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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bardo Brewpub Releases First Two Specialty Beers

Photo courtesy of Bardo

Trinidad's Bardo Brewpub sent out this press release about two new specialty beers they are rolling out:

Bardo Brewpub releases first two specialty brews.

Just two weeks after the debut of their first five beers, Bardo is now introducing two cask conditioned specialty brews. A chestnut oak aged stout and a dry hopped pale ale will be tapped Wednesday, August 20th.

Bardo Rodeo operated in the 90's as the largest brewpub in the country. The 22000 sq. ft. former car dealership included 900 indoor & 700 outdoor seats as well as a 25-barrel brewhouse. As one of the first bars in the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington VA, Bardo brewed 4000 kegs a year and enjoyed thousands of visitors each weekend.

The decision to put the brewery in storage for more than a decade proved a fortuitous one. Bardo head man, Bill Stewart, had been living overseas for years when his brother, Andrew, convinced him to come back stateside a start making beer again. "I didn't know craft brewing had become cool again. We rode the last wave, we decided to jump on this wave." Bill stated.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first brew, Bardo is pricing all beers like it's 1994. For a limited time, you can enjoy $3.45 pints, $9.91 pitchers and $14.11 growler fills of Bardo brew.

Bardo Brewpub is the largest beer garden in the city. A newly renovated interior boasts one hundred year old pine floors, brick walls and early century, tin, press plate ceilings. A wide variety of GABF award winning house brews are available in pints and pitchers as well as growlers. Bardo is 100% dog friendly every day with 15,000 square feet in our beer garden to roam off leash. Located at 1200 Bladensburg rd NE, Bardo has cornhole, outdoor movie screenings/sports and is available for private parties/fundraisers, large and small, with no charge for the space.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bardo is great, but they really need to put a sign up. When you pass by it, it just looks like a junkyard with some large silver vats.

Aug 19, 2014, 9:33:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is a junkyard.

Aug 19, 2014, 9:46:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are they releasing cask conditioned beers already? I was there last week and at least one offering (the IPA) was clearly not ready for consumption. I love the place but they have a lot of gall serving people stuff that is basically failed homebrew.

Aug 19, 2014, 10:15:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A *lot* of gall. Lots of it.

Aug 19, 2014, 11:22:00 AM

Anonymous Dave B said...

I'm pretty sure Bardo is a Comedy Central "Nathan for You" episode. Instead of selling poo flavored fro-yo they are selling beer without bubbles that looks like iced coffee in a junkyard. Its an effort to see how little effort they can put forth and still get people to give them money for the priveledge of basking in some kind of beer garden equivalent of "ruin porn".

Maybe I'll check it out again after they watch Young Einstein and figure out how to put bubbles in beer.

All this being said, the beer did kinda taste good. But it was completely flat. I wouldnt be surpised if this cask crap is the beer they served last week rebranded or it might even be the tap run-off.

They should probably at least implement some quality control measures. The starting point weould be a person with eyesight to visually inspect the beer. Maybe even someone with tastebuds to taste it

Aug 19, 2014, 1:30:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree anon 10:15.

I was there when they "opened", I thought maybe it was just the 1st keg or 2 that were bad. Did it continue? I get that they probably put a good amount of money into their first brew but how can you put that product out to a customer when you are first starting out(2nd time around)? I worked under a chef for a long time that was very quick to throw out bad quality fish/meat/produce because it does not meet a standard even if that means losing money in the short run, long run people consistently come back for the attention to quality. You know what that got him, Chef of the Year by the MD restaurant association. Bardo is a dump serving dumpy beer.

Aug 19, 2014, 1:37:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least the inside is nice...

Aug 19, 2014, 2:47:00 PM

Anonymous Anal Shakes said...

The stout is good and gets you LIT UP SONN

Aug 19, 2014, 3:00:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I think Dave B is probably right and this is likely unsold beer from the last run being repackaged as some sort of cask-craft nonsense. Bardo, I want to love you but you're making it pretty hard.

Aug 19, 2014, 3:03:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bardo is such a gimmick. What makes me laugh is how these "neighborhood" blogger/advocate types jump on board and cheerlead for them. Between this blog and the others you would have thought these guys were the next Samuel Adams.

Aug 19, 2014, 5:26:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a reincarnation of Dr. Dremo's. I am not sure what's being lost here....

Aug 19, 2014, 7:47:00 PM

Anonymous poo poo said...

a lot of the commenters post here without any historical knowledge or context. that's to be expected. after all, this is a public blog and outside of people that have an actual interest in neighborhood events, you're bound to attract the folks that love to hide behind ANONYMOUS names to cover for their fear of being ... i dunno. caught? probably for just being naive, or truly dumb, or whatever. americans are generally a scared people, at the end of the day. not all, but lot's of the 99%.

anyway, their new concept here is interesting, and could very well take off like Dr. Dremo's.

as for flat beer? when i'm outside of brasil, i pour my american soda-pop-beer through a strainer to get rid of all the bubbles. it makes it closer to being a "chopp" than what it actually is...


Aug 20, 2014, 9:18:00 AM

Anonymous Jesse said...

+1 for Bardo being different. Pabst and Natty Bo are excellent too, but there are plenty of places already selling them. On a side note...Voce e Brasileiro Poo Poo?! Que bom!

Vamos toma um Brahma o Skol um dia.

[My mother would be disgusted with my butchering of her home language]

Aug 20, 2014, 10:09:00 AM

Anonymous NE said...

So is Poo Poo your name then or is that just an anonymous name you are hiding behind too? I was one who bashed them above for having dumpy beer because it is a 100% true at the moment, and the outside is a dump. I don't even really see you defending them, just explaining why you do not find flat beer that bad.

What is "their" concept? They are a brewery with an outdoor area. Pretty generic, even country club has a more unique concept.

Also I did mention this was their 2nd time around. Sorry about not giving a full briefing about what occurred in shitty NOVA a decade ago.

Aug 20, 2014, 10:35:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that they affiliated themselves with those dc bike party douchebags is reason enough to stay away. Seriously though, I considered my alley to be a disgusting place to drink beer with all the junk and crap around, until I went to Bardo. But it's in the neighborhood so we have to stay positive about it.

Aug 20, 2014, 10:49:00 AM

Anonymous Boris said...

My god, why the hate?
So, some people PREFER a place like Bardo that is rough around the edges. So, you don't. Who cares and who the hell are you?

Don't worry, I'm sure Eric Hilton will open a concept where you'll feel comfortable on H-street soon. In the meantime, feel free to party down at The Brixton, The Gibson, Marvin, Dickson, American Ice Company, 18th St. Lounge, etc., etc., ad nauseam.

Aug 20, 2014, 11:21:00 AM

Anonymous Dave B said...

Maybe Bardo is on to something and is going to reinvent beer, but for now I'm going to consider their completely flat, sediment-filled beer total shit. I can't see how anybody here can defend the beer they served there two weeks ago if they drank or even saw it.

It seems more like the behavior of a business trying to cash out than one that is in it for the long haul.

It goes beyond rough around the edges. They made and sold obvious crap. But hey, they got $40 from the group of people I went there with. Not sure if we'd walk past all the h st bars again to go there

Aug 20, 2014, 12:27:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave B nails it. I like the rough-around the edges, off H- street character of the place. I've been a big supporter of the place so far. But for me to show up after supporting them for a year and have them serve me this swill with a straight face makes me seriously reconsider. I see them defending it on social media too, as if this was all as intended. While none of it was particularly good, the IPA was the real issue-- it was total garbage and they knew it and they still served it. I'm still hoping they shape up but for the meantime I unfortunately cannot continue recommending Bardo to friends.

Aug 20, 2014, 12:48:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Boris, my name is Larry. Now we are both equally anon. This isnt about atmosphere or Brixton or anything like that; it is about serving crap. And what happened to all the pledges in that awful indigigo video? Is anyone getting $200 worth or beer for the $100 they put in? And are they distilling as promised? Self-serve beer taps as promised? Didn't think so.

Aug 20, 2014, 1:08:00 PM

Anonymous MJ said...

I'm guessing they added more sugar/yeast to the flat beer in an attempt to give it (more) carbonation and this is what they're calling "cask conditioned". I'm also guessing that someone affiliated with bardo will be along shortly to tell me to go back to Town Hall or be quiet and drink my Blue Moon in order to deflect the fact that their bar is repeating a pattern of showing contempt for their clientele. Get your act together- put up a sign, clean up the lot, and make decent beer- instead of sneering that we just don't "get it". It isn't 1995, you need to do more than the bare minimum.

Aug 20, 2014, 1:13:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it ironic that those who almost assuredly deride “bros from Arlington” who “wear brown sandals” are plugging this dump from Clarendon? I will say in the spirit of “to each his own” it is pretty damn cool that we live in a neighborhood where someone with almost any taste will find a place they enjoy. I was at the Biergarten for the first time in like a year this past Saturday and forgot how much I enjoyed it there.

Aug 20, 2014, 1:39:00 PM

Anonymous Jesse said...

You can push a double wide BOB stroller into Bardo with your 4 year old running a muck behind you with no problems.

Will you get weird looks? Yes, but you won't be in the way.

+3 for Bardo.

Aug 20, 2014, 1:59:00 PM

Anonymous NE said...

+1 for Dave B and the few Anon after.

Aug 20, 2014, 3:29:00 PM

Anonymous poo poo said...

wait. i wanted to respond to larry, and leave a comment for boris. this makes it much easier, yeah?

quem sao os brasileiros? vamos festejar um pouco!!

Aug 20, 2014, 6:19:00 PM

Blogger Derek said...

If Bardo served great beer and were casual about it on social media, everyone would praise the decor as being advent grade. The place subtly reminds me of Berlin. However, Berlin is a place where your social pretentiousness would be something to laugh at.

Aug 20, 2014, 7:38:00 PM


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