Adroit Theory @ SAVOR Craft Beer, National Building Museum — 6/3/16

SAVOR 05 Mark Osborne at SAVOR 2016.

The owners of Adroit Theory Brewing Co. are fond of following their musical inspirations when making beer. And that led to a beer called Black Celebration, which was born of a collaboration with New York-based DJ Dieselboy.

Dieselboy wasn’t really a “beer guy” but he’s a true foodie, having been profiled in several food magazines, explained Adroit Theory owner Mark Osborne during a salon at the SAVOR Craft Beer and Food Experience at the National Building Museum in DC on Friday. Even better, Dieselboy had introduced a cocktail called the Higgins.

“We reached out to him to make a beer that would taste like his cocktail,” Mark said.

The resulting Black Celebration, named after a song by Depeche Mode, is an Imperial porter aged in oak barrels, clocking in at 9.99% ABV. Adroit Theory likes their beers strong, and generally dark. The lowest ABV beer ever made at Adroit Theory is a powerful 7% ABV, and the lowest on tap right now at the brewery’s tasting room is 7.3%, Mark said. A range of 8-10% ABV is typical for Adroit Theory’s beers.

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Don’t Miss: SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience @ National Building Museum, 6/3-6/4/16

Beer Day 09
A Right Proper Astral Weeks sits on the handle of a Foeder oaken fermentation vessel.

Looking for weekend plans? Like beer? You’re in luck! Remarkably, limited tickets are still available for general admission to the annual SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience event at the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW, DC) for Friday, June 3.

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

Beer

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+

Around Town: Drink the District’s Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival @ The Ring Building, 12/11 & 12/12/15

Drink the District's Hoppy Holidays

With more than 30 beers and ciders on hand for you to enjoy and make merry with, it’s a no brainer not to regale yourself at one of the three Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival sessions hosted by Drink the District.

It’s indoors, at the top floor of the Ring Building in Dupont (1200 18th St NW), so no need to worry about the frosty elements. Worry instead about the frosty glass you can use to partake in as many two oz pours of delicious beer as possible over the span of three hours.

Breweries include Elysian, Devil’s Backbone, Victory, Bluepoint, Rogue, Schlafly and many more!

There will also be vendors, including food, like Rito Loco, District Doughnut and The Bacon Jams (mmmm, bacon).

Buy tickets here.

 

Drink the District’s Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival
The Ring Building (1200 18th St NW, Top Floor)
December 11 (7-10pm)
December 12 (2-5pm and 7-10pm )
$35 ($50 at the door)
21+

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

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

Schlafly PUMPKIN Ale
It’s that time of year. (Photo by Chris Romer)

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, roughly 50 of which are appearing at the festival for the first time. With only two days left to go until Snallygaster 2015, Jeremy and I spotlight a beer for your tasting pleasure.

Jeremy’s Beer of the Day: Schlafly Imperial Pumpkin Ale, ABV 8.0%
Part of what I like about Snallygaster is, to me, it signals the beginning of the pumpkin beer season. I know, I know, many breweries are releasing their pumpkin offerings earlier and earlier every year. Well, I haven’t had any yet. This Saturday will kickoff what I trust to be a productive season of imbibing all the pumpkin beers. By my count, there are at least 27 different pumpkin beers set to be available, as of today. I choose Schlafly’s version here, because a) I’m hoping to go to St. Louis in a couple weeks and invade the brewery, and b) it is consistently among the best pumpkin beers out there. I also like the Southern Tier Pumking and am seriously looking at the Avery Rumpkin (Vintage 2014), which has a 18.1% ABV!

Mickey’s Beer of the Day: Saucony Creek Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress, ABV 9.5%
I’m sure glad Jeremy punctured the envelope around pumpkin beers first, as I know quite a lot of beer snobs hate them. He and I both love them, however, but I’ll blame him for bring them up first! I first drank a Saucony Creek Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress, hailing from Pennsylvania, at Snallygaster 2014. Many of the good pumpkin beers taste quite a bit like pumpkin pie — like Schlafly above, Dogfish Punkin and the lovely Maple Mistress. Cinnamon, honey and of course maple wound out the package for this boozy beer. The Snallygaster beer list also has several pumpkin beers represented twice as they appear alongide their 2014 vintages. (I’m looking at you Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin and Southern Tier Pumking.)

C’mon! You know you want a pumpkin beer (or two).

Tickets are available online.

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

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

Founders Centennial IPA
A patron studies a Founders Centennial IPA in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Photo by Fellowship of the Rich)

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, roughly 50 of which are appearing at the festival for the first time. With only three days left to go until Snallygaster 2015, Jeremy and I spotlight a beer for your tasting pleasure.

Jeremy’s Beer of the Day: Lonerider Sweet Josie: Chocolate & Chipotle Brown Ale, ABV 6.1%
Beer from Lonerider Brewery Company (in North Carolina) is for outlaws. So they claim. This version of the Sweet Josie Brown Ale is rife with chile peppers and chocolate and is making its DC debut at Snallygaster. I don’t know how sweet the Josie that is the beer’s namesake actually is, but she has inspired many varieties of their Brown Ale so far, and should appeal to all types of outlaws. This outlaw won’t fight it.

Mickey’s Beer of the Day: Founders Red’s Rye IPA: Coconut, ABV 6.6%
I’ll leave the chocolate and chiles to my friend and colleague, but one of the flavor profiles that always grabs my attention is the taste of rye! That clean finish and smack of whiskey always win the day in my book. And Founders Red’s Rye IPA (with added coconut) is making its DC debut at the Snallygaster 2015 — and doing so in style: with a cask! Few beers taste as good as those IPAs who have been imbued with the character of wood and whiskey and the addition of coconut could prove a pleasant surprise. I’ll find out Saturday when I drink this beer for the first time.

What beers will you be drinking?

Tickets are available online.

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

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

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Inside Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Photo by Bill Dickinson)

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, roughly 50 of which are appearing at the festival for the first time. With only four days left to go until Snallygaster 2015, Jeremy and I spotlight a beer for your tasting pleasure.

Jeremy’s Beer of the Day: Hardywood Park Gingerbread Stout (Vintage 2014), ABV 9.0%
This year, I intend on giving in to the whims of the high ABV beers…especially imperial stouts, porters and pumpkin beers. Unfortunately, those will probably cost the most tickets…oh well. My first choice is the Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (in Richmond, Va.) because it has ginger, vanilla and cinnamon. That sounds like the recipe for something amazing or something that doesn’t work. I love sweet, so I’m in.

Mickey’s Beer of the Day: Bell’s Hopsolution, Imperial IPA, 8.4%
It’s hard to go wrong with just about anything from the Bell’s Brewery, out of Kalamazoo, Mich., and it’s doubly hard to go wrong with anything offered by them as a double india pale ale. The Hopsolution provides a unique mix of hop varietals from the Pacific Northwest alongside classic German hops that give aromas of fruit, citrus and pine. It’s dry finish and caramel malts provide it with some lovely balance.

What beers will you choose?

Tickets are available online.

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

Don’t Miss: Snallygaster 2015 @ The Yards, 9/12/15

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Friends toast the Snallygaster beer festival.

The Snallygaster is a beast worth embracing!

Named for the dragon-like creature once said to roam the DC area, the Snallygaster is set to return for its fourth year as DC’s preeminent craft beer festival on Saturday, Sept. 12. For the second year, it’s being held at The Yards near Nationals Park stadium (at Lot H/I on First St. SE and N St. SE, DC).

The Snallygaster beer festival is a great time for beer geeks because so many high-end breweries turn up, represented by actual brewmasters or staff from their breweries, at the invitation of beer director Greg Engert of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes such well-regarded DC-area beer destinations as Churchkey, Bluejacket, Rustico, and others.

Greg has assembled more than 300 beers for this year’s festival, including nearly 50 making their debut at Snallygaster 2015.

According to a press release from Snallygaster, the beer list includes Perennial Barrel-Aged Abraxas, Allagash Ghoulschip, Bluejacket Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mexican Radio, Firestone Walker Feral One (Batch 2), The Bruery Grey Monday, Alpine Beer Nelson, and Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. The full list is available at http://www.snallygasterdc.com.

Come hungry and Snallygaster 2015 won’t disappoint you there either. Local food trucks and vendors on hand will include Rappahannock Oyster Co., Dolcezza, Big Cheese, Tasty Kabob, DC Slices, GBD, Red Apron, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Pork Barrel BBQ, Westray’s Ice Cream, Cajunators, DC Empanada, Lemongrass, and Mess Hall.

Musical entertainment at Snallygaster 2015 includes Rare Essence, Kokayi, White Ford Bronco, Brothers Brau, and more.

VIP “Kraken” passes are sold out! But “Gargoyle” regular admission passes are still available for $35. An advance Gargoyle pass includes 1pm entry into the festival, 30 food and drink tickets, and a custom Snallygaster 2015 beer mug. Additional food and drink tickets are available onsite for $1 each. (A beer “tasting” serving generally will cost three to six tickets.) A portion of the proceeds benefit the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.

Tickets are available online.

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

Around Town: DC Craft Beer Festival @ Washington Convention Center, 5/9/15

Beer sampler

3/17 Update: The next edition of the DC Craft Beer Festival has been postponed until May 9. The full statement from the organizers today:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to change the date of our festival to Saturday, May 9. All previously purchased tickets will be honored, or refunds will be available through Friday to guests that cannot attend at the new date. We are truly sorry for the last minute nature of the date change. We know it is little consolation but the change was unavoidable. Major logistical obstacles, that did not previously exist, just now presented themselves. These obstacles would have resulted in unacceptably long wait times for beer replenishment and lines at tasting stations. As attendee experience is of paramount importance to us this is unacceptable. The only solution is to move to our previous space, Hall D. Mountains were moved by the Convention Center in order to open the space for us…unfortunately it had to be May 9. This is unfortunate but we had absolutely no choice. For over three years we have been committed to presenting the best craft beer festivals, across the country, in multiple cities and without issues such as this. This stalwart commitment is the only reason for the change. We humbly ask for your understanding and continued patronage if not at this event, at the many others to come in the future.”

There are limited tickets remaining for the DC Craft Beer Festival, spring edition, scheduled for Saturday at the Washington Convention Center, announced organizers at the Hand Crafted Tasting Co. recently.

DC Craft Beer Festival has two sessions — an afternoon session from 1-4:30pm and an evening session from 6-9:30pm. Tickets are currently available for both.

Last week, the festival announced special beer and food pairings. The menu follows:

Vendor: Chef Jess
Food: Thai Chicken Wrap: Grilled chicken, cilantro-jalapeño slaw and coconut curry sauce
Steak and Cheese Wrap: Thinly sliced steak, caramelized onions and provolone cheese sauce
Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Wrap: Balsamic roasted vegetables, red pepper hummus and chimichurri sauce

Beer: Atlantic Brewing Co.
Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale
Mount Desert Island Ginger

Vendor: Farm to Feast Catering
Food: The Konig: German Bratwurst on a Pretzel Bun: Seasoned pork or vegetarian sausage, beer-simmered for extra flavor
The Burgermeister: Make your Bratwurst a Currywurst!: Add this traditional German curry sauce and make your bratwurst a German icon!
Fully Loaded Combo:
Curry/Bratwurst on a bed of our delicious 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese

Beer (or Cider in this case): Original Sin Hard Cider
Hard Apple Cider
Cherry Tree Hard Cider

Vendor: Tres Creole
Food: Creole Style Red Beans & Rice: Vegetarian or choice of Andouille sausage. Camellia red beans slow cooked with the “holy trinity” and vegetable stock served over a bed or rice seasoned to perfection.
Cajun Chicken Sausage Jambalaya: Mix of bell pepper, onion, celery, cooked with chicken, beef sausage and rice, spiced with Cajun seasoning for taste.
Beer: Lancaster Brewing Co.
Strawberry Wheat
Hop Hog IPA

Vendor: NeatMeatDC
Food: Classy Joe Slider
Sweet and spicy ground brisket slider
Thanksgiving Joe Slider
Roasted pulled turkey topped with fresh cranberry sauce
Dirty Chips
BBQ, Sea Salt, Salt & Vinegar, Sour

Beer: Calvert Brewing Co.
Good Company Pale Ale
Wye Rye

Tickets are available online for the first session and the second session. You can pay a little extra to get an extra hour in the beer hall for each session.

DC Craft Beef Festival
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Session 1
1-4:30pm
Session 2
6-9:30pm
$49.95-$65.95 (Designated drivers, $15)
21+