Don’t Miss: 2017 RAMMY Awards Gala @ Washington Convention Center, 7/30/17

Erik Bruner-Yang Competes in 2013
Erik Bruner-Yang, above, competes in the DC Central Kitchen Capital Food Fight in 2013. Erik is a finalist in Chef of the Year for the 2017 RAMMY Awards. (Photo by DC Central Kitchen)

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington presents the 2017 RAMMY Awards at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, July 30! You can buy a ticket to this black-tie gala and enjoy the finest food and drink in DC during 20 awards presentations, including Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year. Buy your tickets online!

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Around Town: First Beer @ Snallygaster 2016, 9/17/16

Beer Day 04Beers at Atlas Brew Works (Photo Credit: Mickey McCarter)

The fifth edition of Snallygaster is coming fast to The Yards on Saturday, September 17th. By all accounts, this year looks to be even bigger and better, with 351 beers currently listed and a fine music lineup.

Of those 351 beers, 64 will make their DC debut at Snallygaster. Even more reason to join, be among the first DC denizens to experience the new tastes.

With only three days before the big dance, we highlight a couple of beers we look forward to trying.

Mickey’s Beer of the Day: Atlas Dance of Days, Wheat Ale (Dry-Hopped), ABV 5.7%
Man, it’s hot out there today. What better time than to reach for a refreshing wheat beer. Why, back in the day, I discovered Bell’s Oberon, which became a standby for days like this as it combines two favorite styles: pale ale and wheat. But wait! DC’s own Atlas Brew Works rolled out its Dance of Days this summer, making my new favorite pale wheat. Atlas dry hops Dance of Days, named for a song by ‘80s DC punk band Embrace, with Mosaic and Citra hops. I remember how excited I was to drink my first one at Smoke and Barrel with my friends Christine and Jason early in August. How refreshing to think of drinking it again!

Jeremy’s Beer of the Day: 3 Stars & Charm City Two Headed Unicorn, Barrel-Aged Sour Blond Ale, ABV 6.5%
Let’s stay local. Snallygaster will feature 27 beers from DC breweries, including 3 Stars, Atlas, DC Brau, Bluejacket, District Chophouse, Hellbender and Right Proper. I chose the Two Headed Unicorn even though I have a love/hate relationship with sour beers. I’ve tried a few that I wish I hadn’t, and a few that I absolutely loved. Earlier this year, while at 3 Stars’ tasting room, I tried the Ricky Rosé sour beer and walked away wanting more. So now I’m intrigued by this new sour collaboration beer by 3 Stars and Charm City. Charm City, out of Baltimore, makes mead in bourbon oak casks. This sour blonde ale is barrel-aged with honey, and Snallygaster will mark the first time it’s available in DC. I may have competition just getting a sample.

Make your own beer list.

Get your tickets here.

Snallygaster 2016
The Yards (1300 First Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003)
Saturday, September 17, 2016
1-6pm (VIP 11:30am-6pm)
$35 (VIP $60 SOLD OUT)
21+

Stars and Bars: Quick Takes @ Big Chief and The Brig

Big Chief Roof DeckBig Chief Roof Deck

Over 4th of July weekend I had a chance to venture out and peek into a couple of the new bars that opened in the NE (Big Chief) and SE (The Brig).

The Brig
I like beer gardens as a concept, so I usually make it a point to visit new ones when they open. Sipping suds outside on a cool evening or in the shade on a hot day, I can handle that.

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Don’t Miss: DC On Tap Beer Festival @ Washington Convention Center, 5/21/16

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If the opportunity to indulge in three hours of unadulterated beer tasting is presented to you, will you seize it?

This Saturday, May 21st, is the DC On Tap Beer Festival (part of a larger craft beer festival series put on by American On Tap across the country).

Seize the opportunity! You can sample over a 150 beers from more than 80 different breweries, including DC breweries like 3 Stars, Handsome Beer and Atlas Brew Works.

This week (May 16-22) is also American Craft Beer Week, so it is extra apropos that you go.

There will also be food for purchase, live music and a few vendors to peek at while you steel yourself for the next rounds of beer.

Just to whet your appetite a bit, here are just a few of the beers I’ll be targeting:

  • Maine Brewing Company – Mean Old Tom (a mean, old stout with hints of vanilla)
  • Caboose Brewing Company – Saison (they opened in VA about a year ago, and I haven’t tried any of their beers yet)
  • Brewer’s Art – Zeke’s Coffee Porter (should wake me up!)
  • Handsome Beer Company – Strange Charm (a brown ale with a Belgian twist from the newest DC-based brewery – they rent space from other breweries for now)

It may be summer, but I still like them dark.

Buy your tickets now!
America On Tap Craft Beer Festival Series: DC On Tap
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Exhibit Hall D – Level 2)
May 21
5:00-8:00pm (VIP 4:00-8:00pm)
$45 (VIP $60)
21+

Sports Park: Beer Offerings at Nationals Park in 2016

Nationals ParkThe new sign on Budweiser Terrace at Nationals Park

The Washington Nationals opened their doors on Tuesday, March 29th for a behind the scenes tour of what’s new and exciting for the 2016 season.

Although there is a lot of good things to cover, now we focus solely on the Nationals Park beer offerings. Because we like beer.

One of the biggest changes for 2016, is the Nationals’ new partnership with Anheuser-Busch, replacing that of Miller.

In addition to more Budweiser beers than you can handle, this will bring changes to many of the areas you have grown to love hanging out in over the years. And it looks like they will be for the better.

All the of the names will be different. As follows:

  • Budweiser Terrace (was the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk)
  • Swing Big Beer Pen (was the Miller Lite Beer Pen)
  • Bud Light Loft (was the Red Loft)
  • Budweiser Brewhouse (was the Red Porch)
  • Lime-A-Rita Lookout (a new area in the Gallery Level)

FYI – In the Budweiser Terrace, they have also doubled the size of Shake Shack (because you said you didn’t like the long lines – they do listen!).

Beer snobs, don’t fret, there will still be a plethora of local beers found throughout the Park.

I’d love to create a map of where each beer can be found, but let’s take one thing at a time.

Local breweries: From DC: Beers from 3 Stars, DC Brau and Atlas will be on hand. Other local breweries that will have their beers available: Heritage, Mad Fox, Port City and Old Ox.

There will also be a Goose Island Pub and a Shock Top Bar and for those that don’t like change, Miller Lite can still be found in certain kiosks. Stella Artois and Blue Point Toasted Lager will also be on the menu.

Happy Hours: The Nationals will offer a very agreeable Happy Hour option; $5 Budweiser beer (until up to 30 minutes before the first pitch) that will surely compete with the festivities over at the Bullpen.

Tailgating: The white tent near the Home Plate Gate and aptly named, Home Plate Tailgate, will be available for 90 minutes before the first pitch as an all-inclusive group package, that will include games, food, beer and wine, and a game ticket. Minimum of 75 people, for $75 per person.

And on a beer/baseball related note, don’t forget to visit Bluejacket for their Opening Day Fest on April 7th. Read more.

 

Bud Light Loft and Budweiser BrewhouseSomething brewing in the new Bud Light Loft and Budweiser Brewhouse

Stars and Bars: Second Anniversary Party @ Atlas Brew Works, 10/3/15

Atlas Brew Works at Spring Beer Fest
Atlas Brew Works at Spring Beer Fest (Photo by Thomas Cizauskas)

This Saturday, Oct. 3, from 1-5pm, help Atlas Brew Works celebrate their second anniversary!

From Atlas Brew Works and On Tap magazine:

“Forget the rain, we’ll be partying inside and it will be pouring awesome beer and music at this party! We’ll have a beer trailer with nothing but fresh Atlas brews, Cap Mac and Carnivore BBQ will be serving up their specialties and Bumper Jacksons, South Rail and Justin Trawick & The Common Good will take the stage for an afternoon of great live music.”

Your $10 ticket includes admission to the fest, your first beer AND a donation to Lucky Dog Rescue. Additional beers can be purchased at the party. Saturday, October 3, from 1 to 5 pm at the brewery – 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE, Washington, DC. Must be 21+ with valid ID.

Get your tickets now at http://tickets.ontaponline.com. Tickets are limited, and last year the event sold out.

For more information on Atlas Brew Works, visit http://www.atlasbrewworks.com.

Atlas Brew Works Second Anniversary Party
2052 West Virginia Ave. NE, DC
Saturday, Oct. 3
1-5pm
$10
21+ (Valid ID required)

Around Town: Fourth Beer @ Snallygaster 2015, 9/12/15

American History (After Hours): Brewing Up History
Beer Director Greg Engert of Bluejacket and beer historian Mike Stein of DCBeer.com talk beer at the National Museum of American History on Jan. 23, 2015. (Photo courtesy National Museum of American History)

Now going four years strong, the Snallygaster beer festival returns to The Yards on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Snallygaster 2015 offers revelers choices among more than 300 beers, at least 50 of which are appearing at the festival for the first time. With only one final day left to go until Snallygaster 2015, Jeremy and I spotlight a beer for your tasting pleasure.

Jeremy’s Beer of the Day: Bluejacket Whiskey Barrel-aged Double Mexican Radio, Imperial Sweet Stout, ABV 11.0%
I wanted to include at least one beer from a brewery in the city. There are about 24 beers available from our DC breweries (seven represented in total), but not many of the dark, high ABV beers that I want to partake in. So I picked Bluejacket’s whiskey barrel-aged version of their Mexican Radio, which is an imperial sweet stout with cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla and chiles. I may need someone to cart me home if I actually have the fortitude to drink all these beers. Game on. (Editor’s note: Bluejacket, of course, is owned by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which also produces the Snallygaster Beer Festival.)

Mickey’s Beer of the Day: Atlas Wet Hop American Summer (2nd Anniversary Ale), Fresh Hop Pale Ale, 5.1%
If we’re going local, my favorite of the new breweries to open in the city in the past five years has to be Atlas Brew Works. The brewery simply makes some tasty beer. And with Atlas about to celebrate its second anniversary, it’s time to drink their second anniversary pale ale, clearly named in honor of the David Wain/Michael Showater comedy that recently found new life on Netflix. Anyway, I haven’t tried this beer yet, but it’s sure to be a winner following in the footsteps of dependable go-to beers like the District Common and the Rowdy Rye.

Party local? Drink local! Check out the full list of Snallygaster beers.

Advance ticket sales end at midnight tonight! It’s your last chance to buy tix online.

Snallygaster 2015
The Yards
Saturday, Sept. 12
Festival @1-6pm
$35
21+ to drink