I’m not one of those people who shouts from the roof tops about buying local. Sure, we go to the farmer’s market in the summer (and are strong supporters of those delicious No1 Sons pickles), but we don’t seek out local food exclusively (or even usually).
But I have really grown fond of DC beer. DC has some really great breweries, including DC Brau (which we visited here over a year ago) and others. This weekend, we headed to Right Proper. I had been wanting to go to Right Proper (www.rightproperbrewing.com) for some time. They are one of the smaller breweries in DC, and have both a brewery/tasting center which has tours and tasting hours, as well as a brewpub and kitchen that has become a neighborhood favorite in Shaw.
This weekend, there was also a STUFF’t pop-up at Right Proper. STUFF’t is a new stromboli joint in DC. And I’m really not sure what goes better with beer than stromboli. Except maybe nachos. Which, for the official record, are a complete food group.
(Or that’s what I tell myself every time I have them for dinner. Which….of course…dear husband…is very, very rarely…).
Well, Right Proper was absolutely packed with people. A bit surprising, considering it wasn’t more than 20 degrees outside. There were even some hearty (slash drunk) cyclists doing a full brewery hop. I’ve only had Right Proper’s beer once before this, at a restaurant, as you have to find it on draft or at either their brewery or brewpub. So I wasn’t sure what to expect.
They have some really, really fantastic beers! While the White Bicycle (a rustic witbier) was good–just a touch citrusy but not at all sweet, I really could not forget DH’s Baron Corvo. It was amazing. It tasted a bit like a belgian quadruple I’ve had recently. A touch sweet on the finish, with a really robust flavor. Their Haxan porter was also tasty. Two big thumbs up!
STUFF’t has some pretty amazing stromboli. Albeit at a bit of a cost. I mean — I get it, starting a business is expensive, and it’s hard to cover costs particularly in the beginning. But at least the stromboli is absolutely delicious. The crust is thin, with the perfect bit of crunch on the outside with no sogginess on the inside. We tried all three that they offered — The Original (pepperoni and cheese), The Stronghold (sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil), and The Garden State (scrambled eggs, Taylor Ham, and cheddar cheese). All were really good. I’d never order a “breakfast” stromboli, but it surely was tasty. I’d be back for take-out or delivery.
If you are in DC, checking out Right Proper is a great activity before or after the museums/monuments. It’s conveniently just a few blocks from the Brookland metro stop on the Red Line, too.