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Churchkey holds its 5th DC Total Tap Takeover for DC Beer Week

One of the highlights of DC Beer Week is walking into Churchkey during their Washington, DC Total Tap Takeover. Fifty drafts and five cask lines, all pouring beer made in DC, which is something that wasn’t possible until a few years ago. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the event, and previous takeovers have been a celebration of all things DC beer, with brewers and brewery representatives mingling with fans. On Tuesday, September 10th, we get to do it all over again.

Churchkey hosts 55 DC-brewed beers on tap at the 5th Annual DC Total Tap Takeover for DC Beer Week.
Churchkey hosts 55 DC-brewed beers on tap at the 5th Annual DC Total Tap Takeover for DC Beer Week.

Highlights of this year’s DC Total Tap Takeover include Red Bear and Valor beers being poured outside their brewpubs for the first time, though Valor does have a pop-up location at Union Market, and a slew of barrel-aged goodies such as Bluejacket’s Fantasy Camp imperial stout and a vertical of Right Proper’s Baron Corvo. As for me, I’ll be crushing a cask of District ChopHouse Oatmeal Stout.

We asked Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director Greg Engert what he was most excited about. “We are excited to welcome two new DC breweries, Red Bear and Valor, to our now fifth annual DC total tap takeover,” he wrote. “Speaking of growth, our old friends in the scene are consistently innovating and we will have a slew of new selections from the likes of DC Brau (Cross Quarter Days, a barrel-aged imperial stout collaboration with Jameson) and Atlas (The Shape of Funk to Come, a complex sour red ale blend). Don’t miss the DCBW Solidarity Beer collaboration this year either – it is a vibrant Kellerbier that’s perfect for late summer drinking.”

The tap list (at the time of publication):

3 Stars

  • 3 Stars 808s (Double IPA w/ Amarillo, Azacca & Simcoe)
  • 3 Stars Diamonds Are Forever (Pale Ale w/ Amarillo, Mosaic & Citra)
  • 3 Stars Ghost (IPA w/ Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra & Columbus)
  • 3 Stars Mango Saison (Saison w/ Mango)
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison (Saison)
  • 3 Stars Southern Belle (Imperial Brown Ale w/ Pecans)
  • 3 Stars Trouble in Paradise (Sour Blond Ale w/ Mango & Guava)

Atlas

  • Atlas Batch 666 (Tmavé)
  • Atlas Damn Good IPA (IPA w/ El Dorado & Ekuanot)
  • Atlas Dave Trippelle (Rum BA Triple)
  • Atlas Effigy (Sour Red Ale)
  • Atlas PL IPA (IPA w/ Zythos)
  • Atlas Shape of Funk to Come (Red Wine & Bourbon BA Sour Red Ale)
  • Atlas Silent Neighbor (Stout w/ Molasses & Caraway Seed)

Bluejacket

  • Bluejacket Double Mexican Radio 2018 (Bourbon BA Imperial Stout w/ Spices)
  • Bluejacket Escape Momentum (Red Wine BA Sour Red Ale w/ Cherries)
  • Bluejacket Fantasy Camp (Bourbon BA Imperial Stout w/ S’mores)
  • Bluejacket Hobo’s Lullaby (Triple IPA w/ Citra, Simcoe & Amarillo)
  • Bluejacket Self Portrait (Pilsner w/ Hallertau Mittelfruh)
  • Bluejacket Solidarity Beer (Kellerbier; DC Beer Week Collab.)
  • Bluejacket Time to Pretend (Double IPA; Offshoot Collab.)

DC Brau

  • DC Brau Barrel-Aged Cross Quarter Days (Whiskey BA Belgian Stout)
  • DC Brau Barrel-Aged Your Pet Cow (Whiskey BA Imperial Stout)
  • DC Brau Cha Cha Cha (Weizenbock)
  • DC Brau Joint Resolution: Simcoe & Peaches (IPA w/ Simcoe & Peaches; Cask)
  • DC Brau Keller Pils (Pilsner w/ Hallertau)
  • DC Brau Oktoberfest (Marzen)
  • DC Brau Public (Pale Ale w/ Centennial)

District ChopHouse

  • District ChopHouse Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine 2017 (Bourbon BA Barleywine; Cask)
  • District ChopHouse Ellie’s Saison (Saison)
  • District ChopHouse IPA: Citra & Mosaic (IPA w/ Citra & Mosaic; Cask)
  • District ChopHouse Nut Brown Ale (Brown Ale)
  • District ChopHouse Oatmeal Stout (Sweet Stout; Cask)
  • District ChopHouse Oktoberfest; Sunbeam (Marzen w/ Sunbeam; Cask)

Hellbender

  • Hellbender Bare Bones (Kolsch)
  • Hellbender Capitalsaurus (Witbier)
  • Hellbender Dr. Fuzz (Gose w/ Peaches)
  • Hellbender Dunkelweisse (Dunkelweizen)
  • Hellbender Ignite (IPA w/ Nugget, Centennial & Equinox)

Red Bear

  • Red Bear 51st State (IPA w/ Simcoe, Amarillo & Idaho 7)
  • Red Bear Dom Peri-Yaaaas! (Kolsch w/ Hallertau Blanc)
  • Red Bear Skookum (Amber Ale w/ Centennial & Simcoe)
  • Red Bear Something About Rosemary (Saison w/ Rosemary)

Right Proper

  • Right Proper Baron Corvo (Oak BA Bière de Garde)
  • Right Proper Baron Corvo: Cuvee 2 (Oak Foeder BA Bière de Garde)
  • Right Proper Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne (Berliner Weisse w/ Lemon & Elderflower)
  • Right Proper Haxan (Porter)
  • Right Proper Raised By Wolves (Pale Ale)
  • Right Proper Scenicrusier (Oak BA Bière de Garde w/ Wine Grapes)
  • Right Proper White Bicycles (Oak BA Witbier w/ Black Limes & Mandarina Bavaria)

Valor

  • Valor Cutter (Amber Lager)
  • Valor Deep Dive (IPA)
  • Valor Ghostrider (Porter)
  • Valor Hellkat (Hefeweizen)
  • Valor Two Tank (Vienna Lager)

Sure, you could take a tour of DC breweries one weekend, and we think you should, but here those breweries are all in one place. Flagships, rarities, one-offs, casks, and the people who brewed them in a celebratory atmosphere; all at Churchkey on Tuesday the 10th starting at 4 PM. 

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