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
Session 2
$49.95-$65.95 (Designated drivers, $15)

Around Town: The Return of Awesome Con @ Washington Convention Center, 5/29-5/31/15


Awesome Con, which debuted last year as DC’s biggest pop culture/comic book convention, has announced it will return again this year to the Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW, DC) on May 29-31, 2015.

Guests this year include no less than four actors from the original Power Rangers serial: Austin St. John, David Yost, Karan Ashley and Walter Jones. (And you can get a Power Rangers VIP pass if you really dig it.) Comic book professionals in attendance include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman, artist Mike McKone, artist Tom Raney and cartoonist Bryan Turner, among others.

Other celebrity guests include none other than Jason Mewes (Jay of Jay and Silent Bob of course!), actress Dina Meyer and actor Michael Biehn (known for Terminator and Aliens, surely, but I kinda liked him in Topher Grace’s 80s coming-of-age tale Take Me Home Tonight). And DC’s own horror host Count Gore De Vol, who’s been screening scary movies since 1973, will return this year as well.

I had fun at last year’s convention, mostly hassling Dirk “Starbuck” Benedict and being wowed like everyone else by the R2D2 droids developed and displayed by the R2-D2 Builders Club. Let’s hope those guys are back again this year!

Tickets are available online for single day passes, weekend passes and VIP passes.

Awesome Con
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Friday, May 29: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, May 30: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, May 31: 10am – 5pm
All ages