Editors' Pick

Best Beer Savant

David Birks

David Birks loves beer. He loves to read about it, talk about it, try different kinds and give advice on the subject. So it’s a good thing that he gets to do all of that as the general manager of Beer Wine & Co in Chevy Chase.

In the two years since the store opened, Birks, 33, estimates that he has tasted nearly 1,000 different beers. (He recently tasted a peanut-butter-and-jelly beer at a beer show in Colorado.)

From those, Birks has selected the 550 or so beers that are carried in the store. How knowledgeable is he? The North Bethesda resident says if he were blindfolded he believes he would still be able to identify the type and brand of most of those beers.

Beer Wine & Co., 7029 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-951-0100, beerwineandco.com