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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Brickskeller memories: a 'Smokey' inspiration

By Tim Carman
Coors plant_opt.jpg The Brickskeller brought Washingtonians a taste of the Rockies. (Matt Staver/Bloomberg News)

This is part two of AWCE's retrospective look at the historic Brickskeller, which closes on Dec. 18. Part one is here.

Three years before Burt Reynolds and Sally Field made bootlegging seem like good redneck fun in "Smokey and the Bandit," the Brickskeller was truckin' Coors beer to its location off Dupont CIrcle. So wrote Michael Robbins in a Sept. 15, 1974 article in The Post.

Pity poor Robbins. He couldn't make a single "breaker 1-9" CB or Buford T. Justice joke. Instead, Robbins had to play it straight, trading off that old cliche of D.C. transients:

It is a truism that Washington is full of transients. Among those transplanted from the four corners of America are beer-drinkers, pining for home and the brew of their youth. Some beers, though, have remained stubbornly "local."
Well, belly up to the bar, folks. The Brickskeller, a ground-level neighborhood saloon has done the impossible. Owner Maurice Coja saw the need and, since late last year, has been trucking your favorites to Washington: from Colorado (Coors), Wisconsin (Hamm's), Washington state (Olympia), and Texas (Lone Star). Their ultimate goal is to carry every American beer.

Thirty-six years later, only the most oblivious (or retrograde) beer drinker would gulp down a Coors or Lone Star at the Brick, the suds emporium with a craft beer list of mammoth (if often out-of-stock) proportions. It would be tantamount to securing a reservation to the Minibar and demanding a steak.

You can read Robbins' full story here. Its title, incidentally, comes from one of the strangest and most trance-inducing commercials in beer history.

By Tim Carman  | December 16, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  Beer  | Tags:  The Brickskeller, Tim Carman, beer  
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I remember going to the Brickskeller often in the early 90's with my good friend Matty to see longtime bartender Spencer... always a fun time...sad to see it close.

Posted by: dgilday | December 17, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

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