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Posted at 1:55 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Beer: The Brickskeller lives at R.F.D.!

By Greg Kitsock
rfd bar_opt.jpg The tasting series at R.F.D. will have a familiar name. (Frank Johnston for The Washington Post)

A few upcoming beer events to ward off the post-holiday doldrums:

* In keeping with a tradition that started at the defunct Old Dominion Brewing Co., Lost Rhino Brewing Co. will host its first monthly open house today from 5 to 8 p.m. "It's low key," says partner Favio Garcia, "just to let people poke their heads in and look around." Lost Rhino won't have any of its own beer (the brewery doesn't officially open until sometime this spring), but it will have other folks' beer to toast the new operation's success. Caution: You might be asked to help move some of the equipment. Lost Rhino is at 21730 Red Rum Drive, Suite 142, in Ashburn; 571-291-2083

* On Saturday, from 6:30 to 9:30ish p.m., the Bier Baron (a.k.a. the establishment formerly known as the Brickskeller) will host its first beer event under the new ownership: a Dogfish Head Craft Brewery meet-and-greet with Dogfish's local sales manager Josh Fruchtman and some vintage brews that former owner Dave Alexander left behind in his vault (including Raison D'Extra, a pumped-up, 20 percent alcohol-by-volume version of the brewery's Belgian-style brown ale Raison D'Etre). The $10 admission will include light appetizers, 4 to 5 one-ounce samples and a raffle for glassware; additional tastes are pay-as-you-go. The Bier Baron is at 1523 22nd St. NW.; 202-293-1885 or 201-887-6895.

* On Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., Fire Works Pizza in Arlington will host its first beer dinner of the year, showcasing the brews of Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, Ga. Terrapin began as a contract-brewing operation, renting the tanks of the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. (although the name is an homage to the Grateful Dead album "Terrapin Station," not the University of Maryland nickname). Now situated in its own digs, Terrapin has become noted for aggressively flavored, colorfully labeled brews like Hopsecutioner IPA. The $75 admission includes five courses and beer pairings, plus a souvenir glass. Fire Works is at 2350 Clarendon Blvd.; 703-527-8700.

* The Alexanders might have sold the physical structure, but they retained the name "Brickskeller" and are moving ahead with the Brickskeller tasting series in the back room of R.F.D. Washington, their Chinatown beer bar and restaurant. On Monday, Jan. 17, longtime Brickskeller event hosts Bob and Ellie Tupper will celebrate their 20,000th beer tasted by debuting a new product: a black IPA called India Ink brewed for them by Mad Fox Brewing Co. in Falls Church. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the formal tasting should start around 7:30 p.m. R.F.D. is at 817 7th St. NW.

By Greg Kitsock  | January 5, 2011; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Beer  | Tags:  Greg Kitsock, The Brickskeller  
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