Popular Logan Circle beer bar ChurchKey (1337 14th Street NW) will devote all 55 of its taps to local beers next Thursday at 4 p.m. in celebration of DC Beer Week.
The event represents the “largest single tapping of D.C. craft brews ever,” says ChurchKey.
Greg Engert, beer director at the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns ChurchKey, says the idea to pour 55 local beers had been on his mind for a while.
“The idea for a total tap takeover had been increasingly insistent, and when I started reviewing the releases of the 6 independent D.C. brewers we would come to feature, it all started to become a palpable possibility,” he says.
Engert adds that attendees should expect hard-to-find beers and one-time batches alongside old favorites. “There will be no shortage of rare and special brews on tap,” says Engert.
Among the beers served will be 3 Stars Brewing Company’s wine barrel-aged saison, Harvester of Sorrows, DC Brau’s On the Wings of Armageddon and Right Proper’s botanically-laced farmhouse ales Alice and Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne.
Here’s the complete list of all 55 beers being poured:
- 3 Stars Above the Clouds
- 3 Stars Citra & Lemon Peel Saison
- 3 Stars Cognitive Dissonance
- 3 Stars Desolation
- 3 Stars Ghost IPA
- 3 Stars Harvester of Sorrow
- 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison
- 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison – Cherries (Cask)
- 3 Stars Pandemic
- 3 Stars Southern Belle
- Atlas District Common
- Atlas Home Rule
- Atlas NSFW
- Atlas Ponzi
- Atlas Ponzi – Simcoe & Citra (Cask)
- Atlas Pumpernickel Stout
- Atlas Rowdy
- Atlas The 1500 South Cap Lager
- Bluejacket Forbidden Planet
- Bluejacket Goldfinch
- Bluejacket Judge Ruby
- Bluejacket Lost Weekend
- Bluejacket Lost Weekend – Citra (Cask)
- Bluejacket Red Wine Barrel-Aged Swirl
- Bluejacket Rheinard de Vos
- Bluejacket Sub Rosa
- Bluejacket The Jam
- Bluejacket Triple Smoke Barrel-Aged The Wake
- Bluejacket Wallflower
- Bluejacket Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mexican Radio
- DC Brau El Hefe Speaks
- DC Brau Pils
- DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter
- DC Brau Citrocity
- DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon
- DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Cask)
- DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon – Apricots & Grapefruit (Cask)
- DC Brau Solar Abyss
- DC Brau The Citizen
- DC Brau The Corruption
- DC Brau The Corruption (Nitro)
- DC Brau The Public
- Hellbender Bare Bones Kolsch
- Hellbender Chazzwazzer IPA
- Hellbender DC Solidarity Brew: Red, White & Gluten
- Hellbender Ella KPA
- Hellbende Red Line
- Hellbender Rum Barrel-Aged Red Line
- Hellbender Southern Torrent Saison
- Hellbender & Lost Rhino Dunkelweiss
- Right Proper Alice
- Right Proper Comrade
- Right Proper Diamonds Fur Coat Champagne
- Right Proper Lifehouse
- Right Proper Lookaftering
Photo via Facebook.com/churchkeydc
The time has come to celebrate beer’s growing community – and popularity – in the District. And with more than 180 separate events in the course of one week, DC Beer Week will accomplish just that.
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s happening in the neighborhood:
- Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe on Connecticut Avenue NW (just north of Dupont Circle) will host the Third Annual Brooklyn Brawl, a beer and cheese tasting event featuring seven selections by Brooklyn Brewery. The Brawl will take place on Monday, August 13 from 6 until 10 pm. Themed flight prices are $21 or $22; the full tasting flight is $53.
- Hank’s Oyster Bar at 1624 Q Street NW will celebrate with the Evolution Beer Dinner on Tuesday, August 14 at 7 pm. Evolution Craft Brewing Company will be on-hand to pair beers with a five-course meal. Tickets are $70. Seating is limited so please call (202) 462-4265 after 5 pm for reservations.
- Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut Avenue NW) and ChurchKey (1337 14th Street NW) are both hosting several events throughout the week, including craft brew debut parties. For more information, visit the list of events.
For more information visit the DC Beer Week website and follow the celebration on Twitter (@DCBeerWeek).
If you are sticking around DC for the holidays, grab some pie and check out the Dupont outpost of the local pizza chain, Pizza Paradiso. They have just unveiled their Christmas beer list, which is not available at their other locations.
There’s a great selection of spicy, interesting brews that don’t taste like potpourri like some other brewers. And if you are determined to be a Scrooge, I bet an 11% beer or two will cure you of that sullenness. I can only imagine the ghosts that show up after that drinking session.
The Dupont location is 2023 P Street NW.
Happy weekend, Borderstan! Here are my top picks for what to do in and around the neighborhood this weekend.
Friday, August 19
- Head over to Black Cat for the inaugural Friday Night Frights of the season, featuring two episodes of Tales From the Crypt and drink specials every Friday from 7 pm to 8:30. Spooky scary.
- Beer Week is also still in full swing. Check out Alejandra’s local guide for more info on where to drink this weekend.
Words cannot describe now excited I am for le weekend. Two days to breathe, hang out, do whatever you want. Admittedly, my weekend is going to be as hermit-like and low-key as possible as I recover from a whirlwind week and prepare for DC Beer Week and DC Summer Restaurant Week next week, but there’s still tons going on.
This is what I plan on leaving the house for… Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, August 12
New Borderstan hotspot, Blackbyrd (2005 U Street NW), a raw bar and drinks spot brought to you by the folks behind Marvin and American Ice Co. etc., is a great place to start your night. I went last week after the GiltCityDC Yeasayer at 9:30 Club show and am now a huge fan. Think: Marvin’s classy older sister with lots of booths, high-top tables and a good wine list. Great cozy spot for a nightcap after a night out on U Street OR catch their $1 oysters at happy hour through 7 pm as you’re just getting your night started.
From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita and her food blog One Bite At A Time.
Last year I attended the Brooklyn Brewery event at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe where they paired beers of all sorts with cheeses. Not only was everything delicious, but it was out of the norm for food or wine events I usually attend.
Despite being a wine and liquor drinker, the beers actually piqued my interest. Over the last year I’ve sought out more and more beers to try and it has me looking forward to a few Beer Week events this year!