Young and Hungry

Tonight’s Beerspotter Picks for D.C. Beer Week

DCBW_bottle_cap1-e1281426021717I hope yesterday's hangover brunch was a restorative one, because it's D.C. Beer Week, and you've got your work cut out for you. With seven events tonight and almost 40 this week, you need to plan strategically — tonight is but one leg in the tour de pints. You could start with a quiet dinner and beer pairings at Dino, which until Thursday is offering a set menu featuring house-made charcuterie. You could (and should) support our local brewpubs' "Alt Together Now," a mellow, German-style brown ale that is the first-ever three-way collaboration between Capitol City Brewing Co., Gordon Biersch, and District Chophouse. It's on tap at Chophouse all night, and half price from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Or, if you're more of the bar-crawling, neurotic sampling type (me), you could traverse 11th Street in Columbia Heights and hit up a pair of promising events. First priority is Room 11, which will feature a pair of rarities from Victory: the English-style Gassy Jack Bitter and the Mad King's Weiss, which is the fullest, heartiest hefeweizen I've ever tasted, here or in Germany. If you're still seething over America's early exit from the World Cup, seeing Victory beat two brew countries at their own game should stir your national pride. Once you're good and riled (or the kegs kick), walk an entire block up the road to Meridian Pint, which will have $5 pints of five different beers from Great Lakes. Oh, and Mayor Adrian Fenty is doing a meet-and-greet from 8:00 to 9:30. Yes, I know I gave a hefeweizen top billing over the mayor — but I swear, it's a really good hefeweizen.

  • "Alt Together Now" Collaboration Beer Launch at District Chophouse – First-ever collaboration between Capitol City Brewing Co., Gordon Biersch, and District Chophouse. Half price beers 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Victory Brewing Company Rarities at Room 11 – Mad King’s Weiss and Gassy Jack Bitter on tap. 5:00 p.m. until it runs out.
  • Great Lakes Take-Over at Meridian Pint – Burning River Pale Ale, Elliot Ness Amber Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Oktoberfest, and Lake Erie Monster are $5 all night.
  • Opposite Night & Homebrew Swap at Breadsoda Every beer comes with a free 8 oz. pour of its “opposite.” Think Guinness for wheat beer. Also meet and tweet with the staff of DCBeer.com. 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Oliver Ales Cask Night with Brewmaster Stephen Jones at The Big Hunt – Three casks of Oliver 3 Lions ale, aged three different ways. 6:00 p.m.
  • Belgian vs. American Beer Dinner at Granville Moore’s – Five-course dinner with pairings of Belgian and Belgian-style American beer. $70, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Three Course Beer & Food Pairing at Dino – Three-course dinner paired with Anderson Valley Boont ESB, North Coast Red Seal, and North Coast Old Rasputin. $39, available through Thursday.
  • Burgers & Beer in the Bus at Trusty’s – Free samples of canned craft beer from Butternuts, and a bar that looks like a school bus. 5:00 p.m. to close.
    • Roger

      $5 for pints of Great Lakes is not a deal, by the way.

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