Nothing says fall quite like Oktoberfest, harvest menus, and seasonal brews and this week’s District food and drink events offer all of the above. You can drink beer from Maine, meet the founder of an icon in the industry, and help raise funds for scholarships. Local brews take center stage, too, and show up in mixes and cocktails and can be followed up with a bit of coffee 101. We suggest you bone up on your booze and java and dine in style at a restaurant that specializes in local organic food with style.
Allagash Brewing Co. Marks 20 Years with ‘Fluxus’ Beer Event at Tonic Restaurant
We don’t know what you’re doing next Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. but we’re heading over to Tonic to drink some fabulous Mainer brew. Rob Tod, the founder of Allagash Brewing Co., will be on hand to pour Fluxus, a special anniversary beer he’s made every year since 2007. Each year, Fluxus, which means continuous change in Latin, is brewed using an original recipe, and this year’s brew is strong golden ale made with Pilsner malt and fresh maple syrup. Proceeds from the event will be donated to George Washington University for pediatric nursing scholarships.
Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen Hosts Port City Mixology Night and October Beer Dinner Series
Unless you’ve been living like a hermit, you know that October is time for all sorts of new seasonal brews and of course, Oktoberfest. Monday, September 28, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is hosting a Mixology night that will be the start of a month-long series of beer dinners with special pairings and a prix fixe menu by chef/partner Shannan Troncoso. The night will feature fourteen beer mixes ($8 each) made using seven Port City beers, plus three beer cocktails ($10 each). Look for the upcoming three-course, prix fixe dinners on October 7, 14, 21, and 28. The price is $35 per person and includes new Port City seasonal beers.
Dolcezza’s Gelato Factory + Coffee Lab
Saturday, October 3rd, is going to be a coffee lover’s dream tasting class: a session on roasting with Jaime Hodgkin and Daniel Metcalf of Stumptown Coffee Roasters at Dolcezza’s Gelato Factory + Coffee Lab. Tickets are $25 per person and include samples of Stumptown’s Hair Bender Blend plus Ethiopian Mordecofe, Guatemalan Finca El Injerto Bourbon, and Indonesian Beis Penantan three seasonal, single origin coffees. Guests will learn how the AeroPress, Chemex, and Bee House brewing methods impact flavor, and receive a complimentary bag of single-origin coffee beans and a pint of limited edition espresso gelato.
Jardenea Autumn Harvest Supper
Nate Lindsey is a young chef with the skill of a master and to take advantage of the season’s regionally sourced produce, he’s hosting a special four-course fall feast at Jardenea on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Each course is paired with a Virginia wine and featured dishes include Maple Leaf Farms duck breast with double smoked bacon and exotic mushroom bread pudding, leek wrapped beef short rib roulade with sweet potato mousseline, rainbow Swiss chard, and malbec demi-glaze. The dinner starts at 6:00 p.m., is $75 per person, and to make reservations call (202) 955-6400.