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Birch and Barley Hosts Pints for Half Pints to Benefit 826DC

Don’t you love it when two of your favorite people collaborate? How would you feel about one of your favorite better beer restaurants and favorite nonprofit team up? You’d be pretty dang excited wouldn’t you? Well that’s exactly how I felt when I found out about Pints to Help Half Pints.

Birch and Barley are hosting a beer dinner to benefit 826DC, the “nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” For those who don’t know, 826DC has eight centers throughout the United States. 826 was created by author David Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari, passionate people whose centers demonstrate their deep respect for education and volunteer educators.

Just like Eggers’ bold prose, Birch and Barley has played host to some of the biggest, baddest beer dinners in the biz. This one is perhaps the boldest of them all as funds from dinner go to support an excellent group of educators, leaders, volunteers, and wonderfully bright DCPS and DC Charter School students. The event takes place on March 12 and starts at $7 PM. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here.

Here’s the full menu for the evening:

Apéritif:
Victoria 2011 –  Allagash Brewing – Maine

First:
Crudo of Hamachi
Pickled Fennel, Pomelo Beads & Mint
Beersel Mattina – Birrificio Del Ducato & Drie Fonteinen – Italy

Second:
Red Fife Ravioli
Housemade Bacon, Toasted Walnuts, Arugula & Green Peppercorns
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale – Avery Brewing & Russian River Brewing – Colorado

Third:
Grilled Ribeye of BeefConfit Fingerlings, Black Trumpet Mushrooms & Butter-Braised Turnips
Smoke – Surly Brewing – Minnesota

Cheese:
Cave-Aged Valencay with Bergamot Marmalade
Without You I’m Nothing – Evil Twin (at Amager Bryghus) – Denmark

Pastore with Port-Glazed Figs
More Brown Than Black – Stone Brewing, The Alchemist & Ninkasi Brewing – California

Cave-Aged Colston Bassett Stilton with Honeyed Walnuts
Calva Reserva 2010 – Brouwerij ‘t Smisje – Belgium

Dessert:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait, peanut crunch ice cream, chocolate curl
Backwoods Bastard 2011 – Founders Brewing Company – Michigan

Digestif:
Idjit! –  Dugges Ale & Porterbryggeri – Sweden

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