DC Beer Week 2016, the 8th annual such week, runs from September 24-October 1. Leadership of the event has been taken over by the DC Brewers’ Guild, which decided to move the week from mid-to-late August to the final week of September.
Marquee events for #DCBW2016 have been announced, and there's a full slate of great finds for beer lovers:
Saturday, September 24 –4th Annual Craft BrewHaHa at the Old Ebbitt Atrium: Kicking off DC Beer Week, Old Ebbitt's 4th Annual BrewHaHa features ten local breweries and ten local chefs showcasing some of DC's best food and craft beer. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastings of 20 craft beers from local breweries alongside 20 terrific tastes from top restaurants. Held in Old Ebbitt Grill's expansive atrium, the cocktail-style party features live music, as well. Tickets are priced at $75 and are all-inclusive
Participating chefs & restaurants include Nathan Anda (Red Apron Butchery), Mike Friedman (The Red Hen/All-Purpose), Kyle Bailey (Sixth Engine), Logan McGear (Smoke and Barrel), Alex McCoy (Alfie’s), Gabe Thompson (RPM Italian), Jonatan Bohr (Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen), Zach Smith (The Hamilton), Jeff Eng (Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge), and Salvatore Ferro (Old Ebbitt Grill).
Sunday, September 25 – Hopfunkfest at 3 Stars Brewing Company: 3 Stars will welcome some special breweries as they show off rare and out-of-market dank and sour beers. Join 3 Stars for an afternoon of music, food trucks, oysters, BBQ, and fun at the brewery. Tickets are $15 and include admission, a custom glass, and your first beer. Tickets are limited, and they will not be sold at the door. Breweries on the roster: Other Half, J. Wakefield, RAR, Oxbow, DC Brau, Union, and more.
Tuesday, September 27 – Commonwealth Classics: Port City Brings the Best of Virginia to DC's Heurich House: Port City Brewing Company is partnering with the Heurich House Museum for a night celebrating all of the best food, drink, and culture from the Old Dominion! They’ve invited friends from around the state to showcase Virginia’s bounty at the Brewmaster’s Castle. Attendees will enjoy classic regional cuisine, live music, historical and cultural attractions, and of course, fresh Port City pints, including some limited releases.Your $40 admission includes entrance to the Heurich House gardens, a tour of the historic mansion (available 6-7pm), live music from Taylor Carson, and six tickets redeemable for food and drink from some of Virginia’s finest purveyors! Additional tickets will be available for sale on the day of the event.
They’re excited to have the following Virginia friends joining them: War Shore Oyster Company, Route 11 Potato Chips, Hubs Virginia Peanuts, Logan’s Sausage Company, Sugar Shack Donuts Alexandria, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Citizen Burger Bar, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Virginia is for Lovers, Taylor Carson, Alexandria, VA Town Crier
Thursday, September 29 – The Washington, DC Total Tap Takeover at ChurchKey: 55 DC Craft-Brewed Beers on Draft & Cask! ChurchKey will once again devote all 55 of its draft and cask lines to beers brewed right here in the District. Not only does this mark the second time that they've turned over each and every one of our taps to their DC Craft Brewers, this event remains 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 at 4pm and go all night. They are expecting a wide array of flagships, seasonals, one-offs, and rarities–both on cask and on draft–from 3 Stars, Atlas, Bluejacket, DC Brau, District Chophouse, 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 has quickly become a DC Beer Week tradition at ChurchKey!
Friday, September 30 – DC Brau’s Evening of Magical Mystery: DC Brau is partnering with Executive Chef Mike Friedman of The Red Hen DC & All Purpose Pizzeria for a delicious and spectacular journey during an Evening of Magical Mystery. Only 100 seats are available for this adventure, which will begin in the large parking lot adjacent to City Center (900 9th ST NW) at 6pm. From there, only time will tell where the path winds, ending at a truly one-of-a-kind outdoor location for a magnificent five-course paired dinner curated by Chef Mike Friedman and the Brau team. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes round-trip transportation between City Center and the event site, a five-course meal with extraordinary beer pairings, tax and gratuity. JUST ADDED: a live musical performance from DC's own BOOMscat.
Saturday, October 1 – DMV Craft Beer Celebration – Celebrate the close of DC Beer Week all over the region as simultaneous events take place in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In DC, the DC Brewers’ Guild will be throwing a cask event at Atlas Brew Works. In Maryland, celebrate at Denizens Brewing Company’s Make It Funky Wild Beer Festival in Silver Spring. In Virginia, celebrate Capitol City Brewing Company's Oktoberfest in Shirlington.
DC Brewers’ Guild Cask Event: On Saturday, October 1, Atlas Brew Works will host the DC Brewers' Guild as they showcase member breweries' casks. Atlas, Hellbender, 3 Stars, DC Brau, Right Proper, and Distrcit Chophouse will present various cask ales. Tickets are $50 and include samples of the various casks from 1-5pm and souvenir tasting glass. More information and tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Denizens Brewing Co.'s 2nd Annual 'Make It Funky' Wild Beer Festival: In Silver Spring, Denizens will be representing Maryland and showcasing the best local beer producers and special guest breweries from around the country to celebrate the unique and mouth-watering styles of wild and sour beers. General Admission tickets are $55 and include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sample pours from 1-4pm, and live entertainment. Participating breweries include: 3 Stars Brewing Company; Atlas Brew Works; Avery Brewing Company; Bluejacket; The Brewers' Art; Burley Oak Brewing Company; Caboose Brewing Company; Call to Arms Brewing Company; Coppertail Brewing Co.; Craft Kombucha; Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project; Denizens Brewing Co.; Franklins Brewery; Free Will Brewing Co.; Hellbender Brewing Company; Iron Hill Brewery; Lost Rhino Brewing Company; Mad Fox Brewing Company; New Belgium Brewing Company; Ocelot Brewing Company; RaR Brewing; Right Proper Brewing Company; Strangeways Brewing; Union Craft Brewing; Waredaca; and counting!
Capitol City Brewing Company's Shirlington Oktoberfest: Capitol City Brewing Company will host its 17th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1 from 12-7pm at The Village at Shirlington. Enjoy a "familiennachmittag" (family afternoon) like they do in Munich. Capitol City invites beer-drinkers and festivalgoers alike to dress in traditional German garb and enjoy the tastes of authentic Bavarian brews, bratwurst, and brezlen – the German-style pretzel. More than 65 local breweries will set up taps and share ale and lager samples with the thousands of anticipated guests from the DMV region. The $30 admission ticket for beer drinkers includes an official Oktoberfest wristband, a Capitol City branded tasting glass, and 10 drink tickets. Ticket sales begin at 11:30 am, and taps close at 6 pm. Entrance is free for children and non-drinkers. More information and to purchase tickets, visit the Oktoberfest2016 website.
Find more information about each flagship event at DCBeerWeek.net.