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Words By Julie Espinosa, Photos By Julie Espinosa and Armando Gallardo

What’s better than having a burger summer afternoon? Well, how about having 5 different burgers from the best burger joints in DC? Add some live music, a fantastic beer selection and games and you got D.C. BRGR Bash, the 2014 edition.

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After a successful 2013 BRGR Bash in Ballston, the organizers decided to bring the burger battle to the District — to The Lot to be precise. Ten different restaurants: Willow Restaurant, Burger Tap & Shake, Cafe Saint-Ex, Big Buns, GUGS, Granville Moore’s, Boundary Stone, 1905, Old Ebbit Grill, and Fainting Goat competed against each other for the popular vote during this year’s edition of the burger battle.

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At 22 bucks a ticket for 5 pre-selected burgers, this was the place to be if you needed to work off a hangover, especially considering that if you wanted a little hair of the dog, the event provided a selection 6 different beers courtesy of DC Brau and Atlas Brew Works.

The battle started promptly at 12pm and lasted until 6pm. Throughout the afternoon, ticket holders were able to taste 5 of the burgers corresponding to their wristbands, blue or red. After trying the 10 different burgers, and feeling as if I was about to collapse from a heart attack, I have to say my favorite was ‘The Blue Burger’ from Boundary Stone. The burger consisted of a killer tendered beef patty with balsamic caramelized onions, pickled beets, locally produced cheese and some mushrooms.

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All ticket holders were able to cast their votes for the best burger which was announced at 5:45pm. The winner of this year’s edition was actually last year’s winner, Willow Restaurant’s ‘Double Smoke’. The ingredients for this culinary masterpiece are a House-Smoked Double Burger, Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Pickled Onion & Dijonnaise, all pan-seared in duck fat and served on a house made Roll.

As for the music, DJ John Bowen, House of Soul and The Original Moonlighters were responsible for keeping the crowd moving and shaking throughout the afternoon.

The event is already set to continue is 2015 and it will undoubtedly be a total success, especially for the Friday-night-party crowd who found hangover solace at the 2014 BRGR DC Bash.

Photos By Armando Gallardo

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Photos By Julie Espinosa

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