizza and a Belgian tripel like Gouden Carolus, or a Bosco Pizza and a Saison Dupont on draft. Then, top off your meal with our vanilla gelato paired with North Coast's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. We will be offering our complete menu, wine list, and a full bar in addition to the new selection of beers. Most of our longtime favorites are available, including Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish Head's 60-minute IPA on tap, and Moretti and Amstel Light in bottles. We will also be serving some standards like Corona,, Miller Lite and Samuel Adams. All of the new beers will also be available in the main dining room upstairs.

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I'd like to know how they fit Miller Lite into that PR though .

It'll be in the "We pretty much have to" section of the menu. :lol: Seen bottles of Miller go by at the Brick even. It is true what they say: You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink decent beer.

This is very exciting, though.

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I believe the "Birreria Paradiso" is on the lower level of the current Pizzeria.

I had an incredible German Doppelbock with my Atomica Pizza this past Friday night. Our waitress said that the staff there has undergone extensive training (two evenings of tasting 40+ beers!!!) to become knowledgeable about the various brews that will be available. Wasn't open that night - I think tonight is the opening....

(Luckily I work in Georgetown!!!) :lol:

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Pretty good crowd for the first night. Seemed like many were friends of the staff, but hey it is a Monday night. Nice space with a fireplace with seats and a coffee type table in front of it. Sat at the bar and enjoyed a variety of beers with a starter of a bean and tuna salad and finished with some pizza. I started with a large pour Rouge Shakespeare Stout (Some of the beers are offered in 10 oz. and 20 oz. pours) before realizing that they have a cask on tap. Tonight's flavor was the Clipper City Uber Pils on cask that was fresh and wonderful.

They will be rotating beers on the cask as they said that they have some European kegs ordered. Overall a decent looking beer list but I will leave the details to Shogun as he has more knowledge in this area than I. This is going to be a great spot for a DR.com HH.

Joe R -- Thor says hi!

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Amazing. Just...beautiful. This is half way to fsck the Brickskeller. If The Brick is 'Here are 700 beers from around the world', B.P. is 'here are 96 of the best ~200 beers in the world." The beer list is well represented (maybe even wighted-to a bit) by Belgians and Belgian-styles (Allegash, Ommegangs). There is also a beer-engine/cask special. Today was a hand-pull of Clipper City 'Small Craft Warning'. Very nice room. Seating at the bar plus tables, and nice chairs around a fireplace.

Edited for: Details?! Alright, details tomorrow.

Edited by shogun

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How cool of a name is Thor! It's like being named Zeus!

"I lifted weights for two hours yesterday, and when I woke up this morning, I was really Thor."

17 drafts, with the astonishing Clipper City Small Craft Warning pulled from the pump.

56 ales, divided into 16 useful and informative categories.

14 lagers in 3 categories.

Alert, alert: go to Birreria Paradiso NOW, because it's the best place in town to drink beer. What a great bar! 10 seats, with another 25-or-so in the surrounding area.

It's going to be overrun by crowds (remember I said this), but for the next few days or weeks, it's just a fabulous venue for beer lovers.

When the Clipper City cask expires - probably in about five days - they're going to be replacing it with something from Victory. Make sure to remind Thor not to shake the next cask up before tapping into it. :lol:

I'm not sure I've ever had a better Weizen Bock than his recommended Schneider and Sohn "Aventinus."

Thor loves Belgian-style Saison, and was raving about the Brasserie DuPont "Saison DuPont Vielle[sic?] Reserve." I often find the banana aromas in these beers offputting, but that's strictly personal preference (*).

When I asked for a beer list, Thor left his busy station and disappeared for several minutes - then emerged, beer list in hand, hot off the presses. And I mean that almost literally: He was kind enough to go and print me out a copy, and it was still warm from the printer.

Cheers!

Rocks

(*) Once upon a time, there was a small child who took spearmint-flavored pills twice a day for several years, and as an adult, still can't cozy up to the flavors of spearmint. The banana aromas - which come from the specific yeasts used in the brewing process - remind me of what I sometimes used to find in the inexplicably and terminally overrated wines from Georges Duboeuf - The Whore Of Beaujolais.

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Thor loves Belgian-style Saison, and was raving about the Brasserie DuPont "Saison DuPont Vielle[sic?] Reserve."  I often find the banana aromas in these beers offputting, but that's strictly personal preference (*).

That was just about my exact quote on Monday night. This Friday's HH must be here! I was not a fan of the Aventius myself, but my friend loved it.

Should we be expecting Thor 'God of Thunder' to become a new member soon?

BTW, how many times did Thor hit is head on the ceiling?

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That does it, I'm headed here for my b-day tomorrow. Hopefully today's mention in the WP blog won't pack the place. Now if it only wasn't all the way over on the far side of G'town ...

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Hopefully today's mention in the WP blog won't pack the place.

I'm pretty sure the comment surrounding the stove (being gas not wood-burning)is accurate... I hope they know what sort of insectae they've invited into their bar by having all that wood out there drying out :lol: My wife noticed a few ants running around.

This place is great and is sure to become a popular place to dodge tourists very soon. Wish they took amex.

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This place sounds like heaven! I think I'll spend my next rainy Sunday afternoon on one of those 10 stools.

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Can anybody who's been there report on how smokey it is, or if somking is even permitted?  Thanks.

On night number one I don't remember seeing anyone smoking at all. If I had to guess I would say it is non-smoking.

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today's mention in the WP blog
Ah crap, here we go... :lol:

Yeah, I don't recall there being ashtrays at the bar. Could be an oversight of the first night, so don't get your hopes up or down just yet! Editorialized to add: I can't imagine having a couple smokers in that little room...it'd have nowhere to go! :huh:

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Ah crap, here we go... :lol:

Yeah, I don't recall there being ashtrays at the bar.  Could be an oversight of the first night, so don't get your hopes up or down just yet!  Editorialized to add: I can't imagine having a couple smokers in that little room...it'd have nowhere to go!  :)

I will bring a cigar on Friday and see what happens. Could be a good way to thin the potential crowds! :huh:

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Stopped in last night after reading about the bar here. I have to say the beer was delicious. I had the Saison DuPont Vielle Reserve and the Clipper City Uber Pils draughts. Mmmm. Mmmmmm Good ! The bar looked nice, I didn't sit at it due to talking my wife into going out for dinner, but I could imagine some nice quality time there. The room was fairly ordinary, wooden table and chairs, exposed ceiling, a small area for the fireplace. Unfortunately pizza service wasn't good. First we were brought someone else's order which we began to eat, then when we were going to question what was brought to us, our pizza was brought out. Our pizza was burnt in areas on the top, and not in a good way

Wife was not happy, I was reveling in the beer. Thor waited on us and seemed a young affable fellow.

I'd say on first glance that the bar and the beer are the place to be.

BD

PS I noticed no smoke in the place from tobacco.

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Stopped in last night after reading about the bar here. I have to say the beer was delicious. I had the Saison DuPont Vielle Reserve and the Clipper City Uber Pils draughts. Mmmm. Mmmmmm Good ! The bar looked nice, I didn't sit at it due to talking my wife into going out for dinner, but I could imagine some nice quality time there. The room was fairly ordinary, wooden table and chairs, exposed ceiling, a small area for the fireplace. Unfortunately pizza service wasn't good. First we were brought someone else's order which we began to eat, then when we were going to question what was brought to us, our pizza was brought out. Our pizza was burnt in areas on the top, and not in a good way

Wife was not happy, I was reveling in the beer. Thor waited on us and seemed a young affable fellow.

I'd say on first glance that the bar and the beer are the place to be.

BD

PS I noticed no smoke in the place from tobacco.

The pizzas on Monday were pretty darn good and we will be conducting more QC studies tomorrow evening.

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My friend Thor Cheston, who is a manager at Paradiso, is going to be heading up this project of theirs.  Thor is a beer enthusiast of the first order, and this should be exciting! Drop by and say, "Hello!" and have a great beer on draught and some of this city's best pizza.

3282 M St., NW Washington, DC 202-337-1245

Joe. Thank you for sharing with us what is easily now the best beer bar in DC. I'd sooner shove a an umbrella up my ass and open it than drink at Brickskeller and RFD and I would be honored if PP/BP decided to run an ad that said: "Crescentfresh is one of the 4 out of 5 beer drinkers who would rather shove an umbrella up his ass and open it than drink at DA's places."

Ok. There is nothing else in this city or within 50 miles (and probably more) touching this joint. Dave Alexander, I hope you're reading this because you should be embarrassed as all shit. This two-week old operation has surpassed you on every level except quantity. BP is now the KING of all that is mixed of hops, malt, yeast and water.

So, now that I'm done with my unsurprising blast on that shit bar on 23rd street, here's what I like about BP. Two things. 1) Their cask beer from the beer engine is pulled at 55 degrees. Cellar temperature. 2) Thor Cheston. I've talked to him a couple times now in his bar. Assessing knowledge, interest, vision, taste. Thor is the real deal and he wants to do it right. I think he takes all comments and suggestions very seriously.

I wish only a few things for BP. I wish you were ground level. I want to look out the window and not feel like i'm in some dude's basement. I wish you'd charge a couple more dollars for your Miller Lite and its ilk and drop the price of a serious pint by a buck. Those fuckers drinking Bud in your bar should be subsidizing my beer.

And THE SALMON ARE RUNNING!

Edited by CrescentFresh

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Ok.  There is nothing else in this city or within 50 miles (and probably more) touching this joint.  Dave Alexander, I hope you're reading this because you should be embarrassed as all shit. 

This is most definately a great place and by far the best place in D.C.. However if we are talking within 50 miles, there are are at least 3-4 places in Baltimore, that this place could not hold a candle to. Have you been to Max's on Broadway, Brewer's Art, Mahaffey's, Wharf Rat, etc..

I agree that DA's places are both really subpar establishments, but D.C. is just not a very good beer town.

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This is most definately a great place and by far the best place in D.C..  However if we are talking within 50 miles, there are are at least 3-4 places in Baltimore, that this place could not hold a candle to.  Have you been to Max's on Broadway, Brewer's Art, Mahaffey's, Wharf Rat, etc.. 

I agree that DA's places are both really subpar establishments, but D.C. is just not a very good beer town.

Point taken. Haven't sampled Baltimore. So let's say that BP is king inside the beltway.

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How cool of a name is Thor!  It's like being named Zeus!

"I lifted weights for two hours yesterday, and when I woke up this morning, I was really Thor."

Thor gets tired of hanging out in Vlahalla and decides to go clubbing one Friday night. Being a Norse deity and all he is in the arms of a comely brunetter within minutes and back at her place within the hour. They go at it hammer and tong for hours, days even, until finally during a smoke break he remembers his manners and decides to introduce himself. "I just wanted to let you know, I'm Thor," he says.

"You're thore? I'm tho thore I can hardly pith."

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