D.C. Beer Week is bigger than ever

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

What a week for weeks.

The Julia Child Restaurant Week, celebrating the culinary star's 100th birthday, started Tuesdau. And the annual D.C. Summer Restaurant Week begins Monday.

Beer lovers need not be disappointed. The 2012 edition of D.C. Beer Week kicks off on Sunday and runs through Saturday.

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D.C. Beer Week
Runs from from Sunday to Saturday. For more information and a complete list of events, visit dcbeerweek.net. For more information on 3 Stars Brewing Co., visit 3starsbrewing.com.
Interested in more information on D.C. Summer Restaurant Week? Visit restaurantweekmetrodc.org for participating restaurants, prices and to make reservations.

"The anticipation has been higher and the expectations have been higher," said D.C. Beer Week founder and organizer Teddy Folkman.

Folkman, the local chef and restaurateur and mastermind behind Dr. Granville Moore's on H Street Northeast, launched the annual celebration of local brews with distributor Jeff Wells a few years back. The event has grown to the point that Folkman now has a team of 15 people working on coordinating activities.

"There's been a lot more people interested in it," Folkman said, adding that people started asking him about D.C. Beer Week months ago.

Something to look forward to this year is the opportunity for beer lovers get their first taste of the new 3 Stars Brewing Co.

Founders Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey started with homebrewing and decided to kick their passion up a notch. Coleman said the 3 Stars approach is to not make anything fizzy or yellow, and to stay away from "safe bets" that other microbrewers lean toward, such as basic pale ales and lagers. Examples of 3 Stars offerings include the District, an American IPA with an 8.3 percent alcohol by volume; the Belgian style Urban Farmhouse, clocking in at 6.5 percent ABV; and the Pandemic Porter, a bold imperial porter with an alcohol content of a whopping 9.6 percent.

"Our philosophy is we want to give people an experience," Coleman said. "We don't make boring beer. When we brew beers, we try to blow people's minds."

Having the brewery located in the District, as opposed to elsewhere in the Area at large, was important to Coleman and McGarvey, longtime residents.

"No questions about it," Coleman said, adding he's built his life in the District. "We got some pressure to consider locations outside of the district. It was important to us because D.C. has done a lot for both of us."

D.C. Beer Week kicks off with a cruise on Sunday, and includes beer-related events at bars and restaurants around the District. Visit the event's website for more details.

Folkman is already thinking about next year.

"Every year we're looking to get better," Folkman said. "This year is going to be great. Next year is going to be epic."

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Robert Fulton

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