Two exciting beer events are coming to D.C. this month — both on the same day. Both parties involved assured me that neither knew the about other, which seems unlikely in a small town with so much tweeting, but I made them all cross their hearts.
Brasserie Beck will host Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, who will pour five of his beers alongside a four-course dinner. The lineup includes two new treats: Reinschweinsgebot, described as “a bacon-infused beer, aged in Rittenhouse rye barrels, fat-washed and then infused with botanicals used in vermouth and bitters.” (Fat-washing is when you pour a flavorful fat into a liquid, let infuse, and then strain out the fat by freezing the liquid and letting the fat coagulate.) Also featured is the beer Manhattan Project, which sounds like an porkless version of the former.
Meanwhile, The Brickskeller hosts a roster of five D.C. beer folk, each of which will present two of their favorite beers and spin stories about each. The speaker list includes Bob Tupper, schoolteacher, beer historian, and the man behind the defunct (but soon returning) Tuppers Hop Pocket Ale. Also on the mic will be Bill Catron, a Belgian brewery rep who was Brasserie Beck’s first beer manager.
So which event to choose? Tough choice, right? Full menus and prices after the jump.
Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver Beer Dinner at Brasserie Beck, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., $85. Reservations call 202-408-1717.
Aperitif (The Manhattan Project)
First Course: Pan Seared North Carolina Grouper, with Gruyere Cheese Potato Cake, Pomme Paille Chive, Tomato Beurre Blanc (Local 1)
Second Course: Roulade of Chapel Hills Farms Sweet Breads, Celery Root Puree, Cabernet Reduction, (Local 2)
Third Course: Grilled Teres Major Beef, Roasted Autumn Vegetables, Asparagus, Pearl Onion and Mushroom Sauce (Reinschweinsgebot)
Fourth Course: Rum Baba, Cherry Ice Cream, Cherry Sauce (Black Chocolate Stout 2008)
Why Is There Beer? Tasting at The Brickskeller, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., $35. Tickets available soon on the Brickskeller website.
Bob Tupper, beer historian and brewer of Tuppers Hop Pocket
Larry Robinson, Chevy Chase Liquors
Greg Kitsock, Washington Post beer columnist and editor of Mid-Atlantic Brewing News
Bill Catron, Belgian brewery rep, formerly of DeVinos/D’Vines and Brasserie Beck
Dave Alexander, Brickskeller owner