With over 140 events at this year's DC Beer Week, there'll be so many unshaven faces that many people will swear it's actually Beard Week. So, to help you determine which bearded (& non-bearded, but still totally respectable) people you need to be talking to for insider knowledge & potentially a free brew, check out our list of events, and the folks you should track down at them:
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Meet: Dave Coleman, Co-Founder of 3 Stars Brewery Where: Farmers Fishers Bakers, tonight Why: Because he'll be at this five-course dinner with farm-inspired dishes and thirteen beers from his own brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing (VA), and Flying Dog Brewery (MD). There's one course where you only get one beer, but it includes cheese puffs, so get over it.
Meet: Brandon Skall or Jeff Hancock, DC Brau Founders Where: Quarterdeck Restaurant, Wednesday Why: Because these fellas will be throwing an all-you-can-crab dinner with $1 drafts and $3 pitchers of their goodness all evening. Chat them up first, 'cause you know they won't want to talk to anyone who's all crabby. Sorry, but it was just too easy.
Meet: Greg Engert, Beer Guru at Churchkey Where: Churchkey, Wednesday Why: Because it's valuable for your future social life to know the nicely coiffed beer brain behind Churchkey and the soon-to-open Bluejacket brewery. And also because he's doing a tap takeover of "Québécois Craft": 23 Canuck brews from Dieu du Ciel, Le Trou du Diable, Brasserie Dunham & Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Meet: Bill DeBaun, Co-Editor at DC Beer Where: Red Porch at Nationals Park, Thursday Why: Because you can chat up Bill about the new breweries coming to town, get unlimited beer samples, and a Shake Shack burger and fries.
Meet: Matt "Heff" Heffernan, Boulevard Brewery Where: Scion, Friday Why: So you can get tips from "Heff" on what's what during the "Blind & Bitter" Hop Face-Off at Scion w/ 12 breweries and 24 beers, all unnamed, plus a winner-take-all contest for the beer taking the most votes for crowd favorite.
Meet: Tommy Hunter, DC rep for Flying Dog Where: Brewhaha at Old Ebbit, Saturday Why: So you can ask Tommy about The Truth Imperial IPA release while checking out brews and food from nine different breweries and nine restaurants.
Meet: Bill Butcher, Port City Brewery owner Where: Adam's Morgan City Bikes, Sunday Why: Because he'll be on this social ride through the city, which ends at Glen's w/ $4 drafts all evening and 20% off on fills of your Glen's growler. We suggest trying to talk to him AFTER the ride.