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American Craft Beer Week

Posted by / Friday, May 13th, 2011

The nationwide celebration of real American beer kicks off this Monday, May 16. All fifty states have participating bars and restaurants for the first time in its six year history. Enthusiasts and newbies alike will have ample opportunity to discover new favorites with special releases, collaborations, pairing dinners, brewery tours, and much more. Here are a few official events in our neck of the woods.

-Mad Fox Brewing Company of Falls Church is offering a tour of their new facility on Wednesday, May 18. Feel free to ask all the questions you’ve ever had about the brewing process.

-Magnolias at the Mill of Purcellville is assisting the launch of Corcoran Brewing on Thursday, May 19. A special menu has been planned for the occasion, and the tasting room will have growlers available for purchase.

-T.G.I. Friday’s started celebrating early with their new Better With Brew menu. Craft beer inspired dishes include Brew House Steak, Ale House Baby Back Ribs, Dijon-Crusted Beer Chicken, and Guinness Stout Milkshakes.

-Rock Bottom and Union Jacks of the Ballston Common Mall are getting into the spirit of things all week long. Both are featuring a different brewery each night. You can meet the distributors, sample before you buy, test your knowledge, and win great prizes! Ask your bartender or server about the daily special.

-The culmination of the week is the Taste of Arlington, which is an annual event that draws an average of 15,000 people to the Ballston area. Over forty noteworthy restaurants participate in this lively street festival. Advanced tickets can be purchased now for $20, or $25 at the entrance until 3 p.m. This allows you to try up to eight food items or four alcoholic beverages. It all starts Sunday, May 22 at noon, regardless of weather conditions.

    There are over 1,700 independent breweries in this country. These bold risk takers are the heart and soul of the industry. Take some time to savor their life’s work when you get the chance.

-Ryan Robertson

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