Make It a Dubbel: DC Craft Beer Festival Returns With Spring Edition

We’re living in the age of craft beer. Forget market reports; just go to your local liquor store and see for yourself. The brands and types seem both arcane and endless. Lucky us.

And being a festive people, Americans love to come together with like-minded folk and celebrate things they have in common. That’s the reason for all these beer get-togethers we feature on the site, and it’s the same for the DC Craft Beer Festival – Spring Seasonals.

We covered the winter version of this event last November, which seems like yesterday. Yes Weezer, time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.

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This party is happening on Saturday, March 21, and like the last one, takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which of course is stanchioned next to the Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center Metrorail station on the Green/Yellow Line. So getting there is safe, and leaving a bit tanked should be no problem.

Craft beer festival (Bob via Flickr)

East meets west: 21st Amendment Brewery, hailing from San Francisco, will be one of nearly 75 brew-houses in attendance at this weekend’s festival. (Bob via Flickr)

Actually, I’m not sure if this is the same company that put on the winter version of the festival or not. I say this because the site looks to have had a major overhaul. The current (and perhaps former) company, by the way, is Hand Crafted Tasting Co., and its “mission is to give you the opportunity to taste a large number [of] craft beer selections, many seasonal, in one place at one time.” Hand Crafted Tasting Co., which presents these festivals in other locales, further states that “No matter your level of beer knowledge, you will leave knowing more than when you arrived!”

Hey, that’s more than you can say for your usual Saturday night out at the club, where if you learn anything at all, it’s how to get shot down in evermore embarrassing ways.

And there are nearly 75 breweries and 150 different beers to study. Breweries like Brooklyn Brewery, Lancaster Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Lost Rhino Brewing Company and 21st Amendment Brewery will be on hand to both wet your whistle and stimulate your palate. You’ll receive a tasting glass and unlimited 2-ounce tastings.

But the festival does in fact attempt to help you learn about craft beer, just check out the educational tab at the top of the site for information about seminars and the Craft Concierge Center.

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Yes, there will be food at the festival, and it will be artisanal.

Like last year, there will be two sessions, one from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a second one from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with VIPs getting in an hour earlier. Tickets for the event are a bit detailed: For either session, if purchased by March 20, general admission ducats are $49.95, after March 20, $55. If purchased by the same date, VIP tickets are $69.95, after, $75. A designated driver ticket is $15.

This is a 21-and-over event and looks to be a lot of fun, one of the perks of renting an apartment in a fabulous city like Washington, D.C.

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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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