UPDATE: SOLD OUT
Cask Night tickets now on sale for $40 in celebration of #dcbw11. Doesn't get more local than this. 10 Local HandCrafted Casks, Glass + Food!
There's a DC Beer Week event so new, that it's only just been Tweeted. It's Cask Night, Thursday evening, 18 August, 6pm onward, at the District Chophouse Brewery & Restaurant.
To get the skinny, I talked with Barrett Lauer, longtime brewmaster at the Chophouse, and the host and organizer of the event.
- Capital City Brewing Company, of Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia.
Peat Me Up Scotty, 5.7% abv Scottish Export Ale, primed with fermenting Kolsch wort.
- Du Claw Brewing, of Bel Air, Maryland, etc.
Bad Moon Porter: 6.5% abv, aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel.
- Franklin's Restaurant & Brewery, of Hyattsville, Maryland.
Ludicrous: 6.3% abv, sour-mashed rye saison
- Gordon-Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, of Rockville, Maryland.
Gose" 4.4% abv, wheat beer brewed with slightly salted water, and fermented with lactic bacteria.
- Gordon-Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, of Washington, D.C.
- Heavy Seas Brewing, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA: 7.3% abv, dry-hopped with varities of hops: Ahtanum, Cascade, Centennial, Palisade, Simcoe, and Falconers Flight (a proprietary blend from Hop Union).
- Lost Rhino Brewing, of Ashburn, Virginia.
New River Pale Ale: 5.4% abv, "extremely aromatic American-Style Pale Ale."
- Mad Fox Brewing Company, of Falls Church, Virginia.
Wee Heavy: 8.6% abv, strong Scotch Ale, primed with Virginia honey.
- Oliver Ales, at the Pratt Street Alehouse, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Strongman Pale Ale: 9% abv, dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace.
- Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant, in Bethesda, Maryland.
Atom Smasher: 9.4% abv, 'English-Style' BarleyWine
- Sweetwater Tavern, of Centreville, Virginia, etc.
Pale Face Summer Wheat (A L'Orange), 6.1% abv, HefeWeizen primed with orange liqueur
The cost is $40 [UPDATE: SOLD OUT] which entitles each of the 80 or so lucky participants to unlimited tastes from the casks (at least until the casks are emptied), a complimentary glass (a specially designed stemmed glass, which means that beers won't warm up in drinkers' hands), and hors d'oevres, including pizza, sandwich wraps, and vegetable crudites. Reservations are required: call the brewery at 202.347.1922 to reserve a place.
One final point. The breweries invited to participate in this event are all local: found in and near to Washington, D.C. That is, and ought to be, the point of an event during DC Beer Week. I thanked Barrett for that, and I hope to thank him in person with a pour of his cask IPA.