More than 5,000 people from the world of craft beer are converging on Washington, D.C., later this month for the Craft Brewers Conference. But if you're not an industry insider, don't worry. With a couple of happy hours, an art show and an indie rock concert, there are plenty of opportunities for D.C.'s craft beer fans to get in on the goodness.
- Smoke & Barrel Happy Hour, 5 p.m. Monday, March 25
Like barbecue and craft beer? Thought so. This will be one happy Happy Hour, with 12 of Dogfish Head's off-centered ales on draft, including Firefly Ale, brewed specially for the East Coast's premier music festival. No tickets necessary for this one. Just show up thirsty. Smoke & Barrel, 2471 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-319-9353.
- Dogfish Head Alehouse Happy Hour, Falls Church, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26
Isn't every hour a Happy Hour at the Dogfish Head Alehouses? For sure, but we're kicking it up a notch with vintage brews, Firefly Ale and a visit from Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione. No tickets necessary. Dogfish Head Alehouse, 6220 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. 703-534-3342.
- The Feelies, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the 9:30 Club
What goes best with American craft beer? How about good ol' American indie rock. The Feelies and Dogfish Head, together for one epic night. We're so excited we can hardly stand it. Come on down for 60 Minute IPA, Aprihop, Rhizing Bines, 90 Minute IPA, Burton Baton, Sixty-One, Raison D'Etre, Chicory Stout and Midas Touch. Doors open at 7 p.m. Get tickets here. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-265-0930.
- Amber Waves art show, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, District Architecture Center
Amber Waves is a unique exhibit pairing art and the art of brewing. Hosted by Victory Brewing and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, it's a night to indulge your senses. There will be food, beer and original art from two dozen breweries. Attendees also will receive a tasting glass and a ceramic coaster. Details and a limited number of $25 tickets available here. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-347-9403.
- Brewers Brunch, 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, RFD
Close the CBC in style. Join Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione and Sierra Nevada's Brian Grossman as they toast the town and the people who made CBC 2013 a reality. You'll sample new brews, cask selections and Randallized versions of old favorites alongside delicious hors d'oeuvres. Tickets, $60. Only 75 available here. RFD, 810 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-289-2030.