DC Beer Week wraps up on Sunday, but local bars and restaurants will be hopping with beer tastings, happy hours and special events all weekend long.
The big one: A mini-SAVOR Festival at Old Ebbitt
BrewHaHa is like a mini-SAVOR festival in the atrium of the Old Ebbitt Grill: Nine local brewers are each paired with a restaurant, including culinary teams from the Source, the Pig and Jack Rose. The chef and the brewer than work together to come up with small plates that match two of the brewery’s offerings. It’s an interesting night of sampling and sipping, with extra zip coming from the Motown-esque horns of Richmond’s Hi-Steps band. A $65 ticket includes all food and drinks from 8 to 11 p.m. (Buy tickets)
A night in honor of the Wolverine State at the Black Squirrel features rare draft and bottled beers from Michigan’s biggest breweries. Three exclusives from Bell’s include Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Imperial IPA; New Holland’s five selections start with Incorrigible White Sour; the half-dozen beers from Founders are led by Kentucky Breakfast Stout; and the star of Jolly Pumpkin’s trio is Calabaza Boreal, a wild ale with grapefruit and peppercorns brewed with Anchorage Brewing. There's no cover.
If your image of English beer is old-fashioned malty cask ale, you need to visit ChurchKey this event. Siren Craft Brew is an inventive two-year-old brewery that makes IPAs filled with tropical hops, and smoky chocolate stouts. Fifteen Siren beers will be featured on draft and in bottles at ChurchKey, beginning at 6 p.m., including Siren's collaborations with Evil Twin, Cigar City and the slightly off-kilter "Limoncello IPA" brewed with Hill Farmstead and Mikkeller.
Through Saturday night, every single draft beer at all three Pizzeria Paradiso locations will be a funky sour ale. (The raspberry-tinged Birrificio Del Ducato Frambozschella and the ginger-and-carraway-infused Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier were particularly good at Dupont last night.) The full menus for each bar are on the Paradiso website.
If all the drinking works up an appetite, head for GBD for the Late Night Munchies Party, which pairs beers from Colorado's Breckenridge Brewery with GBD's decadent menu: Think Nutella-glazed doughnuts served with a Vanilla Porter, or Lil' Chicken Biscuit sandwiches with the malty Autumn Ale. (The full menu is here.) The menu begins at 9 p.m.
The big one: Devils Backbone in Columbia Heights
Meridian Pint is keeping things low-key during DC Beer Week, putting 24 local beers on tap instead of hosting a string of events. The one exception: Aug. 23, when the taps will be turned over to Devils Backbone for its Pumpkin Hunter Ale release party. Beyond the pumpkin ale on draft and cask, the beer list includes a number of drafts that rarely make it to Washington, including award-winners Old Virginia Dark, Berliner Metro Weiss and Trail Angel Weiss. The beer starts flowing at 3 p.m.
After six nights of beer tasting, you can probably use a little exercise. City Bikes and Glen's Garden Market have organized a Brewery Tour and Growler Ride for Saturday afternoon. It departs City Bikes' Adams Morgan shop at noon and heads to the 3 Stars and Atlas breweries for tours and tastings, and arrives at Glen's for happy hour at 4, where all drafts are $4. (The total ride is about 14 miles, according to Google Maps.) There's no charge to join, and you can register in advance.
"We Can Brew It" is the latest in Black Squirrel owner Amy Bowman's series of events for ladies who love craft beer. A $25 ticket includes six beers, appetizers, and a beer school with local beer celebrities talking about their favorite brews, including Denizens Brewing co-owners Emily Bruno and Julie Verratti, DC Homebrewers Club vice president Elizabeth Hartman, and beer writer Tammy Tuck. A meet-and-greet happy hour begins at 1 p.m., and the talks run from 2 to 5. (Buy tickets)
Colorado and Delmarva breweries face off on the taps as well as in a cornhole tournament on City Tap House's patio. Left Hand, New Belgium and Breckenridge will represent the Rocky Mountain State, while Dogfish Head, Evolution and 3 Stars are the home team. The menu features chili dogs with Colorado green chili and chili-topped half smokes with a variety of sides for $15. Beers from all participants are $5 from noon to 5 p.m.
The big one: A beery block party
Four D.C. production breweries — 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City and DC Brau — will join Virginia’s Port City, Mad Fox and Lost Rhino at the final “official” event of D.C. Beer Week, Brewers on the Block. Held at Suburbia, the cool Airstream bar outside Union Market, the afternoon includes unlimited beers, unlimited slushy cocktails from Suburbia and a panel discussion on the future of the local beer scene with brewers and industry types. Food from Red Apron Butchery and other Union Market vendors will be available for an additional cost. Tickets were originally $50, but the price has been slashed to $35. It still includes your beers and frozen drinks from 2 to 8 p.m. (Buy tickets)
After a hard week of sampling and socializing, you deserve eggs with big ol’ slabs of bacon, a BLT with juicy, ripe tomatoes or a filling slice of quiche. That’s where the Hair of the Dog Brunch at Boundary Road comes in: The H Street NE restaurant is pairing its brunch with sessionable beers from Richmond’s Hardywood Park brewery, including Float IPA (3.8 percent ABV), Centennial Wheat and Bohemian Pils. Reservations are available, but not required.
Sunday marks 200 years since the British army burned the White House and the Capitol after routing the American troops at the Battle of Bladensburg. In "honor" of this unforgettable event, Pizzeria Paradiso's Georgetown and Dupont Circle locations will each have six smoked beers on tap all day, including Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon (Dupont) and The Monarchy's Grodziskie and Grätzer (Georgetown). No word on whether the other draft beers will be British. The menus are here.