Editor’s Note: I’ve recently been writing some pieces for On Tap Magazine. From time to time, I’ll post 2-3 paragraph previews of these articles here at DCBeer with a link to On Tap where you can see the rest if you’re interested.
When Dennis O’Leary was asked by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to attend a meeting for an event called Brewer’s Ball five years ago, he knew nothing about it except that he wanted to hear more. An avid craft beer fan with a son who was born with cystic fibrosis (CF), Dennis knew afterwards that there was no way he would be able to pass up an opportunity to fundraise for CF research while drinking good beer. Five years later, Dennis and his wife Jennifer find themselves as co-chairs of an event that raised more than a quarter of a million dollars last year.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Brewer’s Ball, now in its eighth year, is back “serving up hope, one pint at a time.” For the second year in a row, the Stars and Stripes Club at Nationals Park in Washington, DC will host the gala event which features almost 20 breweries. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
This year’s attendees will have the opportunity to sip suds from local breweries like DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing Company, and Port City Brewing Company in addition to well-known national breweries like Sierra Nevada, Brewery Ommegang, and New Belgium. In addition to brews, food from venues such as the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, Bethesda’s Freddy’s Lobster and Clams, and DC’s Granville Moore’s will whet appetites.