Nightlife agenda: Beer everywhere — ChurchKey, Pizzeria Paradiso and Heurich


Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon. (Yacouba Tanou/Handout)
February 17

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide staff highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find more events at www.goingoutguide.com.

The week in beer

There’s truly something for every beer lover in Washington this week. Tuesday night, ChurchKey hosts its second “The British Are Coming” event, featuring 49 beers from some of England’s hottest young breweries, including Magic Rock, Buxton and Siren (don’t miss a rare chance to try the latter’s Limoncello Imperial IPA, a collaboration with cult brewers Mikkeller and Hill Farmstead). Old favorites from Adnams and Coniston also will be for sale as samples or pints.

The following night, Flying Dog launches its Brewhouse Rarity beer, a Mango Habanero IPA, with a limited tap takeover at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown. The beers include a version of Gonzo Imperial Porter aged in bourbon barrels, and there’s also a special mango/habanero/prosciutto pizza in the works for the night. Brewer Chris Lowe will be on hand to talk about his creation.

There’s a local doubleheader Thursday: Shaw brewpub Right Proper Brewing is featured at the first History and Hops event of the year at the Heurich House. Try unlimited beers from brewer Nathan Zeender and eat snacks while touring the Victorian Dupont Circle mansion of Washington brewing magnate Christian Heurich.

Meanwhile, ChurchKey is finally hosting a meet-and-greet with Hugh Sisson, the pioneering owner of Baltimore’s Heavy Seas Brewing, formerly known as Clipper City. A cask takeover planned for last Thursday was postponed because of bad weather, but Sisson is bringing five of his casks, including a dry-hopped Loose Cannon IPA and the more traditional British-style Powder Monkey pale ale. Sisson will be working the crowd, so if you’re curious about his new Heavy Seas Alehouse, which will open in Rosslyn in the next few weeks, bring questions.

ChurchKey: Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. 1337 14th St. NW. 202-567-2576. www.churchkeydc.com. Free admission.

Pizzeria Paradiso: Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m. 3282 M St. NW. 202-337-1245. www.eatyourpizza.com. Free admission.

History and Hops: Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894. www.heurichhouse.org. $30.

Digital Mystikz

In the dubstep world, Mala and Coki are heavyweights. The two South London producers DJ together as Digital Mystikz, which is also the name of their 10-year-old record label and a wildly successful club night. In the studio and on tour, the duo’s dark, sometimes eerie sound is underpinned by deep, unrelenting waves of bass. The idea of Digital Mystikz putting U Street Music Hall’s sound system to the test while playing “Anti-War Dub,” “Return II Space” and “Ancient Memories” is thrilling and potentially gut-shaking. American dubstep pioneer Joe Nice handles opening duties.

Thursday at 10 p.m. U Street Music Hall. 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $15.

Christylez Bacon

Even if you haven’t been to one of Christylez Bacon’s many shows for kids and adults, it’s likely you’ve seen him out and about. He’s hard to miss: Tall, lanky and always smiling, Bacon looks like a cross between a lost Harlem Renaissance poet and a “What’s Happening” cast member. He’s one of the most unusual members of the D.C. arts community, and his disciplines include hand percussion, guitar, beat-boxing, rapping and storytelling, all with a hint of go-go swing. For the release of his second studio album, Bacon will be performing with the 22-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Sweater Set and surprise guests.

Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $25.

— Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

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