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Ale Together Now: Beer Collaborations During DC Beer Week


The Beer Issue

The much-anticipated Bluejacket brewery has spent the better part of a year preparing to open its Navy Yard beer cathedral, producing collaborative concoctions with brewers from Maine to Florida to California. But what about the collaborations you haven’t tasted yet? Breweries, brewpubs, restaurants, and bars from D.C. and beyond are teaming up to create new brews in honor of D.C. Beer Week (Aug. 11 to 18). Take a look at those we’re most looking forward to tasting.

Solidarity Summer Ale

Collaborators: 3 Stars Brewing Company, Atlas Brew Works, The Brewer’s Art, Capital City Brewing Company, DC Brau, District Chophouse, Gordon Biersch, Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Bethesda

Style: A sessionable pale ale

Where You’ll Find It: Around D.C. all week, starting Aug. 9

This is about as all-encompassing as local brewing gets. A dozen breweries and brewpubs came together at DC Brau’s Bladensburg Road NE brewery to craft a double batch of a refreshing, accessible brew. Each brewer brought water from its own facility to combine as the base for the summer ale.

Tart Hopfentea

Collaborators: Perennial Artisan Ales and Hopleaf

Style: Berliner Weisse with papaya and mango

Where You’ll Find It: Birch & Barley beer pairing dinner on Aug. 12 ($60 plus tax/gratuity)

When it comes to beer from other cities, few have made a bigger splash in D.C. this year than St. Louis brewers like Schlafly and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. Perennial Artisan Ales’ passion-fruit Berliner Weisse, brewed with revered Chicago tavern Hopleaf, will certainly further that reputation. Sour beer not your thing? An Aug. 12 Perennial pairing dinner at Birch & Barley will also feature Recital, a hoppy Belgian-style ale that Perennial brewed with Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery.

The Exquisite Corpse

Collaborators: DC Brau, Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Meridian Pint, and Pizzeria Paradiso

Style: A rye saison featuring Mosaic hops

Where You’ll Find It: Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle/Meridian Pint on Aug. 11 ($65)

Drinkers can experience first hand the surrealist tendencies of Baltimore-based gypsy brewer Brian Strumke with “The Exquisite Corpse,” a collaboration with Greg Jasgur of Pizzeria Paradiso, Sam Fitz of Meridian Pint, and Jeff Hancock at DC Brau. The beer gets its name from a parlor game in which a player writes a sentence and folds the paper to obscure it before another player pens the next sentence, leading to a mish-mash of thought. In this game, though, the brewers replaced words with grain, hops, and yeast selections unbeknownst to one another. The result? An easy-drinking saison that will be released during a collaborative beer dinner held at the two bars over the course of a single evening.

The Ambassador

Collaborators: Mad Fox Brewing Company and Smoke and Barrel

Style: An experimental session IPA

Where You’ll Find It: Smoke and Barrel on Aug. 13 and throughout the month

Adams Morgan’s Smoke and Barrel will release its first official collaboration beer during its Mad Fox tap takeover on Aug. 13. The Ambassador is the product of an experimental recipe from Smoke and Barrel bartender Erich Streckfuss featuring a hop in development called HBC-342. The beer is named after the famed theater that once stood across from the restaurant’s location.

Big Albert

Collaborators: Aviator Brewing Company and Granville Moore’s

Style: An American take on a classic Belgian amber ale

Where You’ll Find It: Granville Moore’s on Aug. 15

The Belgian emporium on H Street NE will host a tap takeover with North Carolina’s Aviator on Thursday, during which Big Albert will make its debut. The collaborative beer is a take on a classic Antwerp style with a hop change-up. “To be able to say that our staff was there to plan, to mill in—handing stuff to the brewer while staying the hell out of the way at the right time—to add the hops, watch the boil, mash out,” says Granville Moore’s Beverage Director Matt LeBarron. “It’s like waiting for your birthday or Christmas.”

Graphic by Jandos Rothstein

  • Brian Bishop

    Mad Fox will also be serving The Ambassador in Falls Church starting on August 13 as the brewpub's Tuesday Tapping release.

  • Jules

    We'd love if you'd visit us for the Beer Week events we are hosting at the newly-opened Glen's Garden Market in Dupont Circle, at 2001 S STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC.

    We're part neighborhood grocery, part full-time farmers' market. We offer a range of locally-sourced options, including produce, prepared foods, meat, fish, dairy, beer and wine. Pints are always $4, enjoy them in our outdoor beer garden!

    All Week: Featured Beer-Braised Brats

    Sausage and beer go together like... well, sausage and beer. In honor of Beer Week, we'll be braising bratwurst in a different draft beer each day. Round out your meal with a matching $4 pint for pairing perfection.

    Monday August 12th, 5 - 10pm
    Local Flight Night

    An adventure tour of rare hometown brew has never been easier! Taste your way through our all-local taps with four sample pours for $6.50.

    Tuesday August 13th
    Introducing Glen's Soft Pretzel

    In the finest tradition of pub food, we've designed a warm, housemade soft pretzel that goes perfectly with cold draft beer.

    Wednesday August 14th, 3 - 10pm
    Maryland Rarity Showcase

    Meet the masterminds from a few of Maryland's best breweries from 3-6pm, who will be visiting to share their exclusive series of rare and one-off beer! Stay all evening for pints and growler fills of extremely limited and one-of-a-kind offerings from Baltimore Washington Beer Works, Oliver Brewery, Burley Oak, Brewer's Art, Union Craft Brewing, and more. Keep up-to-date onFacebook and Twitter for the reveal of secret Showcase brews!

    Thursday August 15th
    Half-Price Half-Smokes

    In honor of the District's long love affair with the Half-Smoke, we are offering our famous dogs for only $2 apiece, all day. Good enough to be both lunch and dinner!

    Friday August 16th, 5 - 10pm
    Beer & Chocolate Night

    Are you ready for the date night to end all date nights? Beer will soon have a beautiful companion in the Glen's Market Pub, a board selection of our gourmet chocolate and fresh fruit for $10.

    Saturday August 19th
    All-day Growlerfest

    The only thing better than pints of rare beer on tap? Taking those fresh draft pours home. Enjoy a 20% discount on fills of your Glen's Growler, all day on Saturday.

    Sunday August 18th, 3:30 - 7pm
    CityBikes Ride & Port City Brewery Showcase

    Meet us at the Adams Morgan City Bikes at 3:30 for a fun, social ride through the city! We'll end at Glen's to celebrate with Alexandria's own Port City Brewery owner, Bill Butcher, from 5 - 7pm. His award-winning beer will be on draft all evening for $4 a pint and 20% off on fills of your Glen's Growler.

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