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Plenty on tap for D.C. Beer Week

Drink local: Favio Garcia of Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Mike McGarvey of 3 Stars Brewing Company and Brandon Skall of DC Brau Brewing Company will pour their beers at the Mid-Atlantic Brewery Night at Smith Commons on Saturday. (Image courtesy of JML marketing + communications)

D.C. Beer Week kicks of Sunday. Seven days of tapping parties, meet-the-brewer beer dinners, rare beer tastings, beer-and-cheese pairings, happy hours — even a hot-dog-eating contest. The dozens of events on the official schedule range from $75 five-course meals (reservations required) to informal sampling at local bars. The good news is that most don’t have a cover charge, so you only pay for what you drink and eat.

To help you make heads and tails of the schedule, we’ve come up with a list of the most promising no-reservations-needed events of the week, and a longer list of recommended events that also includes bigger-ticket beer dinners and tastings. For even more choices, point your browser to the official Web site,

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.

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