The Craft Brewers Conference is being held in Washington, D.C., this year—a big enough deal to begin with, but news of one of our own breweries being highlighted in a Symposium Ale collaboration is even more exciting. Jason Oliver of Devils Backbone Brewing Company is working closely with brewers of DC Brau and Brewers Art to create Beggars & Thieves (formerly called Symposium Ale) Anti-Imperial Rye Lager. This specialty beer will be served in bottles and on draft throughout the conference from March 26-29. They’ve been brewing since February at Devils Backbone’s satellite spot in Lexington to create a flavorful beer that’s lower in alcohol (a.k.a. a session beer). The idea for an anti-imperial (the opposite of imperial, meaning high gravity) style of lager comes from the desire to drink more without getting sloshed. This beer clocks in at a non-punishing 5 percent ABV, and combines the pumpernickel-like spiciness of European-style beer with Sterling hops, which tend to impart fruity and floral flavors often found in the Northwest. Visit craft brewersconference.com.
MACAA (Monticello Area Community Action Agency) is celebrating its 26th annual “Men Who Cook” event on Saturday, April 6, at the Omni Hotel. Sixty amateur chefs will present an array of culinary treats to benefit the organization, which helps low-income families escape poverty. Pre-dinner cocktail hour begins at 5:30pm with music by the Trius Jazz Trio and hors d’oeuvres, moving into a silent auction, and dinner from 6:30-10:30pm. Tickets are $125 each, or a table for $1,000. Visit macaa.org for information and reservations.
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