D.C. Beer Week promises fancy brews for the District’s beer-lovers
D.C. Beer Week, which started Sunday, brings forth eight days full of beer dinners, tap takeovers, meet-and-greets with local brewers, and the opportunity to sample out-of-state ales.
D.C.’s local brewery scene has grown steadily over the past few years. In this year alone, D.C. residents attended similar, beer-related events during the March Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, tasted many American beers during American Craft Beer Week in May, and enjoyed local beers during Eat Local First Week just last month.
In fact, this year’s key events are bigger than ever before, including a craft beer tasting at Nationals Park and a concert with up-and-coming bands at the Howard Theatre. This event, as well as other major events of the week, are targeted at casual beer drinkers, giving them an opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy an evening in D.C.
On the other hand, there are also events during Beer Week that offer D.C.residents a chance to expand their palates. These events will not only allow residents to try something new, but serve to educate them as well. For example, Lauren Salazar, the sensory specialist for New Belgium’s sour beers will teach classes on how to create these funky drinks at the Black Squirrel on Thursday.
To highlight few of the many events of Beer Week, Vox has put together a list of the flagship events taking place each day:
- Monday, August 12: D.C. Heritage Night concert at the legendary Howard Theatre, 7 pm- What is better than a summer night concert with fresh ale? Come celebrate local culture and beer with Heritage Night, which showcases local emerging talent, beer, and complimentary whiskey.
- Tuesday, August 13: Gordon Biersch English Summer Ale Tasting, 6pm- Gordon Biersch presents a special English Summer Ale Tasting at their downtown D.C. location, on the corner of 9th and F Streets, NW, on Tuesday at 6 pm. The tasting will feature 9 summer ales as well as traditional English pub snacks.
- Wednesday, August 14: RFD’s Coast to Coast Tap Takeover, 2 pm- RFD in Chinatown is throwing a tap takeover on Wednesday night, featuring more than 20 American craft breweries from across the country’s biggest beer regions. For a $5 dollar cover charge and $5 dollar beers all night, you can sample over 45 types of beer for a good cause, too! The $5 dollar cover charge proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
- Thursday, August 15: Beers, Burgers & Baseball: A celebration of D.C. Beer Week at Nationals Park, 3:30 pm- Beer and baseball? What more can we ask? The Washington Nationals will take on the San Francisco Giants during this fun, family event.
- Friday, August 16: Blind & Bitter: Hop Face-Off presented by DCBeer.com, 5 pm- Finally, a beer tasting guessing game. Restaurants Scion and Crios will offer 24 different bitter beers, without telling you what they are. The name of the beer and the brewery will be withheld from the menu. Guests will have to choose from 24 beers based solely on minimal description.
- Saturday, August 17: Old Ebbitt Grill’s Craft Brewhaha, 8 pm- Come to the atrium of D.C.’s Old Ebbitt Grill this Saturday night from 8 to 11 pm for a wonderful Saturday night full of local beer, food, and music by the 19th Street Band.
- Sunday, August 18: The Bluejacket Sneak Preview BBQ! D.C. Beer Week Closing Ceremonies- To cap off D.C. Beer Week, Bluejacket will host a party at the soon to open brewery.The old-fashioned BBQ will be a unique opportunity to visit the brewery before it officially opens in September.
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