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.