D.C. beer lovers are spoiled this week, because there are events and happy hours that should satisfy every palate, from hop heads to fans of English-style cask ales.
Let’s start with two events tonight: Rob Tod, the founder of Maine’s highly-rated Allagash Brewery, is hosting happy hour at Jack Rose, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be four Allagash beers to try, including Curieux, a Belgian-style tripel ale aged in bourbon barrels, and a Tripel dry-hopped with citrusy Sorachi Ace hops.
The Black Cat isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think “beer bar,” but it’s hosting a seasonal “Foam Party” with $5 pints of Weyerbacher Winter Ale, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice and Heavy Seas Winter Storm, and $6 pints of the potent Great Lakes Nosferatu. Grab a drink at the Red Room bar and head backstage for a screening of “Beer Wars,” a 2009 documentary about the battle between mass-marketed breweries and much smaller microbreweries. Doors open at 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, ChurchKey’s “Crazy Rare Hoppy Brew Night” promises ultra-hoppy, “ultra-scarce brews for the D.C. drinker” on its taps. Some of the names have been seen in these parts before -- Ithaca’s Flower Power IPA, Port Brewing’s Wipe Out IPA, Terrapin’s Oak-Aged Big Hoppy Monster -- but it’s going to be the best night of the week for IPA fans.
Pizzeria Paradiso is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week with seven days of specials, many of which have a beer component. The place started as a pizza parlor, but it has become one of the area’s top beer drinking destinations. Deals that catch the eye: Your first beer costs a mere 20 cents on Friday. On Wednesday, $20 is good for all the pizza you can eat plus two beers of your choice. And Thursday features special pizzas and one-of-a-kind anniversary beers, including Stone’s 15th Anniversary imperial black IPA at the Dupont location, Avery’s 18th Anniversary saison in Georgetown and North Coast’s Twentieth Anniversary Ale in Old Town.
In Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company is celebrating Cask Beer Week, which finds the brewpub pouring six real ales from local and regional breweries. These aren’t just regular beers served with lower carbonation: The Monday lineup includes a dry-hopped Cask Punk from Baltimore’s Oliver Ales, the Essential Pale Ale from Alexandria’s Port City and Mad Fox’s own Rye Baby Pale Ale. As those run out, they’ll be replaced by Old Dominion’s Baltic Porter, Heavy Seas Winter Storm made with fresh hops in the cask, and a dry-hopped version of Williamsburg Alewerks’ Drake Tail Ale IPA.