Take a deep breath. Don’t panic. You didn’t miss something. We didn’t miss something. DC Beer Week 12 isn’t imminent, but planning for it has already begun! This year’s DC Beer Week will take place on August 12-18. To spread the word about news, a new DCBW website has been set up, so make sure you go ahead and check that out.

The first piece of news out of DC Beer Week this year is a campaign to raise awareness of DC Beer Week and give folks a chance to get some discounts on beer. At any one of 15 participating bars, buy a DCBW button for $10 and get deals at all 15 of those bars for the month of April. Note that you have to be wearing your button (or at least have it on your person) at one of the participating bars to get the discounts below. Buttons are also non-transferable.

After you buy your button, check out the Washington City Paper and get the DCBW passport out of it. Bring that passport to each bar and have them stamp it. If you collect a stamp from each bar, you’ll be entered in a drawing. The grand prize of the drawing is a $50 gift certificate to all 15 bars!

Here are the participating bars and the deals they’re offering. One button gets you any or all of these 15 deals:

Bier Baron: $2 off all local beers


The Big Hunt: Sunday thru Thursday, 9 PM to 12 AM – $1 off featured craft beers

Bourbon: Sunday thru Wednesday – $8 One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer. You get a shot of your choice of a preselected Bourbon or Scotch and a pint from one of four local brewery draft selections for $8.

Capitol Lounge: $4 Anchor Liberty or Sierra Nevadas

ChurchKey/Birch & Barley: Every Monday – Half-price on all 5 cask ales from the engines

District Chophouse & Brewery: Any beer is $2.50

Granville Moore’s: $5 Ommegang BPA’s

Jack Rose Dining Salon: All day on Sunday & Monday – $2 off drafts

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill: Saturday thru Tuesday, from 3 to 8 PM – $2 off draft beers

Matchbox: Half-price off a 10″ pizza (one per button, per visit)

Meridian Pint: Sunday thru Thursday – $1 off all DC Brau, Lost Rhino & Port City drafts

Pizzeria Paradiso: 10% off all bottled beers (DC locations only)

The Reef: Sunday thru Thursday – $1 off drafts

Smoke & Barrel: Sunday thru Thursday – $1 off all drafts

Tryst: It’s Happy Hour anytime – a $3-$4 craft beer selection