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DC Beer Week started yesterday (but that was just a big cruise on the Potomac to kick things off, real fun starts now) and runs through August 21st and is offering a load of events to enjoy this wonderful alcoholic beverage in oh-so-many formats. First and foremost, follow their twitter feed @DCBeerWeek since changes sometimes happen on the fly.  ALSO: City Paper has a comprehensive list of EVERYTHING GOING ON and Washington Post has a nice selection as well. That said, let us recommend a few events planned at this time so we can celebrate the deliciousness properly. Our selections were based on empirically proven methods like:

  • bars we like
  • beers we like
  • beers in bars we like

Also, bear in mind that some places (like Capitol Lounge or Smith Commons will be doing an ongoing event series all week (Smith Commons is celebrating a different region of America’s craft beers every day) so drop by anytime for those.

MONDAY

SMALLER, FREE-to-ENTER EVENTS:

  • Cask Tapping of Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin at Pizzeria Paradiso – 5pm
    124 King Street, Old Town Alexandria, eatyourpizza.com
    $6 for a 12oz glass or $15 for a 12oz glass paired with an 8 inch “Dia de la Pizza” made with jalapeno tomato sauce, roasted sweet corn, garlic, basil, sausage & buffalo mozzarella.
  • Beer and Cheese Tasting at Kramer Books – 7pm
    1517 Connecticut Avenue NW, kramers.com
    2nd Annual Brooklyn Brawl Brooklyn Brewery Beer & Cheese Tasting. Brooklyn Brewery’s DC representive, Junior Acevedo will join us to answer questions about Brooklyn’s brews. Paula Wesley of International Gourmet Food, Inc. paired cheeses and other accoutrements with each selected brew. 6 oz. beer-tasting pours range in price from $7 to $9 each, which includes an individual taste of a paired cheese & accoutrement.
  • Great Lakes/Lost Rhino Tag Team at Bourbon Adams Morgan – 6pm
    2321 18th Street NW, bourbondc.com
    GLBC/Lost Rhino tag team event with Lost Rhino. Bourbon will be showcasing Cleveland-only beers and year-round styles along with three Lost Rhino Brewing Company beers.
  • Beer 101 with Flying Dog Brewery at Bread & Brew – 7:30pm
    1247 20th Street NW, breadandbrew.com
    Whether you’re a beer novice or just wanting a little refresher course on your favorite fermented beverage, Bread & Brew has an awesome event for you to kick off DCBW. Join Flying Dog Brewery as we taste our way through a variety of Flying Dog brews and get schooled in all things beer.

DINNERS: (PRICIER, FANCIER ETC):

  • Brewer’s Art Dinner at Meridian Pint – 7pm
    3400 11th Street NW, meridianpint.com
    Meridian Pint and the Brewer’s Art are teaming up to put on a five-course dinner. Chefs David Shewmaker (Meridian Pint) and Dave Newman (Brewer’s Art) will pair food courses with brewer Steve Frazier’s portfolio. Tickets are $65 including tax and gratuity. Menu to be added when it is announced.
  • Founders Beer Dinner with Co-Founder Dave Engbers at Birch & Barley – 7pm
    1337 14th Street NW, churchkeydc.com
    Founders Brewing Company co-founder Dave Engbers will host a food and beer experience, casting light on his fantastic ales. Beer Director Greg Engert will speak to the pairings of these great brews with a menu crafted by BBCK Executive Chef Kyle Bailey and Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac. This is a 5 course tasting menu that will be paired with 9 different Founders hand-crafted ales. Details of the menu are on the way and will be posted here when available. The dinner will be $75 exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call Birch & Barley today to make your reservation. 202-567-2576.

TUESDAY

SMALLER, FREE-to-ENTER EVENTS:

  • Heavy Seas Wood Cask Night at ChurchKey – 4pm
    1337 14th Street NW, churchkeydc.com
    For the second straight year, ChurchKey will feature a rare wooden cask filled with Heavy Seas Craft Brew! All five of CK’s beer engine lines will also be flowing with a different Heavy Seas firkin. Each of the five will be personally filled, dry-hopped, and spiced by Beer Director Greg Engert at Heavy Seas)
  • Victory Beers Meet & Greet at Pizzeria Paradiso – 7pm
    3292 M Street NW & 2003 P Street NW, eatyourpizza.com
    Many rare and obscure Victory Beers will be on tap. Meet and greet with Bill Coveleski- Co-Founder and Brewmaster- from one of the East Coast’s most award-winning breweries- Victory from Downingtown, PA. Victory Beers will be on special- $3 each 5-7pm. $5 each 7pm-close. Free Victory Glassware (with purchase while supplies last). The List: Braumeister Pils, Scarlet fire, Kolsch Mad king Weiss, Festbier, Hop devil, Hop wallop, Storm king, Prima pils, Summer Love, Yakima glory, Golden monkey.
  • DC Brau Meet the Brewer at the Red Palace – 6pm
    1212 H Street NE, redpalacedc.com
    Meet Jeff Hancock, President and Head Brewer at DC Brau, at the Red Palace. Talk with Jeff about his Public, Corruption, and Citizen beers while drinking them on draft and in cans at a discount!

DINNERS: (PRICIER, FANCIER ETC):

  • Granville Moore’s Hosts Schlafly Dinner – 6:30pm
    1238 H Street NE, granvillemoores.com
    Granville Moore’s Chef Mike Lunsford and Schlafly Chef Andy White take you on a five course culinary joy ride featuring the beers of Schlafly. Last year’s dinner sold out in a day, so act quickly on this one. These amazingly talented chefs will each be preparing their own pairings to the beers as well as collaberating on two of the courses. $70 per person. Reservations and more info at 202-399-2546 or granvillemoores.com.

WEDNESDAY

SMALLER, FREE-to-ENTER EVENTS:

  • Midwest Brewery Night at Smith Commons – 5pm
    1245 H Street NE, smithcommonsdc.com
    Smith Commons will be featuring breweries from a different region of the country for four different nights during DC Beer Week. Wednesday will feature breweries from the midwest. $5 pints, $15 bombers, and $5 regional themed small food pairings
  • 12% Imports Takes Over Old Town at Pizzeria Paradiso – 5pm
    124 King Street, Old Town Alexandria, eatyourpizza.com
    Fifteen obscure and amazing beers on draft from 12 Percent Imports.
  • Troegs Brewing Co. Class at Red Rocks
    1100 Park Road NW, firebrickpizza.com
    Discover the subtle characteristics and intricacies of German Brewing and its influences on American Craft Brewers. The Class will be instructed by the Pete Showvaker- official brand ambassador of Troegs Brewing Co. Pairings will include: Troegs Dreamweaver (asparagus with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and olives), Sunshine Pils (prosciutto wrapped shrimp with aioli), Troegenator (meatballs), Flying Mouflon (sausage or cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates).
  • Big Al Swill’s BBQ at Little Miss Whiskey – 7pm
    1104 H Street NE, littlemisswhiskeys.com
    Big Al Swill’s BBQ on our back patio with owners and kegs from DC Brau in the house at 7pm. Free Johnnie Walker led by Peter O’Connor at 7:30pm. There will be no formal presentation, so entry is free.
  • A Great, Great Lakes Night at Meridian Pint w/ Trivia Night and Brewer Meet and Greet – 5pm
    3400 11th Street NW, meridianpint.com
    The Pint will host Luke Purcell, head brewer of Great Lakes Brewing Company, who will be on-hand to talk to attendees about his portfolio. Beer menu TBA and will be posted here when it is announced, the Oktoberfest will be released, as will some other “brewpub” beers. Purcell will also host a round of trivia.

THURSDAY

SMALLER, FREE-to-ENTER EVENTS:

  • Doggy Yappy Hour with Canine Rescue – 4pm
    1247 20th Street NW, breadandbrew.com
    Every Thursday is Doggy Yappy Hour on the patio at Bread & Brew. However, for DCBW, they’ve got an additional something special going on. Bring your dog and get $1 off bottles of Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, and Lagunitas. In addition, the wonderful people from Canine Rescue will be there with some pups looking for forever homes.
  • 3rd Annual Beer & Oyster Festival at The Reef – 5pm
    2446 18th Street NW, thereefdc.com 3rd Annual Beer & Oyster Festival will feature beer from both Abita and Blue Point breweries! Proceeds from the sale of four of the beers we have chosen will go directly to the relief funds for the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina, “Spreading Our Wings” campaign, and underprivileged children in the Caribbean and around the world.
  • Chocolate City Brewing Preview Party! at RFD
    810 7th Street NW, lovethebeer.com
    Come meet the brewers behind DCs newest brewery and sample some of the tasty offerings they’ll have on tap in the DC area soon! More details to follow.
  • 21st Amendment event at Jack Rose – 5pm
    2007 18th Street NW, jackrosediningsaloon.com 21st Amendment’s “Yes You Can”” on the roof, featuring Dave Wilson from 21st Amendment guiding you through their beers (1st 30 guests in VIP area). 4 beers in the can & 1 on draft
  • Flying Dog Hole In One Tasting at H Street Country Club – 6pm
    1335 H Street NE, hstreetcountryclub.com
    Check us out for Hill East’s best Brunch including tasty treats like The Full Monte and the Brunch Brat, or a DC Sunrise, and grab some of craft beers finest cans to start your weekend and finish off DC Beer Week properly.

  • Lagunitas Tap Takeover at Black Squirrel – 5pm
    2427 18th Street NW, blacksquirreldc.com
    Lagunitas takes over the taps at The Black Squirrel with a special selection of rare and seasonal beer. Also on tap will be a surprise appearance by Lagunitas’ favorite son. Lagunitas swag giveaways all night. Food pairings and flights will be available.
  • Starr Hill Brewery Beer 101 Class at Radius – 5pm
    3155 Mount Pleasant Street NW, radiusdc.com
    Beer 101 class featuring Jomo Lager and Love Hefe Weizen. Starr Hill glassware and tshirt giveaways with a large raffle item.
  • Northeast Brewery Night at Smith Commons – 5pm
    1245 H Street NE, smithcommonsdc.com
    Smith Commons will be featuring breweries from a different region of the country for four different nights during DC Beer Week.
  • Meet the Great Lakes Brewer at the Red Palace – 6pm
    1212 H Street NE, redpalacedc.com
    Taste some seasonal releases, including Great Lakes’ Oktoberfest beer, at the Red Palace.

FRIDAY

SMALLER, FREE-to-ENTER EVENTS:

  • West Coast Brewery Night at Smith Commons – 5pm
    1245 H Street NE, smithcommonsdc.com
    Smith Commons will be featuring breweries from a different region of the country for four different nights during DC Beer Week. Friday will feature breweries from the west coast.
  • Beer Week Appreciation Week at Capitol Lounge
    231 Pennsylvania Ave SE, capitolloungedc.com
    Celebrate the east coasts beer weeks that helped start the whole phenomenon with beer and food specials from New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. New York: $5 Brooklyn Lager (Brooklyn), Blue Point Toasted Head Lager (Long Island) and Schmaltz Brewing Company Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA (Coney Island) $2 Reuben Sliders. Philadelphia: $5 Victory Hop Devil (Downington), Weyerbacher, Blithering Idiot Stout (Easton), Yuengling Lager (Pottsville) $2 Steak and Cheese Sliders. Baltimore: $5 Flying Dog In Heat Wheat (Frederick), Heavy Seas Loose Cannon American Hop3 Ale (Baltimore), Hook and Ladder Backdraft Brown (Silver Spring) $3 Crabcake Sliders. Minimum of 3 sliders on all orders. Beers subject to availability.
  • Breckenridge Brewery Tasting at D’Vines
    3103 14th Street NW, d-vines.com
    The brewery representative from Breckenridge Brewery out of Breckenridge, CO will be conducting a free tasting of a number of the brewery’s top beers.

SATURDAY

SMALLER, FREE-to-ENTER EVENTS:

  • DC Homebrewers Association Homebrew Competition at Red Palace – 4pm
    1212 H Street NE, redpalacedc.com
    $10 gets you entry into this homebrew competition on H Street. There will be a DJ and the opportunity to taste beers from homebrewers all across the city.
  • DC Beer Week Nerd Nite at the Red Palace – 7pm
    1212 H Street NE, redpalacedc.com
    $10 entry gets you access to some great local bands and speakers. Speakers so far include Greg Engert (ChurchKey, Rustico), Brandon Skall (DC Brau), and others to be announced!
  • Widmer Brothers Brewery at The Argonaut – all day
    1433 H Street NE, argonautdc.com
    All day The Argonaut will be featuring Widmer Citra Blond on special all week! $3 drafts!

DINNERS:

  • Vegan Beer Dinner at Bread & Brew – 7:30pm
    1247 20th Street NW, breadandbrew.com
    Bread & Brew is thrilled to announce that they will be hosting a five course vegan dinner paired with five vegan craft beers on Saturday, August 20th. This exclusive one-night only menu will be crafted by B&B’s chefs using the freshest local, organic produce. Arrive at 7:30pm to mingle with a beer before the first course is served at 8pm. Tickets are $50 and seating is limited. They will be taking reservations with a credit card by calling 202-466-2676. MENU TBA.

SUNDAY

BRUNCHING:

  • Beer Brunch at Trusty’s
    1420 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, trustysdc.com
    Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. Check us out for Hill East’s best Brunch; Grab some craft beers cans from Avery Brewing, Butternuts Beers and Ales, Oskar Blues Brewery, 21st Amendment Brewing and Local Favs DC Brau, to finish off DC Beer Week, the outdoor upper deck and Bus Bar as well as the original Trusty’s level will be open at 10am. Nightly brew specials all during DC Beer Week.
  • Mac Beer Fest Beer Brunch at St Gregory
    2033 M Street NW, stgregoryhotelwdc.com
    Mac Beer Fest Beer Brunch at St Gregory Sunday, Aug 21st, 4 courses. Beers include DC Brau, Port City, Chocolate City and Lost Rhino Beers – maybe start with a Flying Dog – a real DC oriented event!

Happy drinking:

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