The July issue of Washingtonian Magazine is always the "Best of" issue.
This year they asked the beer directors of two Washington-area restaurants, Bill Catron of Brasserie Beck and Greg Engert of Rustico, to select the best beers to accompany lobster, steak, burgers, and crabs.
In other words, Brews for Summer Food.
Baltimore's Clipper City Brewing has done well with the editors: best overall local brewery in July 2006, for example. And this summer, Bill and Greg have selected Clipper City's Small Craft Warning Uber Pils as a quenching beer when eating Chesapeake crab.
The rounded, rich, malty center contrasts with—and cools—the spice of the Old Bay seasoning, while the snappy, floral hop finish balances the sweetness of the crab.Why, and what were the other selections?
You'll have to buy the issue! p. 83. [UPDATE 2008.07.24: Article posted on Washingtonian website.]
Caveat: I work for Clipper City Brewing Company.