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Meal Ticket: Budget Boozing 101

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H Street Country Club bartender Tony Deleo serves up a frozen guava margarita, one of the bar’s happy hour specials.

If youíre still upright by this point, itís time to celebrate. And come summer, Union Pubís expansive patio is ground zero for decompression.

On any given weekend all three bars (front, back, patio) can be crawling with dedicated fun-seekers. The crowd ranges from lanyard-toting staffers to gray-haired professionals casually admiring the parade of daringly short-shorted sun worshippers.

Staff keeps the party rolling with progressive rails ($3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., $4 from 8 p.m. to close on Fridays), $5 martinis and $6 craft beer flights.

The flights provide beer novices the opportunity to sample small portions of rotating craft beers ó recent offerings included Bellís Oberon Ale, Goose Island American Wheat, Chocolate City Cornerstone Copper Ale and Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, among others ó a skill-set worth developing in todayís small batch brewery-embracing environment.

Knocking back that first sip of D.C. Brauís Citizen Ale might come as a shock to the average light beer drinker, given that Citizen is an extra hoppy and particularly aromatic brew.

Wading into Goose Islandís Nut Brown should be a treat for robust beer lovers. The chocolaty stunner coats the palate like maple syrup, ultimately fading to coffee notes and a definitive nuttiness that ensures hours of joyful sipping.

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