State Of the Beer Union

Happy Inauguration to all!

Fortunately for us, the Mayans just ran out of space on their wheel calendar and we all survived December 21st to witness another president lead the country.

Since, that’s the case, here is our short version of the State of the Beer Union.

To recap on the previous year, the District can raise a glass to it’s spot at #9 of the most drunk cities in the U.S. according to The Daily Beast, Baltimore followed suit four spots behind.

In 2012, revealed that craft beer sales increased 15% and commands 5% of the overall beer market in the US, rising for the seventh consecutive year.  IPA’s have officially become the best selling craft beer style, jumping ahead of seasonals.  Four of the best selling IPA’s in the market include Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo IPA, New Belgium’s Ranger IPA, Lagunitas’ IPA, and Deschutes’ Inversion IPA. Lastly, the White House even released the recipes to its own homebrewing endeavors. Overall, a great year for craft beer and may 2013 continue to see it reach new heights!

Want to celebrate the Inauguration in DC with a great beer in your hand? Consider checking out these two craft beer-centric celebrations:

Inaugural Brewers BallInauguration evening (1/21/13), 8 pm

Takes place at Churchkey in Logan Circle for $150 a person.  Enjoy house-made nibbles, samples from featured breweries, and meet the brewers from Allagash, Fullsteam, Schlafly, Starr Hill, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas and DC Brau.

Jack Rose’s Inauguration Luau, Inauguration evening (1/21/13), 6 pm

Get lei’d at 2007 18th St., NW and join in by drinking a Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company’s festive brews on tap.  Also, get your grub on by digging into a pig roast while entering to win different prizes in a raffle.  Happy Hour extends all night while  and a hula dance performance is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

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