August may be slow-season in D.C., but it's a great month for beer. D.C. Beer Week kicks off on the 17th, and there are crab feasts, tap takeovers, release parties and hangover brunches to mark the occasion.
A full list of official events is online. But Eater has combed through the options to point out some of the more interesting-looking experiences available.
The big deal event:The Brewery Ommegang and Boulevard Brewery kick-off Odyssey Cruise is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $95 including fees.
Also intriguing: A barrel-aged brunch at Granville Moore's featuring DC Brau.
Other options: Crab feast at Capitol Lounge...Homebrew Demo at Smith Public Trust...Sam Adams Beer and BBQ event at Hank's Oyster Bar
The big deal event: A beer and crab feast at Quarterdeck. Tickets are $50 for all-you-can-eat crab, with cheap beer specials and more.
Also intriguing: "The Craft of Comedy" at Big Hunt, featuring local comedians, Flying Dog, Atlas, Lagunitas and more.
Other options: Devil's Backbone Low Country Boil at Union Pub...Flying Dog Happy Hour at Hank's.
The big deal event: 30 Beers for 30 Years Sam Adams anniversary event at Longview Gallery. Tickets start at $35.
Also intriguing: DC Beer-themed Pinball Tournament at Lyman's Tavern.
Other options: Barrel-Aged Battle at Boundary Stone...Intoxicator Tasting at Granville Moore's...Bell's Takeover at Capitol Lounge.
The big deal event: The Coast-to-Coast Takeover at RFD features breweries from every region, ranging from Abita to Dogfish Head to Chocolate City. There's a $5 cover.
Also intriguing: The Virginia Brewers Bash at Mad Fox Brewery.
Other options: Sour Beer dinner at Boundary Road...Food pairing and tasting with Spoetzl Brewery's brewmaster at Total Wine...panel on beer and the government at Policy.
The big deal event: DC's breweries collaborated on a beer called Solidarity again this year. Get a taste of it at Gordon Biersch; tickets are $20.
Also intriguing: Shiner's barbecue and beer event at the Hill Country Backyard BBQ featuring the brewer. He'll also be headed to Board Room later that night to play Giant Jenga.
Other options: Cask Night at Mad Fox...Heavy Seas Red Sky Firkin party at Buffalo Billiards...Devil's Backbone and Rappahannock Oyster pairing at Glen's Garden Market...Harlequin Cap debut at 1905.
The big deal event: The BrewHaHa at Old Ebbitt, back for a second year, features DC Brau, 3 Stars, Flying Dog, Full Tilt, Devils Backbone, Lost Rhino, Atlas, Blue Mountain, and Heritage Brewing. Tickets are $50.
Also intriguing: Heavy Seas tap takeover at Bier Baron.
Other options: Texas Night at Ventnor Sports Cafe...Firkin Friday at Nats Park.
The big deal event: Devil's Backbone total tap takeover and Pumpkin Hunter early release party is at Meridian Pint. No tickets are needed to try 20 beers from the brewery.
Also intriguing: A panel on women in the beer industry at Black Squirrel at 1 p.m.
The big deal event: A Beer Block Party at Suburbia at Union Market. Tickets are $50 for all-you-can-drink beer and slushies.
Also intriguing: Hardywood Hair of the Dog Brunch at Boundary Road.
· DC Beer Week [Official Site]