Beer and Mussels - A Toast to St. Arnold of Soissons

  • May 21, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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In the famous words of St. Arnold "From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world”. St. Arnold considered as the patron saint of hop pickers and brewers in Belgium, founded an Abbey in Oudenburg and is credited for technological advancement in the art of brewing by inventing filters to help separate impurities and better transfer wort into finished beer.    

Brewing is still a godly practice, done by monks such as the Trappists. Trappist ales are considered some of the strongest, most flavorful beers in the world. They honed techniques like double and triple fermentation to produce extra sugars, frothy golden pigments and fruity undertones in their beers.

Some of the finest, most expensive and strongest beer on Earth comes right out of Belgian monasteries. The figurehead for such artistry in brewing is St. Arnold.

Our event venue takes its name from this saint of the hop pickers and brewers in Belgium. "St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar" in Dupont circle, is well known for excellent mussels, great atmosphere, good beer selection - much more German / Austrian themed.

The subterranean space on quiet Jefferson Place NW, south of Dupont Circle features 20 mussels preparations, from a classic mariniere version to a Mexican iteration served in a sauce spiked with jalapeno peppers, onions and cilantro.

The house specialty, Mussels St. Arnold’s, arrives in a house-made beer broth laced with caramelized shallots, garlic, thyme and duck fat. Fans of Belgian cuisine will be especially pleased to find Flemish waterzooi -- a cream-based stew of chicken and vegetables -- served either in a large bowl or atop a freshly pressed waffle.

So as we meet for this special evening of celebrating Beer, one of the finest gifts to us, lets raise a toast to St. Arnold of Soissons.

Please note, that reservations are very difficult to make, so as always manage your RSVP’s responsibly for the fine service we now get, is closely related to our group’s responsibility in meeting our reservation commitments.

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  • Rodolfo

    Great night, with a fun mix of new and existing group of members. This place is small but vibrant and just a great place to get a beer after work. I enjoyed the Waterzooi a warm Flemish stew and on a cool rainy night was just about the best choice.

    May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I was stuck in 95 traffic and unable to text. I'm already late-- so sorry about the late notice!

    May 21, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Just got here a little early. At the bar with Corbin ..

    May 21, 2014

  • Meredyth J.

    I hope someone on the long waitlist can jump in tonight. I'm sorry I won't be able to make it after all due to a last minute work conflict!

    May 21, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    The usual reminder to all those members that have RSVP'd, Please update your RSVP if your plans of attending has changed, or likely to change due to work schedules as we do have a lot of members on the wait list. Late cancellations prevents others from attending and difficult for us to manage the reservations.

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon and for a fun evening of Beer and Mussels.

    May 15, 2014

  • Rodolfo

    Event announcement will be sent on Sunday May 11th.

    May 5, 2014

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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