Every morning during DC Beer Week, we'll run down the day's essential beer events. Make sure you read the full preview of DC Beer Week, or see our full schedule of events. Follow @fritzhahn and @goingoutguide on Twitter for tasting notes and reports from the field.
While DC Beer Week officially kicked off yesterday, Sunday events were a little thin on the ground. There's far more happening tonight.
The big ticket event is at the Heurich House, where DC Brau is unveiling Heurich's Lager, a recreation of the popular lager that brewing magnate Christian Heurich made in Washington before Prohibition. (The City Paper had a great read about how the recipe came together.) Admission is $80, which includes food and beer, or $150 if you also want a one year membership to the Heurich House museum.
When I was down in Richmond doing research for our guide to Redskins training camp, it was hard to ignore the beers of Hardywood Park. The brewery, which opened in the city in September 2011, is known for using local ingredients in its ales, from hops and seasonal berries to hot peppers and spices. Even better, the brewers are devotees of barrel aging, letting their Belgian-style ales, stouts and IPAs sit in A. Smith Bowman barrels, where they absorb the bourbon's vanilla notes. A special Hardywood showcase at Smoke and Barrel features eight drafts from the brewery, including three barrel-aged beers (the Abbey-style Quadruple is the one to go for). Also of note: Rustica, an easy-drinking saison with star anise and Richmond-grown lemongrass.
I know it's DC Beer Week, but traditional hard cider is increasingly finding its way into local beer bars. Meridian Pint is putting 18 ciders and meads on draft for its Ciderbration! party, including Maryland's Distillery Lane and Millstone cideries, and Virginia's Bold Rock. Beer director Sam Fitz is especially stoked about securing a handful of kegs from Maine's Urban Farm Fermentory. In a departure from the America-only Meridian Pint, a handful of European ciders will be included, such as Etienne Dupont. The full menu is on Meridian Pint's Web site. The drafts may be the draw, but all bottles in Meridian Pint's extensive cider selection will be 25 percent off all night.