DC Beer Week is underway. Through Sunday, 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: Eating and drinking local
Flying Dog has always focused on local food as well as beer, and the current hit, Dead Rise summer ale, is spiced with Old Bay and raises money to help restore the Chesapeake Bay’s crab population. The “Beer and Bites” event at Clyde’s of Gallery Place pairs four of the Frederick brewery’s beers with regional snacks, including Maryland crab salad with Dead Rise, and Easy IPA with grilled half-smokes. The $25 tickets, which include unlimited food and drinks from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., are available in advance or at the door.
DC Beer Week doesn’t stop at the Potomac River: Six Virginia breweries and Bold Rock cidery join forces at the Virginia Brewers’ Bash at Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church. The event features a meet-and-greet with brewers and happy hour deals from 5 to 9 p.m. Participants include 3 Brothers, Forge Brew Works, Starr Hill and Devils Backbone.
On Thursday night, Boundary Road is hosting a tap takeover by St. Louis powerhouse Perennial. But first, there's the little matter of getting rid of the eight beers currently on tap and cleaning the lines. Thankfully, none of that deliciousness will go to waste: "Bleed Us Dry" is the theme for Wednesday night, with every draft beer available for $5 after 10:30 p.m. Save money while enjoying some special brews, including Brewer's Art's limited-edition Choptank'd Saison, Boulevard's Saison-Brett and Hardywood Singel pale ale.
"Do a barrel roll!" Everyone who had an Nintendo 64 remembers playing Starfox. The spacecraft shoot-em-up game is coming back to Jackpot for DC Beer Week, courtesy of the STARR Hill and Sly FOX breweries. (Get it?) There will be beer specials, samples, free popcorns and tons of barrel rolls, beginning at 6 p.m.
Florida's Funky Buddha has become a cult favorite, thanks to clever beers like Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, which scored a 99/100 on Beer Advocate and a perfect 100/100 on RateBeer.com. The emphasis is on "cult," though, because it's basically impossible to get the Oakland Park brewery's product in D.C. That changes tonight, when Funky Buddha co-founders KC & Ryan Sentz bring 13 of their drafts to ChurchKey for a tasting and meet-and-greet. Sadly, Maple Bacon isn't among them, but you will get to try the Snowed In imperial stout, Floridian Gone Wild Berliner weisse, and Fire in the Hole raspberry habanero red ale. (See the whole list on ChurchKey's Facebook page.) Taps open at 4 p.m.
In the summer, casual beer drinkers look for refreshing saisons and radlers. That makes it the perfect time to enjoy a dark, full-bodied stout. For its Don't Doubt the Stout party Wednesday night, The Black Squirrel is serving 11 stouts, including a 2012 version of the boozy Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Epic's Big Bad Baptist imperial coffee stout and Bear Republic's hoppy Big Bear Black Stout. Doors open at 5 p.m.