WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Since 2008, brew masters and rookies alike have pulled up a bar stool at DC Beer Week, an event that has the craft beer boomtown excited and thirsty.
"DC Beer Week is a celebration of craft beerfrom conception to consumptionin Washington, D.C.," said DC Beer Week Co-Founder Teddy Folkman. "We're really showing the diversity of how beer can fit into multi-facets of society."
What exactly makes a beer craft?
"Craft beer is a beer utilizing, typically all malt, all domestically sourced ingredients, and it's brewed on a very small, local level," said Jeff Hancock, the head brewer at DC Brau. "Within the last four years, we've seen four production breweries open up inside D.C. lines."
There are more than 180 events planned during DC Beer Week, which runs Aug. 17-24. But don't think this is an opportunity to chug on the cheap.
"DC Beer Week isn't a week for discounted beers or anything like that," Folkman said. "It's more showing off what we have to offer as a craft beer city."
A sampling of events is listed below:
Sunday, Aug. 17 - Brewery Ommegang, Boulevard Brewery and The Odyssey present "The Official DC Beer Week Kick-Off Cruise" - Brewery Ommegang and Boulevard Brewery in conjunction with Odyssey Cruises have brought back one of DCBW's hottest tickets. After a year off, The Odyssey will once again be the kick-off spot for DC Beer Week and will feature some amazing brews from these American craft brew staples. "As a DCBW committee, we have evaluated many times how to bring the craft beer cruise back to this festive week. We are excited to work with Odyssey Cruises once again. We find this to be the ideal way to kick off what looks to be the most dynamic DCBW to date," says Steven Cardello, DCBW Board Member and Director of Sales-South at Duvel USA. The cruise will set sail from 600 Water St SW Washington DC 20024. Tickets will include unlimited beer samples, new food station menu, and DJ entertainment. VIP guests can board an hour early at 5 p.m. and standard ticket holders will board at 6 p.m. with a cruise from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1lSbUVb.
Monday, Aug. 18 - DC Brau's 3rd Annual Crab Fest at Quarterdeck- DC Brau and the Quarterdeck are teaming up once again. Celebrate indigenous beer and these indigenous mid-Atlantic delicacies at the Quarterdeck Restaurant located at 1200 Fort Meyer Drive in Arlington, Va. Attendees will enjoy all-you-can-eat crabs and $1 DC Brau drafts and $5 pitchers. Tickets are $50 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-braus-3rd-annual-official-dc-beer-week-crab-fest-at-the-quarterdeck-tickets-12273844399.
Tuesday, Aug. 19 - 30 Beers for 30 Years with Sam Adams - This food and beer event celebrates 30 years of craft beer with Samuel Adams. Join Samuel Adams and the Washington City Paper to sample 30 unique styles of Samuel Adams beers paired with bites prepared by 30 of the DMV's top chefs. The event will take place at Longview Gallery 1234 Ninth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 and tickets are $55 for general admission and $75 for early admission and special appearances. Tickets available at http://wcp.xorbia.com/dcbeerweek.
Wednesday, Aug. 20 - RFD's Coast to Coast Tap Takeover - RFD in Chinatown is throwing an epic regional tap takeover, featuring $5 pints from more than 20 American craft breweries on all 45 of their draft lines that night starting at 4 p.m. Breweries from all five of the country's beer regions will be represented, including Abita, Sam Adams, Dogfish Head, New Belgium, Allagash, Star Hill, Boulevard, Hardywood, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang, Anchor Brewing and Terrapin, to name a few. The address is 810 Seventh St. NW and proceeds from the $5 cover charge go to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. No tickets necessary but more information can be found by visiting http://www.lovethebeer.com/events.html.
Thursday, Aug. 21 - DC Beer Week Solidarity Session IPA Tasting at Gordon Biersch - Again this year, top D.C.-area breweries combined forces to create a collaborative brew called Solidarity. This Session IPA will be featured all over the city. Gordon Biersch's Chinatown location will welcome folks from all over to taste this well-thought-out IPA and will be joined by 10 other breweries. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and guests will enjoy unlimited tastes as well as passed appetizers. Advance tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solidarity-session-ipa-tasting-tickets-12449174817.
Friday, Aug. 22 - Old Ebbitt Grill's 2nd Annual BrewHaHa - The atrium at D.C.'s landmark Old Ebbitt Grill will be hopping on Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. for a celebration of local craft beer, food and music. DC Brau, 3 Stars, Flying Dog, Full Tilt, Devils Backbone, Lost Rhino, Atlas, Blue Mountain, and Heritage Brewing will provide the beer along with food from some of the D.C.-area's best restaurants and music by the 19th Street Band. Old Ebbitt Grill is located at 675 15th Street NW. The $50 ticket includes all the beer, food and music you can handle, and may be purchased online in advance at https://eventfarm.com/brewhaha.
Saturday, Aug. 23 - Devils Backbone Total Tap Takeover and Pumpkin Hunter Release Party - Get your hands on 20 different DB drafts including the year's first batch of Pumpkin Hunter Pumpkin Ale. Come early to party with the Devils crew and get a shot to win tickets to The Festy Experience later this year. This event will take place at Meridian Pint at 3400 11th Street NW in D.C. No tickets necessary but stay tuned to DCBeerWeek.net for more information.
Sunday, Aug. 24 - Brewers On The Block at Suburbia, Union Market - Come celebrate the end of DC Beer Week 2014 with Suburbia, Red Apron, and all of your favorite local breweries. We will be featuring beers from DC Brau, 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, Chocolate City, Lost Rhino, Mad Fox, and Port City, as well as frozen slushees from Suburbia and hot dogs from Red Apron Butcher. The Party starts Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include all-you-can-drink beer and slushees. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breweries-on-the-block-tickets-12227911011?aff=eorg.