As Washington basks in yet another heat wave, you're probably wishing we could fast-forward through August and get right to fall. Three bars are trying to get you to feel like it's already the holiday season.
The Black Squirrel's annual Christmas in July celebration, running throughout the month, features unseasonal draft selections, including Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Troegs' Mad Elf and He’Brew's Chanukah: Pass the Beer — beers full of seasonal spice and elevated alcohol to help you get through those hot summer nights. Bonus: Christmas beers are $6 Friday as part of the Squirrel's new Brass in the Basement series, which brings local brass bands to the Adams Morgan bar's lower level, beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Also on the “Christmas in July” train is the Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria, where the party lasts from Sunday through Tuesday. They're tapping a half-dozen American and European beers generally released in winter, such as the Bruery's 9 Ladies Dancing, Eggenberg Samichlaus and La Rulles Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux. To make it even more festive, the bar is inviting crafty beer lovers to come in and build gingerbread houses on Sunday, from 1 to 6 p.m. (The bar will supply free materials on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Every Thanksgiving, Smoke & Barrel chef Logan McGear puts together a spread for the ages, with different varieties of roasted turkey and a smorgasbord of sides, all served family style. At the suggestion of Nate Eckert, director of marketing for Flying Dog, McGear is doing a special summer version of his Thanksgiving feast in the basement of the Adams Morgan barbecue restaurant this Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The $30 admission includes a full portion of turkey and trimmings and a full pour of one of eight Flying Dog beers. Beer director Jace Gonnerman notes in an email that “while not technically 'all you can eat,'" unlike in November, “we will offer refills and can promise no one will go home hungry.”
Update: The Bier Baron has now jumped on the Christmas in July bandwagon. On July 28, the Dupont Circle beer bar is tapping at least seven Christmas beers, including the 2014, 2015 and 2016 versions of Anchor's Our Special Ale, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale and Delirium Noel. "Other surprises" are also promised.