DC Beer Week is underway. For the next seven days, local bars and restaurants will be hopping with beer tastings, happy hours and special events. Every morning, we'll provide a rundown of the night's best events. If you need to plan ahead, check out this list of each day's best events that require reservations.
The big one: Picking crabs with DC Brau
A limited number of tickets remain for DC Brau's annual crabfeast at the Quarterdeck in Arlington. The $50 admission free includes unlimited blue crabs from 5 to 10 p.m. You'll have to buy your own beer, but it's unbelievably cheap: $1 DC Brau drafts and $5 pitchers. (Buy tickets)
DC Brau isn't the only seafood game in town tonight. Devils Backbone hosts a traditional low-country boil with crabs, andouille, shrimp, corn and all the fixins at Union Pub from 6:30 to 9:30. Admission includes all-you-can-eat food and two Devils Backbone beers; extra beers will be available for purchase. (Buy tickets)
Scion is bringing back its popular Dogfish Head “Dazed & Infused” night, during which bartenders use Dogfish’s popular Randall the Enamel Animal contraption to infuse flavors into a variety of the brewery’s beers. (Last year’s favorites included 75 Minute IPA with bacon and 90 Minute IPA with habanero.) There will be 30 Dogfish beers to sample beginning at 5 p.m., including 10 infusions, and all are $3 off their regular price.
The Black Squirrel is hosting a string of state-specific events this week, including tributes to the brewers of Michigan (Friday) and Colorado (Thursday). The series kicks off tonight with beers from Pennsylvania breweries Stoudts, Sly Fox, Victory and Troegs. Look for rare beers, including Stoudts Multiple Personality Disorder Munich Dunkel Lager and Victory Torching Blonde Ale. All Keystone State beers cost between $4 and $5 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Pizzeria Paradiso is being contrarian this week: Its version of D.C. Beer Week includes local and international ciders on every tap at its Georgetown and Dupont Circle locations. Tonight in Georgetown features happy hour with Kyle Sherrer, the owner of Maryland's Millstone Cellars. Sherrer will be pouring and talking about eight of his ciders from 6 to 9 p.m. when all cider is half-price.
D.C. Beer Week news
Okay, it's not technically related to Beer Week, but Brookland Pint officially opens tonight at 5 p.m. Beer director Jace Gonnerman is tapping some very special beers for the occasion, including Firestone Walker's Stickee Monkey Belgian quadruple ale, the 2012 Oxbow Oxtoberfest (a barrel aged saison, not an Oktoberfest), and a very rare keg of the Firestone Walker Parabajava, a version of the acclaimed Parabola Russian imperial stout infused with coffee. Here's what you need to know about Brookland's new beer bar.