Washington, D.C. is a great place to be a beer lover. The city’s no longer the craft beer afterthought it once was, as a handful of breweries have opened inside the city limits in the past five years, with many more taking root nearby in Maryland and Virginia.
There are many opportunities throughout the year to appreciate the District’s beer scene. The annual D.C. Beer Week is one of the best. The eight-day celebration is a geek-fest for all things beer. And while local beers like DC Brau, Denizens and 3 Stars are a big focus, DC Beer Week goes far beyond the DMV.
There are tons of events to choose from, whether you are looking for all-inclusive tasting parties or special draft nights at bars. Here are some of the top picks beer lovers should get on the short list for next week. You can view the full list online.
Old Ebbitt Grill’s 4th annual “BrewHaHa”
Old Ebbitt Grill (675 15th St. NW) is known for being the oldest bar and restaurant in D.C. – one popular with large groups and tourists. But it’s large space and decidedly D.C. feel are perfect for a big time beer party. The BrewHaha is just that, featuring 20 craft beers from 10 area breweries along with food pairings from restaurants including Smoke & Barrel, The Hamilton, The Red Hen and Right Proper. There’s also live music to keep the good vibes flowing. Tickets are $75 and the event runs Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 pm.
Hopfunk Fest with 3 Stars Brewing Company
If you like it funky, pencil in 3 Stars’ Hopfunk Fest on Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m at 6400 Chillum Place. The $15 cover charge includes one beer and a custom glass. Tickets will not be available at the door, so buy now if sour, hoppy beers are calling to you. Participating breweries include Adroit Theory out of Virginia, Charm City Meadworks and Modern Times, among others.
A beery, boozy cocktail celebration
Beer is great. Cocktails are great. But can they get together to create something equally good, or better? That’s what bartenders will be after at French bistro DBGB (931 H St. NW) on Sept. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. There will be beer from DC Brau, Port City, Ommegang, Flying Dog, and Handsome Beer. The bar will be manned by staff from Sixth Engine, Graffiato, Bibiana, Blue Duck Tavern, and, of course, DBGB. Tickets are $30 each and include cocktail tastes and bites from the kitchen.
All-D.C. tap takeover at Churchkey
The hell with everywhere else. Get to Churchkey (1337 14th St.) on September 29 for total D.C. domination of the bar’s 55 taps. It’s the largest ever tapping of D.C. beers, so there’s definitely going to be something for everyone including brews outside the common options. The full list is still taking shape, but there’ll be a number of drafts from Bluejacket, Hellbender, Right Proper and other D.C. brewers. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and everything will be sold a la carte.
Denizens Brewing Co. brings even more funk
Close out D.C. Beer Week on October 1 up in Silver Spring with Denizens Brewing Co (1115 East-West Highway). It’s hosting its second-annual “Make it Funky” Wild Beer Fest from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. with more than 75 beers from a serious 24 breweries from as far away as Colorado. Tickets are $55 and including unlimited sample pours and live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.