It’s not too late to buy tickets for this Saturday’s DC Craft Beer Festival at the Washington Convention Center. Similar to the spring event in March, the “winter harvest” festival will feature 150 beers from 75 American breweries and educational seminars.
Tasting seminar speakers include authors Ben Keene and Michael Tonsmeire. Keene will discuss how East Coast brewers are reconnecting North American beer with its 17th- and 18th-century roots. Tonsmiere will present the processes and ingredients in American sour beers and advice about how to brew them.
As for the breweries and beers, the full list is here. There is a strong concentration of breweries from the D.C. area and greater Mid-Atlantic region. Standout brews from the list include Atlas Anniversary Ale, Avery Hog Heaven barleywine, Lagunitas NightTime, a strong black India pale ale, Mother Earth Peach Windowpane, a double wheat brewed with North Carolina peaches, and Hardywood Park Bourbon Double IPA.
The two-and-a-half-hour sessions start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The $49 general admission tickets, which are only still available for the 7 p.m. session, include unlimited 2 oz. tasting pours of beer, access to the seminars, and a souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets for $65 include an extra hour of tasting.
Photos by Tammy Tuck