Two days before DC Beer Week, it’s Cask Night!

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Author: THOMAS CIZAUSKAS

The 5th annual DC Beer Week begins next Sunday, but this Friday and Saturday, 7/8 August, Barrett Lauer, brewer at the District Chophouse in downtown Washington, D.C. hosts an unofficial ‘soft’ opening for DC Beer Week: Cask Night & Cask Day. Twenty-four breweries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are sending a cask ale apiece to the festival: nine each from breweries in the District and Maryland; and six from Virginia. Each will be served Friday evening for Cask Night, and, again, Saturday afternoon for Cask Day.

Here’s the lineup as it stands today. Plans may change and different casks appear. As well, ten of the casks remain yet to be announced. I’ll update this post as details come in.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (9)
    • 3 Stars Brewing (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Mike McGarvey
      • —> Peppercorn Saison
      • Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, aged on cherries.
      • Specs: 6.5% alcohol-by-volume (abv); cask infused with cherries.
    • Atlas Brew Works (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Will Durgin
    • Bluejacket (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Josh Chapman
    • DC Brau (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Jeff Hancock
    • District ChopHouse (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Barrett Lauer
      • —> Cheque Please
      • Style: Czech Style Pilsner
      • Specs: 5.7% abv; 70 IBUs; cask dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc; infused with hull melon.
    • Gordon-Biersch Restaurant Brewery (Washington, D.C., downtown)
      Brewer: Scott Lasater
    • Gordon-Biersch Restaurant Brewery (Washington, D.C., Navy Yard)
      Brewer: Travis Tedrow
      • —> Cream Stout
      • Style: Milk Stout with lactose
      • Specs: 5.6% abv; 23 IBUs.
    • Hellbender Brewing Company (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Ben Evans
      • —> Saison
      • Style: Hopped Saison
      • Specs: 5.9% abv; 25 IBUs; cask dry-hopped with Galaxy.
    • Right Proper Brewery (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Nathan Zeender

  • MARYLAND (9)
    • The Brewers Art (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Steve Frazier
      • —> Birdhouse
      • Style: American Style Pale Ale
      • 5% abv; 32 International Bittering Unties (IBUs)s; cask dry-hopped with Simcoe hops.
    • Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery (Hyattsville, Maryland)
      Brewer: Mike Roy
      • —> Sourgarden
      • Style: Kettle Sour ale with garden herbs
        Specs: 5% abv; 9 IBUs.
    • Gordon-Biersch Restaurant Brewery (Rockville, Maryland)
      Brewer: Christian Layke
      • —> ESB
      • Style: Extra Special Bitter
      • Specs: TBA
    • Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Chris Leonard
      • —> Cross Bones
      • Style: Session IPA
      • Specs: 4.5% abv; 35 IBUs; cask infused with dried grapefruit.
    • Key Brewing Company (Dundalk, Maryland)
      Brewer: Mike McDonald
    • Oliver Brewing Company (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Steve Jones
      • —> One Last Laugh in a Place of Dying
      • Style: Southern Hemisphere IPA
      • Specs: 7.5% abv; 80 IBUs.
    • Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant (Bethesda, Maryland)
      Brewer: Geoff Lively
      • —> Scottish Export
      • Style: Scottish Export
      • Specs: 5.5% abv; 19 IBUs.
    • Union Craft Brewing Company (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Kevin Blodger

  • VIRGINIA (6)

The District Chophouse & Brewery is located in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter (which old-timers used to call Chinatown) at 509 7th Street, NW, between E and F streets, NW, just 1 1/2 blocks south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop on the Red, Green, and Yellow lines. For more information, call the Chophouse on (202) 347-1922.


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