DC Beer Week officially kicked off this weekend. With more than a hundred beer-centric events to choose from across the week, we understand if you feel a little overwhelmed. Don’t worry, we’re helping narrow the options by suggesting the best places to drink each day. Here are our picks for Monday.
Flying Dog Hunter S. Thompson Party at the Big Hunt
Starting at 4 p.m., The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle will pour a slew of Flying Dog Brewery brews in tribute to Hunter S. Thompson. The famed gonzo journalist, whose illustrator Ralph Steadman has created the art for all Flying Dog labels since 1996, was a neighbor and close friend of Flying Dog founder George Stranahan. The night will include a Hunter S. Thompson lookalike contest and other surprises. The beer line-up features rarities like Pineapple Saison, a wheat saison brewed with pineapple, orange peel, and Chinook hops, as well as Belgian Devil, a Belgian-style strong golden ale.
Progressive Dinner on H Street NE with Sierra Nevada and Samuel Adams
Interested in a stroll through the Atlas District sampling food from four restaurants and craft beers from Sierra Nevada and the Boston Beer Company? How about being led through the tasting by Sierra Nevada co-founder Steve Grossman? The four-hour, four-course dinner starts at 6 p.m. on the roof deck of the Rock & Roll Hotel and moves on to H Street Country Club, Cusbah, Big Board and Smith Commons. Beer highlights include Sierra Nevada’s “Beer Camp” brews Belgian-style Black IPA and Imperial Red IPA, and Samuel Adams’ Tetravis Quad, a 10.2 percent alcohol Belgian-style quadruple ale partially aged in Hungarian oak barrels for up to 12 months. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.
Heurich Lager Launch & Heurich House Museum Fundraiser
Those looking for a fancier affair can get gussied up and head over to the Heurich House Museum at 7 p.m. for a fundraiser and the first chance to taste Heurich Lager, the resurrected District brew from DC Brau and local homebrewer Mike Stein. You can read more about this historic brew in this week’s Beer Issue. The good news: tickets are still available. The bad news: tickets are pricey. General admission is $80 for hors d’oeuvres and drinks. A “founding member” ticket is $150 and comes with one-year membership to the Heurich House and a commemorative glass.
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