Forget annoying Christmas jingles, artificial holly at the malls, and ho-ho-ho-ing Santas. For good beer fans in Washington, D.C., it wouldn't seem like Christmas and winter without the long tradition of seasonal beer tastings at the venerable Brickskeller Dining House and Down Home Saloon.
Proprietor Dave Alexander has just announced the dates for this winter's two big beer events.
The first and oldest (going back 20 years) is the Christmas Beer Celebration, featuring the beers and brewers of the area (and some out-of-towners). It's scheduled for Wednesday, 9 December, and the following Wednesday, 16 December 2009. Dave calls it
The Brickskeller Regional Multiple Guest Brewmaster Winter Holidaze Extravaganzee —two nights of too many beers and too many brewmasters
The Strong Ale Tasting —The Regional Multiple Guest Brewmasters Strong AleStravaGanZee— also extends over two days: Tuesday, 2 February, and the following Tuesday, 9 February 2010.
Each event will feature different brewers and different beers each night. Many of the brewers have brought unique and interesting beers to these popular and often sold-out events. The specific rosters will be posted on-line soon at the Brickskeller's website: www.lovethebeer.com. Tickets must be purchased on-line as well.