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What floated your boat during DC Beer Week?

After eight days and enough carbonated beverages to levitate an ocean liner, DC Beer Week is finally tapped. The annual celebration of Washington’s ever-expanding beer community featured more than 80 events and a number of debuts, including the premiere of Solidarity Saison, a unique collaboration among seven of the area’s brewers.

“We’ve always had great beer in D.C. inside the Beltway,” says Greg Engert, beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes Birch & Barley/ChurchKey. “But now we have a really strong local beer brewing community as well.”

“This is the first year where we’ve had a huge local brewing presence,” Engert adds in the video above. “Solidarity Saison came to be a way to showcase the community of brewing.”

Watch that video to learn more about Solidarity Saison.

The Beer Cruise was an experiment in the many ways to make your head swim. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

For The Post’s Beer columnist Greg Kitsock, DC Beer Week was a chance to taste Union Craft Brewing’s take on a German-style gose, a tart wheat-based ale that has enjoyed a comeback since disappearing behind the Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War.

But what about you? What were the highlights of your week in 12-ounce pours?

Further reading:

* Gose with crabs: Spread the word

* Baltimore’s star-spangled beer scene

* DC Beer Week officially launches Sunday with cruise

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.
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