For those of you (like me) not at Friday evening's Lupulin Reunulin at Washington DC's RFD, here is owner Dave Alexander's description of the hop-extravaganza, in his own extravagant syntax:
Friday May 29th in the back room at RFD we again present the best of the best cutting edge American craft brewers.
Hosting this truly special event is our buddy, my fellow member of the Rolling Boil Blues Band (We hop!) and one brave woman, Julie Bradford editor of All About Beer the magazine
The brewmasters are -
Tomme Arthur of San Diegos Pizza Port/Port and Lost Abbey Brewing Co.s, who we introduced to DC in July of 2001 from Santa Rosa California,
Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River who we introduced to DC just three months later in October tho we had sold his great Blind Pig years earlier (credited with being the first EVER commercially brewed double IPA)
Adam Avery, whose Colorado self named Avery Brewery made it’s first Brickskeller appearance in January of 2001
Rob Tod of Maine’s Allagash brewery who first graced our stage in April of 2001 (a HECK of a year!!!!)
Bill Madden, local legend of Leesburgs Vintage 50 and soon coming [sic, should be Mad Fox] Madd Fox!
and last but not [sic, but hilarious] leased from Delaware
Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head who first appeared at the Brick in December of 1995
And here, courtesy of LagerHeads at Washington City Paper, is a photo of the august brewing crew.
Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head),
Rob Todd (Allagash), Bill Madden (Vintage 50).
Back row l-r:
Greg Koch (Stone Brewing), Ken Grossman, Jr. (Sierra Nevada), Tommie Arthur (Pizza Port), Adam Avery (Avery Brewing).
Off to the right: Dave Alexander (proprietor of RFD/Brickskeller)
Rumor has it that, by evening's midpoint, there were some very happy brewers on the dais. No comment about the end of the evening.
This was just one event of DC Craft Beer Week, which culminates tonight (Saturday) with the Brewers Association's national beer-with-food exposition, SAVOR.