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The Inaugural Brewers Ball at ChurchKey

Inauguration occurs every four years, turning Washington, DC into a whirlwind of balls, tourists, and coattails. Although the state society balls are the main event, some of us are looking for a...sudsier...affair. The Inaugural Brewers Ball at ChurchKey should provide just that. It will bring togethers ten phenomenal breweries that will take over all 55 CK taps for five hours of "hedonistic inaugural fun." The event kicks off at 8pm on Monday, January 21.

In attendance will be Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company, Sean Lily Wilson of Fullsteam, Dan Kopman of Schlafly Beer, Tim Adams of Oxbow, and David Yarrington of Smuttynose, as well as, Mark Thompson of Star Hill Brewery, Jim Caruso of Flying Dog Brewery, and Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas. Also in the house: home team heroes like DC Brau’s Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock and 3 Stars Brewing Company’s Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey, all of whom will show off their portfolios on the ChurchKey taps for the night.

Some of the rare brews expected to make appearances include Allagash FV-13, Bam & Bat, DC Brau’s debut of Barrel-Aged Ghouls Night Out, Smuttynose 2010 Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter, Fullsteam Fruitcake, 3 Stars Global Pandemic, Oxbow Noel 2012, Heavy Seas Barrel-Aged Siren Noire, Flying Dog Galaxy Single Hop Imperial IPA, Starr Hill Belgian Strong Ale and Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Ale on draft. 

Guest will be treated to "an endless parade of stationed and passed bites" from Executive Chef Kyle Bailey & Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac, "ranging from oysters and charcuterie to Brat Burger sliders and flatbreads."

Tickets are $150 per person and include all food and beverage. ChurchKey is running a special where if you buy three tickets, you get one free! Capacity is limited, so tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (202) 567-2576. For more information please visit www.birchandbarley.com.

The Brewers Ball Draft List, So Far...


  • Fruitcake
  • First Frost
  • The Common Good
  • Cackalacky Ginger Pale Ale
  • Working Man’s Lunch


  • FV-13
  • Bam
  • Bat
  • Smoke & Beards
  • White


  • Durty
  • Homunculus
  • 2010 Oaked Aged Baltic Porter
  • Strawberry Short Weiss
  • Finest Kind IPA


  • Noel 2012
  • Freestyle #12 - IPA
  • Freestyle #13 – Blond Saison
  • Farmhouse Pale Ale
  • Space Cowboy


  • Barrel-Aged Ghouls Night Out
  • On the Wings of Armageddon
  • The Public
  • The Corruption
  • The Citizen


  • Global Pandemic (Barrel-Aged Pandemic)
  • Southern Belle
  • Sea Change
  • Winter Madness
  • Peppercorn Saison
  • Ebony & Ivory (Cask)


  • Single Malt Scottish Ale
  • Rauchbier
  • Kolsch
  • Tasmanian IPA
  • Biere de Garde


  • Horn Dog 2013
  • Barrel-Aged Gonzo 2013
  • Chipotle Dark Ale
  • Single Hop Imperial IPA: Galaxy
  • Gruit Ale


  • Barrel-Aged Siren Noire
  • Loose Cannon
  • Peg Leg Imperial Stout
  • Black Cannon
  • Small Craft Warning
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Peg Leg Imperial Stout (Cask)


  • Northern Lights IPA
  • The Gift
  • American Barley Wine
  • Belgian Strong Ale
  • Cryptical
1337 14th Street NW
Washington, DC
United States
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:00pm to Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 1:00am