Our 2013 effort to source local hops for our annual harvest ale, Secret Stash, set the groundwork for this year’s 2014 Northeast Hop Selection – connecting local hop growers with local breweries.
Area hop growers, represented by the Maryland Chapter of the Northeast Hop Growers Alliance, brought samples of this year’s lot (including Crystal, Cascade, Chinook and Brewers Gold) for 15 Maryland breweries to evaluate and bid on.
Allow our brewmaster Matt Brophy to explain: “We have an obligation to the growers and to our fellow brewers. A lot of them are a lot smaller than us, so it’s a great chance for us to host this event and have brewers come out and look through the hops — touch them, smell them — and buy some of them to use, whether that’s in a firkin, a 10-barrel batch, a 50-barrel batch, or in our case, a 200-barrel batch.”
700 pounds of Maryland hops were contracted and will inevitably find their way back into Maryland pint glasses. This is what #SupportLocal is all about.
1. Will tickets be available at the door?
Nope. The show is SOLD OUT.
2. Is the show outside? Will it be held rain or shine?
Yes and yes. Only the stage is covered, but even if there are a few sprinkles, we think you’ll be just fine. There will also be no access to the brewery itself and no re-entry once you’ve been admitted.
3. Is this an all-ages show?
NO. Only those 21 and older with a valid ID will be admitted. That’s the law. And that include babies and small children, even if they’re strapped to your chest and/or attached with a leash.
4. Are all tickets general admission?
Yes. All spots are first come, first serve.
5. Where do I park?
Parking is on our brewery grounds. Attendants will be on-site all day to direct and showcase of an array of neon-colored vests.
6. Can I bring chairs, blankets, and/or umbrellas?
Due to space constraints and the sake of those around you (umbrella ends in the eye are no fun), we have to say NOPE to all of the above.
7. Is outside food or drink allowed?
Again, NOPE AND NOPE. The only exception to this is unopened bottles of water. (But if you don’t BYOW, we’ll have free water stations throughout the area.) Aside from our delicious beers, no other alcoholic beverages can be consumed or served on our brewery grounds by law. Food and soda will be available for purchase from the kick ass food trucks we have lined up.
8. So, what’s the deal with beer?
All beer is a la carte and available for purchase for $5 each. From the just-released Dogtoberfest Marzen to a cask of Raging Bitch with mango and habanero, our beer list is a doozy. There is a limit of two beers per person, just like stadiums, per transaction.
9. Are pets allowed?
NO. Trust us, they will have a much better time sneaking onto your bed and taking a long nap than they will dodging beer bellies and beards.
10. Is photography and video allowed?
Yes, as long as it is not professional. Amateur photos and footage for fun, shits (for, not of), and giggles are welcomed and encouraged. While you’re at it, share it with your friends and ours on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
11. I plan on drinking responsibly, but what if I need a cab? Hotel room?
We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of who to call and where to stay. Here’s a list of who to call and where to stay.
12. Are any other things prohibited?
Funny you should ask:
- Illegal substances
- Party poopers
God bless America…and good beer. Another DC Beer Week is descending upon our Nation’s Capital next week and we’ve got a 5-restaurant tap takeover, food pairings, plenty of BrewHaHa, and more:
Monday, August 18
Tuesday, August 19
- CIRCA at Dupont
- CIRCA at Foggy Bottom
- CIRCA at Clarendon
- TRIO Grill
- Open Road Grill and Icehouse
Wednesday, August 20
Thursday, August 21
Friday, August 22
Sunday, August 24