In addition to beer, I’ve had one other on-going, passionate love affair in my life—pizza.
Much like Liz Lemon’s sandwich-based world view in 30 Rock, I believe that pizza brings us all together. At the very least, it’s delicious and the words “no, I don’t think I want pizza today” have never crossed my lips. I’m betting they’ve never crossed yours, either.
Any time I can combine my two loves is a time to celebrate, which is exactly what I did last night at District of Pi. Sitting at the bar to take advantage of their happy hour deals, I was delighted to see that not only does this St. Louis pizzeria in the heart of DC specialize in deep dish, they also have a wide selection of craft brews on tap from across the country. I was giddy.
Not knowing anything about the brew or the company, aside from the information shown above, I went with the Schlafly Pi Common. For only $4, this was the best beer I’ve had in a long time, and by no means common.
This amber ale had a deep, hoppy flavor without much heaviness. The crisp carbonation that hit the tongue first mellowed out and made for a delightful drinking experience. It certainly didn’t taste like it was only 4.9% ABV. As I sipped, wondering how many more I could get down before the dreaded happy hour cut-off, I did some phone research on this mysterious brew. When I learned that the beer, brewed by Schlafly Beers (The Saint Louis Brewery), was originally created as an exclusive Pi menu item, I was hooked. (I won’t admit to how many I put away on a Wednesday night.)
After whiling away a few hours at Pi, I’ve now found a new favorite restaurant and beer. The pizza, by the way, was amazing. Now I just have to figure out when I can go again.