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We the people: No running mate this year? Drown your sorrows among the crowd at the Presidents Day Beer Fest at Union Market. (Mr. T in DC via Flickr)

While that other popular festival featuring beer’s upscale, sometimes-snooty cousin is taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the drink of the common man is being celebrated with the Presidents Day Beer Fest on the same weekend – February 14-15. While technically speaking, Presidents’ Day is on Monday, this kind of thing lends itself to Fridays and Saturdays.

The event takes place at Union Market near the H Street Corridor. In a unique format, it features four separate “sessions.”

Session 1 – Friday (2/14): 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (6 p.m. VIP); Tickets: $40/$60.
Session 2 – Saturday (2/15): noon-3 p.m.; Tickets: $40.
Session 3 – Saturday (2/15): 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Tickets: $40.
Session 4 – Saturday (2/15): 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (8 p.m. VIP); Tickets: $40/$60.

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And each ticket comes with a small “fee,” which I take to be the condensed “processing fee” or “service fee” rip-off. The site also claims prices will go up closer to the event (if they already have by the time you spy this post, I’m Sorry; they will be $50 at the door (without, I assume, some asinine “fee” thrown in. Maybe a “wrist fee” for when they take the ticket?).


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1309 5th St., N.E.
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But that ticket and “fee” will get you limitless, four-ounce samples of more than 50 beers and two, 14-ounce full pours.

The site says cabs will be nearby, and if you don’t have someone sober with you, you’ll probably end up needing one. That begs the question: Who’s gonna shell out two Andy Jacksons to stand around and have a handful of sips in three hours – or none at all? OK, make use of the cabs and the NoMa-Gallaudet stop on Metrorail’s Red Line.

There will also be “an array of local DC food trucks to choose from to complement” your brewski-tastings. These of course won’t be inside the event but parked just outside Union Market.

I’ve said quite a bit, but all you really care about is what breweries are going to be there. It looks to be Craft Beer City, with, curiously, Bud Light also on hand for either the beer-blind or cheapskate drinkers.

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Some of the other names represented at Presidents Day Beer Fest include Rogue Ales, Kona Brewing Company, Hoegaarden (Belgian wheat beer with roots back to 1445), Tröegs Brewing Company and a personal favorite, Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

OK, so maybe I was a little off with “the drink of the common man” business before. These aren’t your dad’s beers, but you should bring him and see if he likes some of these. This is a 21-plus event.

Beer-drinking apartment renters of the world unite! You may not be able save the world this weekend, but you can sure have fun trying.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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