Before Patrick, Terry and I made our way to Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore two weekends ago, we hit up DRY 85 for lunch. Lo and behold, a burger topped with bacon jam (!) was not the only surprise that day.
While we were there, Brian Bolter took us on a “backstage tour” of something rather special – a new system that enables them to remove carbonation from ANY beer of their choosing and then pour it with nitrogen.
For some, this may seem like nothing fancy – it’s not like beers on nitro are uncommon. This system, however, produces a totally different nitrogen pour experience due to its ability to completely remove carbonation from a beer before the introduction of nitrogen. Not one to be swayed by words alone, I took the system for a test drive during our lunch with Lagunitas Scare City #2, a rye cocoa porter. (Purely for science reasons, of course.) The result? A beer that was smooth, creamy and rich beyond expectation. It was as if I was drinking liquid velvet, with absolutely no depth of flavor lost.
Other than Jailbreak Brewing Company, a system like this can only be found in Maryland at DRY 85 – meaning they’re the only bar in the Free State with this system. (Ten points to Annapolis. We may be small, but we can be mighty about beer.)