The confluence of classic Italian cocktails and budding craft brews has created the perfect storm for those interested in ushering in the arrival of June with a beverage in hand.
It once again being Negroni Week , local restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi and Capitol Hill haunt Wisdom are each paying homage to the bitters-fueled tipple. Team Trabocchi has crafted three different expressions of the renowned libation:
- Tramonto di Primavera: this version, featuring Beefeater gin infused for five days with dried lavender flowers, Aperol and Lillet Blanc, will be featured at the flagship Fiola at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- Negroni Robusto: newcomer Fiola Mare (3100 K St. NW) will deal in a signature drink forged from Beefeater gin, cigar-infused vermouth and Gran Classico bitters.
- The Dutchman: middle-child Casa Luca (1099 New York Ave. NW) expects to shake things up with barrel-aged blend of Bols Aged Genever, Campari and Carpano Antica.
Per a release, Trabocchi plans to donate a portion of the sale of each specialty drink to the Careers through Culinary Arts Program.
Over at Wisdom at 1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Erik Holzherr and his cocktail slingers will present three Negroni variations, with each purchase spurring a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. The choices include:
- Negroni #1: Erik's — with a hint of Colombian.
- Negroni #2: Chris' — with a hint of chocolate.
- Negroni #3: Christy's — with a hint of a Spanish bordello.
Those who favor bubblier refreshments can indulge in the string of SAVOR-related events happening through Sunday. While the Brewers Association shindig is completely sold out , visiting suds slingers are expected to show off their stuff for the balance of the week.
City Tap House (901 Ninth St. NW), for instance, is ceding control of its real estate to a host of regional producers.
Allagash Brewing Company, Laughing Dog Brewing, 3 Stars Brewing Company and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company will have a chance to shine Wednesday during a special barrel-aged promotion. The specialty brews, ranging from Allagash’s wild-style Midnight Brett to 3 Stars fruit-forward Harvester of Sorrow, will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. at special prices ($6-$13 per draft).
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery gets the run of the place Thursday from 5 p.m. until closing for a tap takeover expected to feature cult favorites — including the 60-minute, 90-minute and 120-minutes IPAs, select “Ancient Ales” (Midas Touch, Birra Etrusca, Theobroma) and vintage brews (2013 Olde School Barleywine) — culled from the entire Dogfish catalog.
Ithaca Beer Company gets to burn the midnight oil Friday at a late-night brunch featuring around 10 signature brews paired with hearty breakfast fare (think buttermilk biscuits smothered sausage gravy, and salmon hash Hollandaise). The after-hours feast is scheduled to last from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., with individual dishes priced from $5 to $26.
Wicked Weed Brewing and New Belgium Brewing are projected to take center stage Saturday, filling an anticipated 20 tap lines with their respective creations from 7 p.m. till closing.
Hopheads can enjoy one last hurrah Sunday via the Second Annual Locals Only Brunch. City Tap House is expected to open its 40 tap lines to hometown heroes — including 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau Brewing Company, Hellbender Brewing Company, Denizens Brewing Co., Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Flying Dog Brewery, Dogfish Head, Port City Brewing Company, Devil’s Backbone, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Lost Rhino Brewing Company and Starr Hill Brewery — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The featured beers and hangover helper-style grub will be offered a la carte.
All the City Tap House events are free and open to the general public.
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