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.
Tonight's top picks:
Rocky Mountain Hops
Some of the country’s freshest and most interesting beers come out of Colorado, and the Black Squirrel is devoting a night to beers from the Centennial State. Odell, New Belgium, Funkwerks, Avery, Breckenridge and Oskar Blues are each sending between six and eight kegs to the Black Squirrel for this event. (The CBC website has the full list of brews.)
The California Craft Beer Extravaganza
California was the birthplace of the American craft beer movement, and the state still boasts some of the country’s best breweries. ChurchKey honors California innovators at a special night featuring rare casks and drafts from Sierra Nevada, Stone, Green Flash, 21st Amendment and Lost Abbey. The six taps from Lost Abbey should generate the most interest. The award-winning brewery only distributes to two cities on the East Coast: Boston and Philadelphia. (See the full beer selection on Facebook.)
Three Floyds Tap Takeovers
Indiana’s cult Three Floyds Brewery will be taking over a portion of the taps at both D.C. branches of Pizzeria Paradiso on Thursday, March 28. Three Floyds will split the 16 taps at Birreria Paradiso with Washington state’s Elysian Brewing, and share the dozen taps at Pizzeria Paradiso’s Dupont Circle outpost with Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company. Each bar will have different beers, so check the tap lineup before you head out.
Oxbow and the Bruery
While the 6 p.m. beer-and-cheese tasting is sold out, no tickets are needed to crash the Oxbow and Bruery tap takeover at Meridian Pint. Nine beers from each brewery will be on tap, and brewery representatives, including Bruery founder Patrick Rue, will be in attendance. (See Meridian Pint's site for the full draft list.)
Festival de Cans
Comedian Doug Powell hosts a "beer-focused film festival" at the 9:30 Club. A dozen breweries, including Brooklyn, DC Brau and Flying Dog, will screen short films and vintage beer commercials, before New York disco band Escort performs.