Nightlife Agenda: Local beers, a patriotic bar crawl and happy hour with frozen cocktails

June 25, 2013

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week's best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties.

Eleanor Friedberger
Eleanor Friedberger visits U Street Music Hall to perform songs from "Personal Record," which was released on Merge Records earlier this month. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Merge Records)

Tuesday, June 25
The Trillectro kids brought huge energy to the D.C. music scene last year, putting together a wildly successful outdoor festival that combined hot and emerging artists from across the spectrum of rap and electronic music. The organizers are gearing up for the sequel on Aug. 17, but you'll find the crew popping up around town with a few preliminary events to tide everyone over, such as this week's Trillectro Lite. You can check out Mad Decent's DJ Sega, a specialist in Baltimore, Philly and Jersey club sounds, along with Trillectro regulars Spicoli, Swizzy Mack and Selecta at U Street Music Hall.

Wednesday, June 26
The brewers of DC Brau are known for their canned beers - Public Pale Ale and Corruption IPA are in hundreds of area bars - but they've also been busy cranking out boutique beers. Earlier this month, they unveiled beers brewed for DC United fans and the Red Hen restaurant in Bloomingdale. This week, two more beers drop. Everyday Junglist, a citrusy pale ale brewed with Chinook and Mosaic hops, will be officially released on draft Wednesday at American Ice Company. The beer takes its name from the drum'n' bass scene (DC Brau founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock first met as d'n'b DJs) so it's appropriate that local heavyweights Slant and Locks will join the Brothers Brau to spin tunes from 10 p.m. on. The following night, the guys head to DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle for the release of the Golden Calf, the bar's new house ale. DC Brau's sweet Yonder Cities Belgian IPA is combined with house-made Slivovitz plum brandy. The tapping party runs from 8 to 11 p.m., and the beer will be paired with a special menu that includes beef hot dogs with pastrami chili and sour pickles femented in a Catoctin Creek whiskey barrel.

Belgian beer aficionados say De Struise, a small Flanders brewery, produces some of that country's finest ales. It's a rare and distinct treat to have 17 of them at ChurchKey on the same night, along with brewery founders Urbain Cotteau and Philippe Driessens. Look for two new ales, a "session sour" called Weltmerz that's only 3 percent alcohol, and a Flanders Oud Bruin style called Ypres, as well as the Pannepot Reserva 2010 and the recent collaboration with Three Floyds, a double IPA called Shark Pants.

The Geto Boys own a huge chapter in hip-hop history. They paved the way for Houston's huge impact in the game. They were one of the earliest rap groups to push the bounds of censorship. They penned "Mind Playing Tricks on Me," a rare example of a rap hit inspired by paranoia and mental frailty. To this day, Scarface of the Geto Boys has one of the most enduring and impactful combinations of voice, flow and style the South has ever seen. He, Bushwick Bill and Willie D. reunite at the Howard Theatre.

Thursday, June 27
DC Brau's "The Golden Calf" is released at DGS Delicatessen. (See more details under Wednesday.)

Eleanor Friedberger's charming, lo-fi indie-pop songs are miles from the squealing feedback and sprawling concerts of Fiery Furnaces, the band she fronted with brother Matthew. From the torchy lounge vibe of "Echo or Encore" to the bubbling '60s soul-lite sing-along "She's a Mirror," the brand-new "Personal Record" is an album you want to get to know. The intimate setting of U Street Music Hall should fit the music perfectly.

Friday, June 28
If you haven't made it to Suburbia, the grassy pop-up bar outside Union Market, you have two more weekends to check it out. After that, the bar – built into a converted 1960s airstream trailer – is hitting the road. Here's your excuse to visit: The Going Out Guide is hosting a Friday happy hour at the spot. Join us from 5 to 9 p.m. for $5 frozen cocktails, a variety of canned beer ($3-$5) and picnic foods hot off the grill. Challenge your friends to badminton or cornhole, or just kick your shoes off and relax in an Adirondack chair.

The D.C. area has reggae clubs, such as Patty Boom Boom, and reggae festivals, including the Jamaica Day Reggae Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds next month. But for a steady fix of classic reggae – the Jamaican ska, rocksteady and dub that reverberated around the world in the '60s and '70s – there's no better place than Marx Cafe's monthly Soundclash, whether you're looking to hear big hits or special vinyl-only rarities. The monthly party is celebrating its 11th anniversary this week, which means a special rum punch (prepared by mixologist Dan Searing of Room 11), Soundclash T-shirts and other surprises. As always, there's no cover, and the bass begins booming at 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 29
Good news, Arlingtonians: You don't have to wait until next week to dress up in your favorite red, white and blue outfit or don that perfect two-foot-high Uncle Sam hat. The All-American Bar Crawl hits at least 10 bars between Clarendon and Courthouse, with cheap drinks and food as well as prizes for the most outlandishly patriotic costumes. Check in and pick up a souvenir beer mug at Mad Rose or Clarendon Grill between 1 and 5 p.m., and then get moving to any participating bar, including Whitlow's, Iota and Spider Kelly's, until 9 p.m. Register in advance to save $5 on the cover charge.

DJ Dredd applies his learned touch on the decks to a trifecta of pop culture icons born in 1958: Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince. The 9:30 Club becomes a house party as Dredd explores, combines and contrasts their catalogues alongside a video mash-up on the big screens.

There are many outdoor concert series throughout the summer, but it's hard to beat the music and the neighborhood vibes at the Petworth Jazz Project. Couples, families and groups of friends spread blankets on the grassy lawn of the Petworth Recreation Center and tuck into picnics while listening to some of the area's best jazz groups. This time around, it's the Corey Wallace DUBtet, led by trombonist Wallace, a Baltimore native who plays in the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra and the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra. The band plays from 7 to 9 p.m.; there's a special set for the kids at 6 p.m.

When last year's derecho hit, Alexandria's Port City brewery lost power. The only problem: Its tanks were full of beer. One batch of lager wound up fermenting at higher temperatures than intended, and ended up resembling a 19th-century beer style called California Common, or steam beer. (You may be familiar with Anchor Steam, from San Francisco.) It was good and in such demand that the brewery blew through its surviving kegs. Port City has produced the same beer again this year, tweaking the recipe to try to re-create derecho conditions. Derecho Common will be tapped at 2 p.m. at Rustico in Alexandria, which will have several other Port City beers on tap to sample for the day.

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