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DC Beerathon: The Beginning of a Tradition?


DC Beerathon. (Chelsea Rinnig)

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com. 

The first annual DC Beerathon took place on November 10, 2012—an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon—and ran a course through 26 of Borderstan’s own restaurants and bars. Participants were provided with maps and a day-pass that granted access to one beer per location from noon until closing. I embarked on this journey early afternoon on Saturday and observed as those with eager spirits and high tolerance journeyed from Nellie’s on U Street to to Stoney’s in the heart of Logan and Madhatter in Dupont.

Many ambled the streets casually, without much anticipation in covering every location or expectation to finish more than twenty beers. Others, however, donned exotic costumes and Americana regalia in festive spirits. A group of Vikings I came across regaled me with ambitions to venture to every location mapped on the course, even if that meant yelling, grunting and bringing a friend in a penguin suit into restaurants as low key as Ulah Bistro and Bistro LaBonne.

For all though, the event provided to acquaint oneself with the neighborhood and new beers to sample. Highlights included the Pumpkin Blue Moon at Ben’s Next Door – which by the way, if you haven’t noticed, has not been carried by a single bar since well before Thanksgiving – and the Pork Slap Pale Ale at Touchdown. The DC Beerathon will hopefully commence an exciting new tradition for competitive beer enthusiasts and plans to return annually to the District.

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Rinnig moved to Borderstan in Fall 2011 from Baltimore and hails originally from Los Angeles. Her dedication to the local food movement and commitment to eating simply and nutritiously have led her to both develop her culinary skills and write about her tasting new dishes both in her new city as well as her own kitchen. You can find Rinnig working downtown on weekdays, selling stone fruits and berries at the Dupont Farmers market on Sundays and splurging at fine restaurants here and there in-between. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com.

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