Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DC Craft Beer Week 2009

On the heels of Philly Beer Week's triumphal 2 year run in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, several other US cities have done the same, or are actively planning similar events.

In my neck of the woods, there's Baltimore, Maryland which has scheduled an extended week of festivities for October 8-18, 2009. It's still in the planning stage. Details are on-line at

And, in Washington, D.C., a local beer distributor —Premium— has teamed up with OnTap Magazine to publicize DC Craft Beer Week, a 6 day schedule of events from 25 through 30 May. It concludes on Saturday with SAVOR, a national beer-with-food exposition, organized by the Brewers Association, an advocacy group for 'craft' breweries. [SAVOR update.]

[UPDATE 2009.08. Another DC Beer Week --note slightly different name-- has been announced for the week of 16 August 2009. The organizers are a different group.]

Washington, D.C. itself has two brewpubs (Gordon-Biersch and Capitol City Brewery) and there are many breweries in the surrounding jurisdictions. But, unlike Philly Beer Week, the overwhelming number of events for DC Craft Beer Week celebrate beers from elsewhere.

It's an impressive line-up, nonetheless. I'll mention two events:
  • Wednesday 27 May is Flying Dog Brewery's 'TweetUp' at Luna Grill in Washington, D.C. If you have to ask, what's a Tweet-up, you're not on Twitter.
  • And, if we consider the week to be an 'extended' week, then NOT listed is a Clipper City Brewing beer dinner, Wednesday 3 June, at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg, Virginia. (Consider that the Greater DC Metro area.) Menu here.

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