Next week, if the weather holds, Beck will open an outdoor patio with room for 62 patrons and four draft lines that will pour different beers than the dozen offered at the bar inside. Beer director Bill Catron -- a knight of the Belgian brewers guild -- hasn't decided the balance of the outdoor list, but he promises the selections will balance out. "If we take Delirium [Tremens] and Campus outside, then we'll put two new beers on at the bar," he explains.
The patio seating at Beck may eventually double -- the restaurant's permit allows room for 120 customers -- and it will be open until 11 every night. The only downside? Catron says that sitting outside requires the purchase of food. However, just ordering an appetizer "should be fine if you want to have a beer," he adds.
A bowl of frites, a draft dubbel, and fresh air: that's an appealing canvas for a Brueggel of Washington. By the way, the food requirement is Beck's, not a DC law.