The opening of Owen's Ordinary marks the first time that Bluejacket beer, brewed in DC, is being served in a Montgomery County restaurant or bar. So I decided to try one, and chose Bluejacket's Forbidden Planet, a kolsch beer with 4.2% ABV.
Forbidden Planet has a cloudy, grapefruit juice appearance to it. It came from the tap with a thick head that didn't take long to dissolve, and a pungent aroma of hops. Upon drinking, fruity flavors like lemon and apricot became apparent, and there was a dry finish with little bitterness. Despite its complex flavor and aroma, it was fairly refreshing on an 80 degree day, and went well with the food I ordered. Four stars.
This is a juice-running-down-your-shirtsleeve type of burger. When the plate was first set down, juice was oozing down the side of the lower bun onto the plate of its own accord. Surprisingly, the bun held up, and the spear through the center helped hold things together. The vegetables on top all had a fresh flavor. I pulled out the tomato slice to take a bite of it isolated from the rest of the sandwich, and it had a farm-fresh flavor.
While their double burger may lack the caramelized onion and mustard finish of the In-N-Out icon, you won't find a tomato slice of this quality at a fast food restaurant. The pickles are very important in a Big Mac/Double Double-style burger, and these had the ideal dill flavor. "Special sauce" isn't rocket science, but you have to get the ratios of the ingredients right, and they have here.
|Look at that juice|
running down the side
of the lower bun onto