This Week In Beer: Mad Fox’s First Anniversary, Brew at the Zoo, Bastille Day Celebrations & More
It's hot out. With so much great beer fun to be had this month, you have more than enough opportunities to quench your thirst. Check out the rundown below for a preview, but click on any event in the D.C. Beer Events Calendar above for more details.
LAGERHEADS PICK: It's hard to believe it's been a year since a steady stream of amazing brews have been pumping out of Falls Church, but Mad Fox Brewing Company will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday. The all-day party includes tappings of oak-aged beauties Slobberknocker American-style barleywine, Madden's famous Wee Heavy, and Batch 100 Strong Black Ale. Other beers from brewers Bill Madden and Charlie Buettner's lineup will be on draft and cask. The first 250 people will receive a free anniversary glass. Live music will be provided by the Levi Stephens Band starting at 9 p.m.
On Tuesday, ChurchKey will have five drafts and two casks of complex brews from Michigan's Jolly Pumpkin. Across the river in Ballston, ChurchKey's sister restaurant Rustico is featuring ten beers from Allagash. The list includes rarities like Little Big Beer, Vrienden, and this year's Curieux. A little further into Virginia, but worth the trek, Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church is tapping their new India pale ale, brewed with pounds and pounds of Centennial hops.
On Wednesday, Little Miss Whiskey's in the Atlas District is hosting a "Brau-B-Que" with the boys from DC Brau Brewing Company. Lyon Hall in Clarendon will debut Duvel Single, a "sessionable" Belgian beer low on alcohol but not so low on flavor.
Thursday is Brew at the Zoo, the annual fundraising event at the National Zoo that pairs beers and beasts (and plenty of boozers). This Thursday, July 14 is Bastille Day, and that means Cafe L'Enfant in Adams Morgan will be hosting their annual block party, complete with the popular French maid relay race at 8pm. Lyon Hall in Clarendon will also be celebrating Bastille Day with specials on French beer, food, and wine.
VIP ticket holders get a preview on Thursday at Brew at the Zoo, but Friday marks the beginning of D.C.'s Belgian Restaurant Week with special prix fixe menus at the participating restaurants. The list includes Belga Cafe, Et Voila!, Granville Moore's, Le Pain Quotidien, L'Ocolat, Marvin, and the entire family of Robert Wiedmaier restaurants: Brabo, Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar, and Marcel's.
On Saturday, as part of Belgian Restaurant Week there will be a mussel throw-down at Eastern Market from 12 to 3pm. Guests can get a bowl of mussels and a beer for $5 and will have at least some say in the next "Mussel King" of D.C.
Also on Saturday, in addition to the first anniversary party at Mad Fox Brewing Company mentioned above, Clyde's of Tyson's Corner will have a beer dinner featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The event is likely sold out but you can look for the next beer dinner at the Clyde's Restaurant Group beer dinner series page.
On Sunday, Lyon Hall is at it again. This time the Clarendon bar and restaurant is throwing a Feestdag celebration for Belgian Independence Day. "Palm Sunday" will feature Palm Speciale, a Belgian amber ale on draft, and guests will receive free glassware, t-shirts, and other treats.
All week The Black Squirrel will be serving up bootlegged beers from North Carolina, including those from breweries like French Broad, Triangle, Mother Earth, and Foothills.
All week, and for the rest of the month, Pizzeria Paradiso has nothing but India pale ales on draft at all three locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Old Town Alexandria. They call it JulyPA Days. I call it hophead heaven.
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