Remember, It’s a marathon not a sprint. That’s what I usually tell myself right before I overdo it and end up late for work and too tired to go out the next day. Running a beer blog for going on four years has taught me nothing in the realm of moderation. But it can be done with a little research and planning. Kick the week off right and hit some our staff pics or try something new.

Staff Picks:

The Big Hunt: Michigan’s Best! – 5pm The Big Hunt – 1345 Connecticut Avenue NW – @bighuntdc Featuring rare Michigan beers like New Holland Dragon’s Milk and 4 Witches, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Frangelic Brown Ale, and Bell’s HopSolution, Oracle, and Black Note Stout

Meridian Pint: Cheese and Oxbow Beer – 6:30pm Meridian Pint – 3400 11th Street NW – @meridianpint Join Tim Adams, co-founder and head brewer of Oxbow Brewing Company, and Tim Prendergast, Assistant Beer Director at the Meridian Pint and a Certified Cicerone®, for a casual afternoon exploration of Oxbow beers and American artisanal cheese. Through five pairings, you will see the amazing affinity that Oxbow’s farmhouse beers and artisanal cheese have for one another. $45 includes tax and gratuity. Buy your tickets here Save $10 when you also purchase tickets for Smoke & Barrel’s “Beer Meat Whiskey: Utah Edition” event

Smith Commons: Dogfish Head Music and Beer Night – 5pm Smith Commons – 1245 H Street NE – @smithcommonsdc Join DFH at Smith Commons for a night of music, beers, and music beers. They will be featuring three of their Music Beer Collaborations: Bitches Brew, Hellhound On My Ale, and their newest, Positive Contact. There will be other DFH offerings on tap, plus some tunes being spun inspired by Dogfish Head beer!


Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe: Third Annual Brooklyn Brawl Beer & Cheese Tasting – 6pm Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe – 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW – @kramerbooks The Third Annual Brooklyn Brawl is a beer- and cheese-tasting event for DC Beer Week, featuring seven selections by Brooklyn Brewery, available as individual tastes and by flights, all paired with cheeses. Brooklyn Brewery’s DC representative, Ryan Reaske and DOPS distributor representative, Jeff Wells will join us to answer questions about Brooklyn’s brews. We will be serving 6-oz. beer-tasting pours ranging in price from $7 to $10 each. Each beer taste includes an individual .5-oz. tasting portion of a specially selected cheese. We will also be serving four differently themed flights and a full-tasting flight. Each flight is a group of three 6-oz. pours of each selection and their corresponding paired cheeses. The four flight themes are: Lighter Side of Pale; 5-7-9; Around The World; and, Extreme Beers. Themed flight prices are $21 or $22; and, the full tasting flight is $53.

Full Monday Lineup:

Boundary Road: 3 Stars Beer Pairing Event – 5pm Boundary Road – 414 H Street NE – @boundaryrd Beer pairing event at Boundary Road pairing 3 Stars offerings with delicious small batch artisanal meats and cheeses available at the bar and throughout the dining room.

Smoke and Barrel: The Brewer’s Art Resurrection DC Can Release – 5pm Smoke and Barrel – 2471 18th Street NW – @beerbbqbourbon Meet the guys from The Brewer’s Art and enjoy Resurrection, their famous Belgian dubbel, out of metal. They’ll also have three Brewer’s Art brews on draft.

Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown: Founders Rare Beer Tap Takeover – 5pm Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown – 3282 M Street NW – @eatyourpizza Twelve draft lines pouring rare beers courtesy of Michigan’s award-winning Founders Brewing Co. Visit for the full line-up of beers.

The Queen Vic: Aspall Cyder – 5pm The Queen Vic – 1206 H Street NE – @queenvicdc 20-ounce pints of Aspall Cyder’s drinks and pork chops with bubble and squeak are the highlights here.

ChurchKey: Solidarity Saison Debut – 6pm ChurchKey/Birch & Barley – 1337 14th Street NW – @churchkeydc The Debut of Solidarity Saison! The Official DC Beer Week Craft Beer Blend of 7 Locally-Brewed Saisons Crafted Specially for DC Beer Week + Rarities from the Brewers of Solidarity Saison: 3 Stars, DC Brau, Mad Fox, District Chophouse, Capital City, Gordon Biersch and Chocolate City

Bier Baron: Rare Goose Island Beers – 7pm Bier Baron – 1523 22nd Street NW – @bierbarondc The Bier Baron will be starting off DC Beer week by tapping a keg of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout and Goose Island Imperial IPA.

Capitol Lounge: Brooklyn and Baseball – Nationals Ticket Giveaway – 9:30pm Capitol Lounge – 229 Pennsylvania Avenue SE – @caplounge For every bottle of Brooklyn Lager or Brooklyn Summer Ale purchased ($5.50 each), receive one raffle ticket. Raffles at 9:30pm. Must be present to claim tickets. Prize is a pair of tickets to the Friday, August 17 Mets v. Nationals game.

Fado: DC Brau Trivia Night – 8pm Fado – 808 7th Street NW Brandon and Jeff from DC Brau will be hosting a special beer-focused trivia night featuring $5 DC Brau and giveaways including a gift card to Fado and DC Brau swag.