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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Something for the Weekend: DC Brau growlers and IPA overload

A long weekend means there are plenty of chances to party and enjoy a cold drink — check out our list of July 4th-themed parties in addition to the weekly Nightlife Agenda — but there are two beer-related events that should be on your radar this weekend: DC Brau is hosting a growler fill at its Northeast Washington brewery for the first time on Saturday, and all three Pizzeria Paradiso restaurants become hop-head heaven during the month-long JulyPA festival.

Let’s start with DC Brau, which will be filling growlers with its Public Pale Ale and Corruption IPA between 1 and 2 p.m. at its brewery on Bladensburg Road NE. No, that’s not a misprint — they will be open for exactly one hour, since they have only one keg of each beer to put into growlers. Co-founder Brandon Skall says they were going to wait until there was more beer in stock, but “then we decided we want people to be able to take this beer to a barbecue or a friend’s picnic on July 4.”

You can buy a snazzy DC Brau logo-growler filled with beer for $16, or bring your own growler to fill for $10. If you can’t make it Saturday, Skall says weekly tours and tastings at the brewery will begin in August.

Meanwhile, hop lovers should pencil in a visit to one of the area’s three Pizzeria Paradiso locations this weekend. Every tap — that’s 42 in all — and all three casks will feature an India Pale Ale as part of Paradiso’s second JulyPA festival. While most people associate IPAs with huge, piney, bitter flavors, beer director Greg Jasgur has done a good job mixing up the hop-bombs (Terrapin Hopsicutioner, Founders Devil Dancer, Lagunitas a Little Sumpin Sumpin) with more subtle IPAs, including English IPAs from the Thornbridge brewery and Draft Punk from Baltimore’s Pratt Street Ale House.

Many of these beers are hard to find or released in limited quantities, Jasgur says, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. He does have a few tricks up his sleeve, though: Watch the updated draft lists on eatyourpizza.com and keep an eye out for such treasures as Devil’s Backbone Ten Point IPA, Dogfish Hell Hound Ale, Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA and Harpoon Leviathan.

The opening-day draft lists in full:

Dupont Circle

Avery IPA
d’AChouffe Houblon Chouffe
DC Brau the Corruption
Founders Devil Dancer
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster
Lagunitas a Little Sumpin Sumpin
Mikkeller Centennial Single Hop Series
Mikkeller Citra Single Hop Series
North Coast Acme IPA
Southern Tier Iniquity
Trou Du Diable La Morsure
Xbeeriment Madraz IPA
Cask: Pratt St. Ale House Olivers Draft Punk

Georgetown

DC Brau the Citizen
Flying Dog Imperial Single Hop Centennial IPA
Long Trail Double IPA
Lost Rhino Face Plant
Mikkeller Amarillo Single Hop Series
Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop Series
Moylans IPA
Nectar Ales Nectar IPA
New Holland RyePA Hatter
Rogue Oregasmic
Schlafly Export IPA
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
Stone Cali-Belgique
Stoudts Double IPA
Xbeeriment Hoppenheimer Imperial IPA
21st Amendment Back in Black
Cask: Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale

Old Town Alexandria

Ballast Point Big Eye
Ballast Point Sculpin
Emilesse Triple IPA
Firestone Walker Union Jack
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Left Hand 400lb Monkey
Olde Richmond No. 11
Otter Creek Alpine Black
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Thornbridge Jaipur
Thornbridge Raven
Wintercoat Double Hop
Cask: Schlalfy Dry Hopped APA

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