Sneak out of the office for barbecue and beer at the National Building Museum

May 10, 2013

Hill Country's summer-long Backyard Barbecue kicked off at the National Building Museum last week with brisket, spicy sausages and plenty of cans of Shiner Bock. Groups sat at picnic tables and on hay bales as the Kalob Griffin Band performed original tunes and classic rock covers, while couples tossed beanbags at corn hole boards painted like the Texas flag.

With the sun out and temperatures heading for the 80s, it looks like a good time to start your weekend a little early and head for Judiciary Square. Austin's Fatback Circus takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. If you need some extra encouragement, here are a few photos from last week.

Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue runs Wednesday-Sunday afternoons and evenings all summer long.


A limited number of hay bales, chairs and picnic blankets are available for guests to sit on, but you can also bring your own blankets, or just stretch out in the grass. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Post)

Arrive early enough and you can claim one of the picnic tables, which sit under shady trees. Order spicy sausage, brisket or barbecue chicken, and a server brings it to your picnic table (or hay bale, or whatever) when it's ready. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Post)

There's more than just beer to drink: The Museum Porch Swing cocktail ($9) is made with gin, a house-made strawberry syrup and fresh lemonade. Unlike Shiner, though, it doesn't come with a free koozie. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Post)
Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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