Where Spotted: Black & Orange, 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW
Bold Glory: The last time I explored beers and burgers in this space, the sudsy half of the equation involved Shake Shack’s profoundly dull ShackMeister Ale. I even went so far as to glorify bland yellow lagers as patriotic, as long as they’re paired with an all-American beef patty. Well, I take it back. This lager by Virginia’s Blue & Gray reminded me that a good burger-matched beer should race with flavor, cutting through the grease with spicy prickles of continental hops.
So Many Colors: Although Blue & Gray Brewing Co. is only 50 miles outside the city, in Fredericksburg, Va., its beer usually doesn’t reach D.C. So, while you’re at Black & Orange, you might be tempted to try the company’s other varieties on tap. I wouldn’t. The Stonewall Stout is light-bodied and dry, making for a decent food pairing, while the Virginia Hefeweizen lacks tang. Unless you’re really in the mood for those particular styles, stick to the clear winner with enough bite to take on a meaty burger.