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This year’s D.C. Beer Week is beginning to wind down, but hopefully you aren’t. There are still two full days of craft beer madness and more than 35 interesting to-do’s with tasty brews to choose from. Below are my picks for Friday and Saturday, but be sure to check out the full calendar after the jump.

FRIDAY

  • Dogfish Head Tasting & 90 Minute Randall Growler Fills at D’Vines (from 6 to 9 p.m.) – Josh Fruchtman from Dogfish Head Brewery will conduct a tasting and very special demonstration of Randall the Enamel Animal at this Columbia Heights wine and beer shop. D’Vines will be filling and selling growlers of 90 Minute IPA run through bacon and habanero peppers. If you’ve never had beer through a Randall, this is a heck of a way to start.

  • Flying Dog Night at Iron Horse Taproom (from 6 to 11 p.m.) – The Iron Horse Taproom hosts Flying Dog Brewery and six of the Frederick, Md.-based brewing company’s beers in the downstairs bar. Featured brews include Raging Bitch, Table for Two, Snake Dog, Doggie Style, Imperial IPA, Single Hop Centennial IPA, Dogtoberfest, and Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter.
  • Great Lakes Tap Takeover at The Black Squirrel (from 5 to 11 p.m.) – Ohio’s Great Lakes Brewing Company will dominate the tap lines at this Adams Morgan beer bar with year-round and seasonal favorites  like Holy Moses White Ale, Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA, and Oktoberfest. Beer geeks will fawn over two Cleveland brew-pub exclusives that have made their way to D.C. and will be tapped at 8 p.m., Rye of the Tiger and Market Street Wheat.
  • Trinity Brewhouse Night at Capitol Lounge (from 4 to 11 p.m.) – Award-winning brewpub Trinity Brewhouse from Providence, Rhode Island, has brought their beer outside of the “Renaissance City” for the first time. The Capitol Hill event is a good chance to try Mercy Brown, Decadence Imperial IPA, Heffe Wisse, Pilsner, and Strawberry Bomb.

SATURDAY

  • D.C. Homebrewers Association Homebrew Competition at Red Palace (from 12 to 4 p.m.) – A $10 ticket gets you entry into the competition, sponsored by the DC Homebrewers club. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste beers from D.I.Y. brewers from across the D.C. area and get early admission to the same evening’s “Nerd Nite” event at Red Palace. (See below.)
  • D.C. Beer Week Nerd Nite at Red Palace (from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) – This special edition of Nerd Nite DC offers the chance to geek out over beer with featured speakers Greg Engert of Birch & Barley/ChurchKey, Brandon Skall of DC Brau, and local beer bar legend Bill Stewart. The State Department will provide musical interludes throughout the evening. For more details on each presentation, click on the event in the calendar below.
  • Mid-Atlantic Brewery Night at Smith Commons (from 7 to 10 p.m.) – Smith Commons on H Street, NE, is celebrating D.C. Beer Week by featuring breweries from different regions of the country over four nights. Saturday is Mid-Atlantic night with $5 pints, $15 bombers and $5 regional-themed small food pairings from D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Delaware. Participating breweries include DC Brau, 3 Stars, Port City, Lost Rhino, Baying Hound Aleworks, Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Heavy Seas Beer, Olivers, the Brewers Art, Flying Dog and more.  Click on the link in the calendar below for the full beer list.
  • Vegan Beer Dinner at Bread & Brew (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) – Health nuts, this one’s for you. Bread & Brew in Dupont Circle will host a five-course vegan dinner paired with a variety of vegan craft beers. Dishes will be prepared using the freshest local, organic produce. Tickets are $50 and reservations are required.
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