Our favorite week of the year here at DCBeer.com is here! We are all quivering with barely (or is that barley?) contained excitement about a week that is going to be chock full of beer tastings, dinners, glassware giveaways, and even a concert and a cruise! To be honest, we are already being torn in nine different ways because of all of the fantastic events that are in the lineup. You can be sure that we are getting in on the action as well and will be co-hosting some absolutely fantastic events with some great bears and breweries! Look for announcements about those events in the next day or so, but for right now, let’s concentrate on getting you all of the information you need about DC Beer Week!
First things first, let’s get the social media links out on the table! You can follow DC Beer Week at @dcbeerweek on Twitter, and you can join the Facebook group here. Additionally, later this week the DCBeerWeek.com website will be operational, and you’ll be able to check out everything there.
Now, what you’re all really interested in, I’m sure, are the events. Here’s what Facebook and DCBeerWeek.com currently list. You can keep checking back to this page where we will continue to add new events that we find out about and new information that we hear about the events we already know about.
Brace yourself, DC craft beer fans, this list is going to be a doozy! Times are largely TBD, but we’ll update as we get them. Also, you can add our DC Beer Events calendar via GMail here!
Friday, August 20
DC Beer Week Kick-Off Event at the Rock and Roll Hotel Presented by Washington City Paper & Nerd Nite DC
Including craft beers and music pairings and featuring:
Beer Director Greg Engert of ChurchKey, Founder & Brewer Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Tracy Jill Doty from the NIH, Cobra Collective, New Rock Church of Fire and many more.
Sunday, August 22
Craft Beer Cruise on the Cherry Blossom
This awesome event will feature over 20 different breweries, appetizers, and a whole lot more. $70/person. To purchase tickets go to www.capitolloungedc.com/beercruise. Space is limited to 150 people
Monday, August 23
Breadsoda and DCBeer.com combine for a truly awesome #Tweetup! – 5pm
Join folks from DCBeer.com for a homebrew swap and an Opposite Night! Buy a pint of beer and receive a free 8 oz. pour of that beer’s “opposite”! Come homebrewers, #DCBrews folks, and everyone else for what will be an excellent night!
Oliver Ales Cask Night at the Big Hunt – 6pm
Head to the perennial craft ale favorite in Dupont Circle for some authentic British-style offerings in casks! Oliver 3 Lions will be aged three different ways, all of them excellent!
Great Lakes Turnover at Meridian Pint – 5pm
$5 pints of Burning River Pale Ale, Elliot Ness Amber Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Oktoberfest & Lake Erie Monster. Free glassware giveaways, too!
Craft Brewery Happy Hour at RFD – 4pm-7pm
Three kegs, $4 a pint, get it before it’s gone!
Room 11 and Victory Brewing Rare Beer Night – 5pm
Two beers rarely seen outside the Victory Brewpub, Mad King Weiss and Gassy Jack Bitter, will be offered up to a thirsty DC beer community!
DISTRICT CHOPHOUSE! (NOTE THE CORRECTION!). Meet the Brewer! – 5pm
Meet brewer Barrett Lauer! All beers are 1/2 price beers from 5-8. Brewery tours by Barrett are on a first come first tour basis. They will be serving “Alt Together Now.” This is a beer brewed at/with Gordon Biersch and Capitol City.
Granville Moore’s Beer Dinner w/ Susan Greene of the Global Brewers Guild – 7pm
An entertaining night of Belgian and Belgian style American Beers and a 5 course dinner carefully pairing and integrating the beers with the food. $70/person Call 202-399-2546 for reservations. Space is limited to 35 people.
Dino’s 3 Beers 3 Courses – 5pm
Chef Dean Gold carefully pairs 3 of his favorite beers with 3 mouth-watering courses. $39/person. This beer dinner offer actually runs from Monday to Friday! Check out our calendar listing for this page for the dinner menu!
Trusty’s Burgers Beer and Bus – 6pm
Have you ever dreamed of drinking craft canned beers while sitting in your old elementary school bus. Well now is your chance with the launch of the Bus Bar upstairs. Kick back with Butternut beer and figure out which lunch box you used to (or still) have.
Tuesday, August 24th
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe “Brooklyn Brawl” Beer and Cheese Tasting – 6pm
Come and taste some of the finest beers from NY’s largest Craft Brewer- Brooklyn Brewery. The beers will be artfully paired with cheeses from International Gourmet. The beers include Brewmasters Reserve, Black Ops, Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, Local One Lager, Brown Ale
Oliver’s “Brewmaster Presents!” at Meridian Pint – 6pm
Meet Oliver Ales brewmaster Stephen Jones for some excellent Oliver selections!
H Street Country Club Harpoon Pints for Putts – 6:30pm
The shot of your life. 1 Beer. 1 Putt. 120 feet. Sink it and walk away with a regulation totally sick Pool Table!
“Local” Beer Night at the Big Hunt – 5pm
The Big Hunt will be serving up all kinds of Victory Beer specialties. Stop in and get some offerings from this awesome east coast craft brewery! Also be sure to check out the cask of Heavy Seas from Baltimore!
Justins’s Cafe presents Racing Dangerously – 6:30pm
Racer 5 IPA and five different flavors of pie from Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street NE. Is beer and pie a combination I often think about? No. Is beer and pie something I’m thinking about now? OH YES. $10 for a beer and a slice of pie.
Star and Shamrock with He’brew Ales “Brisket & Brews” – 6pm
Join Shmaltz Brewing Company and the Irish/Jewish cuisine of the Star and Shamrock along with tasty He’Brew ales for some creative pairings.
18th Amendment PIZZA NIGHT with the 21st Amendment Brewing Company – 7pm
Pizzas will be hot and beer will be cold along with reps from 21st Amendment there to keep it all together.
Belga Cafe – Chimay Trappist Ale Vintage Beer Tasting – 6:30-8:30pm, $59
Come to Belga and enjoy a unique Trappist experience. They will be tasting all of the Chimay Trappist Ales and will be offering a vertical tasting of one of the world’s finest beers- Chimay Grand Reserve. Chimay “Blue” will be served in three vintages in three unique packages, Chimay Grand Reserve 750 ml 2010 Vintage, Chimay 3L Jeroboam 2009 Vintage, and the extremely rare Chimay 6L Methusalah 2007 Vintage
Dogfish Head Ancient Ales Tasting at the Brickskeller – Doors at 6, $35
Dogfish Head national sales manager Claus Hagelman will be on-hand for an evening of rare, off-centered ancient ale styles.
Wednesday August 25th
Flying Dog Ales and Stone Brewing Co., in conjunction with DCBeer.com present “A Bitch and a Bastard” at the Big Hunt – 8-10pm, $35 at the door
Stone Brewing Co. and Flying Dog Ales come together to put on an amazing performance at the Big Hunt. Five rounds of pairs, one beer each from Flying Dog and Stone, form the acts that will keep your senses entertained all night long. Includes a tasting walkthrough with three local beer celebrities! $35 at the door, $30 advance
Troegs Takeover at Red and Black – 6pm
Glassware giveaway, Mad Elf in the summer, Troegs Band, guaranteed fun
Liberty Tree presents Smuttynose New England Beer Dinner
4 Courses, 4 Beers $40/person
ChurchKey presents Heavy Seas Rare Oak Cask Night & Glass Giveaway – 6pm
Churchkey offers up an oak cask of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (that’s right the cask itself is made of OAK!). Additionally, there will be a regular cask of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Heavy Seas Hang Ten and Vintage Below Decks Barleywine as well!
Ommegang Belgian Bonanza at Meridian Pint – 6pm
Featuring Rare Vos, Belgian Pale Ale, Scotch Ale, Abbey Ale, Hennepin & 2008 Biere De Mars.
SpeakeasyDC, the Washington City Paper, and the Big Hunt present Fermented: A Night of True Tales About Beer – 6:30pm
SpeakeasyDC, Washington City Paper, and The Big Hunt are teaming up to present Fermented: A Night of True Tales About Beer. Doors 6:30pm, Show 8-10pm. $15/Person http://www.speakeasydc.com/2010/08/fermented-a-night-of-true-tales-about-beer/
DC Bread and Brew presents a Lagunitas Beer Dinner – 6pm
Six beers and six plates featuring Hop Stoopid, Little Sumpin, Censored Ale, IPA, Czech Pilsner and Dog Town Pale Ale. $50/person. Call 202-466-2676 for reservations
District Chop House – Meet Brewer – 7pm
Meet brewer Barrett Lauer, and enjoy tours of the brewery along with half price beers at one of the Nation’s Capital’s finest Brew Pubs.
Capitol Lounge Beer and Barbeque with Great Lakes Brewing Company
Low country barbeque and other backyard cuisine washed down with some of the finest brews from Great Lakes Brewing including Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Commodore Perry IPA, Dortmunder Gold Lager, and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Capitol Lounge Side Bar. $45/Person All Inclusive. http://www.capitolloungedc.com/dcbeerweek/
Thunder Burger Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner
4 course meal paired with four different Sierra Nevada beers, including the Kellerweis Hefeweizen, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale, and the limited 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s Imperial Black Barleywine Ale. In between courses Brad will discuss the different beers. $40 per person INCLUDES tax and gratuity. Only 35 tickets available. Contact 202.333.2888 or email@example.com
Washington Nationals Present DC Beer Week Night at the Park
Join the Washington Nationals as they face the Chicago Cubs. Received special discounted tickets and a voucher for a free craft beer sample. GO NATS!
Half-priced Rodenbach on Draft at Brasserie Beck! – 6pm
Thursday August 26th
Breadsoda and DCBeer.com combine for Opposite Day! Note new day and time! – 6pm
Join folks from DCBeer.com for Opposite Dight! Buy a pint of beer and receive a free 8 oz. pour of that beer’s “opposite”! Come homebrewers, #DCBrews folks, and everyone else for what will truly be an excellent night! There will be some homebrew swappage too, so bring your favorite beers!
The Big Hunt and DC Brau present “Meet the Owners” – 5:30-7:30pm
Brandon and Jeff, from DCBrau, the District’s newest production brewery, will be on hand to meet and talk with craft beer fans. Be on hand to find out where they are in the process of opening their brewery. They will have large product “mock-up” posters to show, stickers to give away, and t-shirts to sell at a special DC Beer Week price!
Flying Dog Yappy Hour on the Patio at DC Bread and Brew – 4-8pm
$4 Flying Dog bottles and human and pet animal treats! How could you pass up Flying Dog specials and ice cream for your dog? I contend that you cannot!
District Pour House and Coney Island Lagers – NY to Boston – 6-8pm
The Pour House and Coney Island Lagers take you from NY to Boston. Jeremy from Shmaltz Brewing Company will be there talking and throwing beer around while the kitchen is batting up some lobster rolls.
Breadsoda presents Beer vs Beer
Join Breadsoda to celebrate “Braugust” Beer Month at Breadsoda. Think about it, what is better then a huge deli sandwich and cool craft beer? Letting the guys at Breadsoda pair them for you.
Meridian Pint and Schlafly Brewing Company – Meet the Brewer!
Meridian Pint and Schlafly present Dan Kopman Co-Founder and Brew Master of St. Louis Brewing. Special rare tastings of Schlafly beers paired with unique offerings from Meridian Pint’s wonderful kitchen. Five course dinner, pre-sale tickets $65
The Reef presents “Rogue Ales Oyster Fest”
3,000 Oysters, 3 Shuckers, 3 Levels, 7 great beers from Rogue Ales! Dead Guy, Kells Irish Lager, Imperial IPA, Imperial YSB, Orgasmic, Somer Ale, John John’s Hazlenut 5pm-10pm
Friday, August 27th
The Big Hunt’s Michigan Blowout Night
Featuring specials on Founders, Bells, and New Holland. Get your Wolverine Gold and Blue or Spartan Green on.
Meet the Flying Dog Brewer at the Black Squirrel!
The Black Squirrel hosts defending GABF Brewer of the Year Bob Malone on Friday, August 27, from 6:00pm on for an informal event of beer drinking and Q&A in our main downstairs bar.
This will be the inaugural pour in DC for Snake Dog IPA. The event is free and open to everyone who wants to come and enjoy our local Flying Dog beer. Seven Flying Dog beers on tap available either in flights or individual pints!
Saturday, August 28th
Events TBD, but why not stop by the Black Squirrel? Taste the awesome New Belgium beers they have on this month, including the heralded Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, 1554 Black Ale, and Mighty Arrow pale ale!
Check in frequently to see the updates!