Central Maket's Brewtopia: Yet Another Excuse to Get a Little Drunk in a Grocery Store
It's a good time to be a lush.
While we shake off the hops-induced cobwebs of Brew at the Zoo, and look forward to this weekend's Oktoberfest, this Wednesday marks the start of the second-annual Brewtopia at our favorite demo-crazed foodie-fantasyland, Central Market.
From September 14 through 27, they'll celebrate all things hop and micro-brewed, even throwing in a cooking class called "Beer, Cheese and the Confluence of Flavor."
In addition to the 400-plus beers available at Central Market, they will have 10 brew masters in stores to serve up some samplings and talk shop, including: Steven Pauwels, brewmaster of Boulevard Brewing; Keith Villa, brewmaster of Tenth and Blake and creator of Blue Moon; and Original Sin Cider owner Gidon Coll.
The aforementioned "confluence" cooking class will be led by Greg Engert, the Beer Director at Birch & Barley, a restaurant in D.C. that offers an amazing collection of 555 artisanal beers. Engert was named "Sommelier of the Year" by Food & Wine in April of 2010 -- the first ever such award given to a beer professional. He will host classes on September 21, 22 and 23.
Check with each store for details on events.
Get the Dining Newsletter
The week's top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips, and a peek at our print review.