If there is a ;ner beer program in Montgomery County than the one
at Owen’s Ordinary, I haven’t found it. The person responsible for
that is Greg Engert, the beer director of Neighborhood Restaurant
Group (NRG). That company, owned by restaurateur Michael Babin,
operates 19 food and beverage concepts in Washington, D.C., and
Northern Virginia; Owen’s Ordinary, which opened in the Pike &
Rose development in October 2016, is its ;rst Maryland property.
There are roughly 50 brews on draft, half from Maryland,
and 150 canned and bottled offerings, one-third of which are
from Maryland breweries. (The list changes frequently.) A 2014
Maryland law allows small craft brewers to self-distribute up
to 3,000 barrels of beer annually; NRG buys from 13 of them,
including Denizens (Silver Spring), Waredaca (Laytonsville), Cushwa
(Williamsport), Goonda (Baltimore) and Hysteria (Columbia).
The 114-seat dining room at Owen’s, where the décor is
steampunk-meets-English-country-house, is lovely, but if you’re
interested in sports, head to the 50-seat bar area or, better yet
now that warm weather is upon us, the 60-seat beer garden and
watch games being shown on several televisions.
Engert has set up the beer menu to enable people with even
rudimentary knowledge of that libation to explore easily. He divides
the menu into ;avor categories (malt, fruit and spice, crisp, tart
and funky, hop, and roast) and even informs you of the beer’s
temperature and the kind of glass it’s served in. Drafts are offered
in 4-ounce tasting pours ($2 to $6) or full portions that range from
10 to 16 ounces ($6 to $12).
Food-wise, you can’t go wrong choosing menu items whose
provenance is NRG’s own Red Apron Butcher, such as the juicy
8-ounce Angus burger and double stack cheeseburger, or the
steak tartare blended with hard-boiled egg, chopped cornichons
(pickles), capers and whole-grain mustard. Best of all, though, are
the Bavarian specialties offered in the bar and the beer garden:
bratwurst or kielbasa with sauerkraut; chicken schnitzel; and
senfbraten, roasted pork with mustard gravy and braised red
cabbage. While you’re at it, get a house-made soft pretzel with
zesty beer cheese.
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