Beer: The 1500 South Cap Lager, Atlas Brew Works
Person: Jamaal “Scoop” Lemon, Tap Room Guide
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Price: $6.60 per 16 oz.
Taste: Brilliantly bright with more bubbles than the car wash, this highly carbonated golden lager is as quaffable as it is refreshing. At 4.7 percent ABV, the lager—which takes its name from the address of Nationals Park—is the perfect toast to the home team when you want beer for nine innings.
Story: In 2016, Lemon and his childhood friend Myron “Shep” Jenkins became “Drink it Interns” for World of Beer, a beer-focused chain in 22 states. The gig had them traveling the world to breweries with historical gravitas. They swilled pils at Pilsner Urquell in the Czech Republic and lifted lagers at Andechs Abbey in Germany.
The number one thing Lemon and Jenkins noticed while globetrotting is that women held leadership positions. So when the internship program was over, they looked to “do some good, make some change,” and Scoop and Shep’s podcast featuring women in beer was born.
The first three episodes of Help the Pour feature Kathy Rizzo, executive director of the DC Brewers’ Guild; Liz Murphy, columnist for the Capital Gazette; and writer Raegan Mathis.
“I don’t care what size business you’re running—startup or large corporation—if you don’t have any women in a position of leadership, you won’t have a business for long,” Lemon says.
He continues his passion for beer discovery at Atlas Brew Works where he or his boss Rachel Murray can pour you a pint.
Where to try it: Atlas Brew Works; (202) 832-0420; 2052 West Virginia Ave NE, No. 102; atlasbrewworks.com