There are a number of events related to Craft Brewers Conference 2013. Although we have day-by-day line-ups posted, it may also be helpful for attendees and the #DCBrews community to check out what some venues that are going above and beyond will be offering. Here are the events for Adams Morgan's Smoke and Barrel. For more of DCBeer's CBC coverage, click here.
Monday, March 25
Dogfish Head Tap Takeover and IPA Showcase with Head Brewer Jesse Prall – Smoke and Barrel – 5pm
Meet head brewer Jesse Prall and enjoy the entire line-up of Dogfish Head IPAs. Highlights include: Sixty-One – Newly-released IPA brewed with syrah grape must. Firefly – English pale ale utilizing Maris Otter malt and Calypso hops originally brewed for the Firefly music festival. Rhizing Bines – the newest Life and Limb collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head utilizing Bravo and 644 hops with Dogfish Head's continual hopping technology. New IPA glassware giveaways!
Full Draft List: 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA, Burton Baton, Rhizing Bines, India Brown, Firefly, Bitches Brew, Sixty-One, Hellhound, Noble Rot, Aprihop
Tuesday, March 26
Firestone Walker and Ballast Point featuring Beer Cocktails and BeerAdvocate – Smoke and Barrel – 5pm
The list will feature some barrel-aged rarities and out-of-market staples, as well as a cask of Ballast Point’s world-renowned Sculpin IPA. The bar staff will also be crafting four beer cocktails in coordination with Jason and Todd Alström of BeerAdvocate. Oh and there's still this little thing we're known for called Taco Tuesday. Expect a full line-up of attendees from both breweries including Jack White, Founder and CEO of Ballast Point and James Murrary, Ballast Point Director of Brewing.
Highlights: Firestone Walker 16th Anniversary – A blend of 226 oak barrels and 8 different beers aged in a combination of bourbon, brandy, and tequila barrels; Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin on Nitro – 2010 and 2011 GABF Gold Medal winning imperial oatmeal stout aged in oak bourbon barrels; Ballast Point Sculpin on Cask; Ballast Point Dorado – Ballast Point’s outstanding imperial IPA, never before served on draft in the district; Ballast Point Thai Chili Wahoo Wheat; Firestone Walker Parabola; Firestone Walker Sucaba
Firestone Walker Drafts: Parabola, Sucaba, 16th Anniversary, Double Double Barrel Ale, Velvet Merkin on Nitro, Union Jack, Wookey Jack, Double Jack, Double Barrel Ale, Pale 31, Velvet Merlin, Pivo Pils, Walker's Reserve Porter
Ballast Point Drafts: Sculpin IPA, Victory at Sea Imperial Porter, Dorado Double IPA, Longfin Lager, Big Eye IPA, Calico Amber, Thai Chili Wahoo Wheat, Indra Kunindra, Sculpin IPA (Cask)
Wednesday, March 27
Goose Island Tap Takeover featuring Bourbon County Variants – Smoke and Barrel – (Ticketed event beginning at 3:30 p.m.; Opens to the public at 5)
Yes, you ready that correctly. The Barrel will be receiving ultra-rare kegs of Bourbon County Coffee and Bourbon County Cherry Rye. This event will kick off with a private tasting from 3:30-5 featuring 4oz. pours of Night Stalker, Bourbon County Coffee, Cherry Rye Bourbon County, and 2012 Bourbon County Stout. Tickets will cost $45 and they plan to sell only 16. This is a rare opportunity to try these beers side-by-side as well as chat with Goose Island head cellarman/brewer Brian Taylor. Chef Logan McGear will provide two pairing plates for these huge stouts, one savory and one sweet. Tickets will go on sale March 13 and they will go fast. Stay tuned on twitter (@BeerBBQBourbon) for how to purchase.
Full draft list: 2012 Bourbon County, Bourbon County Coffee, Cherry Rye Bourbon County, Night Stalker, Big John, Pepe Nero, Père Jacques, Matilda, Sofie, IPA, Urban 312, Honkers Ale
Thursday, March 28
Collaboration of Brewery Friends – Smoke and Barrel – 5pm
New Belgium Brewing Co, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! and Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing. Featuring brewing creativity from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Japan and the United States – A draft list consisting of collaborations, rarities and cellared beauties! Highlighting the evening are 4 collaborated beer styles brewed between New Belgium and Dieu du Ciel! with a common collaborating connection with Scandinavian gypsy brewer, Anders Kissmeyer:
-New Belgium/Dieu du Ciel!- Heavenly Feijoa Tripel – Belgian tripel brewed at New Belgium fruited with feijoa and spiced with hibiscus
-Dieu du Ciel!/New Belgium- Hemelse God – Sour ale brewed at Dieu du Ciel! with Brettanomyces and spiced with Shezuan peppers
-New Belgium/Kissmeyer- Saison du Poivre – Saison brewed at New Belgium with peppercorns and fermented with saison yeast, Duvel yeast, and Brettanomyces
-Dieu du Ciel!/Kissmeyer- Smoked Baltic Porter – brewed at Dieu du Ciel this malt-forward style shows a delicate roastiness and touch of residual sweetness while the smoke balances nicely with the maple toffee flavors.
In addition to one of the most unique draft lists ever assembled at Smoke and Barrel, there will also be some special guests present. Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer and Brewing, and New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar- Wood Cellar Manager & Blender and Grady Hull- Assistant Brewmaster!
Additional Collaborations Include:
-New Belgium/Brewerij Boon- Transatlantique Kriek- a spontaneously fermented lambic ale fruited with Polish cherries. This authentic Kriek beer matured in oaken barrels for more than two years at Brewerij Boon, a Belgium brewer located in the region of Lembeek. The beer is then shipped across the Atlantic Ocean and blended with a full-bodied golden lager at New Belgium.
-Dieu du Ciel!/Shiga Kogen- Isseki Nicho – Special collaboration between Dieu du Ciel! and Shiga Kogen, a Japanese brewery located in Nagano. Hybrid of an imperial stout and a Belgian saison, its color is dark black. Strong bitterness and roasted malt flavors come in first, and are well balanced by a strong alcohol level. Dry and complex finishing provided by the saison yeast.
-Kissmeyer/Brasserie Dunham Leo’s Early Breakfast IPA – A collaboration brew between Brasserie Dunham, Canadian brewery located in Quebec, and Andreas Kissmeyer. An IPA hopped with Nelson Sauvin (amongst other hops), and also brewed with Earl Grey tea and guava purée.
-And last but not least, PECHE MORTEL! This marks the first time the world-renowned imperial coffee stout from Dieu du Ciel! will be poured on draft in the District!
New Belgium Drafts: Fat Tire Amber Ale, Shift Pale Lager, Rampant Imperial IPA, Belgium Transatlantique Kriek 2013, Cascara Quad 2013, New Belgium/Dieu du Ciel!- Heavenly Feijoa Tripel 2013, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout 2012, Coca Mole 2012, Biere de Mars 2012, 2012 La Folie, Oscar Love, Felix Love
Dieu du Ciel! Drafts: Fortunella, Peche Mortel, Solstice d’Hiver, Dieu du Ciel!/New Belgium- Hemelse God, Dieu du Ciel!/Kissmeyer- Smoked Baltic Porter, Dieu du Ciel!/Shiga Kougen- Isseki Nicho 2009
Kissmeyer Drafts: Kissmeyer/Sogaards Bryghus- Espresso Stout, Kissmeyer/Mercury Brewing Co. Honey Porter, Kissmeyer/Moonlight Brewing Co. Foreign Influence Saison, Kissmeyer/New Belgium Brewing Co. Saison du Poivre, Kissmeyer/Brasserie Dunham Leo’s Breakfast IPA
Friday, March 29
Breckenridge Beer and Stranahan's Whiskey – Smoke and Barrel – 5pm
While this week is all about the beer, we are using this event to give our good friend whiskey some love as well. Breckenridge is currently the only brewery in the country authorized to use Stranahan's Whiskey for barrel aging. We are showcasing two beers aged in these barrels that are rarely seen outside of Colorado: Barrel-Aged Vanilla Porter, and Barrel-Aged Pandora’s Bock. In addition, we will be receiving four bottles of this delicious out-of-market whiskey to pour next to the barrel-aged beers.
Full draft list: Ballpark Brown, Barrel-Aged Pandora’s Bock, Barrel-Aged Vanilla Porter, Vanilla Porter on Nitro, 471 Imperial IPA, 471 Extra ESB, 72 Double Chocolate Cream Stout, Pandora's Bock, Avalanche Amber, Agave Wheat, Lucky U IPA, Oatmeal Stout
Saturday, March 29
CBC Leftovers – Smoke and Barrel – 5pm
Over the course of these five days, Smoke and Barrel will be pouring 82 unique beers. On Saturday, we will pour the most interesting 24 still hanging out in our keg room. Don’t be shocked to see some surprises pop up on the list as well!