After eight days and enough carbonated beverages to levitate an ocean liner, DC Beer Week is finally tapped. The annual celebration of Washington’s ever-expanding beer community featured more than 80 events and a number of debuts, including the premiere of Solidarity Saison, a unique collaboration among seven of the area’s brewers.
“We’ve always had great beer in D.C. inside the Beltway,” says Greg Engert, beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes Birch & Barley/ChurchKey. “But now we have a really strong local beer brewing community as well.”
“This is the first year where we’ve had a huge local brewing presence,” Engert adds in the video above. “Solidarity Saison came to be a way to showcase the community of brewing.”
Watch that video to learn more about Solidarity Saison.
Solidarity Saison made its debut during the Beer Cruise on Sunday, Aug. 11, which marked the official opening of DC Beer Week. The cruise was essentially an experiment in the many ways you can make your head swim, whether with beer (more than 75 were served), acrobatic dance-floor moves or the occasional swells that rocked the Odyssey yacht. Each was a thrill in its own way.
For The Post’s Beer columnist Greg Kitsock, DC Beer Week was a chance to taste Union Craft Brewing’s take on a German-style gose, a tart wheat-based ale that has enjoyed a comeback since disappearing behind the Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War.
But what about you? What were the highlights of your week in 12-ounce pours?