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DC Beer Week winds down the work week with an event that sums up what Beer Week is about: A chance to explore new beers while testing your own palette. Blind and Bitter, held this evening at Scion and Crios, offers 24 IPAs on draft from a dozen awesome breweries. There will be some rare beers in the mix, too, including Evolution’s Incubator #2 and Boulevard’s Pop-Up IPA. But here's the thing: No breweries or beer names will be listed on the menu – just some bare-bones tasting notes prepared by the good folks at dcbeer.com. Maybe you'll find out you prefer Ballast Point to DC Brau, or Evolution over Uinta. Perhaps you'll discover that Port City is your perfect match. You'll only find out what's what when you vote for your favorite beer of the night. (Beers will cost $2.50 per sample, or $5 per pint.)
Four local breweries will find themselves in the spotlight tonight:
Port City is hosting the release party for its new and very limited Maniacal double IPA to Tavern 64 in Reston. Pints will be $6 all night, and the restaurant will serve half-price small plates.
Flying Dog launches its new imperial IPA, dubbed "The Truth," at Smoke and Barrel. That beer will be available on draft and cask alongside a dozen other beers from Frederick, including three of the Brewhouse Rarities collection.
Lost Rhino will have a dozen drafts for $5 each at Meridian Pint from 5 p.m. to close. (I'm looking forward to trying their new bretted IPA, Birth of Ace.)
I have a soft spot for the beers of Michigan, and the Black Squirrel is breaking some rarities for a special tribute to the Wolverine State. 2012 Founders Brewing Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Jolly Pumpkin Lo Roja Wild Ale, ell's Brewing Deb's Red American Amber, and New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout and Monkey King Saison are among the brews being paired with venison burgers.
And if rare microbrews aren't your thing, a giant Mr. Boh will be hanging out in Adams Morgan from 7 to 10 p.m., where his stops will include Ventnor Sports Cafe (for an Orioles viewing party, of course), Tryst and Smoke and Barrel. Feel free to Instagram away, Hon.