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DC Beer Week: Our Top Picks for Each Day's Events

By Rina Rapuano
August 15, 2014

DC Beer Week starts Sunday — and because something called Beer Week shouldn't be bound by little rules like how many days are really in a week, it actually lasts eight days. Here's how we would celebrate if we had superhero livers: 

Sunday

Hank’s on the Hill and Samuel Adams kick off DC Beer Week with an all-you-can-eat and drink Beer-BQ held in two sessions from 11 AM-3 PM or 4-8 PM. Food will include fried chicken, ribs, oysters and fries that can be washed down with Sam Adams reserve collection drafts. A Sam Adams punch and beersicles, among other beer concoctions, will be available. Tickets cost $65 per person and can be purchased here or the door, space permitting (633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-733-1971)

Monday

DC Brau hosts its third annual crab festival at Quarterdeck Restaurant from 5-10 PM. Tickets, which cost $50 and must be purchased in advance here, include all-you-can-eat crabs, $1 DC Brau drafts and $5 pitchers (1200 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington; 703-528-2722).

Tuesday

City Tap House conducts a Deschutes Brewery beer dinner at 6 PM, when the Oregon brewery’s beers will be paired with five courses for $75 per person (tax and gratuity excluded). Jeremy Kieffer of Deschutes Brewery will be in the house to talk about the brewery (901 I St. NW; 202-733-5333).

Wednesday

Pinstripes in Georgetown runs a special Beer Week happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7 PM, with all six of the bowling and bocce spot’s local drafts will be priced at $4 each. The deal also is offered after 9 PM Monday through Thursday and after 8 PM Sunday (1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-625-6500).

Thursday

Water & Wall teams up with Richmond’s Hardywood Park craft brewery for a five-course tasting menu with beer pairings Thursday and Friday nights at 7 PM. Dishes will include halibut with a “beer blanc,” pork schnitzel with cabbage spaetzel and a chocolate cake with stout-chocolate sauce. The restaurant will also host a Hardywood tap takeover through the weekend and featuring such seasonal releases  as Saison Rustica and Bohemian Pilsner. The dinner costs $59 plus $25 for the beer pairings. Call to reserve (3811 Fairfax Dr., Arlington; 703-294-4949).

Friday

Poste Moderne Brasserie hosts a patio takeover party with brews and representatives from Boulevard, Ommegang, Duvel, La Chouffe and Liefmans Brewing. Beers will be priced at $5-$8, and this is as good a reason as any to hang out on Poste’s beautiful patio (555 Eighth St. NW; 202-783-6060).

Saturday

Barrel hosts a pig roast with Devils Backbone Brewing from 6-9 PM in the Elixir Bar downstairs, where $60 per person will get you all-you-can-eat pork, sides and two rare drafts from the brewery. Tickets can be purchased here (613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-543-3622).

Sunday

Close out the week at Union Market from 2-8 PM, when $50 will get you all-you-can-drink local beer and beer slushees. Red Apron hot dogs will also be available. Tickets can be purchased here (1309 Fifth St. NE; 301-652-7400).

Places Mentioned

Hank's Oyster Bar

Seafood • Capitol Hill

Food24 Decor17 Service21 Cost$38
 
 
 
City Tap House

Penn Quarter/Chinatown

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PINSTRIPES

Georgetown

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Poste

French • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food20 Decor22 Service20 Cost$50
 
 
 
Barrel

Southern American • Capitol Hill

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Water & Wall Restaurant

New American • Arlington

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