I made a pilgrimage here hoping to connect with the beer blogger group that convenes on Fridays. Unfortunately, they were nowhere in evidence as this particular Friday was Black Friday, and the Dragon was featuring an impressive roster of brews noir. This is a place where beer reigns supreme, with over 50 on tap, including 5 brewed on the premises.
A place like this was beyond my wildest imagination when I made my Great Beer Trek in 1978 ... an industrial neighborhood, simple picnic tables, colorful local clientele, knowledgeable waitstaff, and ... 50 microbrews on tap! Wait, I've already said that, but I'm still pinching myself. This is like the great pubs of England and the beer halls of Germany. And it's a reality, and I am here.
So why not 5 stars for the Green Dragon? First, the beer I ordered was lousy. It was from a small, local micro, but it was contaminated by bacteria, a clear reminder that just because you are small and local, doesn't mean that you automatically make great beer. The truth is, there are good brewers and there are great brewers. I lucked out on the wrong side.
It's not the Green Dragon's fault that I mis-chose on my beer, but it's tough to give five stars to a beer joint where you get a sub-standard beer. I greatly look forward to my next GD visit where I can right this situation with an extra star.
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