What’s Happening in Washington, DC: November 2, 2015

This week, puff a few cigars, sip a Colheita, down a few brews while you plan holiday gift giving

A special Allagash Brewing Company “Friendsgiving” is coming to Washington, D.C.

Now that the District has firmly established itself as a small hot spot for craft brews, there are so many things to taste you can even drink a few cold ones while you look for the perfect gift for Mom and Dad or try your first sour. If you prefer a vinous pursuit, there are Portos and DOC Douros from Portugal to tickle you fancy.

Allagash Brewing Company celebrates Family-Style Friendsgiving Dinner at the Partisan
Monday, November 16, Allagash Brewing Company is throwing a big shebang to mark a decade of brewing wild and sour beers. The family-style “Friendsgiving” dinner will be held at The Partisan and the dinner features rare Allagash beer flights, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Arcadia Sustainable Food and Agriculture. “We brewed Interlude for the first time in 2005, and it was our first wild beer,” said Allagash founder Rob Tod. So join him for an intimate, family-style meal to share good times and for a good cause. The price is $60 per person and reservations can be made by calling 202-524-5322.

Masseria to Host Cigar and Portuguese Wine Dinner
Well, he’s doing it again, Masseria's chef and owner, Nick Stefanelli is hosting another cool event — a wine and cigar dinner on Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. Guests will begin the evening with heavy canapés and move into 3 savory courses and the entire’ evening’s menu will be paired with exceptional wines from Quinta Dona Matilde in the Douro region of Portugal. Dona Matilde is one of the Porto region’s oldest and most famous properties and it produces renowned DOC Douro wines and Portos. The menu includes haute offerings such as sweet breads with fennel, green tomatoes, cherry peppers, and fennel pollen with Touriga Nacional blend suckling pig prepared with Sicilian spiced couscous and Colheita Porto 1962. The price per person is $225 plus tax and gratuity, and space is limited to just 12 seats for the dinner under the pergola and retractable roof. Reserve by 202-608-1330.

Shop Local at DC Brau’s Annual Made In DC Holiday Marketplace
Outdoor brand, REI, is encouraging everyone to get outside on Small Biz Saturday, November 28, and head over to DC Brau Brewing Co.’s annual Made In DC Holiday Marketplace. The market runs from 1 to 7 p.m. So far, 15 vendors are participating, but new ones are being added daily. Here’s the current list:

Crunk Cakes                                                   
Crushing Apparel
DeNada Designs
Junius Cold Brew Coffee Company
Jon Wye
Harper Macaw
If & When Workshop
Kelly Towles
Kuzeh Pottery
Leafyhead Lotions & Potions/District Devil
Langdon Wood: Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
Marcella Kriebel Art + Illustration
Real Sauce Company
Stitch & Rivet
Typecase Industries

Get updates @DCBrau and follow hashtags #MadeInDC and #BrauMarket for the latest on the marketplace via social media. Brewery tours will not be available during the Made in DC Holiday Marketplace, but the tasting room will be open for growler fills, pints, and cool DC Brau merchandise.


Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva.