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We had lots of fun on Tuesday afternoon at Birch & Barley restaurant and Churchkey in Washington, D.C., where we met and filmed some video talking with Rich Doyle, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery and also Greg Engert, renown beer director of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes Birch & Barley on the ground floor and upstairs, the beer enthusiast-coveted Churchkey.

Rich, along with his business partner, Dan Kenary, founded Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA in 1986, where it has since become an institution and a mainstay in the craft beer movement. Distributed in 27 states in the eastern U.S. (going as far west as Texas), Harpoon bottles 30 different beers (including some delicious ciders), and Rich took some time to tell us about many of them on video which we’ll be releasing soon.

Greg Engert sat down with us on video camera and shared much of his beer wisdom, including beer glassware and pouring beer, fully enjoying the appearance, aroma, taste, and mouthfeel of beer, and his insights on beer and food pairing which come from many years in the restaurant industry where he has worked with fine chef cuisine and many of the world’s best beers.

Cheers to Rich and Greg for their contributions over the years to the world of better beer and the gastronomic pleasures of beer and food.

Yours in beer,

Rob Hill
Certified Cicerone®
Author of Total Guide To Beer
New Programs Mgr., Customer Experience
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