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It’s that time of year again: American Craft Beer Week. The annual celebration, organized by the Brewers Association, is all about advocating for and appreciating small, independent breweries. So it’s a good week to grab a macrobrew-loving friend and seek out some flavorful, artisanal beer. Last year’s ACBW post has a few of our top spots for doing so in the area and more info on American Craft Beer Week.

Flying Dog, overachievers as usual, have scheduled 15 events in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia in the name of American Craft Beer Week. Chances to sign the Declaration of Beer Independence and enjoy Flying Dog beer within the District include Birreria Paradiso on Wednesday and Stetson’s on Thursday.

There are some big names in beer coming to D.C. this week. Monday is the Mikkeller dinner at Birch & Barley with Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Tuesday Garrett Oliver will lead a beer seminar on Scandinavian beers at the National Geographic Society. Also on Tuesday is a meet and greet at ChurchKey with Lode Roman and Lieven Hutse from Brouwerij Roman, makers of the Ename line of Belgian Abbey ales.

Tuesday is also the night for a beer dinner at Fireflies in Alexandria featuring St. George Brewing Company, the Hampton, Virginia brewery that now hosts Tuppers’ Hop Pocket.

Our D.C. Beer Events Calendar has details about these and several other events. Click on an item for more information.