This is a good week if you like to drink beer, ride a bike and eat doughnuts and Nashville hot chicken.
First, the beer. The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour is in full swing here in Washington, with its emphasis on local beer, local grub and local hanging out. Some of the highlights include a couple of the District's flagship craft brewers, Atlas Brew Works and DC Brau, hanging out with a craft beer Brooklyn godfather at Atlas HQ on Tuesday night. Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy will chill with Atlas chieftains Justin Cox and Will Durgin, as well as DC Brau's Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock and DC Beer's Chris Van Orden. They will talk about some of the other sudsy cities that have hosted the Mash, Hindy's book and all other things beer related. Tickets are $6 and everything starts at 7 p.m. at 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE #2.
While in the Atlas vicinity, you can check out another Mash event, Brooklyn Ha Ha at Red Rocks Bistro, 1348 St. NE, at 9 p.m. for some stand-up with New York comics Josh Gondelman, Jeff Maurer and Rahmein Mostafavi. Tickets are $6. They have a lot of beer at Red Rocks to go with their pizza, by the way.
Another Mash highlight will be Thursday night at Landmark's E Street Cinema with the Found Footage Festival, whereby found video footage gurus Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett show off the funny, sad and sublime at 8 p.m. at 555 11th St. NW. Tickets are $12.
The Mash continues through Saturday, at which point the bikes, doughnuts and chicken from other sources will begin to kick in. On Saturday morning, the DC Donut Crawl begins at Mount Vernon Square at 10 a.m., with bicycles setting off for Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, GBD and District Doughnut. Standard registration is $20, and gets you a spoke card that's good for a doughnut at each of the three shops. If you also want a nice cycling cap emblazoned with "DC Donut Crawl," that'll cost you an extra $10 at registration. Some of the proceeds go to Food For Life, a District nonprofit. To sign up, go to the Eventbrite page set up for the crawl.
If you've got some room left that evening, check out the return of Maison-Dixon at Capitol Lounge, 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, for Chef Adam Cox's Nashville hot chicken, chicken and waffles and grilled pimento cheese. The comfort summer food will be served from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Give them a heads up if you're thinking of swinging by at email@example.com.