This Week: Stone Tap Takeover & Bruce Williams at ChurchKey, Anniversary Rarities at The Brick, Autumn Fest at Pizzeria Paradiso & Flying Dog at RiverFrontFest
It's a big week in beer for D.C. The Lagerheads give you the skinny below. For details on an event click on it in our D.C. Beer Events Calendar above.
The party starts Monday at ChurchKey where the founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Company Greg Koch will host a keg party of gigantic proportions with 40 of his rarest and tastiest brews on draft. Tickets sold out for the 3:30 VIP meet and greet session so planning on waiting in line to get in starting at 4:00pm.
If the crowds scare you, don't worry. Starting Monday and running all week is another big celebration of beer. The Brickskeller is commemorating their 53rd Anniversary by digging some of their most prized kegs and bottles out of the vault and offering them at "pocket-friendly" prices. Gems on the list include Anchor Old Foghorn Barleywine 2001, Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra 2006, 2007 and 2008, and the last five straight years of Stone Vertical Epic.
Pizzeria Paradiso is still serving all Fall beers at both the Dupont and Georgetown locations for Autumn Fest. Notable brews include German standards like Paulaner and Ayinger Oktoberfest as well as rarities from Hofstetten and Kulmbacher. And they of course have a plethora of American fest and pumpkin beers, perfect for this week's weather.
On Wednesday beer fans will want to head back to ChurchKey to for a chance to meet Bruce Williams, the charismatic founder and brewmaster of Williams Brothers Brewing Company in Scotland. Eight taps will show a range of both his traditional and modern ales including Joker IPA, a Black Porter called Midnight Sun, Grozet Gooseberry Ale, and the popular-with-the-gingers Fraoch Heather Ale.
On Thursday Baltimore Beer Week officially starts, with over 300 events for those willing to make a trip or two over the next seven days. The ten-day festival runs from October 7 to 17 and would be a good opportunity to check out Charm City's newest beer bar, Alewife.
On Saturday, bring the kids down to the SouthEast waterfront for RiverFrontFest, where Flying Dog will make sure you have good beer and local bands and artist will see that you are entertained.
And as always, Mondays are guest tap nights at Room 11, with Climax Oktoberfest being featured this week, and Tuesdays mean trivia at Biergarten Haus.
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