Thursday, May 19, 2011
Not too far from where I live in the Washington DC metro area is a small section of Washington Blvd called Westover. There are two beer meccas coexisting (one can say three places) across the street from each other.
The Lost Dog Cafe is an Arlington institution with a heart of gold and a beer list that can be found at the end of a rainbow. There are three stores now, but the original laid the foundation for a big following. Their specialties are sandwiches and a large beer selection. They also have a store front for take out orders and more importantly, bottle and six pack sales! I live close enough for them to deliver (they even deliver beer), but taking this option is doing yourself a disservice.
Across the street is The Westover Market which has, "The Great Wall Of Beer!" in which they boast over 1,000 beers. It really is a spectacle. If you didn't know it was there, you wouldn't give this place a second thought. They have a small beer garden outside with rotating taps.
My recommendation is to go to Lost Dog Cafe for dinner and sample some brews, then head across the street for beer shopping. Up the sidewalk from The Great Wall of Beer is Toby's Homemade Ice Cream. They make killer shakes.
One brief note, the bottled beer is slightly cheaper at Lost Dog. I have found the staff more helpful at Westover Market when selecting beers.
A couple store fronts down from Lost Dog Cafe is Stray Cat Cafe (same owners), similar menu, but they don't have a store. Their charitable contributions are partial to felines.