This Week In Beer: Cantillon at ChurchKey, Brooklyn Concoction at Ella’s, Starr Hill at Rustico & Local Brews at Smith Commons
You know the drill. Here's what's going on in the D.C. area craft beer scene this week. Read on for a rundown, or click on any event in the D.C. Beer Events Calendar above for more details.
On Monday, ChurchKey is dusting off a rare keg from the Senne Valley in Belgium, where some profess is the only place true lambic, or wild ale, can come from. A keg of Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2008, a blended beer fermented with wild, airborne yeast and wine barrel-aged cherries, will be tapped.
Tuesday proves to be a busy night. Ella's Wood Fired Pizza is having a paired tasting with "The Concoction," a new Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster's Reserve series beer brewed with peat smoked malt, minced ginger, lemon juice and wildflower honey. In Alexandria, Rustico will be featuring six beers from Starr Hill Brewery of Crozet, Virginia, including rarity Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Cryptical Imperial Stout on cask.
Also, on Tuesday evening, Belga Café on Capitol Hill is hosting its monthly beer tasting dinner, this time featuring Belgian beers of summer. Across the river at Lyon Hall will hold a five-course Asian fusion dinner featuring beers from Japan's Kiuchi Brewing Company, makers of Hitachino Nest brews, with a portion of the proceeds going to a relief fund for local families affected by this year's earthquakes and tsunamis.
On Friday, the Washington Wine Academy will throw another one of its boat parties, this one with 25 beers from around the world.
This weekend Smith Commons has a series of events to celebrate Independence Day, starting with a patio barbecue running Friday through Monday and culminating with a local brewers party Sunday evening featuring fresh beer from 3 Stars, DC Brau, Baying Hound, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Stillwater Ales, Lost Rhino, and Port City.
Finally, starting this Friday, all three Pizzeria Paradiso locations (Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Old Town Alexandria) will launch their month-long tribute to hopheads with JulyPA days, where all draft lines will be pouring India Pale Ales from near and far.
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