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DC Beer Week 2012 Event Line-up: Smith Commons

DC Beer Week 2012 will take place from August 12-18. DCBeer is your spot to find the most comprehensive listing of DC Beer Week events. Some venues stack the DCBW line-up with events every day of the week. Rather than do individual posts on all of these venues’ events, we’re presenting individual posts for this handful of venues. Here is Smith Commons’ line-up, including full draft lists, straight from the mouth of Managing Partner Miles Gray.

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 7:00 P.M.
• Smith Commons, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, DJ Skim & DCBeer.com
• Positive Contact: A Collision of Music & Beer with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
• Smith Commons Public House (2nd Floor)
• Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Deltron 3030’s Dan the Automator teamed up to create Positive Contact, a hybrid of beer and cider based on Dan’s favorite ingredients and Dogfish Head’s innovative brewing practices. Deltron 3030 is an adventurous hip-hop collaboration between Dan and Del the Funkee Homosapien. Deltron’s self-titled debut album, released in 2000, was an instant classic and is included on many hip-hop best-of lists. It got an 8/10 rating on NME, which called it “a crazed sci-fi journey to Planet B.S. that takes myriad detours around the galaxy. The most purely enjoyable hip-hop album of 2000.” Over a decade in the making, the new Deltron 3030 album is set to drop this spring, and Positive Contact was brewed to celebrate the release. Named after a key track on the first album, Positive Contact is a 9% ABV hybrid of beer and cider brewed with wood-pressed Fuji apples, roasted farro, a handful of cayenne peppers and a late dose of fresh cilantro. This sweet-and-sour Belgian-ish brew is a light straw color with fruity, cider-like notes. The cayenne and alcohol give it a warming finish. The beer was released in a dynamic box set of six 750ml champagne bottles, with a 10-inch vinyl EP of four new Deltron 3030 remixes created exclusively for this project, and a list of Deltron 3030-inspired recipes from a small group of renowned chefs.

Bitches Brew // Miles Davis
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, DFH created their own Bitches Brew — a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads of imperial stout and one thread of honey beer with gesho root. It’s a gustatory analog to Miles’ masterpiece.

Faithfull Ale // Pearl Jam
Faithfull Ale is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary as a band and its extraordinary debut album, “Ten.” In recognition of these milestones, this Belgian-style golden ale is delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil. Faithfull clocks in at 7% ABV.

Hellhound On My Ale // Robert Johnson
2011 would have marked the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, who according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. Dogfish Head paid tribute to this blues legend by gettin’ the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely crafted ale. Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse and 10% ABV. It’s dry-hopped with 100% Centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the Centennial hops — and as a shoutout to Robert Johnson’s mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson — they add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 7:00 P.M.
• Smith Commons & Devils Backbone Brewing Company
• The Battle of Devils Backbone
• Smith Commons Public House (2nd Floor)
• After a successful launch in Northern Virginia earlier this year, the award-winning Devils Backbone Brewing Company is finally set to go on tap in Washington, D.C. Meet brewer Jason Oliver and taste several of his beers. “The four-year-old brewery has won 11 medals (including three golds) at the last three Great American Beer Festivals. At the 2010 World Beer Cup, Devils Backbone was named Champion Brewery, and brewer Jason Oliver — formerly of Gordon Biersch downtown and the Virginia Beverage Company in Alexandria — was named top brewmaster in the Small Brewpub category.” – Fritz Han // The Washington Post

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 7:00 P.M.
• Smith Commons & DCBeer.com
• West Coast Brewery Night
• Smith Commons Public House (2nd Floor)
• We will have craft offerings from the following breweries ($5 Draughts & Small Bottles)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. // Paso Robles, CA
Stone Brewing Co. // Escondido, CA
Epic Brewing Company // Salt Lake City, UT
Black Diamond Brewing Company // Concord, CA
Anchor Brewing // San Francisco, CA
Lagunitas Brewing Company // Petaluma, CA
Maui Brewing Co. // Lahaina, HI
Anderson Valley Brewing Company // Mendocino County, CA
The Bruery // Orange County, CA

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 7:00 P.M.
• Smith Commons & DCBeer.com
• Midwest Brewery Night
• Smith Commons Public House (2nd Floor)
• We will have craft offerings from the following breweries ($5 Draughts & Small Bottles)

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. // Kalamazoo, MI
Great Divide Brewing Co. // Denver, CO
Goose Island Beer Co. // Chicago, IL
Great Lakes Brewing Company // Cleveland, OH
Oskar Blues Brewery // Lyons, Colorado
Boulevard Brewing Company // Kansas City, MO
Founders Brewing Co. // Grand Rapids, MI
Breckenridge Brewery // Breckenridge, CO
Boulder Beer // Boulder, CO
Schlafly Beer // St. Louis, MO
Avery Brewing Co. // Boulder, CO
New Holland Brewing Company // Holland, MI

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 7:00 P.M.
• Smith Commons & DCBeer.com
• Northeast Brewery Night
• Smith Commons Public House (2nd & 3rd Floor)
• We will have craft offerings from the following breweries ($5 Draughts & Small Bottles)

Brewery Ommegang // Cooperstown, NY
Allagash Brewing Company // Portland, ME
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery // Milton, DE
Old Dominion Brewing Company // Dover, DE
Southern Tier Brewing Company // Lakewood, NY
Flying Fish Brewing Company // Cherry Hill, NJ
Weyerbacher Brewing Company // Easton, PA
Brooklyn Brewery // Brooklyn, NY
Victory Brewing Company // Downingtown, PA
The House of Shandy Beer Co. // Burlington, VT
Samuel Adams // Boston, MA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, NOON–5:00 P.M.
• Smith Commons & DCBeer.com
• DMV Brewer’s BBQ & Mid-Atlantic Brewery Night
• Smith Commons Public House (2nd & 3rd Floors)
• We will have craft offerings from the following breweries ($5 Draughts & Small Bottles)

3 Stars Brewing Company // Washington, DC
DC Brau Brewing Company // Washington, DC
Chocolate City Beer // Washington, DC
District Chophouse // Washington, DC
Stillwater Artisanal Ales // Baltimore, MD
Flying Dog Brewery // Frederick, MD
DuClaw Brewing Company // Bowie, MD
Oliver Breweries // Baltimore, MD
Evolution Craft Brewing Company // Salisbury, MD
Baying Hound Aleworks // Rockville, MD
Growlers of Gaithersburg // Gaithersburg, MD
Franklin’s Brewery // Hyattsville, MD
Heavy Seas Beer // Halethorpe, MD
Lost Rhino Brewing Company // Ashburn, VA
Port City Brewing Company // Alexandria, VA

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