This Week In Beer: Rare Nordic Brews at ChurchKey, Flying Dog Oyster Stout at Hank’s, Schlafly Flights at Meridian Pint & More
The days leading up to Thanksgiving are usually a slow time for tippling. But this week has no shortage of beer events. For those whose thirst for craft beer simply can't wait until post-turkey revelry, my picks for the week are below. Get more details about these and more events by clicking on them in my D.C. Beer Events Calendar above.
I've been known to have a lead foot when it comes to the brews I choose, and in this regard many of the drinkers in the distant, cold reaches of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden and I are one in the same. But it's the nod to their Nordic roots, experimentation with modern American styles (like Double IPAs) as well as a tendency toward high-alcohol content that draws me to Scandinavian beers. On Monday at 6 p.m., ChurchKey is offering a rare chance to sample from a variety of Nordic brews on draft from outfits like Kissmeyer, To Øl, Haandbryggeriet, Nøgne Ø and Mikkeller, as well as the new-to-the U.S., Bøgedal, a Danish brewery that produces beer so unique that each batch is numbered, not named.
Also on Monday, Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle will host the D.C. launch of Flying Dog's newest brew, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout. A dry stout brewed with local oysters to raise awareness of issues facing the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay, Pearl Necklace was the brainchild of Flying Dog, Rappahannock River Oysters, and Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen. Proceeds from Pearl Necklace will benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, an organization that coordinates and conducts large-scale oyster restoration efforts. From 5 to 7 p.m. get a free oyster with each purchase of a Pearl Stout...and feel good about doing your part to help save the environment.
On Tuesday, fans of the Saint Louis Brewery's solid line of Schlafly beers will want to schlep over to Meridian Pint for a chance to sample a dozen offerings, most not often available in D.C. The brews will be available in four flights, or sets, of three small pours each. Choose from malty, hoppy, wheaty, or bourbony. Stand outs include Hop Harvest, a dry-hopped American Pale Ale brewed with fresh Sorachi Ace hops and 2006, 2008, and 2010 batches of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.
It wouldn't be a D.C. Thanksgiving without a growler of local beer and some pre-ordered, specially prepared pies. DC Brau and Dangerously Delicious Pies have you covered. The local businesses arranged it so you can pick up your pre-ordered pie at the brewery on Wednesday between 2 and 8 p.m., effectively getting your "punch" and pie in the same spot. As of Saturday, Dangerously Delicious was no longer taking Thanksgiving orders...but you can still get that growler of beer to go.
No turkey plans? No problem. Thursday evening The Black Squirrel is offering the generous gift of an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet for just five bucks. Even better, the evening will feature several pumpkin beers, including Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale, DC Brau Fermentation without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter, and Flying Dog The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Show up any time 7 p.m. or later, preferably hungry.
Also this week, Bourbon in Glover Park is holding extended happy hours, from 5 to 8 p.m., and launching their fall cocktail menu. Capitol Hill's Belga Café will hold its monthly beer dinner on Tuesday, this time focusing on holiday ales. Across the river in Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company will tap a cask of Defender American Pale Ale. On Wednesday, The Big Hunt will tap its stash of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. On the same night, Smith Commons in the Atlas District will feature Long Trail brews. Finally, ChurchKey is pulling out all the stops for a Thanksgiving Eve party with an impressive list of American craft beers from both near and far.
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