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Hump day’s “A Bitch and a Bastard”

Wednesday: Happiest hump day of the year

It was a night never to forget (or remember). The well-hosted and well-attended tasting would have made Bob and Ellie Tupper proud. Of course “A Bitch and a Bastard” would have been utterly impossible and completely unfeasible without the organization and support of a few key members of the DC Beer community. Most DC Beer folks are familiar with the good work that goes on at Flying Dog Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company as well as the gospel of good beer that The Big Hunt preaches. However, littered throughout tables at the event were many newcomers and first-timers to DC Beer Week. Once the tables were filled and all were seated, the audience witnessed a performance of eight extraordinary ales and two loquaciously lusty lagers.

Dave Coleman, Big Hunt’s Beer Director, had roped off the back room for DC Beer Week festivities and generous pours were provided by Stone Rep Lee Marren and Flying Dog brewer Larry Pomerantz. The success of the tasting was built around a collaborative effort. JT Smith provided the original idea and when he mentioned it, informally, to DCBEER.com the light bulb went off. A DC Beer Week event at the Big Hunt that paired Stone’s Ruination alongside Flying Dog’s Double Dog? It was a hophead’s dream come true. We jumped at the opportunity to get involved and the support from The Big Hunt, Stone and Flying Dog was monumental.

Jeff weighs in on the Marzen

Throughout the five rounds “local beer celebrity” Bill DeBaun was able to provide tasting notes and a scientific description of why the beers tasted the way they did. With comments like “it’s because of a sh*t ton of hops” Bill did a solid job of explaining the most complex brews in layman’s terms. DC Brau Co-Owner and Head Brewer Jeff Hancock, also hand-picked, provided descriptions and historical references to some of the more “traditional” styles that were covered by both Flying Dog and Stone. Dave Coleman did a bang-up job whistling for the room-full of rowdies to calm down as he, Bill and Jeff made sure everyone received proper pours and was having their questions answered.

Overall the marquee event shined a light on the camaraderie that has come to be expected amongst the DC Beer scene. While many familiar faces were present, the amount of first-time tasters and first-time DC Beer Week attendants was validation that good beer in DC can only get bigger. As Jeff Wells and Teddy Folkman laid out during a DC Beer Week meeting in the first week of July, the end goal of DC Beer Week was to bring about signs of camaraderie and prosperity to the folks who serve, enjoy, brew and advocate on behalf of good beer. Everyone involved in this event and in DC Beer Week has a right to be proud that hump day came and went with one hell of a peak and valley. The valley of course being the collective bloody mary/alka seltzer toast and the fact that DC Beer Week is half-over.

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