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It’s that magical time of year: DC Beer Week. “Beer week, again?” you might ask. Yeah, there seems to be some kind of beer week every few months, with plenty of bars to visit and brews to try. But this one is the official one, worthy of your attention.
In its fifth year, DC Beer Week (DCBW) officially starts Sunday, Aug. 11, and runs through next Sunday, Aug. 18. Local breweries, bars, restaurants, and even establishments like the Howard Theater and Nationals Park, are putting on events that feature craft beer. The organizers have brought out the big guns this year with a range of events that should keep any beer fan happy (and buzzed).
Here‘s where you can find the full list of events for the week, but each day we will offer tips for the best ways to spend your time and sobriety. Take a look at what’s in store this weekend:
Although not an official beer week event, our recommended place to drink tonight is ChurchKey to celebrate 3 Stars Brewing Company‘s first anniversary. Starting at 5 p.m., co-founders Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman will unleash 20 different draft and cask brews. The line-up boasts five versions of Pandemic, their Imperial porter, including one aged in Bulleit Rye barrels. They will also pour two brand new wood-aged brews: Harvester of Sorrow, a saison blend partially aged for eight months in Cabernet barrels, and Born Sinner, Southern Belle Imperial brown ale aged eight months in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels blended with fresh Pandemic Porter. On the lighter side, look forward to six special saisons dry-hopped with ingredients like fresh basil, lime peels, and Motueka hops from New Zealand.
District ChopHouse will host its third annual local cask festival from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday (as well as 6 to 11 p.m. this evening). The event will showcase nearly two dozen casks from local breweries such as Bluejacket, Mad Fox, Oliver Breweries, Red Brick Station, Capitol City, Gordon Biersch, and Rock Bottom Brewery. Entry is $50 and includes a take-home tasting glass by Glass4beer. For tickets, call (202) 347-1922 or email email@example.com.
Brewery Ommegang has partnered with Washington City Paper to put on this year’s Hop Chef live cooking competition. Eight local chefs will pair dishes with Ommegang beers for a chance to be named this year’s Hop Chef D.C. The tasting event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Long View Gallery. Tickets are $55 and include tastes of each chef’s dish, unlimited pours of beer, and samples of Bulleit bourbon and George Dickel whiskey.
For those who want an earlier start, stop by Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights or Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Both are hosting special events, including a progressive dinner, to release joint project Exquisite Corpse, a rye saison dry-hopped with Mosaic hops brewed with DC Brau and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Meridian Pint will pour Exquisite Corpse alongside 14 other DC Brau and Stillwater drafts starting at 11 a.m. For fans of sour beers, Pizzeria Paradiso will be featuring 10 gueuzes and goses, traditional sour ales from Belgium and Germany, all day Sunday and Monday.
Image courtesy of DC Beer Week