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Coast to Coast Tap Takeover at RFD
Start coming up with an excuse to leave work early. At 2 p.m. RFD in Chinatown will have craft beer from more than 20 American breweries flowing from all 45 of the restaurant’s draft lines. Beers are $5 all night after a $5 cover to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The line-up includes regional breweries Flying Dog and Victory, West Coast faves Lagunitas and Firestone Walker, and some of the best from the Midwest like Boulevard and Great Lakes. RFD’s back room will have all D.C., Maryland, and Virginia breweries with local representatives on hand to chat.
DC Brau Crab Festival at Quarterdeck & Maryland Crab and Beer Fest at the Black Squirrel
There are two opportunities for crabs and beer tonight. For the second year, DC Brau is partnering with Quarterdeck in Arlington for a suds and shellfish extravaganza. Tickets are $50 and include all-you-can-eat Maryland blue crabs from 5 to 10 p.m. and $1 drafts and $3 pitchers of DC Brau beer until close. The founders will be in attendance and willing to take on any crab-eating contest challengers.
Staring at 5 p.m., The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan will serve up boiled Maryland crabs and crab cakes alongside beer from nine Maryland breweries. Standouts from the beer list include Oliver Breweries‘ Human See Human Do, a hoppy wheat ale brewed with coriander and orange peel, Franklin Brewery‘s Ludicrous American wild (meaning sour) ale, and the D.C. launch of Stillwater Classique in 12-ounce cans.
Québécois Draft Night at ChurchKey
From 6 to 11 p.m., ChurchKey will feature beers from four breweries from Canada’s Quebec province. The list of nearly two dozen drafts includes brews like Dieu du Ciel‘s Péché Mortel, an Imperial coffee stout that has (fortunately) been finding its way to D.C. for years, but the line-up showcases rarer offerings from the renowned Montreal brewery like Wallonade, a refreshing 4-percent alcohol Belgian-style blonde ale, and Penombre, a black India pale ale. The full list boasts a similar range of brews from Le Trou du Diable, as well as two breweries rarely, if ever, seen in the District: Brasserie Dunham and Les Trois Mousquetaires.
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