It’s Belgian Restaurant Week in D.C., with most events occurring in the name of Belgian independence. Feestdag your eyes on my picks below, but click on any event in the D.C. Beer Events Calendar above for more details.
Out of all Belgian fun to be had, my top pick is the “Tour of Belgium” dinner on Wednesday at Granville Moore’s. Chef Teddy Folkman‘s pairing dinners have long impressed me, and this eight-course, eight-beer menu looks like a marathon of Belgian delights, including just about every meat known to man and some of my favorite Belgian brews—Gulden Draak and rarities from Petrus, and Straffe Hendrik to name a few. The epic event is a follow-up to beverage director Matt LaBarron’s recent trip through Belgium. And it’s a steal at $75 per person. The catch? The space upstairs is tiny. Better make a reservation immediately, if the event is not already sold out.
Not a Belgian beer fan? Read on for some other picks.
My infatuation with Quebecois beer turned into true love after a trip through Quebec last spring. For a chance to taste some über rare Canadian brew (Strange Brew, if you will), stop by ChurchKey Monday night. The bar will be featuring eight beers on draft, including two exclusive India pale ales, from Loup Rouge, a tiny artisanal brewery just outside of Montreal. I didn’t come across any Loup Rouge brew on my trip, but if it’s anything like the beer coming from La Trou du Diablu or other rock stars from the region, it shouldn’t disappoint.
If you are looking for a non-Belgian event featuring both food and beer, Policy is hosting a Dogfish Head dinner on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. The five-course menu looks pretty sick and the Policy folks know a thing or two about good beer.
For those who would rather hang out at a bar and have been looking for an opportunity to meet other local craft beer fans, I suggest heading to Iron Horse Taproom Wednesday evening for a #dcbrews tweet-up hosted by the bloggers at DCBeer.com. Be sure to take advantage of the special offer to get a half-price Mug Club membership.
And don’t forget, it’s still July, which means the drafts at all three Pizzeria Paradiso locations are still flowing with nothing but India pale ales for JulyPA Days. Check out the most recently released hoppy treats here.
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