First Look: Dacha Beer Garden
stephanie | Oct 4, 2013 | 11:30AM |

All words: Christina Portz
All photos: Stephanie Breijo
I don’t need an excuse to drink a boot of beer, but if you do, blame it on Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the time of year Germans provide us with delicious beer to make us forget about all their previous atrocities. At least that’s what Wikipedia told me.

Dacha Beer Garden is blessedly not one of the 408340863097 restaurants saturating 14th Street! Apparently, there are other areas in DC. (For fans of that busy corridor, though, you don’t have to go far to reach its 7th-and-Q location).

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The beer menu at Dacha is solid with great options for toasting Oktoberfest. To receive a boot of beer you must give over your license and in turn you receive a one-liter beer that run $14. Most other beers are around $10 or under for half liter; again, solid purchases.

I ordered a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel and Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier boot size each, because I do what I want. The Dunkel was amazing. The nose had some banana and caramel notes and the taste was smooth and malty with nutty notes. The Oktoberfestbier was another decent option. It was lighter, cleaner and slightly toasty.

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Until a more permanent building gets constructed this winter, Dacha’s only food offering come via portable heaters and mini grill, but they do the job for bratwurst, potato salad and freshly naked pretzel rolls. The bathrooms are somewhat limited–limited in the sense that they are port-a-potties, though this will probably change after winter construction, too)).

When the weather is nice, you and most of the DC area will try to make your way to Dacha. Be patient and you may luck out with a seat or two. I actually found a place at the bar for my group but if you have to wait, it’s worth it.

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