Oktoberfest has ended. Outdoor festivals are done. But there's plenty of good beer to be had this week, with an exceptionally strong list of tastings and tap takeovers.
Thursday, Nov. 12: Ballast Point Tap Takeover at Lost and Found
The Blagden Alley bar features at least 15 Ballast Point beers on draft, including the killer Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale and the flavorful India Kunindra, a stout brewed with Madras curry, kaffir lime, coconut, cumin and cayenne peppers. Fans of the Sculpin IPAs will find all three varieties on tap, too. Doors open at 4 p.m.
1240 Ninth St. NW. www.lostandfounddc.com.
Thursday, Nov. 12: 4 Hands Reenters the D.C. Market at ChurchKey
St. Louis's 4 Hands Brewery hasn't been available in the D.C. market for a while, but it comes roaring back this week with two special events. Thursday at ChurchKey features eight taps, including the debut of Volume #1, an imperial coffee stout brewed with cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels for 16 months, and Citra, an IPA with loads of Brett funk. Doors open at 4 p.m. If you can't make this event, 4 Hands will be at Meridian Pint on Friday night with a slightly different selection of beers.
1337 14th St. NW. www.churchkeydc.com.
Friday, Nov. 13: Silly Willett release at Jack Rose
On a trip to Belgium three years ago, Jack Rose owner Bill Thomas and beer director Nahem Simon met the owners of Brasserie de Silly, a family-run brewery known for its big, malty wee heavy ale, Scotch de Silly. Their talk of a collaboration led to Jack Rose sending the brewery barrels that previously held 12-year-old Willett bourbon. After aging Scotch de Silly for three months, they had an exclusive new beer: Silly Willett. The beer makes its debut at Jack Rose this Friday at happy hour, beginning at 5 p.m. Lionel and Bertrand Van Der Haegen, the sixth-generation owners of Silly, will be in attendance. All Silly beers on tap, including Abbey de Forest and La Divine Amber, are $2 off from 5 to 7 p.m.
2007 18th St. NW. www.jackrosediningsaloon.com.
Friday, Nov. 13: Devils Backbone at the Black Squirrel
On Friday the 13th, Black Squirrel is hosting a party with delicious Devils Backbone rarities and seasonals, including Spider Bite Black Ale and the Beta Max Imperial IPA. The beers are paired with special burgers, such as the #666, with six slices of cheese, six pieces of bacon and six potato chips on a double burger. Doors open at 5 p.m.
2427 18th St. NW. www.blacksquirreldc.com.
Saturday, Nov. 14: Hellbender Brewing Anniversary Party
The Hellbender Brewing Company turns one this weekend, and naturally there's a huge party at the brewery. A $45 ticket includes unlimited pours of 12 house beers, plus a few guest taps from local breweries. The whole building will be open, with a DJ and games, and BBQ from the Rocklands truck available for purchase. The party runs from 2 to 7 p.m.; a $60 VIP ticket allows for admission at 1 p.m.
5788 Second St. NW. www.hellbenderbeer.com.
Saturday, Nov. 14: Burley Oak tap takeover at Hank's on the Hill
Hank's is mostly – and deservedly – known for its cocktail program. But the oyster bar also boasts a decent beer list, including one tap devoted to the beers of Berlin, Md.,'s acclaimed Burley Oak. (For my money, it's the best brewery in Maryland right now.) This weekend, Hank's turns all seven of its taps over to Burley Oak beers, which will sell for $8 per pint. They're hopeful brewer/owner Bryan Brushmiller will be in the house for a meet-and-greet, though details haven't been finalized. Either way, it's a destination for local beer fans.
633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. www.hanksoysterbar.com.