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Events During (Unofficial) D.C. Beer Week

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The D.C. Council has yet to issue a proclamation, and no one has invited Hizzoner to tap the first keg. Nevertheless, May 26 through June 1 is shaping up, at least unofficially, to be D.C. Beer Week. Savor, a craft beer and food festival scheduled for the National Building Museum on May 30, sold out nearly two months ago. But with 68 breweries penciled in for that event, there will be no shortage of beermakers in town to conduct tastings, dinners and meet-and-greets.

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May 26: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., RFD hosts a beer sampling featuring 13 of the breweries participating in Savor (808 Seventh St. NW, 202-289-2030). The Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick will host a tasting at the Brickskeller at 7 p.m. (1523 22nd St. NW, 202-293-1885). Brasserie Beck will serve a four-course beer dinner spotlighting French microbrews (1110 K St. NW, 202-408-1717).

May 27: Sign up beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hawk n' Dove for a Capitol Hill Craft Beer Bar Tour (329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-543-4660). Meanwhile, Rocket Bar plans a sampling of beers from Southampton Ales & Lagers; a brewer will be on hand to field questions ( 714 Seventh St. NW, 202-628-7665).

May 28: From 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Stoney's Bar and Grill, sample the Sierra Nevada Artisan Ale Experience with Sierra Nevada's brewery ambassador, Steve Grossman, and get a sneak preview of its new German-style wheat beer, Kellerweis (1433 P St. NW, 202-234-1818). Carol Stoudt, one of the country's leading female brew masters, talks about her trade upstairs at the Brickskeller. Brewer Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing Co. in San Marcos, Calif., is the guest at a four-course beer dinner at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. Seatings are at 6:30 and 9 p.m. (3282 M St. NW, 202-337-1245). Rustico in Alexandria is offering a five-course dinner highlighted by the extreme beers of Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colo.; brewer Adam Avery hosts (827 Slaters Lane, 703-224-5051). Learn the ins and outs of cooking with beer at a special Dogfish Head cooking class at the CulinAirie recreational cooking school (1131 14th St. NW, 202-236-6111, http://www.CulinAerie.com). The class begins at 6:30 p.m.

May 29: From 2004 to 2006, RFD held an annual Lupulin Slam, a contest to determine the nation's hoppiest beer. Six brewmasters who competed for bragging rights regroup tonight for the Lupulin Reunulin, a free-for-all moderated by Julie Bradford, editor of All About Beer magazine. Sierra Nevada's Steve Grossman resurfaces at Rustico starting at 5 p.m. for a pint glass giveaway. Pizzeria Paradiso hosts a roundtable of Savor participants from 9 to 11 p.m.

June 1: If you're still thirsty, Greg Koch, founder of Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, Calif. (best known for its Arrogant Bastard ale), taps a selection of his best brews at the Brickskeller; doors open at 6 p.m., event starts at 7.

For more information, including ticket prices, and for details on other events, check out http://www.premiumdistributorsofdc.com/events.html. More information on Brickskeller and RFD events is available at http://www.lovethebeer.com.

-- Greg Kitsock


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