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Drink In D.C. Beer Week Happenings Here

The Ninth annual drinking fest starts on August 20

D.C. Beer Week kicks off August 20.
Photo: Red’s Table
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

D.C. Beer Week starts this weekend, giving local breweries a chance to show off their latest and greatest liquid ways to get the 21-and-up community buzzed.

This eight-day festival kicks off Sunday, August 20, celebrating all things fermented in the region and beyond, via craft beer tastings, educational seminars, a bevy of events, and of course, happy hours. It’s been a big beer year for D.C. already, with the Craft Brewer’s Conference held at the convention center in April.

Here’s a growing roundup of where to celebrate 2017 DC Beer Week (listed by day):

Monday, August 21

Birch and Barley: A five-course beer dinner hosted by Cigar City featuring five limited release variants of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout. Tickets are $75 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Starting at 7 p.m. 1337 14th Street NW

Tuesday, August 22

DBGB DC: For the second annual Booze Brews event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., local bartenders like Sam Ward (Iron Gate) and Kevin Egan (Le Diplomate), as well as breweries like Ommegang and Port City Brewing, will compete to create the best beer-forward cocktails and a chance to be featured on DBGB DC’s menu through September. Guests can vote on their favorites and enter to win raffles. 931 H Street NW

City Tap Penn Quarter: Join 11 breweries including Devils Backbone, Flying Dog, Right Proper, and more from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with guests voting for favorites. For $25, get a four-beer tasting flight with four mini hot dogs of choice. 901 Ninth Street NW

Dacha Beer Garden: For Dale's Pale Ale 15th Canniversary, join Oskar Blues Brewery to sip on the limited 16-oz. cans, redesigned by French Graphic Artist McBess. 1600 Seventh Street NW

Wednesday, August 23

...and the next day at Dacha, keep the party going with Radeberger — a top brewery in Germany — for a Beach and Brews event, complete with beach balls, raffles, towels, and Radeberger's Braufactum Progusta (IPA) and Schoelhoffer Grapefruit. 1600 Seventh Street NW

Brookland's Finest: Feast on a three-course collaborative dinner with beer cocktails from local producers Denizens Brewing Co. and Republic Restoratives Distillery, starting at 5 p.m. 3126 12th Street NE

ChurchKey: Maryland and Virginia craft brewers will take over all 50 taps, pouring selections like The Veil, The Answer, Ocelot, Aslin, Manor Hill, RAR, Union, Diamondback, and Black Flag. 1337 14th Street NW

Thursday, August 24

...and for the third year, Churchkey will have its drafts and casks flow D.C.-born beer, with Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, DC Brau Brewing Com, and more. 1337 14th Street NW

The Sovereign: Starting at 5 p.m., sip 10 hard-to-find drafts from artisanal brewer, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. 1206 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Friday, August 25

Port City at Nationals Park: An epic beer-and-baseball combo includes a ticket for the game against the NY Mets, as well as an all-inclusive experience from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Home Plate Tailgate inside Nationals Park. The ticket ($75-$100) includes Port City Beer, hot dogs, and other baseball-approved fare. 1500 S. Capitol Street SE

The Black Squirrel, Dunn Loring: The nerd nexus of beer and comic books kicks off at 5 p.m. with Woodbridge-based Heroic Aleworks. Expect a comic book swap, cosplay, gaming station, and beer like Death Blossom Red Rye Ale and Max Nix English Porter. Dress up as a favorite caped crusader and get a 10 percent discount. 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna, Va.

Saturday, August 26

Pizzeria Paradiso, Dupont: The beer-heavy pizza parlor is teaming up with Ice Cream Jubilee for a patio party featuring four special beer and ice cream pairings. Flavor combinations will include pairs like lavender, honey and lemon ice cream with the light and fruity Liefmans Fruitesse. Ice Cream Jubilee also has beer-themed concoctions like Jim Beam Bourbon Spiced Peach ice cream. 11:30 a.m. until supplies last. 2003 P Street NW

Red’s Table: A Port City Brewing Company beer dinner, including five courses from executive chef Kevin Ettenson, includes salmon sliders and grilled octopus. Cost: $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. 11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Va.

Sunday, August 27

DC Brau: Nurse a week-long hangover on the last day of the festival with an all-day reggae concert. In addition to tunes and classic brews, three food trucks will also be at the ready. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE Updated: Event is postponed. Email the brewery ( for a full refund; The brewery will be open on Sunday for growler hours starting at noon.