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The week ahead is kind of like the calm before the storm for local brewhounds, considering DC Beer Week officially kicks of this Sunday. Those looking to get warmed up before the citywide bash begins should check out the events in my D.C. Beer Events Calendar above or read on for a picks and brief overview of what’s on tap this week.

LAGERHEADS PICK: On Wednesday at Smith Commons, up to 50 contestants will compete for the title of best Czech-style pilsner and a trip for two to Prague in a homebrew contest sponsored by Pilsner Urquell. The winner will be chosen by Vaclav Berka, Pilsner Urquell’s current brew master in Plzen, and locals Greg Kistock, beer columnist for The Washington Post, and Charlie Gow of local homebrew club Brewers United for Real Potables (B.U.R.P.).

Also this week, there are more Monday happy hours than you can shake a foamy one at. RFD has their weekly hoppy Monday happy hour, this time featuring DC Brau’s The Public, Port City Monumental India Pale Ale and Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’. Capital City Brewing Company‘s newest venture 901 is giving free pints of their house lager for those who can get to Penn Quarter early enough (the special only goes until 5:30 p.m.). And Meridian Pint is launching a new weekly special with all bottles priced at 25 percent off starting this Monday night.

On Wednesday, Nest Cafe in Bethesda is hosting a dinner featuring beers from Flying Dog. Finally, all week long, Belga Café is offering flights of Belgian beer during lunch and dinner service.

Seem like a light week? Don’t forget to take a peek at what’s in store for DC Beer Week 2011, which kicks off this Sunday, Aug. 14, and runs through next Sunday, Aug. 21. Start hydrating now.

Send submissions for the D.C. Beer Events calendar to thelagerheads@gmail.com.

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