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What Does New Jersey Think Of DC Brau?

Michael Donato, January 06, 2014 -   

I've heard fellow beer drinkers speak well of DC Brau, so I was excited to find two different six packs in a local Stew Leonards this week.  Much of a brewery's reputation is distributed by word of mouth in just this way, so I was curious to see how a primarily local brewery did outside it’s comfort zone.

I poured myself a can of The Public and starting writing queries to analyze the data. Most check-ins do not include a location, but plenty do so we can group by state. The beer pours nicely, with a crisp hoppy aroma. I wanted to rule out beer traders so I limited this to states with at least 30 check-ins and found 9*. The beer tastes good, if not great, with the hop bitterness being the prominent taste.

State

Rating

# of Beers

Total Check-ins

Ohio

4.210526

8

38

Pennsylvania

3.91875

11

80

North Carolina

3.908451

10

71

Maryland

3.854962

20

262

New York

3.851351

6

37

 

3.838514

52

3796

Virginia

3.820639

42

1221

New Jersey

3.775281

7

89

Washington DC

3.702757

61

1995

The blank represent the check-ins with no location information and can probably double as an average rating for the brewery which comes in at 3.81 when you factor in everything. I continued to sip the beer, enjoying the chewy mouthfeel the hops give it. You’ll see the number of beers column representing how many different beers were enjoyed in that state and the limited number that travel far beyond the DC metro area. The beer seemed to get better as it warmed up, providing a little more depth of flavor.

Interestingly it seems like DC Brau’s beers do better away from home, something Matt Murphy noticed way back in June, but of course that could be a sample size issue too. Ohio only has 38 check-ins across eight beers, which is a little too few to be comfortable with the conclusions. Once you get a little closer to the brewery in Maryland, where there are 20 different beers, the rating has already dropped closer to the average.

It can’t be all sample size though, as DC’s rating within Washington DC is actually far lower than the average even if you assume many of those blank check-ins belong to local drinkers. Perhaps it’s a factor of the quantity of beers. It’s something we’ve been noticing as we look at the data here at BeerGraphs; it’s easy to make a couple of good beers, but harder to be maintain that excellence across the board. The more beers a brewery has, the more likely a couple of clunkers are to sneak in. It makes sense that a brewery would choose their best beers for wider distribution.

So how’d DC Brau do among my fellow Jersey drinkers? A 3.78 rating seems right on par with what I thought of The Public, as I waivered between giving it a 3.5 and a 4. It’s got a BAR of 2.35 which feels about right as well. I’d like to try something else from them before forming a strong opinion, perhaps one of their double IPAs.

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