There is plenty of fun to be had this week, starting with a Baltimore beer invasion tonight. You can celebrate the DC launch of Stillwater Artisinal Ales at ChuchKey, where Baltimore-based Brian Strumke, a former techno DJ turned nomadic brewer (think Mikkeller), will be on hand to talk about his Stateside series, the three different versions of Stillwater Saison availalbe (draft, cask with
a poundan ounce of French oak chips, and regular cask), and all other things craft beer and beyond.
If that doesn’t suit you, head out to Clarendon for a 4-course, 5-beer dinner at American Flatbread with Heavy Seas (formerly Clipper City) brewery founder Hugh Sisson. The charismatic brewpub pioneer will have great stories, a cask of Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale, and bottles of Siren Noire, an 8%-ABV Imperial Chocolate Stout that is the Baltimore brewery’s latest release in their Mutiny Fleet big beer series. On Tuesday you can score a 6-course, 7-beer Mediterranean-themed dinner for only $60 at Acacia Bistro featuring dishes by Chef Liliana Dumas paired with beers from 7 different breweries including Victory, Great Divide, and St. Louis gem Schlafly. Also Tuesday is Magic Hat‘s Mardi-Gras-themed beer dinner at the State Theatre in Falls Church, which will include four beers from the Vermont brewery’s Spring Fever Variety Pack.
If you are looking to avoid green beer and loud crowds on St. Patrick’s day (and don’t mind the drive), you can trek out to Leesburg for Vintage 50‘s 6-course, 7-beer dinner prepared by Brewmaster Dean Lake and Chef Aaron McCloud. If you’re up for getting that far out of DC, you may as well had to Baltimore on Saturday for the SPBW (Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood) Real Ale Festival at Pratt Street Ale House, which will have some amazing beers but is almost certainly sold out, so perhaps plan ahead for next year.
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