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Weekend over too soon once again? Chase that case of the Mondays away with a look ahead at the week in beer. It’s a good one. Brief descriptions below, but click on any event in the calendar above for more details.

Monday you can learn about beer and cheese pairings by local guru Greg Engert at Birch & Barley. Five cheeses will be selected and paired by pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac, and paired with beers from Hitachino, Stillwater, BFM, Alvinne, and Uinta. They had us at “cheese,” but we’d probably pay full price just for the Cashel Blue and 2008 Uinta Barleywine pairing. Sold out? You can always head to Room 11 for their guest tap, which is Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat this week.

On Tuesday Commonwealth is hosting a four-course, four beer dinner dinner featuring New York’s Southampton Brewing Company. If a sit-down dinner is too sophisticated, you can go to Biergarten Haus for their weekly trivia night. This week’s special-themed round is all about The Princess Bride.

On Friday, D.C. Beer Week mania begins with two back-to-back events at Rock & Roll Hotel. Nerd Nite DC and your very own Washington City Paper are hosting “The History, Artistry & Science of Beer,” a series of lectures about beer and alcohol featuring Greg Engert of ChurchKey, Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Belgian beer specialist Chuck Cook, and Tracy Jill Doty of NIH. After the speakers, “Rock & Barley,” the evening’s second event, will feature live music and custom craft beer pairings with local bands Imperial China, New Rock Church of Fire, Cobra Collective, and The Torches.

On Saturday, pack some snacks and hop in the car for a road trip. The breweries of Nelson County are hosting their 2nd Annual Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival at Devils Backbone in Roseland, Virginia. Rather stick around town? Pizzeria Paradiso is having a beer & pizza brunch featuring rare brews like BFM Douze, Three Floyds’ Stay in School, and Founders’ Canadian Breakfast Stout.

Finally, Sunday night’s Cherry Blossom craft beer cruise officially kicks of D.C. Beer Week. Stay posted for updates to the week long beer festival (or simply scroll head in our calendar). And…it’s still New Belgium month at the Black Squirrel. They still have plenty of Fat Tire and 1554 Enlightened Black Ale.

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