The thing about DC Beer Week is…well it’s really too many things to too many people to mention in a roundup. But many is good. In fact, it’s better than one. Although, considering how many intriguing events are being put on tonight, one may be all you need.
If you’re a locavore you should head to The Big Hunt after work for local favorites 3 Stars, Evolution, DuClaw, and more. Tap takeovers abound with Pennsylvania breweries: Troegs at Penn Social and Victory at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont. For more Belgique taps, head to Belga Cafe for a Delirium takeover. Meridian Pint hosts an epicurean delight with the pair-friendly Ommegang leading the charge. If a paired affair of suds and smokes is more your ticket, head to Jack Rose and chew on a fat stogie provided by W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist. Take a vicarious trip to the land of the Maine-iacs with a Maine review at ChurchKey, where Allagash, Maine Brewing, Oxbow, and Rising Tide will all be flowing. If cask ale is more your mug head to District Chophouse for a taste of the DC Brewers Beer Week Collaboration Beer “Solidarity Saison.” They’ll also be pouring beers from Bluejacket, DC Brau, 3 Stars Brewing Company, District Chophouse, and others. If your heart yearns for the hearltand, Smith Commons is holding it down for the Midwest with beers poured from Bell’s, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Boulevard Brewing Company, Founders, Schlafly, New Holland and a whole mess from Colorado to boot! If you like your James Brown and the JBs with a side of Sour Patch Kids, Tryst is the place for you tonight. With a bunch of sour and funk-infused beers, you can get your Brett and Lacto on with New Belgium and their Lost Abbey collaboration.
Below is a more comprehensive list with no shortage of exiting events (really there’s not a bad one on here):
The Big Hunt: Local Flava – 5pm
The Big Hunt – 1345 Connecticut Avenue NW – @bighuntdc
Beers from 3 Stars Brewing Company, Evolution Brewing Company, and DuClaw Brewing Company, more details TBA
Scion: 3 Is the Magic Number – 5pm
Scion – 2100 P Street NW – @scionrestaurant
Scion Restaurant is celebrating DC Beer Week by hosting 3 of their favorite breweries. Local stalwarts 3 Stars and Flying Dog will join forces with Ommegang for a night of rare beers. Scion will be featuring 3 unique beers from each brewery as well as 3 different food pairings. Featured drafts will be $3 off all night. There is no admission cost for this event and beers will be available in both 4 oz and full glass pours. Beers: Ommegang: 3 Philosophers, Art of Darkness, Scythe and Sickle Harvest. 3 Stars: Southern Belle, Pandemic Porter, Urban Farmhouse. Flying Dog: Old Bay Gose, Chinook Single Hop IPA, Snake Dog IPA.
Penn Social: Troegs Tap Takeover – 5pm
Penn Social – 801 E Street NW – @pennsocialdc
Troegs comes to town bearing $5 pours of Hopback Amber, Dreamweaver Wheat, Sunshine Pils, a special Helles, and more – and when you buy a pint, you keep the glass (1 per customer)
Smoke and Barrel: Goose Island Tap Takeover – 5pm
Smoke and Barrel – 2471 18th Street NW – @beerbbqbourbon
Beer and whiskey are perfect partners for each other and Goose Island knows how to combine them. The Barrel will have Bourbon County Stout, Goose Island’s famous 14.5% Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels on draft along with seven of their other brews. Get 4oz of any Goose Island draft for free when you purchase any of their 100 whiskies, or take $3 off any whiskey when you purchase a full Goose Island draft. The beers:
Bourbon Country Brand Stout, Fleur, Imperial IPA, IPA, Matilda, Nut Brown, Pere Jacques, Sofie
Meridian Pint: Ommegang Tap Takeover with Vegetarian Beer Pairings – 5pm
Meridian Pint – 3400 11th Street NW – @meridianpint
Meridian Pint is vegan/vegetarian friendly 365 days a year, but they wanted to do something special for their herbivorous friends. Brewery Ommegang makes incredibly food-friendly brews, and the Pint’s Executive Chef, David Shewmaker, will have six mini vegetarian dishes meant for pairing. Get a free 4oz Ommegang draft with any of his specials whether you choose his pairing or not!
Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont: Victory Tap Takeover – 5pm
Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont – 2003 P Street NW – @eatyourpizza
Twelve drafts from Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company will be on tap. Visit http://www.eatyourpizza.com/ for a complete line-up of the featured beers.
The Black Squirrel: Let’s Get Stoopid – 5pm
The Black Squirrel – 2427 18th Street NW – @thblacksquirrel
Get your munchies on with half-priced burgers and get stoopid on Lagunitas specialty kegs when Lagunitas super-rep Bernie Van Order pours Maximus IPA, Hop Stoopid Imperial IPA, Lucky 13.alt, Undercover Shutdown Ale, Little Sumpin Sumpin, Imperial Stout, IPA and Pils. Lots of swag to be had.
Belga Cafe: Delirium Tap Takeover – 5pm
Belga Cafe – 514 8th Street SE – @belgacafe
Belgium’s Delirium Brewery takes over the taps, featuring Delirium Tremens, Nocturnum, Noël, and more.
The Queen Vic: Belhaven and Bombardier – 5pm
The Queen Vic – 1206 H Street NE – @queenvicdc
The special tonight is braised brisket, mash, and collared greens with 20-ounce pints of beer by Belhaven and Bombardier.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon: Cigarmageddon – 5pm
Jack Rose Dining Saloon – 2003 18th Street NW – @jackroseindc
All full size beers $6 all night. Hosted by Widmer Brothers and W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist. Special beer and cigar package prices T.B.D.
Granville Moore’s: Mystery Secret Keg Drop Off – 5pm
Granville Moore’s – 1238 H Street NE – @granvillemoores
A MYSTERY KEG will hit our tap line for one night only on Thursday night of DCBW2012! It’s an amazingly popular beer with more followers than Justin Bieber’s twitter account brewed by a mad member of the Canidae family. What can it be? Find out 5pm on Thurs. Orange ya glad we let you know?
ChurchKey: A Rollicking Review of Maine Craft Brewing – 6pm
ChurchKey/Birch & Barley – 1337 14th Street NW – @churchkeydc
In addition to rarities from Allagash, ChurchKey will also be pouring ales from Oxbow Brewing Company, a brewery hardly ever seen in DC, Maine Beer Company, as well as a brewery whose beers have never before been poured in the District: Rising Tide. In addition to rare beers like Allagash Avance (Four aged in oak barrels on strawberries) and Jim Bean (Curieux w/ Coffee), there will also be some collaborations, like Prince Tuesday (Allagash, Maine Beer, and Rising Tide) as well as Time #1 (Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Maine Beer)…and much more!
District Chophouse: 2nd Annual Cask Night – 6pm
District Chophouse – 509 7th Street NW – @chophousebrew
Featuring Handcrafted Casks from over 15 Local Area Breweries, including DC Brewers Beer Week Collaboration Beer: Solidarity Saison, Bluejacket, DC Brau, 3 Stars Brewing Company, District Chophouse, and many more! $50 ticket includes: unlimited beer sampling, light Chophouse fare, tasting glass, raffle prizes. Reserve tickets by calling 202-347-1922 or email@example.com
Union Pub: Great Lakes Brewer Meet and Greet – 6pm
Union Pub – 201 Massachusetts Avenue NE – @unionpub
Great Lakes is completely taking over the taps at Union Pub for DC Beer Week! Enjoy over eight beers including pub exclusive, Rye of the Tiger, and their newest seasonal Oktoberfest. Local GLBC rep and brewer will be on hand answering your questions, passing out swag and sharing a few brews.
Nanny O’Briens: San Francisco Gold Rush – 6pm
Nanny O’Briens – 3319 Connecticut Avenue NW – @nannyobriens
San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing takes over the tap, offering eight different beers, including varieties from the rare, limited release Zymaster series. Lineup: Small Beer, Summer, Breckles Brown, Old Foghorn, Zymaster, Liberty Ale, and Steam.
Black Jack: $1 Sam Adams Happy Hour – 6pm
Black Jack – 1612 14th Street NW – @blackjackdc
Samuel Adams Octoberfest is $1. Test your strength by competing in the National Stein Hoisting contest.
Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown: Hopfenstark Beer Dinner – 6:30pm
Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown – 3282 M Street NW – @eatyourpizza
$65 five-course dinner featuring the beers of the renowned microbrewery Hopfenstark of Quebec.
Star and Shamrock Tavern and Deli: Sixpoint Game Night – 7pm
Star and Shamrock Tavern and Deli – 1341 H Street NE – @starshamrock
Enjoy classic children’s games with an adult twist. Featuring beer from Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery.
Smith Commons: Midwest Brewery Night – 7pm
Smith Commons – 1245 H Street NE – @smithcommonsdc
craft offerings from the following breweries ($5 Draughts & Small Bottles): Bell’s Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Co., Goose Island Beer Co., Great Lakes Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Boulevard Brewing Company, Founders Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewery, Boulder Beer, Schlafly Beer, Avery Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Company
Tryst: A Night of Funk and Folly – 8pm
Tryst – 2459 18th Street NW – @trystdc
$20 gets you five (5) pours, each 4.5 ounces, of New Belgium beers, which include not only the obligatory Fat Tire, but also some of their more obscure, sour offerings, such as Tart Lychee, the 2011 version of Kick, Peach Porch Lounger, and a collaboration with Lost Abbey.
Rustico Ballston: Terrapin Brewing Takes Over Rustico Ballston – 6pm
Rustico Ballston – 4075 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington – @rusticoballston
Nanny O’Briens: Anchor Tap Takeover
Nanny O’Briens – 3319 Connecticut Avenue NW – @nannyobriens
Port City Brewing Company: Live Music with Justin Trawick – 5-8pm
Port City Brewing Company – 3950 Wheeler Avenue – @portcitybrew
Live music with Justin Trawick, 6-8pm. www.justintrawick.com. Local musician extraordinaire! Tasting Room hours: 5-8pm.