Wednesday, May 11, 2011

American Craft Beer Week events @ Smith Commons 5/16-22 w/ DC Brau, Bells, Great Lakes, BYT, Thrillist, CityStream & more

Smith Commons (1245 H St) is hosting a full week of events in celebration of American Craft Beer Week from May 16-22.  Many of America's best craft breweries -- from Bell's in Michigan, to Great Lakes from Cleveland, to DC's own DC Brau will be hosting events and bringing some of their very best speciality beers, such as the Bell's Hopslam and Great Lakes Christmas Ale.  If you love quality craft beer or you love H Street, you're going to want to make it to at least one of these events.   

Smith Commons hosts special features every night, like Tap Takeovers, themed Beer Dinners for men and Cocktail Beer nights for women, interactive events, Brewmaster Seminars, a Beer Brunch and luscious giveaways that are more than a pint glass.

Tap takeovers, beer dinners, beer cocktails, beer brunch, and giveaways including more than your typical pint glass.  Featured pints are available for $5 throughout the week and each event will have a special paired bite to accompany the day's featured brews. 
Smith Commons hosts special features every night, like Tap Takeovers, themed Beer Dinners for men and Cocktail Beer nights for women, interactive events, Brewmaster Seminars, a Beer Brunch and luscious giveaways that are more than a pint glass.

Monday: Toast to the Neighborhood with Oskar Blues (Colorado) -- complimentary bar snacks for residents of zip codes 20002 and 20003.

Tuesday: Bell's Brewery (Michigan) -- including a keg of cult favorite & hard to obtain Bell's Hopslam

Wednesday: Dogfish Head (Delaware) -- with Michael Craig of Men's Grooming (resevation req'd)

Thursday: DC Brau (Washington, DC) -- including their first offering the Public Ale, the just released Penn Quarter Porter, and perhaps something new.

Friday: Great Lakes Beer Co. (Cleveland) -- including a keg of the extremely popular Christmas Ale -- with a complimentary 6 oz pour for Bikeshare users.

Saturday:  BrightestYoungThings BYT Beer Brunch with Flying Dog Brewery (Maryland) -- Flying Dog flights, beermosas, brunch items paired with each Flying Dog Pint

Sunday:  Kick the Kegs -- enjoy whatever's left of the specialty kegs that were tapped earlier in the week with pints available at the discounted $5 price. 

More details after the jump

Monday, May 16, 6-9pm
Toast to the Neighborhood
Featured Brewer: Oskar Blues, Lyons, Colorado
Follow them! @oskarblues
Featured Brew – $5 each
  • Mama’s Little Yella Pils (Pilsner 5.3% ABV)
  • Dale’s Pale Ale (Pale Ale 6.5% ABV)
  • Ten Fidy (Imperial Stout 10.5% ABV)
Beer Guides: Jens Piferoen of Hop and Wine
Paired Beer Bite: $1 Oysters all night
What’s happening? Join the H St. original dining room and public house – Smith Commons – for the kickoff of American Craft Beer Week and a ‘Toast to the Neighborhood.’  From 6-9pm stop by, try a brew, and get to know folks that have zip codes and an appreciation for great beer in common. Residents from the 20002 or 20003 zip codes with proof of address enjoy 3rd floor exclusive access with complimentary bar snacks from 6-7pm with a pint purchase.
Location/format: 3rd floor lounge, and overflow to 2nd floor. Cash bar – pay as you go.

Tuesday, May 17, 6-9pm
Tale of a Two Hearted City
Featured Brewer:      Bell’s Brewery // Kalamazoo, Michigan
Follow them! @BellsBrewery
Featured Brew – Just $5 each for DC Beer Drinkers!
  • Hopslam Ale (Double IPA 10% ABV)
  • Oarsman Ale (American Pale Wheat Ale 4% ABV)
  • Two Hearted Ale (American IPA 7% ABV)
Beer Guide: Jens Piferoen, Hop and Wine
Paired Beer Bite: Shrimp ‘Brain’ Stuffed with Scallops $5
What’s happening? offers untold ‘tales’ about D.C., including where to find some of DC’s best beers. Visit Facebook and join CityStream’s new DC Beer Drinkers Group for your invitation to hear more about the history of Bell’s Brewery and it’s two most popular brews – the “Two Hearted Ale,” a Smith Commons staple, and “Hopslam,” offered on rare occasions like these. RSVP at; DC Beer Drinkers Group members get on the 3rd floor – space is limited and the beer promos abound.  DC Beer Drinkers that sign up for the Smith Commons Beer Fan email list find out about new releases and taps FIRST!
Location/format: 3rd floor and overflow to the 2nd floor. Cash bar, and pay as you go.
Wednesday, May 18, 6-9pm
Swell Groomed
Featured Brewer:  Dogfish Head, Milton, Delaware
Follow them! @dogfishbeer
Featured Brews – $5 each
  • Red & White (Belgian Style Witbier 10% ABV)
  • Palo Santo Marron (Brown Ale 12% ABV)
  • Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale (Double IPA 10% ABV)
Beer Guides: Ben Brown and Josh Fruchtman
Paired Beer Bite: Meringue of Orange & Foie Gras Surprise, Braised Pork Belly w/Bacon Juice, (it’s a Thai Dessert!) – $5
What’s happening? Michael Craig Men’s Grooming knows a thing or two about looking swell, and it’s not just about the right kind of haircut. Make your way to the 3rd floor ‘men’s lounge’ for the night, where from 7-8pm, Michael Craig himself offers a bit of insight to help guys look their best, from hair to skin care, the new facial hair trends and how to go from office hours to after hours without spending a lot of time in the barber’s chair. Collect samples from Frederick Benjamin (not a man – just man products) and snag a $25 certificate for a haircut at the salon.                         Gals welcomed, too.
Location/format: 3rd floor private event with salon feature, beers available on the 2nd floor as well. Reservations required:, and use “GROOMED” in the subject line for 3rd floor access, limited space available.  Thrillist readers and others that RSVP with the code takeaway beer glasses and some style…
Thursday, May 19, 7-10pm
No Taxation Without Fermentation
Featured Brewer:  DC Brau, Washington, DC
Follow them! @dcbrau
Featured Brews = $5
  • The Public Ale (Pale Ale 6% ABV)
  • The Penn Quarter Porter (Robust Porter 5.5% ABV)
  • And, perhaps a special, just tapped brew….could be a surprise!
Beer Guides: Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock, brewmasters
Paired Beer Bite: Tomato Mozzarella Salad – $5
What’s happening?, the noted online beer bible in the region, and DC Brau, the first local – and we mean local – brewery to operate in the city in more than 60+ years come together to tell the story of how it all happened. DCBeer’s Bill DeBaun and DC Brau’s Brandon Skall share the story of why it took so long, the ups, the downs, and the lovely, malty, suds hoppy story of it all.  Selected DC Brau beer cans and bottles will have prizes on the bottom, bringing a bit more enjoyment out of knowing you’re helping a local business add to the DC tax base.
Location/format: 3rd floor special event and slideshow, with overflow to the 2nd floor.  Cash bar-pay as you go. Beers will be available throughout the restaurant.
Friday, May 20, 7-10pm
Sustainably Hopped, Living Green
Follow them! @GLBC_Cleveland
Featured Brews – $5 each
  • Eliot Ness (Amber Lager 6.2% ABV)
  • Christmas Ale (Holiday Ale 7.5% ABV)
  • Burning River (Pale Ale 6% ABV)
Beer Guides: Jens Piferoen, distributor and Bernie Van Order, Sales
Paired Beer Bite: Texture of Chocolate Truffle Dessert – $5
What’s happening? Locally based Green Living Consulting and Live Green DC join up with the Great Lakes Brewing Company to share insight and information on eating and drinking a bit more green – from local product sourcing to finding restaurants and bars that are helping to spread delicious eco-consciousness.
Learn more about the Great Lakes Smith Commons toasts Great Lakes – recognized as a leading environmentally and socially conscious brewer. Ride a Capital BikeShare set of wheels to Smith Commons (show us your BikeShare card) and enjoy a complimentary 6oz. taste of one of the featured sustainable brews on us.
Location/format: 3rd floor with overflow to 2nd. Cash bar – pay as you go.
Saturday, May 21, 11am – 3pm and 3-7pm
Brightest Young Brews Brunch!
Follow them! @flyingdog
Featured Brews – $5 each and Beermosa – $5
  • Raging Bitch (India Pale Ale 8.3% ABV)
  • Woody Creek White (Belgian Wit 4.8% ABV)
  • El Dorado (Single Hop Imperial IPA 10% ABV)
Beer Guides: Ben Brown, Tom Hunter and JT Smith
Paired Beer Bites: Cuban Yuzu Sandwich – $5 bar only.
What’s happening? Brighten your day – and your week – and your month with this special extended remix of American Craft Beer Week.  Join the folks from Brightest Young Things for the most happening daytime party this side of Frederick.  The BYT staple for the day is the Beermosa, a luscious and refreshing Woody Creek White Belgian Wit beer mixed with freshly squeezed OJ. Or, if that kind of mixing is not your style, we’ve got a couple more options:
  • Beer takes flight – 3 8-oz. pours are just $9
  • Paired menu items with the Flying Dog selections for easy answers:
  • Grilled Focaccia Flat Breads Raging Bitch (India Pale Ale 8.3% ABV)
  • Smith Omelet Woody Creek White (Belgian Wit 4.8% ABV)
  • Smith Biscuits El Dorado (Single Hop Imperial IPA 10% ABV)
  • Tiger Prawns & Chorizo  Woody Creek White (Belgian Wit 4.8% ABV)
  • Flying Dog selections are the $5 Smith Hour special beers, from 3-7pm.
  • Beeermosas and Flying Dog Flights are also offered for the next 2 Saturdays, (5.28 and 6.4) to gear up for SAVOR in June!
Location / format: Main Dining room (reservations required) and 2nd floor. Cash bar, pay as you go.

Sunday, May 22, 11am – 7pm
The Tipping Point
Featured Breweries: Whatever we’ve still got on tap from the ACBW
Featured Brews: any of them are just $5 and perfectly matched with items from our menu, for brunch or for dinner.
When it’s gone, it’s gone.
Beer Guides: Smith Commons’ best mixologist and bartenders
Event DetailGet it while it lasts the chance to catch a rare brew for a while, and a chance to give us  our feedback and votes for the beers you liked best.  Be sure to sign the American  Craft Beer Week  Declaration of Beer Independence, and pick up a schedule for SAVOR Craft Beer Week, coming up the  week of  May 30th. 
Location / format:  Entire restaurant, and all bars.

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