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Following on the heels of DC’s unofficial beer week in May, a string of local malt-swilling events that culminated in Savor, could we be in for another local beer blow out? According to Jeff Wells’ beer calendar, accessible via Facebook, the answer is yes. (Thanks to Tom at Yours for Good Fermentables for the find.) The so-called “DC Beer Week,” reportedly involving over a dozen breweries and 25 area restaurants, will kick off August 16th with a concert at the Rock & Roll Hotel in the Atlas District. But characterizing this as a “beer week” may be too generous; so far, the only other event on the calendar is the annual “Brew at the Zoo” on August 20th.
More exciting, perhaps, is a stand alone event scheduled for July 25th at the Brickskeller. Called “The Virginia Ale Trail: Brews in the Old Dominion,” this looks to be the event of the summer. From the press release:
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom were home brewers, would be proud of the more than 30 microbreweries and brewpubs now scattered throughout their home state.Meet some of Virginia’s leading artisanal brewers and taste their flavorful brews, many of which are not readily available in the D.C. area, as they talk about the process of creating their beers. Participating brewers are award-winning beer-maker Bill Madden of Vintage 50 brewpub in Leesburg; Taylor Smack of Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, who grows some of the hops he uses in his aromatic Full Nelson Pale Ale; Andy Rathmann of St. George Brewing Co. in Hampton, which is named after the patron saint of England but turns out both English and German styles; and John Wampler of Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond, a microbrewery and restaurant that makes traditional beers like pilsner and porter and nontraditional brews like Belgian-style quadruple and chocolate porter. Gregg Wiggins, columnist forMid-Atlantic Brewing News, moderates the afternoon.
For those of you willing to make the trek to Baltimore, Kasper On Tap reports that the city will host its own 10-day beer event in October, called (what else?) Baltimore Beer Week. The schedule is not out yet, but the organizers will post specific events on their website as information becomes available.