We’re a bit sluggish here at DCBeer this morning after a hell of a night last night. Have to get right back up on that horse though, there’s a great slate for tonight.

If you’re into barrel-aged beers, check out Meridian Pint tonight because DC Brau will be there with a full line-up of their brews from barrels. Oliver Ales, 3 Stars, and Mad Fox beers join the line-up as well.

If you’re looking for a more New England touch, ChurchKey has a tap takeover with Smuttynose where you can meet the brewer and try a wide variety of brews from the Portsmouth brewery.

There’s a trio of beer dinners tonight if you’re looking to get some food with your beers: check out Granville Moore’s, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Virtue Feed and Grain for a variety of menus and line-ups.

And finally, who doesn’t like late-night competitive eating? At 10pm, Smoke and Barrel will host the Chouffe Little Man Big Mouth Taco Takedown. Participants have already been selected, but you can still watch people try to eat nine tacos in 15 minutes while only having a pint of La Chouffe to drink.


Be safe out there you crazy kids. Tonight’s line-up is below.

Mad Fox: Orange Whip Tapping – 3pm

Mad Fox – 444 West Broad Street, Suite I, Falls Church – @madfoxbrewing
The cult favorite breaches the taps at 3 pm sharp

Smoke and Barrel: Great Lakes Xmas in August – 5pm
Smoke and Barrel – 2471 18th Street NW – @beerbbqbourbon
What’s the best way to kill the August heat? If you’re as crazy as the Smoke and Barrel is it’s Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Blackout Stout on draft with head brewer Luke Purcell. They’ll also be pouring two brewpub exclusives: Engine 20 and Rye of the Tiger, as well as Commodore Perry IPA, Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitzgerald and Oktoberfest. All Great Lakes drafts will be $5 from 5-8PM.

Meridian Pint: Big Love: When One Isn’t Enough – 5pm
Meridian Pint – 3400 11th Street NW – @meridianpint
The Pint wanted to honor their favorite brewery of 2012, but they love more than just one! Four of their favorite breweries take over their 24 draft lines for one amorous evening. Join the crews from 3 Stars, DC Brau, Mad Fox & Oliver for some can’t-miss drafts and casks.

Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont: Small New Brewery Meet and Greet – 5pm
Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont – 2003 P Street NW – @eatyourpizza
Meet the brewers from three of the country’s newest breweries (3 Stars (pouring all three released beers, plus a special cask of Southern Belle), Union, Oxbow). Each brewery will be pouring two of its beers. The DC Beer Week saison will also be featured.

The Queen Vic: Magners Cider – 5pm
The Queen Vic – 1206 H Street NE – @queenvicdc
The specials tonight are 20-ounce pints of Magners cider and 12-ounce bottles of Magners Pear, as well as scallops with black pudding and apples.

The Fourth Estate: Fourth Estate Happy Hour – 5pm
The Fourth Estate – 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor – @4thestate
Fourth Estate at The National Press Club Celebrates DC Beer Week with $5 appetizers from 5pm-7pm at the bar and $5 craft beers all night.

ChurchKey: Smuttynose Draft and Cask Takeover – 6pm
ChurchKey/Birch & Barley – 1337 14th Street NW – @churchkeydc
Huge Smuttynose Draft and Cask Takeover. Meet Master Brewer Dave Yarrington. Almost 20 Different Smutty Brews! Taste some fresh Pumpkin Ale on cask (dry-hopped with Celia hops), compare Homunculus on draft and on cask (with Amarillo Hops in the firkin), note the nuanced evolution of Wheat Wine by tasting the 2012 and 2007 vintages side-by-side, and enjoy the newest Short Batch Brew–Rye IPA–as well as the very first–The Gnome–vintage-aged since 2007 (and the beer that evolved into Homunculus).

Rustico Ballston: San Diego Craft Beer Extravaganza – 6pm
Rustico Ballston – 4075 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington – @rusticoballston
Rustico is celebrating DCBW with an homage to Southern California and three of their favorite brewers: Ballast Point, Green Flash, and Mission Brewery! Two of these breweries do not sell their wares in the District (Ballast Point and Mission). They’ll be pouring the ever-incredible Ballast Point Sculpin IPA on cask and draft, as well as a full complement of Mission rarities and the fine ales of Green Flash, including the inimitable session brew, Retro Pale Ale

Port City Brewing Company: KIND Bar Tasting and Beer Pairing – 6:30-8pm
Port City Brewing Company – 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria – @portcitybrew
Pairing PCBC brews with the health snacks. A KIND rep will be in the Tasting Room to discuss the brand and bars and PCBC’s own Jason Camsky will suggest the pairings.

Granville Moore’s: Ommegash it’s Allagang – 7pm
Granville Moore’s – 1238 H Street NE – @granvillemoores
Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Co. and Cooperstown, N.Y.’s Brewery Ommegang provide the beer for this dinner with food pairings by Granville Moore’s Chef Teddy Folkman and his culinary team. $65.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: Evolution Beer Dinner – 7pm
Hank’s Oyster Bar – 1624 Q Street NW – @hanksoysterbar
Evolution Craft Brewing Company beers are paired with a five-course meal. Kristi Kruger, a guest speaker from Evolution, will be present. The menu is available to view here: http://www.hanksoysterbar.com/wp-content/uploads/Evolution-Beer-Dinner.pdf

Virtue Feed and Grain: Belgian Beer Dinner – 7pm
Virtue Feed and Grain – 106 South Union Street, Alexandria
Celebrate Belgian beer with a four-course dinner with beer pairings for each course.


Smith Commons: The Battle of Devils Backbone – 7pm
Smith Commons – 1245 H Street NE – @smithcommonsdc
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.

Smoke and Barrel: Chouffe Little Man Big Mouth Taco Takedown – 10pm
Smoke and Barrel – 2471 18th Street NW – @beerbbqbourbon
Brasserie D’Achouffe is sponsoring the Barrel’s first ever taco eating competition. Eight vegan/vegetarian participants and eight meat-loving participants will get nine BBQ tacos with only a glass of Chouffe to wash them down. The winner will be whoever finishes first. Any participant that outcompetes the Gnome will win a $25 giftcard to Smoke & Barrel. Additionally, the top participant from each heat will win three free tacos every Tuesday for a year. $6 glasses of Chouffe from 10PM. To enter as a participant, email Sam at Beer@MeridianPint.com.