With the Craft Brewers Conference underway, we’re publishing a daily guide to the night’s best tastings, tappings and events. Check out my preview of the week’s events and a full schedule on the conference’s Web site.
Wednesday is one of the busiest nights of the week, with numerous events worth your attention. You probably won't make it to all of them, but here are some highlights:
A Night of Extraordinary Ales
Most tap takeovers feature one or two breweries, but the better events are set up like mini-festivals where you can taste beers from a variety of small producers. Sister restaurants Scion and Crios are teaming up to showcase more than 40 rare bottle and draft selections from Falling Sky, Foothills, Fullsteam, Funkwerks, Gigantic, Haymarket, Oakshire, Odell and Two Brothers.
Beer Hunter: The Movie
The late British beer writer Michael Jackson did more to introduce people to the world’s best ales and lagers than any other author. His “World Guide to Beer” has been in print since 1977. Jackson, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, died in 2007. A documentary about his life will screen at RFD Washington on what would have been his 71st birthday. Proceeds benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Masters of the Craft Beer Universe
The four-night Masters of the Craft Beer Universe at Smith Commons attracts everyone from beer bloggers to the owners of award-winning breweries. Beer celebrities appearing at Wednesday’s party, sponsored by Draft Magazine, will include Bell’s Brewery owners Larry and David Bell, Great Lakes Brewing Company co-founder Patrick Conway and Founders Brewing Company co-owner Dave Engbers. Ask at the bar about rare brews from all of the night’s participants. Admission is free, but registration is required.
Throwdown in Chinatown: A Craft Beer Bar Crawl
Sister bars Penn Social, Rocket Bar and Iron Horse Tap Room are changing all their taps to American craft beers for a night of delicious bar hopping. (No beer will be found at more than one bar.) Pay a $20 cover and you'll get a wristband good for $3 craft brews at all three locations until last call.
One of the few bands left standing from the ska craze of the 1990s, D.C.’s own Pietasters still tour and perform regularly. This Black Cat show, co-sponsored by the DC Brau and Ska breweries, doubles as a release party for the official Pietasters beer — a doppelbock called Taster’s Choice, made with Maryland coffee.
Baltimore Beer Jam
Charm City comes to H Street for one night. Join brewers from Stillwater, the Brewer’s Art, Oliver’s and Union Craft Brewing for tastings of their beers at Boundary Road (5 to 9 p.m.) and the Pug (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.).