A new Columbia, Maryland watering hole.
I convinced the pint night crew to try Columbia’s new BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. It’s an exact match to Laurel’s BJ’s, so if you’ve been to Laurel, you’ve had the experience. The Macaroni Grill in Columbia Crossing
Circle was bulldozed to the ground and replaced with this massive restaurant and bar space. Inside it is industrial and dark, with high ceilings and mysterious garage doors open in the middle of the dining area.
We marveled at the efficient and friendly wait staff as they navigated throughout the enormous floor, delivering food and drinks with choreographed precision. The huge menu and extensive beer list was a bit daunting, but we managed to pick some good meals. The fries were exceptional. Our waitress mentioned that BJ’s was well-known for their craft beers.
In fact, BJ’s makes a lot of craft beer. They are number 50 on the Brewers Association’s (BA) annual list of the top 50 craft brewers in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. We were there for the beer, so we sampled some of theirs:
- Nutty Brewnette – a solid nut brown. I found it a bit watery, even for a brown.
- Jeremiah Red – a drinkable red ale – very sweet.
- PM Porter – creamy and delicious. Tastes of mildly roasted malt and on nitro. It is award winning, and I can see why. The star of the night!
- Tatonka Stout – a very sweet stout, almost nutty. Watery mouthfeel. Reminds me of a roasty Nutty Brewnette. I couldn’t finish this one.
- Hopstorm IPA – a balanced, enjoyable IPA.
My laptop is still in the shop but I’ll try to keep my posts coming.