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January is turning out to be a great month for beer. Don’t believe me? Look ahead in the D.C. Beer Events Calendar. Here’s what’s on tap this week.

In addition to a lot of new gym memberships and diet plans starting up, the beginning of each year means it’s time for Bell’s Hopslam. This honeyed Double IPA has huge hype. You can decide for yourself whether the drinkable 10%-abv Michigan beer measures up by getting a first taste starting at 4pm at ChurchKey tonight. Wanna get geeky about it? Order Hopslam on draft and bottle and compare notes. They’ll be pouring both.

Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza downtown is hosting a tasting from 5 to 8pm featuring two beers from Brooklyn Brewery‘s big bottle series, Local 1 and Local 2. If you like earthy Saisons and strong golden ales, go with Local 1. If a rich, dark Belgian Dubbels with plenty of caramel and raisin flavors sounds more favorable, Local 2 is your beer. Get a free glass with your purchase. Just rinse it out before you pack it away because these complex Belgian-style ales are 100% re-fermented in the bottle, which means you should expect a healthy dose of yeast. Mmmm, B vitamins!

Also on Monday starting at 3pm, Mad Fox Brewpub (check out the new website!) will be pouring their Oak-Aged Wee Heavy. The regular version of Wee Heavy, at around 8.5% abv, is something to behold, so the strong Scotch Ale aged for four months in Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey barrels should be just what is needed to fight of the January chill.

On Tuesday from 6 to 9pm, meet Dan Kopman, co-founder of The Saint Louis Brewery, makers of the Schlafly line of beers. He’ll be at Rustico Ballston pouring five Schlafly beers on draft and three special dry-hopped casks. Beers include Schlafly’s Kölsch, Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale, Coffee Stout, Biere de Garde, Irish Stout, and the Winter ESB. If you miss Kopman Tuesday, head over to Westover Market in Arlington Friday, where he will be pouring Schlafly beers at the base of the “Great Wall of Beer” from 4 to 7pm.

Those who got tickets for Thursday at the Sixth & I Synagogue will learn how drinking beer and helping the environment can go hand in hand with Chris O’Brien, author of Fermenting Revolution: How Drinking Beer Can Save the World. He will lead a “tutored tasting” of beers that have been brewed in ways that support the local community and the environment. Featured regional breweries include Baying Hound Aleworks (Rockville, MD), The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore, MD), Dogfish Head (Delaware), Victory Brewing Company (Pennsylvania), and Peak Organic (Maine).

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

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