1k “Beer Walk” in Crystal City this Weekend

January 19, 2012

Getting out for a bit of a stroll this weekend. I’ll be walking a whopping one kilometer inside the mall in Crystal City.

Going shopping at the mall doesn’t sounds like something Chris O’Brien would be doing, right? Well, I could be going to get a hearty dose of homophobic christian conservatism at Chik-Fil-A, or maybe to get tweezed at Perfect Eyebrows. Nah, not so much. But then again, they do have a place called King Street Blues, which sounded like it could be cool until I realized from their website that they don’t actually have any live blues there.

No, the truth is I’m not going there to shop. I’m going there for beer. The “1k Beer Walk” to be precise.

The Washington Wine Academy organized this stroll-and-drink event. There will be good beers being dispensed throughout the mall. Pricing is a little confusing but it looks like tickets are $35-$40 on Saturday and only $20 on Sunday, all available online in advance only. A ticket is good for 20 tasting tickets, as well as cheese and bread to keep you going (and also a t-shirt in case you need another one to stuff in your drawer).

The beer list looks decent. A few locals, Port City, DC Brau, and Flying Dog. Several national micros, such as New Belgium, Brooklyn, and Sam Adams. Some German and Belgian imports. A few faux micros like Blue Moon and Leinenkugel (both owned by SABMillerCoors). And a few throwaway beers like Pabst and Old Milwaukee — seriously?!

Put your beer walking shoes on and meet me there. I’ll be in the 2:30pm “heat” on Saturday.

Sixth and I Streets Historic Synagogue Tastings

January 9, 2012

The next beer tasting at Sixth and I is this Thursday. It’s going to be great. Brewers from five DC-area breweries will be presenting their “Deep Winter” beers: Chocolate City, Baying Hound, Flying Dog, DC Brau, and Lost Rhino. If you already got your tickets, great! I’ll see you Thursday! If not, well…

Lots of people have told me they wish they could attend the Sixth and I tastings but when they go to buy tickets, the event is already sold out. There is a sure fire way to get tickets. Go to this webpage and sign up for the Sixth and I e-newsletter. The tastings are always announced in advance via the newsletter, so get on the list and get in the know!

Fall Beer Tasting at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

October 25, 2011

The Sixth and I beer tastings have become a tradition since they were launched just a year ago. Join us November 8th, 7pm at this wonderful venue in the heart of Washington D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, just a block from the Chinatown/Gallery Place metro station at 6th and I streets NW.

Brewers from two of Washington’s newest breweries, Chocolate City Brewing and Baying Hound, will present their fall lineup, MC’d by yours truly.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Full details are online here: Sixth and I Calendar.

Religion & Beer: A Tasting at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

December 13, 2010

I am fascinated by the long interwoven histories of beer and religion. It is no surprise that so many great cultures have taken to worshiping fermented grain — if there is a god, beer certainly brings us closer to her.

And that’s why we will be praising the beer goddesses and gods during a night of drinking at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

WHAT: Fermenting Revolution: A Tutored Tasting with the Beer Activist
WHERE: The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue located at … well, Sixth and I Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday, January 13th, 2010
HOW MUCH: A measly 12 bucks!
THE BEER: The tentative line up includes beers from: Baying Hound Ale Works; Brewers Art; Peak Organic; Victory; and Dogfish Head. Paul Rinehart, owner and brewer at Baying Hound, will also join us for a special appearance.
MORE INFO: Visit the Sixth and I website right here.

Slow Beer Tasting with Beer Activist at District Chophouse

March 11, 2010


Thursday, March 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

District Chophouse, The Vault Room
509 7th Street NW,  Washington, DC 20004

Brewer Barrett Lauer presents seven hand-crafted ales with appetizers as beer activist Chris O’Brien discusses how drinking slow beer builds community and a more sustainable world. O’Brien, co-owner of the Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative and Director of Sustainability at American University, will sign copies of his award-winning book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World and answer all your questions about beer.

Slow Food DC Members: $25

Nonmembers: $28



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