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DCBW 2014 Wednesday Night Preview

DC Beer Week rolls on. Sorry we missed you on the Tuesday preview…we had…things…to do. Anyway. Here's our quick rundown of some event highlights for Wednesday, August 20 (check out the full list there). We're now into the busy part of the week. Wednesday and Thursday are historically quite busy evenings. There's plenty to do. Let's get to it.

  • There are two great education events tonight that you should definitely hit. First, at Policy is a panel on how government affects your beer. Get it? Policy…at Policy? Some great panelists will be there including: Bob Pease, Brewers Association Chief Operating Officer; Thor Cheston, Right Proper Brewery (@RightProperBeer) co-founder and DC Brewers Guild member; J.T. Smith, Brewers Association of Maryland Executive Director; Christina Henderson, Deputy Chief of Staff to DC Councilmember David Grosso, author of DC's recently passed Pint Law. Then at Clyde's of Gallery Place, join Flying Dog for a talk on local beer and beer ingredients. Flying Dog's Charlie Wildman will be on hand to talk with attendees about the brewery's use of local hops, while Dylan Kryzwonski of Maryland's Organarchy Hops will showcase the bitterest agricultural product in the land. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 202.349.3700 or going to http://www.clydesgifts.com/beer_dinner/.
     
  • For the rare/out of market beer chasers among you, ChurchKey is offering a Funky Buddha Tap Takeover tonight. If you're the kind of person that would put something called a "Baklava Braggot" in your mouth, then you will find other likeminded individuals there. Funky Budda doesn't get up here often, so if you're looking for some new Untappd badges/check-ins, this one is for you.
     
  • Tonight's DCBW Flagship is at RFD and features the 2nd Annual Coast-to-Coast Tap Takeover. Breweries from five regions (one of which is "local") will take over RFD's 45 taps. All beers are $5 all night. The $5 cover for this event goes to St. Jude's Children's Research Center.
     
  • Did you miss DC Brau's Crab Feast on Monday? Well you get a second chance to bash steaming hot arthropods with blunt instruments tonight at The Big Hunt. Join Evolution there, have some beers, and try to avoid using the line "I got crabs at The Big Hunt."…We already know.
     
  • If you like doing more with high gravity imperial stouts than putting them on a shelf and admiring them, then you might want to go to The Black Squirrel who has squirreled (these jokes write themselves, people) away 11 very nice stouts, including Great Lakes Blackout, 2012 BCBS, and Hardywood Sidamo
     
  • Virginia will be in the house, but probably not your house unless you have a big house and it's a brewpub called Mad Fox Brewing. A bunch of Virginia breweries (and a cidery!) will be celebrating at an extended happy hour until 9pm. Check out Devils Backbone, Starr Hill, Bold Rock, Legends, Forge Brew Works and 3 Brothers.
     
  • Atlas Brew Works launches their newest beer, Town and Country, a Belgian strong ale aged nine months in Virginia red wine barrels. The launches go down at Pizza P Dupont and Georgetown. If you can't make it, here are some tasting notes so you can brag to your friends, co-workers, pets, etc. that you still know what it tastes like: Fruit notes are pronounced, a product of both the unique Belgian yeast used for fermentation and the barrels’ rich history. A strong tannic body and significant alcohol foundation provide a sturdy canvas for flourishes of oak, tobacco, grape, and grain.
     
  • Finally, if you need a nightcap, head over to Boundary Road as they ask you to "bleed their lines dry." We can't make this stuff up. Yes it's a very sanguine beer event. Anyway, they'll be coming off of a beer dinner featuring sours earlier in the night, so there should be some good stuff in said bleeding lines.

There's obviously stuff we didn't cover here (Dogfish Head and Abita fans should check out Rustico Slaters and Ballston for example), but these are some of the highlights. Have a great Wednesday, be safe, and we'll see you tomorrow!

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