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This Week In Beer: Belgian Rarities at Birch & Barley, Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale Tapping & More


It's a relatively quiet week for beer, anchored by a momentous Belgian beer celebration on Monday and National Homebrew Day this Saturday. Read on for more details or click on it in the D.C. Beer Events Calendar above.

LAGERHEADS PICK: This week's selected event is a his and hers (or anyone's and hers, rather) set of events at Bourbon in Adams Morgan Thursday. At 6:30 p.m. local brewer Lindsey Miller of Baying Hound Aleworks in Rockville, Maryland, will lead a ladies-only tasting class of five beers and small bites for $25. In the name of equality, the subject of many a blues song, beer director Brian Kruglak will hold a mirror event open to both men and women by tapping a keg of the latest release from Dogfish Head. The Delaware brewery's Hellhound On My Ale is a profoundly hoppy beer that marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul to the devil to become a successful blues musician at the "Crossroad".

Monday evening, Birch & Barley celebrates the 30th anniversary of craft beer importers Vanberg & Dewulf with a paired tasting of seven beers from their portfolio led by company founders Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield.

On Tuesday, Biergarten Haus is hosting the weekly trivia night with specials on their German fare and fizz. Out in Fairfax, the Dogfish Head Alehouse is throwing a five-course beer pairing dinner to celebrate Cinco de May.

On Thursday, in addition to the events at Bourbon, Fire Works Pizza in Arlington has a Schlafly pint night featuring the St. Louis brewery's Dry Hopped American Pale Ale and Export IPA on draft and Oatmeal Stout on cask, as well as free Schlafly glassware.

Saturday is Big Brew. As many who make their own beer (or at least read about it) know, Big Brew is the nickname for National Homebrew Day. Maryland Homebrew in Columbia is hosting a day-long celebration, but Big Brew is all about homebrewers inviting friends over to share the glory and wonder of making your own beer. Don't leave your smart phone at home, however, because there is a tweet-worthy world-wide toast at 12:00 (Central Standard Time).

Also this week, The Black Squirrel continues "Fat Summer" with selections from New Belgium Brewing Company of Ft. Collins, Colorado. Beers available tis week include the ever popular Fat Tire as well as Ranger IPA, Mothership Wit, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale, as well as personal favorites La Folie and Le Fleur, Misseur.

For the complete list of beer events, check out the calendar above. If I missed something, let me know.

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

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