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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Two great tastes tonight

By Fritz Hahn

Tonight, you could go to the same-old happy hour and drink the same-old pilsners you had last week. But why do that when you can try rare one-of-a-kind brews from Germany at a special four-course beer dinner, or explore new art and sip Belgian beers at a special gallery-and-bar-hop adventure on U Street?

Schlenkerla Rauchbier tasting
Schlenkerla Rauchbier is not a beer you easily -- if ever -- forget. It has a savory, smoky taste that just about everyone compares to bacon. (The unusual flavor comes from smoking the malt over beechwood logs.) So it's not something you drink several of in one sitting, unless you're at ChurchKey for the very special Schlenkerla beer dinner. Brewery owner Matthias Trum is coming from Bamberg, Germany, to talk about and serve six of his beers, including a wooden cask of the seasonal Schlenkerla Eiche, which is smoked over oak chips. Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey pairs the intense brews with four courses of food. Tickets are $55; call 202-567-2576 for reservations.

1869 Society Cultural Cocktails
Most of those art-themed parties at galleries are more about the party than the art. Sure, you may look at the paintings or photos on exhibit, but your attention is more likely focused on the DJ, the drinks and the cutie standing over in the corner.

The Corcoran's 1869 Society is taking a different tack at its latest Cultural Cocktails event -- more of a carrot-and-stick approach. Show up at the Hamiltonian Gallery beginning at 6:30 to view photographs by Elena Volkova and nature drawings by Renee Van Der Stelt. At 8 p.m., the event moves around the corner to Marvin's second-floor lounge, where gallery-goers can partake of $5 glasses of Stella Artois, $7 wines by the glass and a $12 combo of Stella and moules frites. The catch? You need a wristband to get the deals at Marvin, and the wristbands will only be given away at Hamiltonian. Pretty sneaky, eh? Admission to both events is $20 if you're not a member of the 1869 Society. Make your reservations here.

By Fritz Hahn  | November 17, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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