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Eater's Guide to DC Beer Week 2015

Check out the day-by-day recommendations.

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D.C. Beer Week is back for the seventh year in row, officially kicking off on August 9 and ending August 16. There will be tons of parties, tap takeovers and seminars all around the city. A full list of official events is available online, but Eater has combed through everything for some of the most promising parties during the brew-filled week.

Sunday, August 9:

Brewers on the Block at Suburbia: The Suburbia Airstream trailer outside Union Market will host 20 regional breweries, cideries and meaderies like Atlas Brew Works, Bold Rock Cider, Charm City Meadworks, DC Brau Brewing Company and many more. VIP Entry starts at 1 p.m., and then general admission opens at 2 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Buy tickets here.

Old Town Pour House: The Gaithersburg restaurant is tapping a rare barrel at 11 a.m. Gnarls Barley by Jailbreak Brewing Co. is an American Barleywine aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. It's aged for 10 months and then for an additional four months after adding rosemary and thyme.

Monday, August 10:

DC Brau’s 4th Annual Crab Fest at Quarterdeck: Once again, DC Brau and the Quarterdeck bringing all-you-can-eat eat crabs to Arlington. Beer is also $1 a glass or $5 a pitcher. Advance tickets are highly recommended and available for $45 here.

We Can Brew It! Women in Beer at Black Squirrel: The night will include notable women in beer like Carol Stoudt, president of Stoudts Brewing; Chrystalle Ball, April Anderson, senior brewer at Devils Backbone Brewing Company and others. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a one-hour happy hour. Discussions begin at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 11:

Port City Brewing Company party at "The Beach" at the National Building Museum: The installation of white plastic balls will be open for the night. Partygoers can lounge in a beach chair with a Port City brew like a Metro or Double Red Ale brewed exclusively for the event.  Sandwiches will be available from Dirty South Deli. Tickets (available here) include three beers and a commemorative glass. Additional beers will be available for purchase.

DC Beer Week Trivia with Sly Fox at Ventnor: Starting at 8 p.m., the sports bar is doing a special trivia night with a Philly theme. They'll be pouring Pennsylvania beers that aren't currently distributed in D.C. like Manayunk Brew Pub, Neshaminy, Philadelphia Brewing Company and Riverhorse.

Wednesday, August 12:

Coast to Coast Tap Takeover at RFD: Starting at 3 p.m., the Chinatown hangout is doing a regional tap takeover that features $5 pints from more than 20 American craft breweries. Local band Free Lobster Buffet will provide live music. The $5 cover benefits St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

"How to Start a Brewery" at City Tap House: From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,’s Co-Editor Chris Van Orden will host a panel discussion about how to start a brewery. Panel members include local brewers like Jeff Hancock from DC Brau Brewing Company, Mike McGarvey from 3 Stars Brewing Company, Justin Cox from Atlas Brew Works and Josh Chapman from Bluejacket Brewery. RSVP by email at:

Thursday, August 13:

Total Tap Takeover at ChurchKey: Starting at 4 p.m., the Logan Circle bar will use al of its beer lines to pour beer brewed in D.C. Representatives from the various local breweries will make appearances throughout the nght.

Clambake with Narragansett Brewing Company at Ventnor: For it's third year in a row, Narragansett is offering over 10 different brews paired with Rhode Island favorites like the doughboys and the traditional clambake. Make reservations by email:

Friday, August 14th:

Tap Takeover at High Velocity at the Marriott Marquis: Atlas Brew Works, Heavy Seas, Hardywood, Sam Adams, 21st Amendment, Schlafly are taking over the taps with standards and rare beers from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Beer pairing dinner at 14K at the Hamilton Hotel: The evening’s dinner will include four courses, each one paired with different selections by Goose Island, Victory Brewing, Devil’s Backbone and Smutty Nose IPA. Price is $60.  For reservations, call the restaurant directly at (202-218-7575) or use Open Table.

Saturday, August 15:

Beer Battle at Wunder Garten: The NoMa beer garden is hosting a battle between regional and German beers in categories like lager, wheat beer and dark beer. Drinkers are encouraged to take sides by wearing flags or patriotic jerseys. There will also be music, food trucks, and yard games.

Craft BrewHaHa at Old Ebbitt Grill: The restaurant will host a celebration of craft beersfrom 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cocktail-style party will feature live music and beers by local craft brewers paired with dishes by local chefs. The tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online

Sunday, August 16:

The DCBW Local Beer Scavenger Hunt: From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., six Dupont Circle area bars will host this event. Hunters will look for beers from 12 local breweries. Teams of up to four can compete for brewery tours and other prizes. Teams must register 48 hours in advance.

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