We like beer. We like beer enough to have a beer column. We like beer enough to help present Snallygaster. We like beer enough to have multiple beer guides. We like beer enough to warn you where to not drink beer. We like beer. We like DC Beer Week. The eight day event begins this Sunday. There are a lot of events. Over 100 events. Rather than attempt to preview all events, we had our BeerYT columnist Mitchell West compile his picks. He likes beer.
Cooperstown New York’s Belgian-inspired Brewery Ommegang and Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company kick off Beer Week on the Potomac. Both outstanding breweries will bring a full lineup of specialty beers on this cruise aboard the Odyssey. Your ticket includes food and unlimited beer samples. Both breweries promise to bring some special surprise bottles that you won’t find elsewhere. A VIP ticket will set you back an extra $30, but will allow you to board the ship early for an extra hour of drinking time.
For the 3rd year in a row, DC Brau is teaming up with Quarterdeck in Arlington for a boozy crab feast. $50 gets you all the crabs you want, and DC Brau beers are only $1 a pint and $5 a pitcher. THAT’S $1 PINTS AND $5 PITCHERS. SEE YOU THERE!
Join DC Brau again on Tuesday and take advantage of Lyman’s Tavern’s pinball machines. Show off that subtle wrist while you play pinball and drink beers. There will be specials on DC Brau all night and gift certificates from brewery along with other prizes for the winners of the tournament.
All beer geeks love stouts, and Black Squirrel is featuring 9 hard-to-find ones Wednesday night. Check out the lineup, it is extremely drool-worthy. With rare offerings from Goose Island, Hardywood, Founders, and Port City amongst others, this event is a beer geek’s dream.
Of all the fantastic breweries in the city, none are better at brewing the funky stuff than Right Proper. Get schooled in all things Brettanomyces as resident brewer and yeast genius Nathan Zeender and Michael Tonsmeire from Mad Fementationist talk about the use of wild yeast in beers. Sample some of their handiwork while you get a crash course in the microbiology of brewing.
Join in on the celebration of local beer and food in the atrium at Old Ebbit for the second annual Brewhaha. DC Brau, 3 Stars, Flying Dog, Full Tilt, Devils Backbone, Lost Rhino, Atlas Brew Works, Blue Mountain, and Heritage Brewing will be there serving beers alongside food from a handful of great DC restaurants. The party is from 8 to 11. The $50 ticket includes all the food and beer you want.
You’ve had a long week already, maybe take a break and go to a baseball game. Did you know they have beer there? Enjoy some from Mad Fox or one of the several other local beers they’ll be serving during the game. You can find Mad Fox’s Koslch at District Drafts in sections 119, 138, and 225. This beer won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival and is outstanding to enjoy at the game.
Have a BEER CENTRIC BRUNCH. This is where. Brunch responsibly.
Well, congratulations, you’ve been drinking since last Sunday, might as well finish Beer Week strong. Boundary Road is offering a bunch of different session beers from Richmond’s esteemed Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Among the offerings are Float Session IPA, Centennial Wheat, and Bohemian Pils. All these beers are fantastic (and relatively low alcohol – score one for day drinking!). Hardywood is an awesome brewery, and, while they do distribute here in DC, they can be tough to find so enjoy them when you can.