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All good things must come to an end. After dozens of beer-focused activities across bars, restaurants, markets, and even ballparks and concert venues throughout the Washington area, DC Beer Week comes to a close on Sunday. Here are our suggestions for where to down your final pints this weekend. View the full list of events here.
DCBeer.com’s Blind & Bitter Hop Face-Off at Scion and Crios
The beer fiends at DCBeer.com have partnered with Scion and Crios restaurants in Dupont Circle to organize a blind beer tasting competition. A dozen breweries were invited to serve two of their best hoppy beers for guests to vote on the best one—without knowing what beer or brewery they are drinking. The brewery with the most votes will win bragging rights and a permanent draft line at Scion and Crios. Full pints will go for $5 and four-ounce tasters will be $2.50. The competition begins at 5 p.m. May the best IPA win!
3 Stars and Red Apron Grill-Out at Suburbia in Union Market
Looking for a more laid back Friday evening? Head to Union Market for burgers, beers, and lawn games in the open air near Suburbia‘s frozen drink trailer. The grill-out goes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and goodies will be supplied by Red Apron Butcher and 3 Stars Brewing Company.
Beer Mixology Pro-Am Competition at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
From 4 to 9 p.m., Jack Rose in Adams Morgan is hosting a beertail mixing contest featuring Flying Dog, Boulevard, and Ommegang beers. A $25 cover includes rooftop access, a beertail from each of the four competing mixologists, and the opportunity to participate in judging. Alternatively, all drinks will be available a la carte in the downstairs bar. Competitors include The Passenger‘s Jade Aldrighette, Beam Global representative Theo Rutheford, The Gibson’s Franklin Jones, and Jack Rose’s own Trevor Frye.
NoMa Beerfest and Old Ebbitt Grill’s Brew Ha Ha
Two noteworthy beer festivals are happening on Saturday. From 2 to 8 p.m., NoMa Beerfest will take place in the parking lot at 1250 First Street, NE. Entry is free, but tasting pours cost $2.50 each and full pours are $5. Beer tickets can be purchased ahead of time here. Participating breweries include DC Brau, Chocolate City Beer, District ChopHouse, Capital City Brewing Company, 3 Stars, The Brewer’s Art, and the forthcoming Right Proper brewpub.
Later on from 8 to 11 p.m., Old Ebbitt Grill is hosting a festival in its atrium celebrating local beer, music, and food. Tickets are $50 and include unlimited food and beer from DC Brau, Heavy Seas, Flying Dog, Evolution, Devil’s Backbone, Starr Hill, Lost Rhino, Port City Brewing, and Mad Fox Brewing Company. More info here.
Unfortunately tickets to Bluejacket brewery’s preview event are long gone. But an outstanding end-of-beer-week activity is a detoxing afternoon bike ride through D.C. (with an opportunity to retox after). Interested folks should meet at Adams Morgan City Bikes at 3:30 p.m. The event ends at Glen’s Garden Market with a meet-and-greet with Port City Brewing founder Bill Butcher from 5 to 7 p.m. Even if you don’t participate in the ride, Port City brews will be on draft all evening for $4 per pint and growler fillers will be on special for 20 percent off.
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