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This Week: Russian River at Meridian Pint, Tröegs Scratch Batches at ChurchKey, Blue Mountain at Rustico & Great Lakes at Scion


January continues to not disappoint when it comes to organized beer fun. Below is a brief rundown of the week's options, but click around in our D.C. Beer Events Calendar for more details on any event.

Tonight, if they're not all already gone, Meridian Pint will be selling a limited supply of 12-ouncers of Russian River Pliny the Elder, the double IPA from a small California brewery with a large cult following. To give you an idea, it is rumored that jealousy over rations of Elder's triple IPA relative, Pliny the Younger, caused the licensing crackdown in Philadelphia in March. Since we made a fuss about seeing Russian River on the large bottle list at Policy last Spring, more bottles have slowly started creeping into the D.C. market, so be on the lookout.

On Tuesday, ChurchKey will have four experimental beers on draft from Tröegs Brewery in Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania. Tröegs' "Scratch" series 37th, 38th, 39th and 40th batches are all IPAs featuring a wide variety of hops. Not for you? ChurchKey's sister establishment Rustico in Alexandria is hosting a meet and greet with the founders of Blue Mountain Brewing Company of Afton, Virginia. Taylor and Mandy Smack and Matt Nucci will be pouring eight Blue Mountain brews on draft and two on cask. Stand outs include Virginia debuts Evan ALTmighty and Long Winter's Nap, and Kölsch 151, which won a medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival. Click on the event in the calendar above for the full list.

Still not for you? Luckily Tuesday holds a great deal of possibilities. Head over to the "Social" Safeway in Georgetown for a beer and cheese tasting hosted by DCBeer.com featuring beers from Sam Adams, Flying Dog, and Heavy Seas. Or sign up for the monthly beer dinner at Belga Café. Better yet, head out to Mad Fox Brewpub in Falls Church for a Robbie Burns Day supper prepared by chef Russel Cunningham to honor Scotland's favorite poet and lyricist. There will be Haggis! Not sure how far the lads and lasses at Mad Fox will take it, but click here for a few more details about what to expect of a traditional Burns supper.

On Wednesday Elephant and Castle downtown will have a firkin of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA. If you have not had this beer on cask, it is quite lovely.

On Thursday, Scion in Dupont Circle is throwing a Great Lakes draft blowout featuring six Great Lakes Brewing Company beers on draft: Conway's Irish Red, Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry IPA, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Nosferatu Imperial Red, and Christmas Ale. Beer samples and small Cleveland-themed plates will be $4 each. As a bonus, Scion will be holding a raffle for two free tickets to their Bootleggers Dinner on February 1, which features an outstanding list of very rare-to-D.C. beers and is currently sold out.

As a final note, this week Biergarten Haus begins a daily Happy Hour featuring food and beer specials from 5pm to 7:30pm every Monday through Friday. Prost!

Send submissions for the D.C. Beer Events calendar to thelagerheads@gmail.com.

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