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SAVOR Week – Wednesday Preview: Hops, NC Beer, and Brewer-led Tastings

Tonight is just an absolute embarrassment of riches for the DC craft beer scene. The 14 some odd events have a huge variety of breweries and formats. A ton of hard-to-find (or never-found in DC) beers are on tap all across the city. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this list. No matter where you head tonight, have a great time and be sure to appreciate the world-class beer offerings in our fair city tonight!

The Big Hunt is hosting Flying Dog and DCBeer.com for a tap takeover titled “Death by Hops and A Smoke.” This will be an excellent opportunity for everyone from craft beer novices to advanced home brewers to actively taste and discuss the brews with the very people that created and brewed them. UPDATE: This is no longer a ticketed event, all of the beers will be available on the main floor on an a la carte basis. Backyard Ale (which is only available at SAVOR and Volt in Frederick, MD), the Farmhouse IPA, Snake Dog IPA, and Raging Bitch will all be specially priced from 8-10pm. DCBeer.com, folks from Flying Dog, and a bunch of #dcbrews supporters will be on-hand to have a lively discussion about all of these hard-to-get Flying Dog beers.

Backyard Ale (collaboration between Flying Dog and Chef Bryan Voltaggio)
Farmhouse IPA
Snake Dog IPA
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
Single Hop Centennial Imperial IPA
Single Hop Simcoe Imperial IPA
Double Dog Double Pale Ale
Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

Meanwhile, the North Carolina craft brew scene is exploding of late, and ChurchKey is hosting one of their best breweries tonight. Be sure to check out Big Boss Brewing from Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ll have eight of their excellent craft beers, many not typically seen in this area. The entire Big Boss team including owners Geoff Lamb, Brad Wynn and Andrew King will be on hand to talk about their brews and the explosive North Carolina craft beer scene. The evening’s beers include: Blanco Diablo | Hell’s Belle Belgian Blonde | D’Icer Dunkelweizen | Monkey Bizz-Ness | Big Operator Belgian Black Raspberry | Angry Angel Kölsch | High Roller IPA (Cask) | Bad Penny Brown Ale (Cask)

3 Stars Meet and Greet at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont
5pm
Meet co-founders Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont and sip on The Syndicate, a saison brewed with a peppercorn melange.

New Holland Tap Takeover at Meridian Pint
5pm
13 of Meridian Pint’s 24 taps will be pouring New Holland Beers with five of those being various versions of the Mad Hatter IPA. Below is the draft list.

Hatters:
Mad Hatter IPA, Rye Hatter, Black Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter, Oak Aged Hatter

Other Drafts:
Charkoota Rye, Dragon’s Milk, El Mole Ocho, Night Tripper Imperial Stout, Poet Oatmeal Stout, Full Circle Kolsch, Golden Cap Saison, Envious
Meridian Pint: 3400 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010; 202-588-1075; www.meridianpint.com.

Battle of the Brews: Allagash vs. Uinta at Scion
5pm-7:30pm
Maine’s Allagash and Utah’s Uinta battle at Scion Restaurant. Each brewery will be pouring multiple rare offerings in addition to their flagship beers. Rob Tod (owner of Allagash), Will Hamill and Steve Kuftine (owners of Uinta), and Susan Greene (Global Brewers Guild) will be in attendance. $25 tickets get you unlimited samples while they last. Allagash will bring: White (Witbier), Bourbon Black (Belgian Stout), Big Little Beer (Belgian Pale Ale), and Vrienden (American Wild Ale). Uinta will have Wyld (Organic Pale Ale), Sum’r (Summer Ale), Dubhe (Imperial Black IPA), Detour (Imperial IPA).
Scion Restaurant: 2100 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC; (202) 833-8899; www.scionrestaurant.com

Sierra Nevada Night at Rustico Ballston
5pm
Rustico Ballston
hosts groundbreaking west coast brewers Ken & Steve Grossman who have been successfully churning out stellar Sierra Nevada beer for 30+ years. They’ll bring in a slew of kegs – 15 to be exact – many of them the product of recent collaborations.

THE BEERS

Porter | 2 X 4 Ale | Bigfoot 2010 | Kellerweis | Blonde Ale | Weizenbock from Beer Camp Beer #37 | Ghidora from Beer Camp Beer #29 | Juniper Black Ale from Beer Camp Beer #16 | California Common from Beer Camp Beer #8 | Brown Ale | Ovila Abbey Dubbel | Stout | Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale | Summerfest Lager | Pale Ale
Rustico Ballston: 4075 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; www.rusticorestaurant.com

A Toast to SAVOR
Didn’t get a ticket to SAVOR, here’s the next best thing.  ”A toast to SAVOR” mini SAVOR event in the backroom of RFD featuring very limited special offerings from ten plus SAVOR breweries.  Includes unlimited samplings of food and drink and special food and beer pairings.  Breweries include Firestone Walker, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Abita, Sam Adams, Saranac, Heavy Seas, Ommegang, Flying Dog, and Harpoon.
RFD: 810 7th St. NW, Washington D.C., DC 20001; 202-289-2030; www.lovethebeer.com.

Allagash Meet the Brewer Night with Rob Tod at Fire Works Arlington
5pm
Join Fire Works as they host Rob Todd, Owner & Founder of Allagash Brewing Co. They’ll be pouring several Allagash rarities for the evening, including Bourbon-aged Black, Victoria Ale, Victor Ale, and Avance (Allagash Four aged in American oak bourbon barrels for three years, with a mix of brettanomyces and pediococcus. Fresh strawberries were added to the barrels 8 weeks prior to bottling). Expect other goodies too, like R.T. pizza specials (named after Rob Todd) and more. No cover charge – just pay as you go.
Fire Works: 2350 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3366

Great Lakes Invades Capitol Lounge
Expect glassware and other swag to be given away while a number of drafts from Cleveland, Ohio’s favored brewing sons are poured.
Capitol Lounge: 231 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Smith Commons
Join Dogfish Head and Smith Commons for a night of great food, great beer, and some iffy storytelling! Space is limited, so please reserve early!
Smith Commons: 1245 H St. NE, DC; 202-396-0038; www.smithcommonsdc.com.

Magic Hat Steal the Pint Night at Atomic Billiards
Magic Hat wants you to tap that glass. Come buy a pint of their finest ale and you’ll get to take the glass home with you! Why do they do it? Because they love you. For realsies.  Enjoy their featured brews all week long, but the pint party starts at 9 pm.
Atomic Billiards: 3427 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC; 202-363-7665; www.atomicbilliards.com.

Abita Trivia Night at Stoney’s
New Orleans Themed Trivia night at Stoney’s hosted by Abita.  Join them for all of the fun, CAJUN STYLE!  Abita giveaways for participants and three kinds of Abita beer on special to go with all the Creole trivia you can handle!  An Abita brewer and representative will be on hand to meet and greet as well.  Come out and relive your Mardi Gras at Stoney’s from 7 to 11 pm.
Stoney’s: 1433 P St. NW, DC; 202-234-1818; www.stoneysdc.com.

Ommegang Beer Dinner at Belga Cafe
6:30pm
Kick back, relax and let Belga Cafe take you on a journey through the magical land of Ommegang Brewery and its extensive collection of beers. $59 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. 5 courses, 6 beers. $59 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
Belga Cafe: 514 8th Street Southeast, Washington, DC; 202-544-0100; www.belgacafe.com

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