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Saturday, we went to the 13th annual Beer Institute Brewer’s Ball at the National Building Museum.
Brewer’s Ball featured more than 40 of the very best local and regional craft breweries, as well as some national breweries. Beyond the beers, more than 25 great restaurants — such as City Tap House, Hill Country Barbecue, Matchbox and Hank’s Oyster Bar — kept attendees well-fed while the band, The VIPs, performed. We snapped presenting sponsor Baker Tilly’s Brent Calhoon and Jen Flickinger.
The ball raises funds for the Metropolitan Washington chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which has contributed greatly toward research for new treatments, programs and care for those with CF. Here, Aitheras’ John Baker and Correy Atwell.
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of foundation support. Through its efforts, the life expectancy of a child with CF has doubled in the last 30 years and research to find a cure is more promising than ever before. Here, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Brandi Stocks and Aaron Stocks.
Brewer’s Ball has grown immensely along with the DC area’s craft beer scene. When the event started, there were no production breweries in DC or Northern Virginia. Now, more than a decade later, the event features breweries in the DC area that have opened in the past six years, such as local favorites like Port City and Flying Dog and nationally renowned brands like Dogfish Head, Allagash, and Heineken. Folks from two local breweries, Adroit Theory and Belly Love Brewing Co., came together to make a special collaboration brew, served exclusively at the ball all named “Brooke’s Passion Fruit IPA,” a brew that honors 2-year-old Brooke who lives with CF (and is the daughter of one of the Brewer’s Ball committee members). Here, Goose Island’s Julie Heister, who served the Sofie-Mosa’s Matilda; Anheuser-Busch’s Giuseppe DeSilvo; and Stella Artois’ Kathryn Weatherly, who served the beer using the new NOVA self-refrigerated countertop draught.