Food Park: Try a Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout and a Doughnut @ GBD, 2/4/15

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Tonight at GBD (1323 Connecticut Ave NW). A Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarity!

A full glass of Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout by Flying Dog and a Cinnamon Glazed Brioche doughnut all can be had for $7.

‘…a jalapeño-infused dark chocolate sold at Flying Dog’s local co-op, this brew combines sweet spice and roasted chocolate aromas, followed by flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a lingering chili finish.’

Umm, yes?

GBD will also have a few other Flying Dog beers on draft:

  • Flying Dog Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout
  • Flying Dog Kujo (Nitro)
  • Flying Dog Doppelbock
  • Flying Dog The Truth
  • Flying Dog Bloodline

 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout with a Cinnamon Glazed Brioche doughnut
@GBD
Wednesday, February 4
5-11pm
$7

Don’t Miss: DC Craft Beer Festival: Spring Seasonals @ Washington Convention Center, 5/9/15

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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.”

The last time I participated in a DC Craft Beer Festival at the Washington Convention Center, it was for their Winter Harvest session. Where many of the beers have a high ABV (8-11%). I overly enjoyed my fair share of winter and pumpkin ales.

Forget the cold. Now it’s time to think about Spring. Two seasonal beers each will be on tap from more than 75 breweries.

Local breweries, like Atlas Brew Works, 3 Stars, Denizens and Port City will be represented.

Maybe Atlas will tap their 1500 South Cap Lager (sold at Nats Park) or even introduce a new beer. We can hope.

Of the food vendors, one to look out for is Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., whom recently opened a stand at Union Market. They will provide much needed biscuits to soak up the suds so you can keep going strong. Try Benton’s bacon, egg and cheese.

Don’t miss the fun!

Tickets are available online.

DC Craft Beer Festival: Spring Seasonals
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Two times @2-4:30 pm and @7-9:30 pm (add 1 hour for VIP)
$49.95 ($65 VIP)
21+

Stars and Bars: DC Embraces Hellbender Brewing Co.

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Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S St NW, DC) today began offering Red Line Ale from the Hellbender Brewing Co. (5788 2nd St NE, DC).

Named after the popular transit line of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Red Line Ale has been quickly popping up around town in places that I’ve visited like Pizzeria Paradiso and Maddy’s Bar and Grille, generally distinguishing itself as a very quaffable and visible offering from the newest DC brewery. (You can visit the brewery’s website for a full list of where Hellbender beers are currently on tap.)

I paid a visit recently to Hellbender Brewing, which barely sits within the District line in a quiet office park not too far from the Fort Totten Metro Station. The brewery is clean, new and pleasant, and its tasting room is large although it feels a bit like a campground cafeteria or a snack bar on a suburban college campus somewhere.

When I was there last week, Hellbender was offering three of its beers — Red Line Ale, EFT IPA and Grampus Smoked Nut Brown. All three of them were pretty darn good, and this is coming from a fellow who doesn’t enjoy too many brown ales.

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Don’t Miss: Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival @ Union Market, 12/6/14

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This Saturday, Drink the District hosts the Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival at Union Market’s Dock 5.

It’s your chance to get in one more day of all-you-can-drink beer before the crowds start heading out-of-town for the holidays.

There are three 3-hour sessions to choose from. Each session will include food trucks (like CapMac and RitoLoco – food costs extra), a DJ and over 50 beers, including offerings from Devil’s Backbone, Victory, Atlas Brew Works and Bluepoint.

Happy Holidays!

 

Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival
Dock 5 at Union Market (1309 5th St NE)
Saturday, December 6
Three sessions: 12-3pm; 4:30-7:30pm; 9pm-12am
$40
21+

Stars and Bars: 3 Stars Holiday Extravaganza @ 3 Stars Brewing Co., 12/14/14

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Tickets are running low for the third annual 3 Stars Holiday Extravaganza, hosted by the 3 Stars Brewing Co. (6400 Chillum Place NW, DC) at its brewery, the company reported today. Tickets are available online at the brewery’s website.

The brewery is promising music, food, beer and art for attendees. For $10, guests receive a custom glass and a first beer. Music will be provided by DJ Keenan Orr and DJ Smudge.

Participants include Rappahannock River Oysters, Green Hat Gin, The Fainting Goat, Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque, Dirty South Deli, Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey and many others, according to 3 Stars.

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3 Stars Holiday Extravaganza
3 Stars Brewing Co.
Sunday, Dec. 14
1-6pm
$10
21+

Don’t Miss: DC Craft Beer Festival @ Washington Convention Center – 11/22/14

Beer on a sunny and cold winter day

This Saturday, come out to the Washington Convention Center, for a Winter Harvest beer festival.

A cornucopia of seasonal winter beers will be waiting for you in two sessions. There will be 75 breweries serving up 2 oz tastings of 150 beers, ciders or flagons of mead.

Get your tickets now, they have sold out in the past.

 

Tickets are available online

DC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday, November 22
Two times @2-4:30 pm and @7-9:30 pm (add 1 hour for VIP)
$49 ($65 VIP)
21+

Don’t Miss: Bluejacket Pop-up Beer Garden — Nov. 14-16

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Bluejacket will host its first ever pop-up beer garden, as part of the 5th Street Folly fair hosted by Union Market.

Four different beers will be on offer ($6-8). In addition, Red Apron will serve some of their famous franks.

 

Bluejacket Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden

Penn Ave. NE, a lot between 4th St. and 5th St. NE (outdoors near Union Market)

November 14 – November 16

4-7pm

Free to enter – beers ($6-8)

http://bluejacketdc.com

Grapevine: Sam Fitz Leaving Pizzeria Paradiso

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The Young & Hungry columnin the Washington City Paper (which abhors the name Washington but uses it anyway) revealed today that Sam Fitz, beverage director at Pizzeria Paradiso, will soon depart after only a few months on the job.

Jessica Sidman reported: “Beer aficionado Sam Fitz is leaving his position as bar manager of Pizzeria Paradiso over the next month to open his own place with his sister Rachel Fitz. He’s not revealing a lot of the details at this time, but the business will be in D.C. and take inspiration from a cider-focused trip he took to the French and Spanish Basque country last February. He’s registered an LLC for Basque Bar.”

In a statement to the City Paper, Pizzeria Paradiso owner Ruth Gresser said, “Sam’s tenure at Pizzeria Paradiso was always seen as a transitional one, both for him and for Pizzeria Paradiso.”

Longtime Paradiso manager Josh Fernands is slated to take over the beer program after Fitz’s departure sometime in the next month.

Around Town: Upcoming Beer Festivals

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If you are like me, you like to drink beer.

If you like to drink beer, why not sample as much as possible in one go?

DC has had its fair share of beer festivals in the past few years. From Savor to Snalleygaster to the almost weekly fests during Summer and Fall, DC is always ready to sample.

So get ready for November.

For my money, I want to hoist many 2 ounce pours at the DC Craft Beerfest on November 22nd.

The others may hold promise. Sample away!

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Stars and Bars: Monday Night Beer Club @ Pizzeria Paradiso — 11/3/14

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I’ve long been a fan of the Pizzeria Paradiso chain and its beer program in particular.

I was a fixture on Wednesdays at the beer bar in the basement of the pizzeria’s Georgetown location (3282 M St. NW, DC) for many years after its inauguration. I drifted from the Georgetown location to the Dupont Circle location for the past several years, but new beer director Sam Fitz has given us good reason to visit Georgetown.

On the first Monday of the month, Sam hosts the Monday Night Beer Club, where Pizzeria Paradiso offers the chain’s happy hour deal from 6-10pm. Beers on tap are half price, and small pizzas are $10. Sam likes to give the Monday Night Beer Club a theme — it could be built around a type of beer or a brewery.

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