This Week: Sly Fox at ChurchKey, Oliver Ales at Paradiso, Uinta at Galaxy Hut, Beer School at The Brick Great Lakes at The Black Squirrel & North Coast Everywhere
Whoa! Lots of beer fun to be had this week. Read on for a daily rundown, but for details on an event click on it in our D.C. Beer Events Calendar above.
Monday Birch & Barley is hosting Sly Fox brewmaster Brian O'Reilly from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania for a five-course, seven-beer dinner. Across town Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown is hosting Steve Jones from Baltimore's Oliver Ales for a paired dinner featuring five British-style ales. Room 11 will have Victory Festbier as their weekly guest tap.
On Tuesday, Galaxy Hut is tapping three rare kegs from Utah's Uinta Brewing Company: Labyrinth, a strong black ale brewed with licorice sticks and aged in oak barrels, Detour, a Double IPA, and Tilted Smile, an Imperial Pilsner. Meridian Pint will have six beers from California star The Bruery, all for $6. On the east side of town, Belga Café will host their monthly Belgian beer pairing dinner and Biergarten Haus has their weekly trivia night.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, you can visit The Brickskeller for Session 3 of their Beer School, "The Awakening of American Taste Buds," to learn about hops and the birth of the IPA, why industrial macrobeer lagers permeate the US market, and the American Craft Beer Revolution.
From Thursday to Sunday, DC beer fans will have the chance to meet North Coast Brewing Company Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. He'll be at ChurchKey Thursday, Meridian Pint Friday, and is leading a beer dinner at Brasserie Beck on Sunday evening that will benefit the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and their music education programs.
Starting Friday both Pizzeria Paradiso locations will be serving all Fall beers for their week-long Autumn Fest. Notable brews include German standards like Paulaner and Ayinger Oktoberfest as well as rarities from Hofstetten and Kulmbacher and more American fest and pumpkin beers than you can throw into a pile of leaves.
Finally, starting at noon on Saturday and going into the wee hours of the morning, Great Lakes Brewing Company will be taking over the taps at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan. Seven beers from the Cleveland, Ohio brewery will be flowing, including their Oktberfest which will be poured by the stein (that's a liter, people!).
Also on Saturday, for those in the mood for a full Oktoberfest experience, the Capitol City Brewing Company sponsored Shirlington Oktoberfest will feature lots of food, family fun, and beer all afternoon.
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