The 7th Annual DC Beer Week (DCBW) is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with sponsor-driven flagship events taking place at different venues around the region throughout the week of August 9–16. The official calendar of events, which will continue to grow as the week gets closer, is live on the DCBeerWeek.net website now.
“DC Beer Week is for beer fans of all levels of devotion. From casual consumers to draft list diehards, we want there to be an event for everyone to look forward to. DC Beer Week 2015 delivers on that goal. We have eight great marquee events backed by some of the scene's top breweries, bars, and restaurants. There are extensive beer lists, fun non-beer activities, and plenty of opportunities to toast old friends and make new ones," says DCBW co-chair Bill DeBaun. "Beyond these top line events, we've increased Beer Week's education events, and, as always, there is a wide variety of other exciting events in neighborhoods across the District and beyond."
As part of a Marquee-level DCBW sponsorship, organizations were able to reserve a day to host a flagship event at their venue or a location of their choice. The planned flagship events include:
Sunday, August 9 – Brewers on the Block at Suburbia – DC Beer Week is excited to announce its kick-off event at Suburbia at Union Market. The 1967 Airstream bar outside of Union Market in northeast DC will host 20 of the region’s top breweries, cideries, and meaderies to mark the beginning of the 7th Annual DC Beer Week. The daytime event will feature tastings, music from DJ-59, a ribbon cutting ceremony with a special guest who will also tap the first official keg of DCBW’s Solidarity Beer of 2015, and more!
This year’s participating breweries include:
3 STARS BREWING COMPANY | ATLAS BREW WORKS | BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY | BOLD ROCK CIDER | THE BREWER'S ART l CHARM CITY MEADWORKS | DC BRAU BREWING COMPANY | DEVILS BACKBONE BREWERY | FLYING DOG BREWERY | HELLBENDER BREWING COMPANY | LOST RHINO BREWING COMPANY | MAD FOX BREWING COMPANY | OLIVER ALES | PORT CITY BREWING COMPANY | REALEREVIVAL (RAR) BREWING| STILLWATER ARTISANAL ALES | UNION CRAFT BREWING
Brewers on the Block will offer both VIP ($60, 4 hours) and general admission ($35, 3 hours) tickets. VIP Entry commences at 1pm, and general admission opens up at 2pm. The event concludes at 5pm. Although beer is included in the ticket price, food and some retail items will be available for purchase. With all of these local breweries and then some, there is no other event running simultaneously, which should ensure that this is the biggest and best DCBW Kickoff Event ever! To get tickets to the event, click here.
Monday, August 10 – DC Brau’s 4th Annual Crab Fest at Quarterdeck – For the fourth year, DC Brau and the Quarterdeck are teaming up for their epic flagship crab-crackin' get down. Please help DC Brau celebrate indigenous beer and these indigenous Mid-Atlantic delicacies at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Arlington, VA. For a $45 ticket you get ALL YOU CAN EAT CRABS and DC BRAU $1 DRAFTS//$5 PITCHERS!!! Eat til your full…..#nobull. Tickets are available here, and they will sell out!
Tuesday, August 11 – Celebrate DC Beer Week 2015 with Port City Brewing Company Party at the BEACH at the National Building Museum – The interactive architectural installation will be open for a special night during DCBW. This is the only time it will be open exclusively for a 21+ event.
Enjoy music by Taylor Carson while kicking back on a beach chair with a Port City beer selection, which will include Metro, a Double Red Ale brewed especially for DCBW. Sandwiches will be available to purchase from Dirty South Deli, and they'll be crafted to pair with beer selection. Ticket includes three beers and a commemorative glass, with additional beers available to purchase. Find more details and purchase tickets here! Space is limited.
Wednesday, August 12 – RFD’s 3rd Annual Coast to Coast Tap Takeover – RFD in Chinatown is throwing an epic regional taptakeover, featuring $5 pints from more than 20 American craft breweries on all 45 of their draft lines that night starting at 3pm. Breweries will be highlighted from multiple regions of the United States; North, South, East, West, and Midwest. This year will also feature a locals only section in RFD’s back room featuring music from local band, Free Lobster Buffet. As DC Beer Week’s #1 charitable event, 100% of the $5 cover will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The address is 810 7thStreet, NW. No tickets necessary, but more information can be found here.
Thursday, August 13 – The Washington, DC Total Tap Takeover at ChurchKey – In celebration of DC Beer Week 2015, ChurchKey will devote all 55 of its draft and cask lines to beers brewed right here in the District. Not only will this be the first time that they’ve turned over each and every one of their taps to DC Craft Brewers, this will also be the largest single tapping of DC Craft Brews…ever.
A true tribute to the collective greatness of DC's brewing scene, the evening will start at4 PMand go all night.ChurchKey expects a wide array of flagships, seasonals, one-offs, and rarities both on cask and on draft from 3 Stars, Atlas, Bluejacket, DC Brau, Hellbender, and Right Proper.Word has it that the men and women who make all of these gems will be in the house throughout the night as well!
You do not want to miss this monumental event, one that is sure to become a DC Beer Week tradition at ChurchKey from here on out!
Friday, August 14 – DC Beer Week Takeover at High Velocity – Join a number of top tier breweries and High Velocity at the brand new Washington Marriott Marquis for a tap takeover filled with a great variety of beers. Join Atlas Brew Works, Heavy Seas, Hardywood, Sam Adams, 21st Amendment, Schlafly, Flying Dog, and more on Friday, August 14. Explore flagships and rarities from these breweries in High Velocity's sleek, modern atmosphere, and say TGIF during DCBW! Find a list of beers and more information here.
Saturday, August 15 – Devils Backbone's "Deutschland in Dupont" at Sauf Haus Bier Hall – Join Devils Backboneas they show off the German-style beers in their huge portfolio at Sauf Haus Bier Hall in Dupont Circle. Sample some pretzels and sausages and try any one of the wide range of beers that will be on draft. Chat up Devils Backbone representatives and wear your lederhosen for a taste of Deutschland in Dupont! See a list of offerings here.
Sunday, August 16 – The DCBW Local Beer Scavenger Hunt – Six Dupont Circle bars and restaurants want to ensure you wrap this year’s festivities by finding everything you thirst for! From 12-5pm on Sunday, August 16, Bier Baron Tavern, The Big Hunt, GBD, Glen’s Garden Market, Pizzeria Paradiso, and Scion Restaurant will host the DCBW Local Beer Scavenger Hunt!
Going venue-to-venue, scavenger hunters will seek out local beers from 12 local breweries and other clues around Dupont Circle. Teams of up to four can compete, and the more clues they find, the better chance they’ll have of winning brewery tours, swag, and other great prizes! Find entry details and registration detailshere. Teams are suggested to registered 48 hours in advance.
More information about each flagship event, including links to all ticket sites, as well as the growing number of beer dinners, trivia nights, tap takeovers and happy hours on the calendar that will be taking place through out the region at participating restaurants and bars during the week, is available on the DCBW website atwww.dcbeerweek.net.
In addition to the events of DCBW, the 2015 educational seminars are back and better than ever! Some of the topics will include We Can Brew It: Women and Brewing; How Government Affects Your Beer with “The Craft Beer Lobbyist” Mick Nardelli; and the DC Area Brewery Q&A with a rockstar panel of the region's brewing industry describing how they make it happen. More information and new topics will be added daily to DCBeerWeek.net so stay tuned.