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Young & Hungry’s DC Beer Week Guide: Weekend Edition

DCBeerWeekLogo2013It's that magical time of year: DC Beer Week. "Beer week, again?" you might ask. Yeah, there seems to be some kind of beer week every few months, with plenty of bars to visit and brews to try. But this one is the official one, worthy of your attention.

In its fifth year, DC Beer Week (DCBW) officially starts Sunday, Aug. 11, and runs through next Sunday, Aug. 18. Local breweries, bars, restaurants, and even establishments like the Howard Theater and Nationals Park, are putting on events that feature craft beer. The organizers have brought out the big guns this year with a range of events that should keep any beer fan happy (and buzzed).

Here's where you can find the full list of events for the week, but each day we will offer tips for the best ways to spend your time and sobriety. Take a look at what's in store this weekend:


Although not an official beer week event, our recommended place to drink tonight is ChurchKey to celebrate 3 Stars Brewing Company's first anniversary. Starting at 5 p.m., co-founders Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman will unleash 20 different draft and cask brews. The line-up boasts five versions of Pandemic, their Imperial porter, including one aged in Bulleit Rye barrels. They will also pour two brand new wood-aged brews: Harvester of Sorrow, a saison blend partially aged for eight months in Cabernet barrels, and Born Sinner, Southern Belle Imperial brown ale aged eight months in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels blended with fresh Pandemic Porter. On the lighter side, look forward to six special saisons dry-hopped with ingredients like fresh basil, lime peels, and Motueka hops from New Zealand.


District ChopHouse will host its third annual local cask festival from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday (as well as 6 to 11 p.m. this evening). The event will showcase nearly two dozen casks from local breweries such as Bluejacket, Mad Fox, Oliver Breweries, Red Brick Station, Capitol City, Gordon Biersch, and Rock Bottom Brewery. Entry is $50 and includes a take-home tasting glass by Glass4beer. For tickets, call (202) 347-1922 or email


Brewery Ommegang has partnered with Washington City Paper to put on this year's Hop Chef live cooking competition. Eight local chefs will pair dishes with Ommegang beers for a chance to be named this year's Hop Chef D.C. The tasting event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Long View Gallery. Tickets are $55 and include tastes of each chef's dish, unlimited pours of beer, and samples of Bulleit bourbon and George Dickel whiskey.

For those who want an earlier start, stop by Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights or Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Both are hosting special events, including a progressive dinner, to release joint project Exquisite Corpse, a rye saison dry-hopped with Mosaic hops brewed with DC Brau and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Meridian Pint will pour Exquisite Corpse alongside 14 other DC Brau and Stillwater drafts starting at 11 a.m. For fans of sour beers, Pizzeria Paradiso will be featuring 10 gueuzes and goses, traditional sour ales from Belgium and Germany, all day Sunday and Monday.

Image courtesy of DC Beer Week

  • Jules

    We're psyched for Beer Week, too! We hope to see you at the store for rare, all-local brew and $4 pints, all day, every day.

    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 on Facebook 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.

  • Jules

    At Glen's Garden Market in Dupont Circle, 2001 S STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC