DC Beer Week 2014 returns from August 17-24. Although we have day-by-day line-ups posted, it may also be helpful for the #DCBrews community to check out what some players that are going above and beyond will be offering. Here are the events being sponsored by Adams Morgan's The Black Squirrel (2427 18th Street NW). For more of DCBeer's DCBW coverage, click here.

Saturday, August 16 – 12pm – Going Camping with Devils Backbone at The Black Squirrel: Camp out with the Devils Backbone Brewery Company and the Black Squirrel on Aug. 16th, and brush up against the lifestyle of the sustainable and farm-to-tanks. Meet those who ply their trade in a bucolic part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on Route 151 in Roseland, Va., in a brewery/restaurant/bar that is made of reclaimed wood from the old barns and tobacco sheds of another time, gilded with the stones of local river beds and punctuated with natural pieces from the surrounding areas and wildlife. The brewery even takes its name from one of the mountains overlooking it. 

Douse Devils Backbone Base Camp one-offs, including:

Enter a raffle to win a Devils Backbone camping hammock, a talking fish, and lots of other Devils Backbone schwag.  Our chef will bring home the camping theme with s’mores and fire-roasted weenies. 


Monday, August 18 – 5pm – Pennsylvania Week-Long Trifecta Kick-Off Happy Hour at The Black Squirrel: Bet on for your favorite Pennsylvania brewery during this weeklong race to win the brewery crown featuring one-off specialty beers from Troegs, Sly Fox, Victory, and Stoudts. A trifecta is a bet that predicts which beer will finish first, second, and third in exact order. In this race, it’s the beer sales that count. Guess the top three best-selling in the correct order, and you’re eligible to win a bunch of neat prizes from the breweries. 

The following rare one-off beers will be pouring:

Kick off the week-long Trifecta beer race and rub elbows with brewery folks at a Happy Hour in the Tap Room on Monday, August 18th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Promotional prices on Pennsylvania beer at the Happy Hour is a great bet!

Place your betting card for the Trifecta anytime during DC Beer Week and earn a chance to win exceptional prizes from each of the breweries, including private brewery tours, brewery gear, and rare beer. Make your Trifecta bets all Beer Week long; the winner will be announced Saturday, August 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 20 – 5pm – Summer Shout-Out to Stouts at The Black Squirrel: It plans to be a dark and stormy night at the Black Squirrel, where we will be pouring 11 varieties of the black stuff, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (August 20th). The stouts will be streaming from the tap lines on both the main floor and in the Tap Room. The list:

To complement the liquid treasures, our chef will prepare a house-ground, nine-ounce stout burger infused with Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.

Thursday, August 21 – 5pm – Rocky Mountain High: Colorado Joint Beer Event at The Black Squirrel: Here comes Colorado. There goes the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. The sound you hear is the din of local potheads shouting to the skies in praise of the Cannabis State.

Put on your best beer-drinking shoes, it is going to be a hoppy-fueled, Rocky Mountain high of a time on Thursday (August 21), starting at 5 p.m. when Oskar Blues, Left Hand, Great Divide, Epic, Avery, and Breckenridge breweries throw a party.

Want to be more like Colorado? Members of the DC Cannabis Collation and the Hemp Lobby will be on hand to talk about efforts in DC for cannabis reform and the upcoming November ballot imitative 71 to legalize recreational use of cannabis in the District. YES ON 71!

So let’s get high on hops with the following rarities from Colorado:

Our chef plans to complement the rare suds with lots and lots of munchies. As an added bonus, this and every Thursday is Burger Night at The Black Squirrel.


Friday, August 22 – 5pm – Michigan’s Mighty Fine Beer at The Black Squirrel: The Black Squirrel plans a night-long toast to Michigan on Friday, August 22th, starting at 5 p.m., when representatives from the breweries of Founders, Bell’s, New Holland, and Jolly Pumpkin unleash their liquid goodies. 

The Wolverine State will showcase, among others, the following beer: 

Our chef will prepare venison burgers in honor of the state’s official seal.

Saturday, August 23 – 12pm – Great Lakes Brewery Beer and Brats Brunch at The Black Squirrel: Let’s punctuate D.C. Beer Week with an exclamation point by showcasing the Great Lakes Brewing Co. on Saturday, August 23th, at The Black Squirrel, starting at noon.

Celebrate Great Lakes’ exceptional brewing, as exemplified by the suds on tap: 

Our chef plans to get into a Cleveland state of mind by preparing the city’s famous Polish Boy sandwiches. Never heard of it?  Try bratwurst sausage topped with fries and coleslaw, covered in barbeque sauce and served on a hot dog bun.

Saturday, August 23 – 1pm – We Can Brew It: Women in Beer Event at The Black Squirrel: 

DC Beer Week Educational (Drinking) Event for Women. Attention Brew Queens: Want to drink pink and learn more about craft beer? Join D.C. Beer Week, The Black Squirrel, and Girls Pint Out for a beer school led by inspiring women in the local craft beer scene including:

This is a ticketed event.  The price of admission is $25 and includes 5-ounce pours of six specialty beers and light appetizers.

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. for a one-hour happy hour with promotional prices on featured beer.  Beer school starts at 2:00 p.m. sharp.

Stay tuned as we announce more speakers.  For more information on the speakers, featured beer, and to purchase tickets, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-can-brew-it-women-in-beer-event-at-the-black-squirrel-tickets-12582068305 or www.BlackSquirrelDC.com

Saturday, August 23 – 7pm – Pennsylvania Trifecta Prize Drawing at The Black Squirrel: You’ve placed your Trifecta bet for your favorite Pennsylvania breweries during Beer Week: Troegs, Sly Fox, Victory, or Stoudts.  Now it’s time to announce the winning bets. 

A drawing of all the correct Trifecta betting cards will be held at The Black Squirrel on Saturday, August 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. 

Prizes include private brewery tours, brewery gear, and rare beers.  But you’ve got to play to win. 

Stop by The Black Squirrel any time during DC Beer Week to drink a beer from your favorite Pennsylvania brewery and cast your winning Trifecta bet.