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We like beer. We like beer enough to have a beer column. 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 chose one event per day to highlight. Everything in moderation.


Brewers on the Block @ Union Market

Kick off your 2015 DC Beer Week celebrations with the official opening party, Brewers on the Block. The event features over 20 breweries, meaderies and cideries from DC, Virginia, and Maryland outside Union Market; don’t worry, the Suburbia trailer will still be there, slanging (more) beers and frozen cocktails. Plus, food from Red Apron and Bidwell! Also, it’s only $35 for unlimited drinks from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. That’s absurd. High 80’s and sunny on Sunday, with a 100% chance of fun – that’s my kind of forecast. -Logan Hollers



DC Brau’s Genuine 4th Annual Official DCBW Crabfest Monumental Extravaganza @ Quarterdeck Restaurant

If you’re a local yocal like myself, you might be freaking out about DC Brau’s all you can eat crab feast featuring both their signature drafts and pitchers!! At $45 per ticket, this is one of the cheapest crab fests of the summer paired with delicious local brews. Pro tip: bring a change of clothes (at least from the waist up) because after a few hours of eating your weight in shellfish and guzzling $5 pitchers of beer, you’re going to reek. Remember to check out our DC Brau Tap Takeoever. -Maddie Clybourn



Port City Beach Party @ BEACH August 11

The week’s big ticket is Port City’s Beach Party at the National Building Museum, where attendees will get to tipsly tromp through the interactive architectural installation, pick up swag from the Alexandria brewery, and be one of the first to taste Metro, a double red ale brewed for DCBW. Of course, there will be other craft offerings from Port City. Get familiar with all of them with our June Tap Takeover profile. -Phil Runco

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3rd Annual Baltimore Brewers Showcase @ Glen’s Garden Market

Glen’s Garden Market will be showcasing a dozen Bmore brewskis to wash away all your memories of Washington D.C. Not only is this event is free to enter, but GGC offers flights and shorties if your looking to try them all and a little pressed for time (and cash). Pair with one of the top cheese and charcuterie selections around or, my personal favorite, the “Local Dope” signature pizza. -Joshua Peters


Atlas Brew Works’ DC Beer Week Backyard Cook-Out @ The Dew Drop Inn

If you’ve yet to venture over to Brookland’s Dew Drop Inn, here is your perfect excuse. This bar has some of the best bartenders in the area, and everyone will be partying it up on the patio, grilling hot dogs and burgers, while sipping on Atlas Brew Works. The beers on rotation will be District Common, Rowdy Rye Beer (a personal favorite / also RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper, I’m going to be sad whenever I order this beer now), NSFW Imperial / Double Black IPA, and Atlas will be showing off their new beer Ponzi, and American style IPA. Also there will be cornhole. So there’s that too. Remember to check out our Atlas Brew Works Tap Takeover. -Kaylee Dugan



The Ballast Point Brewery Extravaganza @ ChurchKey

I lived in San Francisco for a few years before moving to D.C. When the fog and chill got to be too much, we’d bounce down to San Diego for a weekend to visit some friends. It was during one of these trips that I first had the chance to sample beers from Ballast Point Brewery. Maybe it was chilling on the beach and getting to see old buddies that made the beer taste so good. Maybe it was just that Ballast Point makes a damn fine beer. (Probably a little bit of both.) Regardless, for one night only Churchkey is putting in nearly 30 Ballast Point standard, specialty, and barrel-aged drafts and casks on tap! I know it’s DC Beer Week, but can’t we make an exception when the beer’s this good? Expand your horizons, people. -Logan Hollers


Grand Opening of Bluejacket’s Bottle Shop & Tasting Room

This is hands down one of the most exciting beer week events because not only will you now be able to chug Bluejacket’s delicious beer in the comfort of your own home (or in a brown bag on the Metro, I don’t judge), but it’s also 100% permanent. Bluejacket is opening a real brick and mortar bottle shop and you will be able to shop there forever. They are releasing a ton of limited edition and never before seen stuff for the opening, including a whiskey barrel-aged Mexican Radio which is my favorite Bluejacket beer and I am going to buy the entire stock and be drunk for the rest of my life. See you there! -Kaylee Dugan

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DCBW Local Beer Scavenger Hunt @ Various Locations

I feel like this event is going to start out awesome and deteriorate midway though, but who cares? This is a great opportunity to distract your beer snob friends with a venue to venue scavenger hunt (I’m mentally choosing my team as I blurb). Pre-register at least 48 hours in advance (so, basically now) and venues include Bier Baron Tavern, Big Hunt, GBD, Glen’s Garden Market, Pizzeria Paradiso, and Scion Restaurant. -Maddie Clybourn



The Millstone Cellar Cider Feast @ Birch & Barley

You’ve probably had your fill of beer and are just about ready to explode, but don’t quit just yet, Birch & Barley are killing off beer week with a cider feast. Yeah, cider is like beer’s less exciting cousin, but it (usually) has a higher ABV, so this is definitely going to be a party. The entire menu is already online, and it sounds delicious, so even if you’re not hyped about the cider per se, the food sounds like it’s going to be awesome. -Kaylee Dugan