- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Beating the heat of August is not easy, but the locals are trying, beginning with a week to celebrate beer.

Old Ebbitt Grill (675 15th St. NW) celebrates the return of the Craft BrewHaHa during the annual D.C. Beer Week, which runs from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15. On Aug. 15, nine local craft brewers, paired with nine local chefs, will celebrate to the sounds of the Soul Crackers band. Each brewery will feature two of its beers, and each chef will create a dish to enhance the beer, all for unlimited sampling. Tickets are $65 per person and all-inclusive, and can be purchased at Brewhaha2015.eventfarm.com.

Aug. 16 is National Rum Day, and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar (801 Ninth St. NW) celebrates with several specials. Cuba Libre will offer three new rum flights: a Cuba Libre Flight, a Rum Room Favorites Flight and a Whiskey Lovers Flight, featuring pours of three expertly curated rums, priced from $12 to $23 each.

Also on Aug. 16, the restaurant will host a “Rum Day Sunday Funday,” when rums will be offered at half-price, available only at the bar/lounge from 5-7 p.m.

Cuba Libre chef/partner Guillermo Pernot will take 20 travelers to Havana for five days Oct. 2 to sample the cultural and culinary treasures of the island. The culinary tour, open to the public, costs $3,699 per person for double-occupancy accommodations or an additional $300 for singles. The tab includes round-trip airfare from Miami, five-star hotel accommodations in Havana, tips, all meals, each day’s guided activities, an English-speaking guide, entrance fees, ground transportation, transfers and taxi fares to scheduled destinations. For more information, contact [email protected]

City Tap House (901 Ninth St. NW) is launching its European Vacation Series. From 11:30 a.m. every day through October, the restaurant will showcase beers from different regions of Europe. The first event, “If King George Won” (England), takes place Aug. 11; “Mussels and Waffles and Beer, Oh My!” (Belgium) will be on Sept. 3; and “City Tap Haus” (Germany) runs from Oct. 1-4. Special dishes will complement the respective countries.

The restaurant also has scheduled “Stout’s Tap Takeover” for Sunday, when City Tap House will host a brunch with Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing Co., with prices ranging from $6 to $10 per draft. A panel discussion with local brewers on “How to Start a Brewery” will be held Aug. 12 from 6-7 p.m. A selection of ciders and meads on tap, with prices from $6 to $14 per draft, will be available during the “Cider & Mead Tap Takeover” on Aug. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to closing. On Aug. 14, from 4 p.m. to closing, the restaurant will dedicate at least five of its tap lines to beers from the Victory Brewing Co. of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, in “Monkey 3 Way,” with prices from $6 to $12 per draft.

Just opened on Barracks Row on Capitol Hill is Chef Rob Wieland’s restaurant, Garrison (524 Eighth St. SE). Mr. Wieland formerly cooked at Poste Moderne Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco, where he kept his herb garden on the patio outside. At Garrison, the chef continues to provide local, sustainably grown ingredients in his contemporary American dishes.

BTS (Burger Tap & Shake) is now open at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street in Tenleytown. Burgers include a ground chicken High Thigh Burger, a turkey SoCal Pilgrim burger and a Southern Comfort burger with pimento cheese. Also on tap are the $6 house burger and a burger of the month. Alcoholic “shaketails” are other specialties.

Through Sept. 7, Del Friscos Double Eagle Steak House in CityCenter (950 I St. NW) offers a special prix fixe two-course menu celebrating steakhouse classics. An 8-ounce filet mignon is paired with a choice of a crabcake and Cajun lobster sauce, barbecued shrimp and New Orleans sauce, or lemon garlic scallops topped with fried capers — each accompanied by a variety of side dishes. The first course is a choice of three salads. The $55 menu is available at both lunch and dinner.

Tuesdays are tacos and tequila days at Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place (3000 K St. NW). For $15, you get two house tacos and a house margarita, but only at the bar.

It’s almost time for the summer Restaurant Week, which runs from Aug. 17-23. Prix fixe menus at over 200 local restaurants will be priced at $20.15 for lunch and $35.15 for dinner. Make reservations early.

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