DC Beer Week: Where to drink on Thursday

August 15, 2013

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.

Meridian Pint
Columbia Heights beer bar Meridian Pint will feature beers from Maryland all night, including $5 pints of real ale. (Photo by Evy Mages for The Post)

There are plenty of games on the agenda for this night of DC Beer Week. The "flagship" event of the night is a trip to see the Nationals take on the San Francisco Giants. The $55 package includes a Scoreboard Pavilion seat (conveniently close to the District Drafts local beer stand) and a post-game party with more than 20 draft beers to sample, live music and a Shake Shack burger and fries.

Want to actually play yourself? Port City is opening its tap room for a game night from 5 to 8 p.m. with corn hole boards in the brewery and board games at tables in the tasting room. (Feel free to bring your own.) Over at Penn Social, Dogfish Head is sponsoring an indoor bocce tournament. Entry fee is $8 per team of two to four people, and the top teams win gift certificates and brewery swag. If you're not playing, there's still plenty of Dogfish beer to be drunk.

The first session of New Belgium's "learn to blend your own sour beer" class is sold out, but there are still a few spot in session number two, which starts at 9 p.m. Sample five of New Belgium's barrel-aged beers with Lauren Salazar, the brewery's wild ale specialist, and then experiment with blending techniques to create a beer of your very own. It should be worth every cent of the $55 ticket, and advance purchase is required.

Bell's Brewery is Michigan's most popular export to D.C., going by the number of Oberon and Two Hearted Ale taps around town. ChurchKey will tap 20 Bell's products tonight, including such rarities as the bourbon barrel-aged Black Note stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000, and three different takes on the French biere de garde style.

Maryland beers are featured on the patio of Meridian Pint, with a dozen casks from Evolution, Oliver, Union and DuClaw selling for $5 all night long. The same four brewers will offer a total of 16 drafts inside.

Finally, one of the oddest events of the week combines Neil Young, poutine and American and craft beer. At Smoke and Barrel, Only Beer Can Break Your Heart will feature 24 Allagash and Boulevard draft beers, Neil Young music on the stereo all night and gourmet poutines. Look out for rare beers such as Allagash's Golden Brett, which is only available at the Maine brewery, and Boulevard's Zon witbier, which isn't usually sold in D.C.

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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