The latest installment of craft beer mania is upon us in the form of the city's sixth annual DC Beer Week. Today through Sunday, local breweries, bars, and restaurants will play host to over 100 events focused on drinking and learning about craft beer. Below are our picks for the best foamy fun the week has to offer.
Dogfish Head Dazed & Infused at Scion, 5 p.m.
Dupont Circle's Scion Restaurant will feature 30 different brews from Dogfish Head, including 10 beers infused with ingredients like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, jalapeños, and kimchi (not all in the same beer, luckily). All brews will be $3 off, and free glassware will be handed out while supplies last.
Craft of Comedy at The Big Hunt, 7 p.m.
Flying Dog, Altas Brew Works, Lagunitas, and Ommegang beers will be the backdrop to an evening of local stand-up comics at The Big Hunt presented by Sean Joyce, founder of Underground Comedy. No advance tickets necessary, and beers are pay-as-you-go. Raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes from each brewery will be given with each brew purchase.
10,000th Beer Tasting Celebration with Intangible Ales at Bluejacket, 4 p.m.
Bluejacket and Intangible Ales of south-central Pennsylvania have created a special beer to celebrate local beer enthusiast Gene Bonventre reaching 10,000 beer reviews on Ratebeer.com. The beer is a 4.9 percent alcohol sour saison with French Aramis, Chinook, and Citra hops. Two wine barrel-aged versions, one white and one red, will also be poured.
DC Brau and 3 Stars Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beers at Boundary Stone, 5 p.m.
Decide which of DC Brau's and 3 Stars' barrel-aged brews are the best at Boundary Stone. The beer with the most pours ordered for the night wins. With options like DC Brau's On the Wings of Armageddon Double IPA in a Caledonia gin barrel and 3 Stars' Pandemic Porter in a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel, it should be a close race.
30 Beers for 30 Years with Sam Adams at Longview Gallery, 6:30 p.m.
This Washington City Paper-hosted event at Longview Gallery will be a food and beer extravaganza, featuring 30 Boston Beer Company beers and small dishes from 30 chefs from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Tickets are $55 for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. or $75 for VIP with an hour earlier admission and "special appearances."
Coast to Coast Tap Takeover at RFD, 4 p.m.
All 45 of RFD's tap lines will pour the best beers from 20 craft breweries from across the country, including Maine's Allagash, Georgia's Terrapin, Michigan's Bells, California's Stone, and several local breweries. Pints are $5 each and proceeds from the $5 cover charge go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
How Government Affects Your Beer Panel Discussion at Policy, 6:30 p.m.
Policy will host a panel discussion on the policy of beer with experts like Maryland Brewers Association executive director J.T. Smith and DC Brewers Guild member and Right Proper co-founder Thor Cheston. The event is free, and the first beer is on the house. (Now that's a good policy.)
Solidarity Session IPA Tasting at Gordon Biersch, 5:30 p.m.
Try each of the versions of this year's DC Beer Week solidarity beer, a low-alcohol session IPA brewed by eight local breweries, at Gordon Biersch's Chinatown location. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include a commemorative glass, passed appetizers, and a sample of each beer.
Where the Wild Beers Are at City Tap House
Prepare to pucker up at City Tap House for this night devoted to sour beers from European and American breweries such as Perennial Artisan Ales and Gueuzerie Tilquin. Individual pours range from $6 to $13 and a "Sour Thursday" package with 10 five-ounce beers and a keepsake glass is $50.
The Siren Extravaganza at ChurchKey, 6 p.m.
Try 15 beers from England's Siren Craft at ChurchKey in draft and bottle. The list includes an impressive variety of flagship and special release brews including several Siren collaborations with breweries like Evil Twin and Cigar City. There is no admission fee, and beers are pay-as-you-go.
Brewhaha at Old Ebbitt Grill, 8 p.m.
Old Ebbitt Grill will host this local brew and food soiree in their atrium with live music by Richmond's The Hi Steps. Beers from nine District, Virginia, and Maryland breweries such as Atlas, Flying Dog, and Lost Rhino will be matched with dishes from restaurants like The Source and Jack Rose. Tickets are $65 and include unlimited beer and food.
We Can Brew It at The Black Squirrel, 1 p.m.
Join local women for an educational event about enjoying and making craft beer. Featured guests include DC Brau co-owner Mari Rodela, DC Homebrewers Club's Elizabeth Hartman, and others (disclosure: including me). Tickets are $25 and include light appetizers and 5-ounce pours of six specialty beers.
Devils Backbone Tap Take-Over and Pumpkin Hunter Release Party at Meridian Pint, 4 p.m.
Meridian Pint will turn over all 20 of their draft lines to Devils Backbone Brewing Company, including one for their special Pumpkin Hunter Pumpkin Ale. There will be a drawing for tickets to Devils Backbone's The Festy Experience music and beer festival in October at the brewery's Roseland, Va., location.
Brewers on the Block at Suburbia, Union Market, 2 p.m.
Suburbia, Red Apron Butcher, and seven local breweries will celebrate the close of D.C. Beer Week with a lawn party at Union Market. Breweries include Chocolate City, Mad Fox, Port City, and other hometown favorites. Tickets are $50 and include all you can drink beer and slushies.
200th Anniversary of the Burning of Washington at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont and Georgetown, 11:30 a.m.
Both D.C. Pizzeria Paradiso locations will commemorate the War of 1812's Battle of Bladensburg and ensuring burning of Washington with, what else, smokey beers. Standouts from Dupont's list includes Haandbryggeriet Norgegian Wood and Le Trou de Diable La Consumation. Georgetown will pour Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier among others.
And while on the subject of history, although not an official DC Beer Week event, Right Proper will host a historical food and beer event Monday, Aug. 25, to celebrate the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner with 19th-century themed beers from seven local breweries.
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