<<UPDATE 3: 8/9/09 8:00 AM – Just checked out the Facebook group again and saw that there are two more events listed – a tasting at the Black Squirrel hosted by DC Beer and a DC Beer Week Happy Hour at RFD. I’ve updated the list below and the map accordingly.>>
<<UPDATE 2: 8/6/09 4:15 PM – New details on the Beer Week special pricing for the 8/21 Nats-Brewers game:
Mezzanine seats for only $23 (regularly $30) and LF/RF Reserved for only $16 (regularly $24).
Call Mike Benko at 202-640-7648 and mention “Beer Week” to purchase your discounted tickets.>>
<<UPDATE: 8/6/09 1:15 PM – Just got back from Teddy Folkman’s first lunch service at Capitol Lounge, and I had a chance to chat with him about Beer Week. To register for any of the ticketed or reserved events – like the beer dinners – contact the respective restaurants directly. He also encouraged me to direct people to the DC Beer Week Facebook group, which they are regularly updating with events as they get them locked in. I’ve updated our map and our list below so they are current through right now.>>
You missed out on Savor and the unofficial Beer Week events that surrounded it back in May. You passed on the opportunity to taste your way along the “Virginia Ale Trail” with the folks at the Brickskeller last month. By now you’re probably thinking that you’ll have to wait until 2010 to get all hopped up on hops…or else you’ve just continued drinking beer at your favorite bars around town (why can’t every week be Beer Week?).
Fear not! The organizers of DC Beer Week ’09 are here to help. Beer Guy Jeff Wells (aka “Hoppy”) and chef Teddy Folkman have collaborated to bring us five days of events at restaurants and bars all across town from Sunday, August 16th through Friday, August 21st. Ranging from the truly beer-focused (like dinners featuring pairing specials) to the merely beer-friendly (like the Friday evening Nationals-Brewers game) this is another great opportunity for Washingtonians to celebrate suds.
If you’re like us, you find it helpful to see all your options for the week in one convenient place. While other folks like Orr Stuhl at the City Paper and Tom Cizauskas at Yours for Good Fermentables have published the events in list form, we have yet to see a map that will help you plan out your Beer Crawl.
After the jump, we’ve got the current list of Beer Week events to go with this map.
Official Beer Week Events:
Sunday, August 16
DC Beer Week “Unity Jam” at the Rock & Roll Hotel
1353 H St NE
2 pm- 8 pm
Confirmed lineup as of today:
Laura Tsagaris Band
The Jeff Wells Band
There will also be a limited amount of first come/ first serve “VIP” beer tasting tickets available for $20. Tasting tickets will consist of 10 -4 oz. pours of hard-to-find Craft Beers.
Unity Jam After Party at the Pug
1234 H St NE
Proprietor Tony T. and crew open their arms to the good beer-drinking loyalists of Washington, DC. Make sure you take advantage of their can specials and don’t miss the cheesy poofs!
Monday, August 17
Allagash Beer Dinner with President and Brewmaster Rob Tod at Granville Moore’s
1238 H St, NE
$75 per person
Come meet-and-greet with Rob Tod, President and Brewmaster of Allagash Brewing Co. at Granville Moore’s. Chef Teddy Folkman will be preparing 5 courses paired with 6 great beers from Allagash Brewing Co. This should be one of the marquee events of the week.
“Sausage, Cheese, and Beerliciousness” at The Big Hunt
1345 Connecticut Ave, NW
$25 per person
Beer, cheese and sausage. Big Hunt Beer Director Dave Coleman will be offering great beers on-tap from such world class breweries as Allagash, Bells, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Troegs, and Victory. Brewery representatives will be on-hand to discuss the beers and share great stories of the Craft Brewing movement.
Dogfish Head Happy Hour at Brasserie Beck
1101 K St NW
Come to Chef Robert Weidmaier’s homage to Belgian bistro fare to sample a selection of great beers from Delaware’s world-renowned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Dogfish Head brand rep Devin Arloski will be on hand with glassware and other goodies.
Chimay Vintage Beer and Cheese Tasting at Birreria Paradiso
3282 M Street, NW
Come out to ‘historic Georgetown’ and try the rare Chimay Tripel draught and vintage Chimay Grand Reserve paired with rich Chimay cheese.
They’re promising some of the “finest and hoppiest” American craft beers, as well as hoppy beer BBQ, a hopped-up beer cocktail and even hop ice cream for dessert. Discounts on sampled brews will also be offered.
Tuesday, August 18
Rogue Oregon Oyster and Ale Festival at The Reef
2446 18th St NW
5 pm-10 pm
Fresh, Yequina Bay Oysters from Newport, OR will be flown-in for this special event. The Reef’s Chef Connor will be preparing other delicious dishes paired with the complex, tasty beers from Newport’s Rogue Ales.
Brooklyn Brewery Beer and Cheese Tasting with Cowgirl Creamery at Café Saint-Ex
1847 14th St NW
The folks from New York’s Brooklyn Brewery will be teaming up with one of city’s big cheeses – Cowgirl Creamery – to present a vast array of flavorful beers and individualistic cheeses.
Abita Beer Crawfish Boil at The Argonaut
1433 H St NE
Come experience a true Southern tradition- a crawfish boil. Abita Brewing Co. is the south’s most established craft brewery and a drink synonymous with the city of New Orleans. Chef Matthew Anderson of the Argonaut is known for his coastal cuisine and will be unleashing this customary communal dining experience for lucky attendees.
Wednesday, August 19
“Hitting the Cycle” at Restaurant Marvin
2007 14th St NW
$35 per person
Beer Director Chris Surrusco will assemble an opportunity to “Hit the Cycle” of Belgian and Belgian-Style beers. Taste “Single”, “Double”, “Triple” and “Quadrupel” beers paired with delicious cuisine from Marvin’s Chef James Claudio. Attendees will have an opportunity to win two tickets to the Friday, Aug 21 Nationals vs. Brewer game.
“Belgian Beer Invades the Capitol” at the Capitol Lounge
231 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Belgian beers at the Capitol Lounge? Throw in some of Teddy Folkman’s updated pub favorites and you’ve got yourself a deal.
Coney Island Freak Show at Palace Of Wonders
1210 H St NE
Join founders Jeremy and Matt from Shmaltz Brewing Co. as they present there delicious beers- Coney Island Lagers and Hebrew Ales. Rumored is a surprise performance by an authentic Coney Island Freak Show legend.
“Drink to Victory” Party at CommonWealth Gastropub
1400 Irving Street, NW
Victory Brewing of Downingtown, PA, will be on hand to celebrate at Chef Jamie Leeds’ Columbia Heights gastropub. Check out beer & food pairings, beer flights, limited release Victory seasonal beers and two Victory beers on cask.
“Meet the Brewer” Happy Hour at the District Chophouse
509 7th Street, NW
The best way to appreciate something is to see how it’s made. Come to the Chophouse and meet Barrett Lauer, one of DC’s best brewers. Tour the tanks and enjoy half-priced beers in celebration of DC Beer Week.
Thursday, August 20
“Brew at the Zoo” at the Smithsonian National Zoo – NOTE: This is not an official Beer Week event
Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
6- 9 pm
$35 for Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), $50 for Non-Members
Raise your glass to conservation and join FONZ Young Professionals at the fifth annual Brew at the Zoo. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample beer from more than 35 micro and regional breweries. This annual event presents a great atmosphere to sample great beer all for a good cause.
DC Beer Week “BATZ” After-Party at Club Asylum
Club Asylum Downstairs Lounge
2471 18th St NW
Come join brewers, beer lovers, and some of DC liveliest nightlife at the legendary Rock & Roll lounge- Club Asylum.
Troegs Pint Night at the Red & the Black
1212 H St NE
Come join Pete from Troegs Brewing Co of Harrisburg, PA and taste their award-winning beers. Authentic Troegs pint glasses will be given away throughout the duration of the evening.
Friday, August 21
Washington Nationals “DC Beer Week Brewers Game”
1500 South Capitol St SE
DC Beer Week attendees will receive 25% off tickets in selected areas of the ballpark. Suitably the Washington Nationals will be taking on the Milwaukee Brewers.
When visiting the Nationals website enter the promo code “Beer” to receive the discount.
DC Beer Week Happy Hour at RFD
810 7th St., NW
4 – 8 PM
RFD will be offering special pricing on beers from Allagash, Bells and Dogfish Head for four hours on Friday night to help bring DC Beer Week to a fitting conclusion. They boast the city’s largest tap selection and more than 300 bottled beers, so you’ll probably be able to find something you like!