Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Before DC Beer Week, it's Cask Night and Day!

DC Beer Week 2013 DC Beer Week begins on Sunday, but Friday and Saturday, there's an unofficial DC Beer Week 'soft' opening: Cask Night & Day at the District ChopHouse & Brewery.

This is the third year for this local real ale 1 showcase, which has been a hot commodity in the past, selling out. So, this year, District Chophouse brewmaster Barrett Lauer has expanded it: "We are doing it again this year, only a little bigger and longer (no snickering)." The double date offers greater opportunity to taste cask-conditioned real ales from many local breweries, and to meet the brewers themselves (often not the case at beer festivals).

Barrett Lauer at Cask Night 2012w

  • What
    Unlimited sampling of casks, District ChopHouse fare, complimentary tasting glass.
  • When
    Friday, 9 August, from 6 pm until 11 pm.
    Saturday, 10 August, from 12 noon until 5 pm.
  • Where
    The upstairs Brewer's Lounge at The District ChopHouse
    509 7th Street Washington, D.C. 20004
    Closest Metro stop is Gallery Place-Chinatown (exit at 7th & F).
  • Cost
    Tickets are $50 apiece, including tax and gratuity. To reserve, call 202.347.1922, or email
As of this morning, here's the line-up of 22 cask beers to expect.
  • Bluejacket (Washington, D.C.)
    - #4 (American-style IPA). Hopped with Ahtanum and Palisade; lavender added to firkin. 5.5% abv.
  • The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore, Maryland)
    - Resurrection Ale (Belgian-style brown abbey ale). Dry-hopped with Northern Brewer; infused with oak chips. 7.0% abv.
  • Capitol City Brewing (Arlington, Virginia)
    - The Gilded One IPA (American Style IPA). Single hopped with El Dorado. 5.8% ABV.  62 IBUs.
  • DC Brau (Washington, D.C.)
    - Solidarity Summer Ale (English Summer Ale). Dry hopped with Zythos and Ahtanum. 4.7% abv. 25 IBUs.
    - Heurich’s Lager
    Pre-Prohibition Style Lager 6.8% abv.
  • District Chophouse & Brewery (Washington, D.C.)
    - Solidarity Summer Ale (English Summer Ale). Single-hopped with Amarillo; dry -hopped with Mosaic. 5.6% abv. 25 IBUs.
    - Bea’s Brew. Experimental ale brewed with cocoa nibs, coffee, raisins, and Belgian yeast. Aged on oak 18 months. 7.3% abv.
    - Sour Bourbon Saison (Belgian-style Saison). Aged in an inoculated Bourbon barrel for 2 years. 9.1 abv.
  • Franklins (Hyattsville, Maryland)
    - 97 Pound Weakling (American-style wheat wine) With assertive hop character. 10.1 abv. 80 IBUs.
  • Gordon Biersch (Rockville)
    - to be determined
  • Gordon Biersch (downtown Washington, D.C.)
    - Solidarity Summer Ale (English Summer Ale). Single hopped with Fuggles. ABV 5.1%. IBUs 30.
  • Gordon Biersch (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)
    - Blonde Bock 25th Anniversary Lager. 7% abv. 30 IBUs.
  • Heavy Seas (Halethorpe, Maryland)
    Red Sky at Night Saison. Spiced in cask with lavender, chamomile, and jasmine. 7.5% abv. 17.5 IBUs.
  • Lost Rhino (Ashburn, Virginia)
    - Tropical Thunder (American Wheat Beer). Hoppy wheat ale collaboration with Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall. 5.3% abv. 32 IBUs.
  • Mad Fox (Falls Church, Virginia)
    - English Summer Ale. Lightly hopped with Citra. 5.2% abv. 28.6 IBUs.
  • Rock Bottom (Bethesda, Maryland)
    - Cocoa Brown (Scottish-Style Export). Infused with chocolate. 4.8% abv.
  • Rock Bottom (Arlington, Virginia)
    - Crom's IPA (American Style IPA). Hopped with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo and dry-hopped with Citra. 5.9% abv. 75 IBUs.
  • Olivers Brewing /Pratt St. AleHouse (Baltimore, Maryland)
    - Human See, Human Do (Wheat Ale). With coriander and bitter orange peel. 3.2% abv.
  • Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, Maryland)
    - Grapefruit Duckpin Pale Ale (American Style Pale Ale). Pink grapefruit zest added to firkin. 5.5% abv. 55 IBUs.
  • White Marsh Brewing /Red Brick Station (White Marsh, Maryland)
    - "They Made Me Do It" Blueberry Ale (Golden Ale). With blueberries. 4.1% abv. 21 IBUs.
    - Daily Crisis IPA (English Style IPA). Hopped with Target, East Kent Goldings. 6.1% abv. 55 IBUs.

Firkins for Cask Night 2012

In late July, many local brewers met at the facilities of DC Brau to collaborate on a brew for DC Beer Week. Called Solidarity Summer Ale, it's described as a "sessionable pale ale." Cask Night (and Day) will be its unofficial unveiling.

  • UPDATE: Photos from Cask Night: here. Review: here.
  • For more information on Cask Night & Day, follow brewmaster Barrett Lauer on Twitter at @ChopHouseBrew.
  • 1According to the Campaign for Real Ale, based in the U.K., "Real ale is a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask (container) from which it is served [without extraneous gas pressure] through a process called secondary fermentation. It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers, and develops the wonderful tastes and aromas which processed beers can never provide."
  • For more information on DC Beer Week, visit the festival website at and the website

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