DC Beer Week (16-21 August 2009) —organized by DC beer guru 'Hoppy' Jeff Wells and Chef Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore (and other Washington, D.C. area chefs and beer folk)— has announced its inaugural line-up.
A week-long celebration of beer culture in the nations capitol. With a line-up that features more than a dozen breweries and 25 restaurants across the district, the Inaugural DC Beer Week is set to kick off on Sunday, August 16th.
The 6-day event will kick off with a Suds Celebration and concert at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Daily tastings and presentations by domestic and international breweries will be available every day at participating restaurants and bars.
This series of events is still being planned but the following events below are confirmed.
Sunday, August 16
• DC Beer Week “Unity Jam” at the Rock & Roll Hotel
Rock & Roll Hotel
1353 H St NE
2 pm- 8 pm
The first annual DC Beer Week will kick-off in style celebrating two life’s greatest pleasures- music and beer! This indoor day-long event will emphasize the diversity of the DC music scene with bands displaying musical flavors such as Reggae, Dub, Funk, Folk, Rock, Blues, and Metal.
The confirmed line-up will be-
Laura Tsagaris Band
The Jeff Wells Band
There will also be a limited amount of first come/ first serve “VIP” beer tasting tickets available for $20. Tasting tickets will consist of 10 -4 oz. pours of hard-to-find Craft Beers.
• Unity Jam After Party at the Pug
1234 H St NE
The Pug has gained a reputation as a place “where the locals go”. Always playing great tunes on their sound system, free cheese puffs, fooseball, and an extensive selection of craft beers in cans- The Pug is sure to be a good time. Proprietor Tony T. and crew open their arms to the good beer-drinking loyalists of Washington, DC.
Monday, August 17
• Hop Times In the City
2427 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
7:30 to 10 PM
With DCBeer.com, sample some of the finest & hoppiest American craft beers, feast on hoppy beer-infused BBQ, taste an original hopped-up beer cocktail, and finish it off with hop ice cream. Also, receive a discount on subsequent rounds of sampled brews. Some of the tongue-wagging brews include: Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye ABV 8%, 90+ IBU, Green Flash West Coast IPA 7% ABV, 95 IBU, Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA 10.69% ABV, 102 IBU, Dogfish Head 120 20% ABV, 120 IBUs ... and one of the first tastings in DC of try Speakeasy Double Daddy IPA (9% ABV, 85 IBU) from San Francisco. Tickets are $40. To purchase, call the bar at 202-232-1011
[This event was not listed on the festival website.]
• Allagash Beer Dinner with Rob Tod at Granville Moore’s
1238 H St NE
Come meet-and-greet with Rob Tod, President and Brewmaster of Allagash Brewing Co. at Granville Moore’s. A so-called “Gastropub with a Belgian Fetish” Granville’s Chef Teddy Folkman will be preparing 5 courses paired with 6 great beers from Allagash Brewing Co.
• “Sausage, Cheese, and Beerliciousness” at the Big Hunt
The Big Hunt
1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Come experience regional breweries paired with their regional cheeses and sausages. Big Hunt Beer Director Dave Coleman will be offering great beers on-tap from such world class breweries as Allagash, Bells, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Troegs, and Victory. Brewery representatives will be on-hand to discuss the beers and share great stories of the Craft Brewing movement.
• Dogfish Head Happy Hour at Brasserie Beck
1101 K St NW
Come to one of DC finest restaurants to sample a selection of great beers from Delaware’s world-renowned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Dogfish Head brand rep Devin Arloski will be on hand with glassware and other goodies.
• Chimay Vintage Beer and Cheese Tasting at Birreria Paradiso
3282 M Street NW
Chimay Blanche on draft and vintage Chmay Grande Reserve paired with Chimay cheese.
Tuesday, August 18
• Rogue Oregon Oyster and Ale Festival at the Reef
2446 18th St NW
5 pm-10 pm
Come chill and relax at the Reef and experience a taste of Oregon. Fresh, Yequina Bay Oysters from Newport, OR will be flown-in for this special event. The Reef’s Chef Connor will be preparing other delicious dishes paired with the complex, tasty beers from Newport’s Rogue Ales.
• Brooklyn Brewery Beer and Cheese Tasting with Cowgirl Creamery
1847 14th St NW
U St Corridor
Come join in on the fun and experience the ultimate pairing to great cheese- craft beer. The folks from NY’s Brooklyn Brewery will be teaming up with one of city’s finest fromaggiers- Cowgirl Creamery- to present a vast array of flavorful beers and individualistic cheeses.
• Abita Beer Crawfish Boil at the Argonaut
1433 H St NE
Come experience a true Southern tradition- a crawfish boil. Abita Brewing Co. is the south’s most established craft brewery and a drink synonymous with the city of New Orleans. Chef Matthew Anderson of the Argonaut is known for his coastal cuisine and will be unleashing this customary communal dining experience for lucky attendees.
Wednesday, August 19
• “Meet the Brewer” Happy Hour at District Chophouse
509 7th St NW
The best way to appreciate something is to see how it’s made, come out to the District Chophouse and meet one of DC’s best brewers- Barrett Lauer. Brewery tours will be conducted and to celebrate DC Beer Week all of the Chophouse’s brews will be half-price from 3-7 pm.
• “Hitting the Cycle” at Restaurant Marvin
2007 14th St NW
U St Corridor
Join the folks at Restaurant Marvin as Beer Director Chris Surrusco will assemble an opportunity to “Hit the Cycle” of Belgian and Belgian-Style beers. Taste “Single”, “Double”, “Triple” and “Quadrupel” beers paired with delicious cuisine from Marvin’s Chef James Claudio. Attendees will have an opportunity to win two tickets to the Friday, Aug 21 Nationals vs. Brewers game.
• “Belgian Beer Invades the Capitol”
231 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Mr. Belgium comes to Washington and he brought with him some potent, complex beers from the Mecca of brewing culture- Belgium. Come and join in on the action at one of Capitol Hill’s legendary taverns.
• Coney Island Freak Show at Palace Of Wonders
Palace of Wonders
1210 H St NE
There’s always a freak show going on at the Palace of Wonders. Join founders Jeremy and Matt from Shmaltz Brewing Co. as they present their delicious beers- Coney Island Lagers and Hebrew Ales. Rumored is a surprise performance by an authentic Coney Island Freak Show legend.
• Victory Brewing Company
1400 Irving Street NW
Come to the “People’s Gastropub” and experience the great beers from Victory Brewing of Downingtown, PA. Commonwealth will be offering Beer & Food pairings, Beer Flights, limited release seasonal Victory beers, and two delicious Victory beers on handpump.
Thursday, August 20
• “Brew at the Zoo” at the Smithsonian National Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
6- 9 pm
Raise your glass to conservation and join FONZ Young Professionals at the fifth annual Brew at the Zoo. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample beer from more than 35 micro and regional breweries. This annual event presents a great atmosphere to sample great beer all for a good cause.
UPDATE from DC Beer Week organizer Jeff Wells:I regret to inform you that a mistake was made on our part. Proper channels were not used with the Smithsonian Institute to get approval to include the "Brew at the Zoo" event as part of DC Beer Week. Please note that we will be removing this event off all forums. However, on a personal and business note, many of us will still be attending and I will be assisting in helping serve and educate people on many of the craft beers served that day.
• DC Beer Week “BATZ” After-Party at Club Asylum
Club Asylum Downstairs Lounge
2471 18th St NW
Come join brewers, beer lovers, and some of DC liveliest nightlife at the legendary Rock & Roll lounge- Club Asylum.
• Troegs Pint Night at the Red & the Black
The Red & The Black
1212 H St NE
Come join Pete from Troegs Brewing Co of Harrisburg, PA and taste their award-winning beers. Authentic Troegs pint glasses will be given away throughout the duration of the evening.
Friday, August 21
• Washington Nationals “DC Beer Week Brewers Game”
1500 South Capitol St SE
Come kick-off the end of DC Beer week with America’s National pastime- Baseball. DC Beer Week attendees will receive discounted tickets in selected areas of the ballpark. Suitably the Washington Nationals will be taking on the Milwaukee Brewers. Mezzanine seats for only $23 (regularly $30) and LF/RF Reserved for only $16 (regularly $24).
To purchase, call Mike Benko of the Nationals at 202-640-7648 and mention “Beer Week”.
• DC Beer Week Happy Hour at RFD
810 7th St NW
“The world of Beer in the heart of the nations capitol” RFD (Regional Food & Drink) offers the city’s largest tap selection and over 300 bottled beers. To help celebrate DC Beer Week RFD will be offering special pricing on selections from Allagash, Bells and Dogfish Head from 4-8 pm.
For such short notice, it's an impressive schedule. I hope to see more local brewpubs and breweries participating! UPDATE: As if in answer —but I had nothing to do with it!— local brewpub District Chophouse now is hosting an event, on Wednesday, 19 August. (See above.)